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CREATING PARTNERSHIPS

Victoria Thom, Partnership Broker and Trainer

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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SPEAKER PROFILES

Day 1: Tuesday 20 April 

CREATING PARTNERSHIPS

Victoria Thom, Partnership Broker and Trainer

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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

Alicia Darvall, Director, Regions and Partnerships, Sustainability Victoria

Alicia is an innovative leader focused on building collaborative partnerships, bridging cultures, sectors, and worldviews. Prior to joining SV, Alicia worked for B Lab, a non-profit whose initiatives include the B Corp Certification, businesses that meet the highest standards of social and environmental performance. She was the Director of Global Partners, responsible for the expansion of B Corporations around the world. From 2017 until 2020 she was the Chair of Melbourne Metropolitan Development Advisory Panel and Chair of the Inner South East Partnership – Metropolitan Partnership. Alicia plays a key role in delivering the Recycling Victoria initiative and helping Victorians live sustainably by acting on climate change and using resources wisely. She is also leading SV’s work on the Circular Economy Business Innovation Centre (CEBIC). The CEBIC brings together industry, universities and councils to develop new technologies and collaborate on creative solutions to food waste challenges.

Brooke Donnelly, CEO, Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation

Brooke has spent her career working in product stewardship, collective impact, recycling and sustainability. As CEO of the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO), Brooke leads APCO’s strategic direction to ensure effective collaboration between industry, government and consumers to drive significant positive environmental and circular economic activities for Australian communities.

Brooke is also co-founder of the Product Stewardship Alliance, a voluntary group working to accelerate Australia’s journey to a circular economy through product stewardship.

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

Susan works as an advisor and facilitator assisting clients in public, private, research and for purpose organisations to transition to a CIrcular Economy by setting goals and roadmaps, reviewing governance and creating partnerships, innovation and change. Susan’s prior governance experience includes elected roles in industry associations including the NSW Institute of Public Administration and the community cooperative, Reverse Garbage Truck. She has run programs and teams in NSW Government agencies and led the Inner Metropolitan Regional Organisation of Councils and Community Arts Marrickville. In 2021 Susan joined the National Board of UNAA as National Secretary.

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.

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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

Alison Chan, Director, Sustainable Finance, NAB

Alison joined NAB in 2019, bringing to NAB’s Sustainable Finance team an extensive background in structuring, risk assessment and execution of innovative transactions in the capital and bank lending markets across multiple jurisdictions. She has worked closely with NAB colleagues in Australia, NZ, UK, USA and Asia to help issuers of sustainable debt align their issuances with international best practice. Alison pursues her keen interest in transition finance as a member of ICMA’s Climate Transition Finance Working Group.

Alison started her career as a banking and finance lawyer with King Wood Mallesons in Sydney and spent 12 years with Clifford Chance in London before bringing her passion for sustainability and ethical practice to banking. Alison is a senior advisor to Climate Bonds Initiative, a well-respected NGO focussed on mobilising the global bond market for climate change solutions.

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.

Dr Michelle Evans, Associate Professor in Leadership, University of Melbourne

Dr Evans specialises in the areas of Indigenous leadership and entrepreneurship and is also Co-Founder and Program Director of the award winning MURRA Indigenous Business Masterclass Program, based at the Melbourne Business School. Prior to academia, Dr Evans was Founder of the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development at the Victorian College of Arts. She has been consulted by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, OECD and other public institutions as well as leading Australian organisations in development of their Reconciliation Action Plans.

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

Manager, Water Services Planning, Melbourne Water

Lauren is a civil and environmental engineer with some 17 years’ experience in the different aspects of water engineering, water resources planning, infrastructure, and regulation. Lauren is passionate about sustainable use of water, water efficiency and intelligent water resources planning. She has spent time working in the water sectors of the UK and the Philippines.

Lauren Rickards, School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, 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

Professor Barbara McPake, Director, Nossal Institute for Global Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health

Professor McPake, a health economist specialising in health policy and health systems research, was appointed Director of the Nossal Institute for Global Health within the School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne in July 2014. Professor McPake’s current interests are focused on the issues of health system transition in middle income settings in the Asia Pacific region and include research on the impact of non-communicable diseases on health seeking behaviour and out of pocket expenditure in India (supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) and the development of a program of One Health Economics initially focused on the Mekong region (supported by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research and the Australian government Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security).

