Speakers

  • Ali Abbas
    Associate Professor, The University of Sydney

    Associate Professor Ali Abbas received both his Bachelors and PhD in Chemical Engineering from University of Sydney, Australia. He held a lecturing contract at the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Sydney before joining, in 2004, the new School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He was appointed, in 2007, to the lecturing position at UNSW Asia in Chemical Engineering in the Division of Engineering Science and Technology. Associate Professor Abbas returned to the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Sydney later in 2007.

    His engineering research is in the area of Process Systems Engineering with emphasis on model-based optimal operation of particulate, energy and bio- systems. He has strong interests in education and teaching with particular focus on curriculum design and integration as well as on experiential e-learning and virtual worlds (such as the University's Second Life world).

  • Narelle Anderson
    Founder & Managing Director
    Envirobank Recycling
  • Rachel Burgess
    Assistant Secretary (A/g) | Waste Regulation and Stewardship Branch, Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

    Since joining the national waste and recycling taskforce in December 2019, Rachel has been an integral member of the leadership team that secured final agreement by Commonwealth, State, Territory and local governments to the waste export ban. She has been the driving force behind the Recycling and Waste Reduction Act that implements the waste export ban and reformed existing product stewardship legislation.

    Rachel now heads up the Waste Regulation and Stewardship Branch, which implements the waste export ban, the National Television and Computer Recycling scheme, Hazardous Waste Regulation of Exports and Imports, and Product Stewardship for Oil.

    Before this, Rachel spent 10 years working in climate change for the Australian Public Service.

  • Deb Cailes
    Director – Waste and Recycling, City of Melbourne

    Deb has a broad executive leadership history translating her background in Chemistry across transformational change in pharmaceutical companies, local councils and government commissions.  Passionate about waste reduction, Deb focuses on building well designed systems that encourage positive participation and enable resource utilisation. This now extends to resource management within the Capital City Council of Melbourne.   

    Harnessing the wisdom of many, Deb is building a team who lead circular economy action as well as balancing City essential services with liveability.

  • Kathryn Cassidy
    Group Sustainability Manager, Downer Group

    I am the Group Manager Sustainability at Downer and was previously National Sustainability Manager for the Property & Asset Management business at JLL.

    I have a Bachelor and Master’s in Environmental Engineering and have worked in sustainability in property, local government and corporate reporting for more than 15 years in Australia and the UK.

    Downer designs, builds and sustains assets, infrastructure and facilities and we are the leading provider of integrated services in Australia and New Zealand working in transport, utilities, facilities asset services.

    Downer is known in the waste industry for producing various road pavement products from recycled materials for example Reconophalt; our Reconomy business which operates a recycling facility at Rosehill that recovers materials from street sweepings for use in our road pavements; and we hold a 50 per cent shareholding in Victoria-based waste-to-resource business Repurpose It.

    The Environment and Sustainability team embeds sustainability into business strategy, is responsible for the Sustainability Corporate reporting and provides functional support to the operations.

  • Ryan Collins
    Head of Circular Economy Programs, Planet Ark

    After nearly a decade working in the banking and finance industry Ryan was drawn to a career in environmental conservation that saw him work in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Fiji. With a background in psychology and environmental management, Ryan’s role at Planet Ark since 2012 has been focused on developing engaging and positive environmental behaviour change programs to help everyone recycle and reduce waste.

