Speakers

Having consulted for scores of industries and governments worldwide, Hunter Lovins is President and founder of the Natural Capitalism Solutions (NCS). Hunter’s areas of expertise include Natural Capitalism, sustainable development, globalization, energy and resource policy, economic development, climate change, land management, ...
As chief of staff for Al Gore, Roy Neel oversees Gore’s climate change advocacy programs, and his clean energy business interests.
Cate and Andrew have been Artistic Directors of Sydney Theatre Company since January 2008, credited with re-connecting the Company with Australian audiences while positioning it firmly on the international stage.
Geologist Stephen Pekar investigates historical climate and oceanographic changes, from when CO2 was at the high levels predicted for this century.
The Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists is an independent group of Australian scientists aiming for solutions that will secure the long-term health of Australia’s land, water and biodiversity.
As one of Australia’s most informed and beloved broadcasters, Robyn Williams has helped bring matters of science into the broader social conversation – and highlighted issues of importance though his ABC Radio National programs.
The strength of satire is its ability to identify and mock stupidity – and this is Rod Quantock’s exquisite craft. A staple of the Melbourne comedy scene since 1973, his bone dry observations on society’s shortcomings are deliciously accurate, with keen intelligence underlining his wit.
Olson sits on a number of environmental boards, is the Founder and Convenor of the National Business Leaders Forum on Sustainable Development and she is the co-founder of EcoFutures and Earthmark.
Phillip is one of Australia’s best known environmentalists and was formerly Head of the Australian Conservation Foundation. From 1994-1997, Phillip was Deputy Secretary in the Commonwealth Department of Environment, where he played a major role in the international policy arena on issues such as biodiversity, sustainable development and climate change. ...
After working with the United Nations/UNESCO in sustainable development, Giselle Weybrecht completed an MBA at London Business School before writing The Sustainable MBA: The Manager’s Guide to Green Business.
Mike is the Founding Executive Director of the University of Adelaide’s Environment Institute, holds a Research Chair in Water Economics and Management at the University of Adelaide, is a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and is a Distinguished Fellow of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics ...
His current roles include as a member of the Core Faculty at Cambridge University’s Program for Sustainability Leadership. His book “The Great Disruption” was published globally by Bloomsbury in 2011.
Professor Ian Lowe AO has degrees in engineering and physics. He is currently emeritus professor of science, technology and society at Griffith University in Brisbane, as well as being an adjunct professor at Sunshine Coast University and Flinders University.
Lesley’s main research focus has been on the impacts of climate change on species and ecosystems. She was recently appointed as one of six federal Climate Commissioners, tasked with communicating climate science and the impacts of climate change to the Australian public.
Matthew is the lead author of the award-winning Zero Carbon Australia Plan, and 2010's Young Environmentalist of the Year.
Professor Mike Sandiford’s geological research on the origin and evolution of the continents has been published in over 150 research papers and was recognised with the award of the Mawson Medal for “outstanding contributions to earth science in Australia”.
Scott originally trained in Agricultural Science, though for the last twenty years has been embedded in the organic food movement.
Dr Turner is a senior research scientist at CSIRO.
Professor Bruce Thom is a member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, President of the Australian Coastal Society and Chair of the Federal Government’s Coasts and Climate Change Council.
In his role as Director of RiAus, Dr Paul Willis is a respected leader in the science community, with a solid research career in vertebrate palaeontology and a television career presenting for the Catalyst and Quantum programs on ABC TV.
An award-winning science writer and broadcaster and was a regular judge on ABC TV’s The New Inventors. Bernie Hobbs was also the brainchild behind the ABC’s award-winning environmental website PLANETSLAYER, and the driving force behind the organisation’s Green At Work website.
Samantha Mostyn has an impressive background with a with range of organisations and charities and is currently serving on the NSW Climate Change Council.
Tim Stubbs is an engineer leading the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientist work on the Murray Darling Basin. Tim thinks like an engineer and sees the rivers as functioning working rivers that cannot support communities and industries unless they are healthy.
