CREATING PARTNERSHIPS

Victoria Thom, Partnership Broker and Trainer

Victoria is an accredited Partnership Broker and Trainer and an Associate of The Partnering Initiative. She is a senior leader with over twenty years’ international experience across the corporate, government, and not-for-profit sectors as a social innovation strategist, partnership broker, trainer and facilitator. Victoria specialises in analysing the business/society landscape to understand risks and opportunities, define solutions and implement them through collaborative approaches. She established Synergy2030 to enable social innovation and collaboration, within and across sectors, toward the 2030 agenda for sustainable development.

BREAKOUT SESSION 1A - CIRCULAR ECONOMY AND CLIMATE

Michael O'Neil, 

Susan McHattie, 

Brodie Vansleve, Program Director, Global Education Equity & North America, BHP Foundation 

Brodie leads the development and implementation of strategies for the Global Education Equity Signature Program and Country Programs for the United States of America and Canada. With a diverse background gained through roles within Health, Safety, Environment and Community (HSEC), Finance, Corporate Affairs and most recently Sustainability and Public Policy, Brodie’s experience offers a unique blend of commercial, social policy and community development expertise. The BHP Foundation partners with UN Women to deliver the Second Chance Education and Vocational Learning Programme.

For the past twenty-five years, Janelle has worked to strengthen social justice organisations tackling issues from women’s empowerment through to supporting people with HIV/AIDS in the USA, Australia and around the world. As a fundraiser, grantmaker and program manager, she has nurtured countless partnerships across the private, philanthropic and NGO sectors to accelerate change for good.

BREAKOUT SESSION 3A - SUSTAINABLE FINANCE

Sarah Meredith

Simon O'Connor, CEO, Responsible Investment Association Australasia, Co-Chair, ASFI

Simon is the CEO of RIAA - an organisation with over 240 organisations and individual members who jointly manage over $9 trillion in assets globally - where he has worked for the past 6 years to elevate sustainability issues as core investment risks and opportunities, and shift capital to support a more sustainable, equitable and prosperous world. Simon has operated at the intersection of economics, finance and sustainability for nearly 20 years and has extensive international experience as an economic adviser, investment analyst and sustainability consultant across finance, corporate and not for profit sectors. Simon is active across the region and internationally in responsible investment and sustainable finance, as a member of the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance, member of the New Zealand Sustainable Finance Forum’s Technical Working Group, member of the Aotearoa New Zealand National Advisory Board on Impact Investing and the UN backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Australia Network Advisory Committee.

BREAKOUT SESSION 4A - BEYOND RAPs

Amber Roberts, Senior Manager, PwC’s Indigenous Consulting

Tanya Hosch, General Manager, Inclusion and Social Policy, AFL

BREAKOUT SESSION 1B - SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES

Kate Nagato, Manager Innovation and Resilience, Melbourne Water

Kate is leading change in how the sector builds resilience to current and future pressures and better integrates land and water management in delivering its services to the community. With over 20 years’ experience in strategic, operational and collaborative leadership roles in land and water management, she is particularly excited by the increased focus on liveability and resilience over the past few years. She is passionate about working together to create great places to live and work, recognising the importance of nature for our own health and wellbeing as well as the myriad other species we share the planet with and building resilience to change and future stresses.

Steve Gawler, Regional Director, ICLEI Oceania

Steve joined ICLEI in 2008 as Director International Programs and was based in Jakarta for seven years coordinating climate change and disaster risk reduction programs. During this time Steve established the ICLEI Indonesia Office and managed projects funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, German Government and European Union.