  • Brooke Donnelly
    Chief Executive Officer
    Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation
  • Kylie Douglas
    Senior Landfill Engineer, City of Greater Bendigo

    I studied at LaTrobe University Bendigo and graduated in 2009 with a double degree in Environmental Engineering and Biochemistry. Upon graduating, I became a committee member of the Bendigo Engineers Australia Committee, a position I still hold. Over the next 8 years after graduation, I lectured across all years of the Civil Engineering degree in various subjects, both in Bendigo and Bundoora and was awarded the Pro-Vice Chancellor’s Award in July 2017. In September 2017 I took up the role of Senior Landfill Engineer with the City of Greater Bendigo. Few can say that they have landed their dream job, however this job is the reason I studied Environmental Engineering and Biochemistry. It is the ultimate combination of use of my qualifications and allows me to work in an area that I am deeply passionate about – Resource Recovery and Education. This role allows me to work with the staff on the ground and actively explore ways that diversion from landfill can be achieved. With the Eaglehawk Landfill having an expected life dependency of only 1.5 years, exploring ways to divert and prolong the life of the landfill are paramount. It is a constantly changing role, challenging and incredibly rewarding.

    In addition to my role with the City of Greater Bendigo, I am also an active member of WMRR Victoria Landfills Division and I am the current Chair of the Loddon Mallee Waste and Resource Recovery Technical Committee. I also participated as an active member of the consulting working groups on the new EP Act and subsequent Regulations due to be implemented in Victoria, July 2021.

  • Ian Hansel
    Director , Verge Labs

    Ian Hansel is a Director of Verge Labs, a company empowering businesses through Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. Verge Labs bridges the gap between business and cutting-edge research applications.

    Ian has led data teams in corporations across many industries including insurance, retail, marketing, and technology. He also teaches data science and is a distinguished faculty member of General Assembly, provides mentoring to UTS students and guest lectures at Melbourne Business School.

  • Dr Britta Denise Hardesty
    Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere

    A research scientist in CSIRO’s Oceans and Atmosphere, Denise has been actively focusing her research on plastic pollution and illegal fishing for the last 14+ years. Her team takes a risk-based approach to addressing impacts on wildlife, people, and economies from waste, focusing on drivers for litter losses into the environment, and waste policy effectiveness. Increasing, the team is using AI for multiple applications, including to identify and quantify waste leaking to the environment, and to identify vessels and on-water activities. She believes strongly in the contribution of communities, having worked with more than 8,000 citizen scientists to help tackle global challenges.

  • Ricki Hersburgh
    Executive Director, Plastic Oceans Australasia

    Ricki is a dynamic executive manager with over 25 years’ experience in environmental sustainability, waste resource management and the not-for-profit sector. An avid ocean lover, Ricki is passionate to imbue generational change to ensure our blue planet can endure the ongoing impact of human activity on aquatic life.

  • Terrie-Ann Johnson
    Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Clean Up Australia

    Terrie-Ann Johnson joined Clean Up Australia in 2003 as Corporate Affairs Manager.

    Since then she has held several management positions developing and leading the delivery and evaluation of all of Clean Up Australia’s campaigns and projects including Clean Up Australia Day, Clean Up the World, Clean Water and Towards Zero Waste.

    In 2007 Terrie-Ann was appointed Chief Executive, responsible for strategic planning, advocacy, people management, fundraising, compliance, communication and stakeholder management, financial controls and business ethics.
    In 2012 she was appointed to the Board of Clean Up Australia Limited as Managing Director.

    During the span of her 30 years as a professional communicator, Terrie-Ann has worked with a vast array of specialist services organisations including Rubicon Point, Perpetual Trustees, Lend Lease Corporation, MLC Limited, Business Men’s Assurance, Mercantile Mutual Insurance (Australia) Limited and The Scout Association of Australia (NSW).

    She has also held multiple Board and Committee Memberships including the NSW Government Sports Advisory Committee, International Association of Business Communicators, the United Grand Lodge of NSW and ACT, Surf Life Saving Australia, the Westpac Helicopter Rescue Service and most recently Clean Up Australia Limited.

    Terrie-Ann is a graduate of the University of Technology, NSW, Australia (Bachelor of Arts), and Charles Sturt University (Master of Arts).