Professor Marion Saville AM, Executive Director, VCS Foundation

Professor Marion Saville is a New Zealand medical graduate who trained in Anatomic Pathology at Northwestern University in Chicago. She went on to complete a fellowship in Cytopathology at East Carolina University and a research fellowship at Georgetown University, focussing on HPV. She has held the position of Executive Director of VCS Foundation Ltd. since 2000. Marion has served on cervical screening advisory committees in Australia, New Zealand and Ontario. Most recently she chaired the working group to review Australia’s Guidelines for the management of screen-detected abnormalities in the National Cervical Screening Program. Marion has focussed on research and implementation projects demonstrating that it is possible to deliver high quality, acceptable cervical screening in a range of resource poor settings including Malaysia, PNG and Samoa.  She is also interested in how culturally safe screening can meet the needs of disadvantaged groups who have poorer cancer outcomes, in Australia and New Zealand.  Marion was appointed as a member (AM) of the Order of Australia on Australia Day 2020 for her significant service to women’s health through cervical screening initiatives.

Professor Susan M Sawyer AM MBBS MD FRACP

Professor Susan M Sawyer AM MBBS MD FRACP holds the Geoff and Helen Handbury Chair of Adolescent Health at the University of Melbourne and is Director, Centre for Adolescent Health at the Royal Children’s Hospital, a World Health Organization collaborating centre. A paediatrician by training, Susan’s efforts have helped to extend global understandings of the importance of adolescents and their health and wellbeing, in Australia and globally. She has developed a suite of educational initiatives to close the global learning gap, including a Massive Open Online Course in Global Adolescent Health. Her research interests primarily relate to quality health care for adolescents. Susan is President, International Association for Adolescent Health. She has held numerous advisory roles for the WHO, and is the inaugural co-chair of an Australian Network of WHO collaborating Centres. 

Professor Tony Capon, Director, Monash Sustainable Development Institute

Tony Capon directs the Monash Sustainable Development Institute and holds a chair in Planetary Health in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University. He was a member of the Rockefeller Foundation–Lancet Commission on Planetary Health. A public health physician, Tony’s research focuses on urbanisation, sustainable development and human health. His career spans the local—as Director of Public Health and Medical Officer of Health in Western Sydney—to the global—as Director of the International Institute for Global Health at United Nations University (UNU-IIGH). Tony currently co-chairs the Future Earth Health Knowledge–Action Network.

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.

Jacyl Shaw, Global Director, GHD Digital D-Lab

Jacyl is passionate about driving impact at scale through digital innovation and storytelling. Bringing over 20 years’ delivering innovation experience, Jacyl provides tailored consulting services to clients from higher education, industry, start-ups, accelerator hubs, government and research agencies. In her work, Jacyl creates and delivers new value creation initiatives and ways to foster “innovative, creative” thinking and doing. In 2019, Jacyl was awarded Microsoft Executive of the Year at the Women in Digital Annual Awards.

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.

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SPEAKER PROFILES

Day 1: Tuesday 20 April 

WELCOME AND OPENING STATEMENTS

Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations

Ms Mohammed, Chair of the UN Sustainable Development Group, joined the UN in 2012 as Special Adviser to former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with responsibility for post-2015 development planning.

Ms Mohammed led the process that resulted in global agreement around the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the creation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Senator The Hon Marise Payne, Minister for Foreign Affairs

Marise Payne was appointed Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs on 28 August 2018. A Senator for NSW since 1997, she has more than two decades’ parliamentary experience including 12 years’ membership of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade. She is a former Minister for Defence and Minister for Human Services.

Professor Margaret Gardner AC, President and Vice Chancellor, Monash University

Professor Gardner became President and Vice-Chancellor of Monash University in September 2014. She is also a Director of the Group of Eight Universities and Infrastructure Victoria.
In 2020, Professor Gardner was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) for her eminent service to tertiary education through leadership and innovation in teaching and learning, research, and financial sustainability.

Lucy Stronach, 2021 Australian Youth Representative to the UN

Lucy Stronach is the current Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations.