BREAKOUT SESSION 2B - WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP

Michelle Ryan, ROLE?, Global Institute for Women’s Leadership

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Stav Zotalis, Head of Global Engagement, ActionAid Australia

Stav Zotalis, Head of Global Engagement, ActionAid Australia

BREAKOUT SESSION 3B - FINANCING THE SDGs

Ben Neville, 

Elyse Sainty, 

Nicole Battle,  

BREAKOUT SESSION 4B - GLOBAL MENTAL HEALTH

Darian Stibbe, Executive Director, The Partnering Initiative

AN EVENING WITH GILLIAN TRIGGS

Gillian Triggs, Assistant Secretary-General, Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, UNHCR

Ms Triggs was appointed to the role by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in August 2019 after a long history of service to human rights and the refugee cause globally. Formerly, President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Ms Triggs now oversees UNHCR’s protection work for millions of refugees, internally displaced and stateless people. Gillian has been closely associated with a number of not-for-profit organizations throughout her career, including most recently as Chair of Justice Connect, an organization that connects 10,000 lawyers to provide pro bono advice to asylum-seekers and others in need of legal support in Australia. She is also the author of many books and papers on public international law.

SPEAKER PROFILES

Day 1: Tuesday 20 April 

CREATING PARTNERSHIPS

Victoria Thom, Partnership Broker and Trainer

Victoria is an accredited Partnership Broker and Trainer and an Associate of The Partnering Initiative. She is a senior leader with over twenty years’ international experience across the corporate, government, and not-for-profit sectors as a social innovation strategist, partnership broker, trainer and facilitator. Victoria specialises in analysing the business/society landscape to understand risks and opportunities, define solutions and implement them through collaborative approaches. She established Synergy2030 to enable social innovation and collaboration, within and across sectors, toward the 2030 agenda for sustainable development.

BREAKOUT SESSION 1A - CIRCULAR ECONOMY AND CLIMATE

Ainsley Simpson, CEO, ISCA – Infrastructure Sustainability Council Australia

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Michael O'Neil, Senior Manager, Strategic Projects, Partnerships and Sector Performance, DELWP

Michael is a Certified Environmental Practitioner who currently leads a team within DELWP where he is tasked with sharing Victoria’s expertise to create thriving, liveable cities and places with a particular focus on the state’s water management and governance frameworks. Michael has a degree in Sustainable Development from the University of Queensland and over a decade’s experience in the water, environmental, planning, policy and built environment sectors. Michael is currently leading the Victorian Government’s CivVic Labs challenge which is utilising Victoria’s start-up sector to measure Victoria’s liveability through the SDGs.

Susan McHattie, Executive, Norton Crumlin and Associates

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BREAKOUT SESSION 1B - ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN AND GIRLS

Brodie Vansleve, Program Director, Global Education Equity & North America, BHP Foundation 

Brodie leads the development and implementation of strategies for the Global Education Equity Signature Program and Country Programs for the United States of America and Canada. With a diverse background gained through roles within Health, Safety, Environment and Community (HSEC), Finance, Corporate Affairs and most recently Sustainability and Public Policy, Brodie’s experience offers a unique blend of commercial, social policy and community development expertise. The BHP Foundation partners with UN Women to deliver the Second Chance Education and Vocational Learning Programme.

Janelle Weissman, Executive Director, UN Women Australia 

For the past twenty-five years, Janelle has worked to strengthen social justice organisations tackling issues from women’s empowerment through to supporting people with HIV/AIDS in the USA, Australia and around the world. As a fundraiser, grantmaker and program manager, she has nurtured countless partnerships across the private, philanthropic and NGO sectors to accelerate change for good.

Preeya Ieli, Women’s Economic Empowerment Programme Specialist, UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office

For the past seven years, Preeya Ieli has worked on Women’s economic empowerment issues across many Pacific Islands including Solomons and Vanuatu. Her passion is to work with women in the informal sector as she feels they are most neglected and have very few opportunities socially and economically. Prior to joining UN Women, Preeya worked as the Regional Climate Change Manager for UN Habitat after 17 years working in Local Government. Preeya has a Master’s in Business Administration and a Diploma in Applied Computing from the University of the South Pacific.