  • Sarah King
    Senior Research Consultant – Circular Economy, CSIRO

    Sarah is a Senior Research Consultant working at CSIRO, Australia’s National Science Agency. Research interests are innovation networks, industry transformation and industrial symbiosis. Sarah developed and delivered ASPIRE (Advisory System for Processing, Innovation and Resource Exchange), an award-winning, Australian innovation. ASPIRE is an internet marketplace that helps firms find alternatives for waste or by-products, create new business to business collaboration and gain access to innovation partners.

    Sarah has almost twenty years of innovation and entrepreneurship experience in business development, managing and delivering industry research in Manufacturing, Forestry, Agriculture and IT sectors. Bachelor of Forestry Science from Canterbury University and a Masters in Corporate Environmental Sustainability Management from Monash University. Currently a part-time PhD candidate at the University of Technology Swinburne, researching innovation networks and sustainable transitions.

  • Guada Lado
    Regional Waste Coordinator, Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC)

    For the past six years, Guada has worked with nine councils to deliver the Western Sydney Regional Waste Strategy, working on issues that are common challenges to councils across the region. A key challenge has been the changing urban landscape of the region and increasing population growth, which highlight systemic problems due to the lack of recognition of waste as an essential service.

  • Janet Leslie
    Manager – Sustainability, Canon Australia

    Janet Leslie is the Sustainability Manager for Canon Oceania. Canon is well known for its commitment to research and development and innovative, high quality products. Probably less well known is its long- term investment in recycling technology and the development of materials and products that are easy to recycle and reuse.

    Janet was involved in the development of the National TV and Computer Recycling Scheme. She was instrumental in establishing the Australian New Zealand Recycling Platform (ANZRP) as an independent, not for profit industry- run product stewardship organisation.  Janet remains a Director of ANZRP and has been active for over 15 years in the Cartridges for Planet Ark Program and ABRI the Australian Battery Recycling Initiative. Canon is also a member of the Australian Packaging Covenant and the Battery Stewardship Council.  Janet is the Chair of the Australian Information Industry Corporate Social Responsibility Policy Advisory Network (CSR PAN) and is a strong advocate for National, multi stakeholder product Stewardship Schemes.

  • Tanya Lewis
    The Eco Organiser / Author , Ecoorganiser.com / Stuff Off & Ethically Declutter Your Home in 30 Days

    Tanya Lewis aka The Eco Organiser® Motivational Speaker, Waste Coach, Author and Sustainable Interior Designer has a simple philosophy borrowed from Gandhi

    “Live simply, so others can simply live”

    Tanya Lewis created Eco Organiser® after realising her passion was helping people reduce waste, organise their time and space- and to do it in an environmentally responsible way.

    Founder of The10R’s© Tanya helps society rethink and organise their way to a sustainable future and more time for the really important things in your life.

    Tanya is on a mission to teach people that being organised won’t cost the earth.

    From the Australian bush to big city corporates, state and local government to the UK and Sydney Opera House over 8000 people have attended her interactive workshops and webinars, demonstrating how easy it is to reduce waste, save time, money and help protect the planet.
    Since starting her business Eco Organiser® has helped divert an estimated 44 000 kg of waste from landfill.

    The10R’s
    Rethink Responsible Refuse Repurpose Reorganise Repair Reduce Reuse Recycle Reward

  • Dr Helen Lewis
    Principal
    Helen Lewis Research
  • Soko Made
    City Government Zero Waste Senior Coordinator, San Francisco Department of Environment

    Ms. Soko Made has over fifteen years of experience in zero waste and is hoping to make a difference. She is the City Government Zero Waste Senior Coordinator at the San Francisco Department of the Environment, where she plays an integral role in the city government sector to increase awareness and compliance of City environmental ordinances and regulations. Ms. Made assists with several zero waste programs including promoting reuse of City owned surplus materials through the City’s online exchange system, implementing recycling and composting programs for City Departments, and developing contract specifications that support responsible production and consumption. She also educates City employees on the importance of leading by example when it comes to zero waste principles. Ms. Made received her Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Geology from Saint Louis University and Master of Science in Environmental Management (MSEM) degree from the University of San Francisco.