Throughout 2021, Lucy is touring Australia to identify the concerns, needs and experiences of diverse and underrepresented young people before reporting to the Australian Government and United Nations General Assembly.

A graduate of studies in Criminology, Law, and Security, Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism, Lucy is a passionate advocate for youth justice in both the domestic and international spheres.

Her work has taken her to the streets of Mumbai to fight for the empowerment of sex workers, to juvenile prisons in San Diego to aid young offenders, and to the UNDP in Bangkok to work with youth leaders in the promotion of human rights and justice.

Sarah Meredith, Australian Country Director, Global Citizen

Global Citizen is a global movement of engaged citizens who are using their collective voice to end extreme poverty by 2030. Sarah comes to the role with more 13 years’ experience advising a number of Australia’s federal and state government Cabinet Ministers, including working as a Senior Adviser to the Australian Minister for the Environment. Sarah has represented Australia at a number of local and national forums, including as one of 50 young Australians selected to be a member of the Australian Government’s National Youth Roundtable.

Mario D'Elia, President, United Nations Association Australia (UNAA)

Mario is a former Partner at PwC, where he commenced and led its Infrastructure Advisory Practice for over 20 years. Mario has successfully provided strategic advice and leadership on iconic and ground-breaking projects and to government and the private sector.

ARE YOU FIT FOR PARTNERING?

Victoria Thom, Founder & Principal, Reimagine Action

Victoria’s purpose is to give power to voices that have been excluded, and build a fairer system for all. She is an experienced social impact strategist and internationally accredited partnership broker. Her career spans business consulting, international development and social enterprise, which gives her a unique view on how complex systems can be disrupted through shifts in thinking and effective multi-stakeholder collaboration and governance. Victoria holds a Graduate Certificate in Social Impact from Melbourne Business School and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is Regional Director, Oceania for The Partnering Initiative and accredited Partnership Broker with The Partnership Brokers’ Association.

Alice Greenhill, Sustainability Manager, Yarra Valley Water

A Sustainability Manager and ‘Regenerative Practitioner’, Alice is dedicated to catalysing and driving systemic change for the benefit of society and the environment. At Yarra Valley Water, Alice leads the organisation’s strategic approach towards building its regenerative thinking capabilities and integrating environmental and social outcomes into its functions. Alice also sits on the board of the United Nations Association of Australia (Victoria) to support it in driving forward Victoria’s contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Donnella Mills, Chair, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO)

Donnella Mills is a proud Torres Strait Islander woman with ancestral and family links to Masig and Nagir. She is Deputy Chair of Wuchopperen Health Service, Chair of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation – NACCHO and member of James Cook University Council.  She is a Cairns-based lawyer with LawRight, a Community Legal Centre which coordinates the provision of pro-bono civil legal services to disadvantaged and vulnerable members of the community. 

Donnella is currently the project lawyer for the Wuchopperen Health Justice Partnership. This innovative HJP is an exciting model of care providing access to justice in a community-controlled setting, where lawyers and health professionals collaborate to achieve improved health, social, emotional and spiritual well-being outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

BREAKOUT SESSION 1A - CIRCULAR ECONOMY AND CLIMATE

Ainsley Simpson, CEO, ISCA – Infrastructure Sustainability Council Australia

Ainsley fosters partnerships to advance sustainability; enabling industry to deliver infrastructure for our all communities. She has worked in an executive level at ASX listed organisations, with operational roles in the public sector. Her journey with ISCA has included the deployment and continuous development of IS Rating Scheme, as well as actively investing in building capacity in the ANZ infrastructure industry. Prior to migrating to Australia, she actively participated in multi-scale housing and civil infrastructure projects in Southern Africa. Project involvement spans environmental assessment and management for transport infrastructure as well as utilities, including transmission assets, water networks, waste facilities and telecommunications. With a keen interest in building capacity and accelerating approvals processes, she specialised in the development of local and state government decision-support tools for sustainable planning and management.