BREAKOUT SESSION 1C - SUSTAINABLE FINANCE

David Galipeau, Partner, SDGx Pte Ltd and Director, Yunus Near Future Lab

David joined the UN in Geneva in 2005 and, in 2010, was invited to the Asia-Pacific region by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) where he founded the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship programs, the UN Social Impact Finance initiative (UNSIF) and the UN Frontier Technology initiatives. David left the UN in July 2019 and co-founded the SDGx Group (Singapore, Berlin and Sydney) with a mandate to research, invest and scale the next generation of SDG aligned deep tech startups. David is also the Research Director of the MIT/CMU SoTech Lab, Faculty Advisor at CMU HCII, Lecturer at the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) and Chulalongkorn University School of Integrated Innovation, Director of the SDGx Near Future Lab – a non-profit, deep technology research lab in partnership with Nobel Laureate Prof. Muhammad Yunus’ Social Business Centers and the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) and supports many incubator and accelerator programs that focus on SDGs and deep technology.

Sandra Silea, Senior Analyst, ESG and Stewardship, Australian Super 

Sandra works in AustralianSuper’s Investments team to integrate ESG considerations into their investment process. In this role, she engages with listed company boards on ESG matters, actively votes at company meetings and conducts ESG due diligence for listed investments.
Sandra is also the AustralianSuper representative on the Steering Committee of Investors Against Slavery and Trafficking APAC, the Cleaning Accountability Framework, and is a member of the RIAA Human Rights Working Group.

Simon O'Connor, CEO, Responsible Investment Association Australasia, Co-Chair, ASFI

Simon is the CEO of RIAA - an organisation with over 240 organisations and individual members who jointly manage over $9 trillion in assets globally - where he has worked for the past 6 years to elevate sustainability issues as core investment risks and opportunities, and shift capital to support a more sustainable, equitable and prosperous world. Simon has operated at the intersection of economics, finance and sustainability for nearly 20 years and has extensive international experience as an economic adviser, investment analyst and sustainability consultant across finance, corporate and not for profit sectors. Simon is active across the region and internationally in responsible investment and sustainable finance, as a member of the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance, member of the New Zealand Sustainable Finance Forum’s Technical Working Group, member of the Aotearoa New Zealand National Advisory Board on Impact Investing and the UN backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Australia Network Advisory Committee.

BREAKOUT SESSION 1D - BEYOND RAPs

Amber Roberts, Senior Manager, PwC’s Indigenous Consulting

Amber has extensive experience working in the areas of native title law, Indigenous sentencing courts, human rights law and advocacy, Indigenous health equality, reconciliation and workplace diversity. Amber has presented at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York. In all her work, Amber actively applies a human rights lens based approach that supports giving meaningful effect to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and ultimately improve the lived experiences of Australia’s First Peoples.

Tanya Hosch, General Manager, Inclusion and Social Policy, AFL, UNAA Goodwill Ambassador for Indigenous Issues

Tanya has a long and distinguished history in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander policy, advocacy, governance and fundraising. Before joining the AFL as the first ever Indigenous person and the second woman in its Executive ranks in August 2016, Tanya was the Joint Campaign director of the Recognise movement for constitutional recognition. Tanya is tasked with the implementation of the AFL’s enhanced Indigenous strategy, advising the AFL Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Council, maintenance of the Respect and Responsibility Policy, 2017, the AFL’s Gender Action Plan and the Gender Diversity Policy.

BREAKOUT SESSION 2A - SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES

Kate Nagato, Manager Innovation and Resilience, Melbourne Water

Kate is leading change in how the sector builds resilience to current and future pressures and better integrates land and water management in delivering its services to the community. With over 20 years’ experience in strategic, operational and collaborative leadership roles in land and water management, she is particularly excited by the increased focus on liveability and resilience over the past few years. She is passionate about working together to create great places to live and work, recognising the importance of nature for our own health and wellbeing as well as the myriad other species we share the planet with and building resilience to change and future stresses.