  • Susan Mizrahi
    Chief Sustainability Officer
    Australia Post
  • Julie Morgan
    Executive Director - Environment & Sustainability, Transport for NSW

    Julie has over 25 years’ experience in the NSW public sector developing and implementing strategy, delivering large and complex projects, and managing operations. 

    She is a lawyer and spent a decade in legal practice at the NSW Director of Public Prosecutions and Legal Aid NSW before moving to the health sector to work with NSW Ambulance. 

    Julie joined Transport in 2017 in the Safety, Environment and Regulation Division and is now the Executive Director Environment & Sustainability.  She is a strong advocate for sustainability and ensuring that early project decisions translate into sustainable outcomes. Julie is also a member of the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) Board.

  • Pamela Naidoo-Ameglio
    Group Executive – Nuclear Precinct, ANSTO

    Pamela is an Executive leader with a background in technology, mining, geoscience, operational and corporate roles in public and private sector corporations and NFPs in Africa and Australasia. She focusses on the overlap of major projects and operations with stakeholder engagement and decision-making at Executive and Board level.

    As Group Executive of the Nuclear Precinct, which brings together the full scope of nuclear medicine production, OPAL research reactor operations, nuclear waste operations, minerals and radiation services,  Pamela brings her strengths of collaboration and engagement to translating business objectives into safe operational outcomes and inspiring teams to strive for sustainability and continuous improvement.

    Pamela joined ANSTO in 2018 after 24 years in the mining industry including leadership roles at South 32, BHP, Rio Tinto and De Beers. She has a strong track record of successful project management, inclusive communication and staff capability development.

    Pamela has played leading roles in transformation of professional member organisations such as the Geological Society of South Africa (GSSA) and in breaking down gender barriers, founding Women in Mining South Africa (WIMSA).  She was recognised in the inaugural 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining (2013).

    Pamela is an Executive Director of Australian Nuclear Medicine (ANM), Non-executive Director of Gyrolag and Exige and is a past Board member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM).

  • Diarmaid O’Mordha
    Group Quality Assurance and Sustainability Manager, Endeavour Drinks Group

    Diarmaid is the Group Quality and Sustainability Manager at Endeavour Group and chair of the Wine Industry Sustainable Packaging Alliance (WISPA). Endeavour Group was created in 2020 through the restructure and merger of the Woolworths Group drinks and hospitality businesses. These businesses form the leading customer franchise in drinks and hospitality in Australia. United behind a common purpose of ‘Creating a more sociable future together’, with more than 1600 stores and 330 hotels nationally, it includes the leading brands Dan Murphy’s, BWS, and ALH Hotels. Diarmaid is responsible for ensuring the highest standards for safety, quality, compliance and sustainability of the products sold through Dan Murphy's and BWS are maintained.

    As chair of the Wine Industry Sustainable Packaging Alliance (WISPA), Diarmaid has been instrumental in leading a collaborative industry working group to improve packaging sustainability across the wine supply chain. For his work with WISPA, he was the recipient of the inaugural 2019 APCO Sustainability Champion award.

    He holds a Bachelor of Science Honours in Industrial Microbiology and Master’s in Business Administration and has over 20 years drinks industry experience in Australia and Ireland.

  • Blaise Porter
    Director Responsible Business – Oceania, Fujitsu Australia

    Blaise believes technology can deliver inclusive and sustainable benefits for society – and as Director of Responsible Business at Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand, she gets the job of putting it into practice! She directs Fujitsu’s sustainability, community and Indigenous programs; ensuring Fujitsu delivers value to customers and society.  The wide-ranging sustainability practice includes both internal and external ICT sustainability consulting, energy, waste, product stewardship and employee engagement across the region.  A passionate advocate for diversity in the ICT industry, she sits on Fujitsu’s D&I council and has chaired their Reconciliation Action Committee since 2016, and is currently completing her Masters in Sustainability & Climate Policy.