Alicia Darvall, Director, Regions and Partnerships, Sustainability Victoria

Alicia is an innovative leader focused on building collaborative partnerships, bridging cultures, sectors, and worldviews. Prior to joining SV, Alicia worked for B Lab, a non-profit whose initiatives include the B Corp Certification, businesses that meet the highest standards of social and environmental performance. She was the Director of Global Partners, responsible for the expansion of B Corporations around the world. From 2017 until 2020 she was the Chair of Melbourne Metropolitan Development Advisory Panel and Chair of the Inner South East Partnership – Metropolitan Partnership. Alicia plays a key role in delivering the Recycling Victoria initiative and helping Victorians live sustainably by acting on climate change and using resources wisely. She is also leading SV’s work on the Circular Economy Business Innovation Centre (CEBIC). The CEBIC brings together industry, universities and councils to develop new technologies and collaborate on creative solutions to food waste challenges.

Brooke Donnelly, CEO, Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation

Brooke has spent her career working in product stewardship, collective impact, recycling and sustainability. As CEO of the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO), Brooke leads APCO’s strategic direction to ensure effective collaboration between industry, government and consumers to drive significant positive environmental and circular economic activities for Australian communities.

Brooke is also co-founder of the Product Stewardship Alliance, a voluntary group working to accelerate Australia’s journey to a circular economy through product stewardship.

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

Susan works as an advisor and facilitator assisting clients in public, private, research and for purpose organisations to transition to a CIrcular Economy by setting goals and roadmaps, reviewing governance and creating partnerships, innovation and change. Susan’s prior governance experience includes elected roles in industry associations including the NSW Institute of Public Administration and the community cooperative, Reverse Garbage Truck. She has run programs and teams in NSW Government agencies and led the Inner Metropolitan Regional Organisation of Councils and Community Arts Marrickville. In 2021 Susan joined the National Board of UNAA as National Secretary.

BREAKOUT SESSION 1B - ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN AND GIRLS

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.

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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.

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

Alison Chan, Director, Sustainable Finance, NAB

Alison joined NAB in 2019, bringing to NAB’s Sustainable Finance team an extensive background in structuring, risk assessment and execution of innovative transactions in the capital and bank lending markets across multiple jurisdictions. She has worked closely with NAB colleagues in Australia, NZ, UK, USA and Asia to help issuers of sustainable debt align their issuances with international best practice. Alison pursues her keen interest in transition finance as a member of ICMA’s Climate Transition Finance Working Group.

Alison started her career as a banking and finance lawyer with King Wood Mallesons in Sydney and spent 12 years with Clifford Chance in London before bringing her passion for sustainability and ethical practice to banking. Alison is a senior advisor to Climate Bonds Initiative, a well-respected NGO focussed on mobilising the global bond market for climate change solutions.

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 - SUSTAINABLE RECONCILIATION

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.

Dr Michelle Evans, Associate Professor in Leadership, University of Melbourne

Dr Evans specialises in the areas of Indigenous leadership and entrepreneurship and is also Co-Founder and Program Director of the award winning MURRA Indigenous Business Masterclass Program, based at the Melbourne Business School. Prior to academia, Dr Evans was Founder of the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development at the Victorian College of Arts. She has been consulted by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, OECD and other public institutions as well as leading Australian organisations in development of their Reconciliation Action Plans.

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

Lauren Mittiga, Manager, Water Services Planning, Melbourne Water

Lauren is a civil and environmental engineer with some 17 years’ experience in the different aspects of water engineering, water resources planning, infrastructure, and regulation. Lauren is passionate about sustainable use of water, water efficiency and intelligent water resources planning. She has spent time working in the water sectors of the UK and the Philippines.

Lauren Rickards, School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, 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. In July 2015 he returned to Australia to take up the position of Regional Director. Before joining ICLEI Steve held senior management positions in Australian local governments in Victoria and South Australia for over 20 years, including seven years as CEO.

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 HEALTH

Professor Barbara McPake, Director, Nossal Institute for Global Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health

Professor McPake, a health economist specialising in health policy and health systems research, was appointed Director of the Nossal Institute for Global Health within the School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne in July 2014. Professor McPake’s current interests are focused on the issues of health system transition in middle income settings in the Asia Pacific region and include research on the impact of non-communicable diseases on health seeking behaviour and out of pocket expenditure in India (supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) and the development of a program of One Health Economics initially focused on the Mekong region (supported by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research and the Australian government Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security).