Lauren Rickards, Professor, RMIT

Lauren Rickards, a human geographer and ecologist by training, is now working primarily on climate change futures and related questions about the urban-rural and human-nature relationship. With degrees from the Universities of Oxford and Melbourne, and experience in the private sector, Lauren conducts research on many of the social dimensions of climate change, particularly in the water and agri-food sectors and with collaborators in other disciplines and organisations. Lauren advises a wide range of groups in government, business and the NGO sector on climate change issues and is a Lead Author with the Intergovernmental Panel in Climate Change. Within RMIT, she has been working with others to support critical and purposeful engagement with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and questions of research impact.

Mirerva Holmes, Executive Manager, Commercial, National Trust of Australia

Mirerva has worked in private industry and government organisations including City of Melbourne, Engineers Australia, Melbourne Water and EarthCheck. Mirerva specialises in city and social activation to increase visitation to cities and regions. She has trained with Al Gore as a Climate Reality facilitator, has judged in both the Queensland Tourism Awards and the United Nations Environment Awards and was a facilitator for the Queensland Government’s Circular Economy Lab in 2019.

Steve Gawler, Regional Director, ICLEI Oceania

Steve joined ICLEI in 2008 as Director International Programs and was based in Jakarta for seven years coordinating climate change and disaster risk reduction programs. During this time Steve established the ICLEI Indonesia Office and managed projects funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, German Government and European Union.

BREAKOUT SESSION 2B - WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP

Professor Michelle Ryan, Inaugural Director, Global Women’s Leadership Institute

In July, Professor Ryan will take up the role of inaugural Director of the Global Institute of Women’s Leadership (GIWL) at The Australian National University (ANU).  Michelle is a Professor of Social and Organisational Psychology. She is involved in a number of research projects, including examining the way in which context and identity shape and constrain women’s career choices. With Professor Alex Haslam, she uncovered the phenomenon of the glass cliff – a term that describes how women are often put in leadership roles during times of crisis or hardship, when the chances of failure are highest. Since its discovery, the term ‘glass cliff’ has entered public discourse and the concept informs and shapes debate and the public understanding of women’s leadership positions.

Stav Zotalis, Head of Global Engagement, ActionAid Australia

Stav has more than two decades experience in international development and humanitarian responses and has worked in the private finance sector in Sydney. She has spent the last 14 years working in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Myanmar and the Solomon Islands. Stav is a member of ACFID's Development Practice Committee. She is passionate about gender equality and economic justice.

Victoria McKenzie-McHarg, Women's Environmental Leadership Australia

Victoria, who is also Chair of the Climate Action Network Australia (CANA), is passionate about the power of collaborative leadership to create systemic social change. Victoria is an Advisory Board Member of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (MSSI) at the University of Melbourne, and a Steering Committee member of the Forrest Gateway to the Otways project, developing a climate adaptation and community resilience facility in the Otway Ranges.

Yasmin Poole, Writer, Speaker and Youth Activist

Yasmin is an award-winning speaker, writer and youth advocate. She is Plan International’s National Ambassador and champions the importance of young women being heard in Australia’s political conversations. She has also been a commentator on prominent television programs such as Q+A, The Drum and The Project.
Yasmin is the Non-Executive Board Director of OzHarvest, Australia’s leading food rescue charity and YWCA, a national feminist organisation that has supported women and girls for 140 years. In 2019, Yasmin was the youngest member of the Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence and Top 40 Under 40 Most Influential Asian Australians. She was most recently named The Martin Luther King Jr Center’s 2021 Youth Influencer of the Year.