Having recently completed his doctoral research in freshwater ecology, Dominic is a 2011 scholar with the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists and is now working on the Australian Water Project using causal assessment tools to improve environmental management.
For more than 20 years Dr Keith Walker, has been actively involved with environmental issues in the Murray Darling Basin.
Head of the Discipline of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology within the University of Adelaide’s School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, David Paton AM has contributed to the understanding and management of Australia’s natural environment for three decades and is highly regarded for his research activities at Kangaroo Island and the ...
Tim is an environmental scientist and adventurer committed to finding pragmatic solutions to major environmental issues related to climate change and biodiversity loss.  A 2009 Yale World Fellow and Member of the Order of Australia, he uses his public speaking engagements, award winning films and books about his expeditions to ...
Professor Sue Richardson was Director of the National Institute of Labour Studies from 2000-08. Prior to that, she worked in the School of Economics at the University of Adelaide. She was President of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia from 2003-06. She has a five-year term as a ...
Peter Burdon is a lecturer at the Adelaide Law School and a member of the University of Adelaide Research Unit for the Study of Society, Law and Religion (RUSSLR).  Peter’s PhD thesis was on an emerging legal philosophy termed Earth Jurisprudence and focused on legal, critical and property theory and ...
Judy Carman became a self-funded retiree at only 45 years old in order to investigate the potential effects of genetically modified foods on human health and has been championing the cause ever since. Carman is the Director of the Institute of Health and Environmental Research Inc and has held roles ...
Heinrichs' interests lie in climate change, population growth and economics.
Hargroves is an author, engineer and environmental leader.
Paddy Manning is the business chief of staff for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.
Graham Brookman is one of Australia’s foremost Permaculture designers and teachers.
As chief of the EEGC Avi Mahaningtyas is responsible for managing Kemitraan’s team in facilitating a Forests Governance Program in partnership with government institutions, civil society organizations and private sector at international, national, regional and local levels. She joined the technical team for stakeholder engagement with the National Task Force ...
Born and raised in Brazil, Mara began her career in investment banking.  In 1989 she took an internship with the World Bank earthquake reconstruction project in Nepal before relocating to Australian in 1991 where she moved into senior finance roles with The Wilderness Society and Greenpeace Australia.  Mara then moved ...
Professor Barry Brook is a leading environmental scientist, holding the Sir Hubert Wilkins Chair of Climate Change at the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, and is also Director of Climate Science at the University of Adelaide’s Environment Institute and co-director of the Global Ecology Group. Barry has published over ...
Professor Corey Bradshaw is the co-director of The Environment Institute’s Global Ecology Group. His work highlights conservation science with a particular focus on demonstrated, measurable and positive impacts. Corey aims to stimulate us to find real-world solutions to the degradation of ecosystem services supporting life on Earth. Corey works widely ...
Simon has two decades of experience creating environmental change, addressing climate futures and, leading programs that today create the conditions for the growth of sustainable organisations and societies. He’s managed environmental campaigns for Greenpeace, as the CEO of the Conservation Council of SA, as well as consulting to large businesses ...
Frank is a development manager with Australia’s largest renewable energy company, Infigen Energy. He is involved in all stages of development from wind resource assessment, land acquisition, planning consent, farm design, connection and project financing. Over his career he has initiated and managed multiple projects across all of the Eastern ...
Giles Parkinson is the founder and editor of Climate Spectator, Australia’s online news journal dedicated to the business of the green economy, clean and smart energy, climate change policy and environmental markets. Climate Spectator was launched in July, 2010, and already boasts a healthy readership, with more than 13,000 people ...
Stephanie has for the past six years held the position of Environment Manger at Adelaide Airport Limited, responsible for overseeing the company’s sustainability, environmental compliance and wildlife management programs.  Prior to this she was a Senior Environment Advisor at the Zinifex Smelter in Port Pire and spent a further eight ...
James is passionate about delivering affordable, renewable energy to the hard-nosed business world.  James is working with Energy Matters, one of Australia’s leading solar photovoltaic and domestic renewable energy companies.  The team has delivered Australia’s first solar roof lease, where solar investors rent roof space from the landlord, and all ...