  • Camille Reed
    Founder and Chief Executive Officer, ACTA – Australasian Circular Textile Association

    Camille Reed is renowned in the industry for her can-do attitude and feverous passion for sustainability. Camille has proudly aligned herself through partnerships with National and International circular economy experts founding and leading Australia's newest and largest textile association, the Australasian Circular Textile Association (ACTA). ACTA is here to support and facilitate the acceleration toward a circular economy for the textiles sector. And, never one to sit back and wait for change,

    Camille is recognised as a world leader in fashion sustainability founding The Australian Circular Fashion Conference (ACFC) – a unique, annual event, collectively supporting Australia and New Zealand's apparel and textiles industry to build sustainable and circular businesses underpinned by best practice. The next 2-day ACFC event will be held September 2021

  • Graham Ross
    Co-Founder, BlockTexx

    Graham Ross is an entrepreneur and environmentalist with a world-leading focus on textile sustainability and innovation. 

    Graham is co-founder of BlockTexx, an Australian clean technology company that has developed patent pending technology to recover value from unwanted clothing through its separation of fibre technology (S.O.F.T.™) 

    Graham is also founder & CEO of Kusaga Athletic, creator of the Greenest T-shirt on the Planet which needs just 1% of the water used to make a regular cotton tee. Kusaga Athletic has been awarded
    B Corp - Best for the World in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

    Graham’s determination to drive positive change in the textile industry comes down to one question: If not us, then who?

  • Veena Sahajwalla
    Professor, SMaRT Centre, University of New South Wales

    Professor Veena Sahajwalla is an internationally recognised materials scientist, engineer, and inventor revolutionising recycling science. She is renowned for pioneering the high temperature transformation of waste in the production of a new generation of ‘green materials.’ In 2018, Veena launched the world’s first e-waste micro factory and in 2019 she launched her plastics micro factory, a recycling technology breakthrough. She is producing a new generation of green materials and products made entirely, or primarily, from waste. In 2019 she was appointed inaugural Director of the Circular Economy Innovation Network by the NSW Government through its Office of Chief Scientist and Engineer.

  • Dr David Soldani
    Adj. Professor / CTSO Huawei (ASIA Pacific Region), UNSW / Huawei

    David Soldani received a Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in Engineering with full marks and magna cum laude approbatur from the University of Florence, Italy, in 1994; and a Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) degree in Technology with distinction from Helsinki University of Technology, Finland, in 2006. In 2014, 2016 and 2018 he was appointed Visiting Professor, Industry Professor, and Adjunct Professor at University of Surrey, UK, University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Australia, and University of New South Wales (UNSW), respectively. D. Soldani is currently at Huawei Technologies and, since 2018, he has been serving as Chief Technology (CTO) and Cyber Security Officer (CSO) within the ASIA Pacific Region, and, since 2020, as Chairman of the IMDA 5G task force, in Singapore. Prior to that he was Head of 5G Technology, e2e, Global, at Nokia; and Head of Central Research Institute (CRI) and VP Strategic Research and Innovation in Europe, at Huawei European Research Centre (ERC). David can be reached online at https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-david-soldani/

  • Margaret Stuart
    Head of Corporate Affairs, Nestlé Oceania

    Margaret is Head of Corporate Affairs at Nestlé Oceania, where she is responsible for communications and public affairs across the region. In this role, Margaret works in areas as diverse as nutrition, human rights and environmental sustainability, working across a portfolio of iconic food and beverage brands. She has a broad corporate affairs background, particularly in the healthcare, food and agribusiness sectors.

    Most recently, Margaret has been involved in developing Nestlé’s vision for a better future for soft plastic packaging in Australia.

  • Phil Woods
    Strategy Manager – Resource Recovery and Circular Economy
    Sydney Water