BREAKOUT SESSION 2C - FINANCING THE SDGs

Elyse Sainty​, Director, Impact Investing, Social Ventures Australia

Elyse has been at the forefront of the development of Social Impact Bonds and outcomes-based contracting in Australia for almost a decade. She leads SVA’s work in this space and has been instrumental in the development of each of the 8 SIBs that SVA has launched to date. She has also provided advisory support to a range of governments and service delivery organisations implementing outcomes-based contracts.  Elyse is a firm believer that the effort involved in putting together these transactions is worth it, as they force a deeper understanding of the drivers and cost of disadvantage, illuminate ‘what works’, and create partnerships with a meaningful and clear common purpose. Elyse’s thought leadership has been recognised through an Australian Impact Investment Outstanding Achievement Award.

Nicole Battle, President, Australian Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association

Nicole has been ANHCA President since 2019 and CEO of Neighbourhood Houses Victoria since May 2018. She is responsible for overseeing overall strategic operations and providing effective leadership for the sector. This includes ensuring a strong culture of governance and accountability and advocating to government and other external stakeholders to ensure the sustainability of the neighbourhood house sector now and into the future. Nicole previously worked in senior local government and not for profit sector roles as well as teaching politics and gender studies at Melbourne University.

Zarmeen Pavri, Partner, SDGx, Senior Advisor (Australia/NZ), Global Impact Investing Network and Non-Executive Director, U Ethical Investment Management

Zarmeen is a Partner at SDGx, a technology investment management and advisory group, focused on solutions that address the SDGs. She has over 25 years’ experience within the investment management, ESG, impact advisory, product development and commercialisation. Zarmeen was the Fund Manager for Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (DFAT) $20m social impact innovation and the specialist impact investment adviser to DFAT’s LAUNCH Food Program.

BREAKOUT SESSION 2D - GLOBAL MENTAL HEALTH

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PARTNERING WITH THE UN - AN INTERNATIONAL FOCUS

Darian Stibbe, Executive Director, The Partnering Initiative

Driven by a passionate belief in the power of collaboration to achieve prosperous, inclusive and sustainable business and society, Darian has for the last 16 years worked extensively with the United Nations, companies, NGOs, and governments with one aim: to drive the use of robust, effective partnerships for sustainable development worldwide.

Simona Marinescu, Resident Coordinator, United Nations

Ms. Marinescu has over 20 years of experience in international development coordination, economic diversification, and green growth, humanitarian and sustainable human development. She has held various positions, including those of Chief Development Impact at UNDP Headquarters in New York; first Director of the UNDP International Centre for Private Sector in Development in Istanbul, Turkey; and Senior Economist, Programme Director for Economic Reforms in Baghdad, Iraq.

AN EVENING WITH GILLIAN TRIGGS

Bianca Hall, Senior Journalist, The Age

Bianca Hall is City Editor for The Age. She has previously worked as a senior reporter, and in the Canberra Federal Politics Bureau. Bianca was the recipient of the 2019 Peter McMullin UNAA Study Tours Scholarship.

Gillian Triggs, Assistant Secretary-General, Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, UNHCR

Ms Triggs was appointed to the role by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in August 2019 after a long history of service to human rights and the refugee cause globally. Formerly, President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Ms Triggs now oversees UNHCR’s protection work for millions of refugees, internally displaced and stateless people. Gillian has been closely associated with a number of not-for-profit organizations throughout her career, including most recently as Chair of Justice Connect, an organization that connects 10,000 lawyers to provide pro bono advice to asylum-seekers and others in need of legal support in Australia. She is also the author of many books and papers on public international law.

Dr Lynn Arnold AO, former South Australian Premier and CEO of World Vision Australia

Prior to his appointment as Premier in 1992, Dr Arnold worked in the Labor Government for 11 years. He has extensive experience working with World Vision, having also served as Senior Director for World Vision International and World Vision’s Regional Vice-President for Asia and the Pacific. Dr Arnold was awarded the Order of Australia (AO) in 2004 for his services to the South Australian Parliament and development and humanitarian aid assistance. In 2013, he was ordained Deacon in the Anglican Church.

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