Professor Marion Saville AM, Executive Director, VCS Foundation

Professor Marion Saville is a New Zealand medical graduate who trained in Anatomic Pathology at Northwestern University in Chicago. She went on to complete a fellowship in Cytopathology at East Carolina University and a research fellowship at Georgetown University, focussing on HPV. She has held the position of Executive Director of VCS Foundation Ltd. since 2000. Marion has served on cervical screening advisory committees in Australia, New Zealand and Ontario. Most recently she chaired the working group to review Australia’s Guidelines for the management of screen-detected abnormalities in the National Cervical Screening Program. Marion has focussed on research and implementation projects demonstrating that it is possible to deliver high quality, acceptable cervical screening in a range of resource poor settings including Malaysia, PNG and Samoa.  She is also interested in how culturally safe screening can meet the needs of disadvantaged groups who have poorer cancer outcomes, in Australia and New Zealand.  Marion was appointed as a member (AM) of the Order of Australia on Australia Day 2020 for her significant service to women’s health through cervical screening initiatives.

Professor Susan M Sawyer AM, Centre for Adolescent Health Royal Children’s Hospital; University of Melbourne

Professor Susan M Sawyer AM MBBS MD FRACP holds the Geoff and Helen Handbury Chair of Adolescent Health at the University of Melbourne and is Director, Centre for Adolescent Health at the Royal Children’s Hospital, a World Health Organization collaborating centre. A paediatrician by training, Susan’s efforts have helped to extend global understandings of the importance of adolescents and their health and wellbeing, in Australia and globally. She has developed a suite of educational initiatives to close the global learning gap, including a Massive Open Online Course in Global Adolescent Health. Her research interests primarily relate to quality health care for adolescents. Susan is President, International Association for Adolescent Health. She has held numerous advisory roles for the WHO, and is the inaugural co-chair of an Australian Network of WHO collaborating Centres. 

Professor Tony Capon, Director, Monash Sustainable Development Institute

Tony Capon directs the Monash Sustainable Development Institute and holds a chair in Planetary Health in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University. He was a member of the Rockefeller Foundation–Lancet Commission on Planetary Health. A public health physician, Tony’s research focuses on urbanisation, sustainable development and human health. His career spans the local—as Director of Public Health and Medical Officer of Health in Western Sydney—to the global—as Director of the International Institute for Global Health at United Nations University (UNU-IIGH). Tony currently co-chairs the Future Earth Health Knowledge–Action Network.

PARTNERING WITH THE UN - AN INTERNATIONAL FOCUS

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.

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.

Jacyl Shaw, Global Director, GHD Digital D-Lab

Jacyl is passionate about driving impact at scale through digital innovation and storytelling. Bringing over 20 years’ delivering innovation experience, Jacyl provides tailored consulting services to clients from higher education, industry, start-ups, accelerator hubs, government and research agencies. In her work, Jacyl creates and delivers new value creation initiatives and ways to foster “innovative, creative” thinking and doing. In 2019, Jacyl was awarded Microsoft Executive of the Year at the Women in Digital Annual Awards.

 Andrew Petersen, CEO, Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia

Andrew has over 25 years’ environmental and planning law and policy experience as well as 10 years at a CEO and Director level in the not-for-profit sector initiating and driving systems change in policy and sustainable development through project design and delivery.

His current career focuses on the strategic delivery of six workstreams (Circular Economy, Cities and Mobility, Energy & Climate, Food, Nature and Water, People, and Redefining Value) for over 70 private, public and academic members at the Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia (known prior to 2018 as Sustainable Business Australia) as network partner with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the We Mean Business Coalition and the Business for Nature Coalition.

Dr Angela Pratt, Director, Director, WHO Western Pacific

Dr Angela Pratt works in the World Health Organization’s Western Pacific Regional Office in Manila, where she is the Director of the Office of the Regional Director, Dr Takeshi Kasai, Director of Communications and External Relations, and acting Director of the Division of Healthy Populations and Environments. Before moving to her current role, Angela worked in the WHO’s China office in Beijing, where she led the WHO's work on tobacco control for over 4 years. Before joining WHO, Angela was Chief of Staff to the former Australian Minister for Health, the Honourable Nicola Roxon. During this time, Angela was intimately involved in delivering Australia's world-first tobacco plain packaging laws.

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.

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.