The Hon Bob Carr
Professor the Honourable Bob Carr is Director of the Australia-China Relations Institute at the University of Technology, Sydney, a think tank focused on Australia-China relations. He was Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs March 2012 to September 2013. He is also the longest continuously serving Premier in New South Wales history, having served for 10 years between 1995 and 2005. Prior to that he served as Minister for Planning and Environment 1984 to 1988 and as Leader of the Opposition from 1988 until his election as Premier in March 1995.
As Premier he received the World Conservation Union International Parks Merit Award for creating 350 new national parks. He introduced the world’s first carbon trading scheme and curbed the clearing of native vegetation, both anti-greenhouse measures. He was a member of the International Task Force on Climate Change convened by Tony Blair, and was made a life member of the Wilderness Society in 2003.
Bob Carr has received the Fulbright Distinguished Fellow Award Scholarship. He has served as Honorary Scholar of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue and is the author of Thoughtlines (2002), What Australia Means to Me (2003), My Reading Life (2008) and Diary of a Foreign Minister (2014).
Professor Ross Garnaut AO
Professor Ross Garnaut AO is a Professorial Research Fellow in Economics at the University of Melbourne (since 2008). Earlier at the Australian National University he was Distinguished Professor of Economics (2007-2013) and before that longstanding Head of the Division of Economics in the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies. He has been awarded the degrees honoris causa of Doctor of Letters from the Australian National University and Doctor of Science from the University of Sydney. He is an Honorary Professor of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and of Renmin University, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences, a Distinguished Fellow of the Australian Economics Society and a Distinguished Life Member of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society. Professor Garnaut has been Chairman of the Australian Centre for International Economic Research (1994-2000) and Trustee (2003-2006) and Chairman (2006-2010) of the International Food Policy Research Institute. He was the senior economic policy official in Papua New Guinea’s Department of Finance in the years straddling Independence in 1975, principal economic adviser to Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke 1983-1985, and Australian Ambassador to China 1985-1988.
Professor Garnaut is the author of numerous books, monographs and articles in scholarly journals on international economics, public finance and economic development, particularly in relation to East Asia and the Southwest Pacific. Recent books include The Great Crash of 2008 (with David Llewellyn-Smith, Melbourne University Publishing 2009) and Dog Days: Australia After the Boom (BlackInc 2013). He is the author of a number of influential reports to Government, including Australia and the Northeast Asian Ascendancy (Australian Government Publishing 1989), The Garnaut Climate Change Review (Cambridge University Press 2008) and The Garnaut Review 2011: Australia and the Global Response to Climate Change (Cambridge University Press 2011).
Professor Garnaut chaired the boards of major Australian and international companies continuously from 1988 to 2013, including Lihir Gold Ltd (1995-2010); Bank of Western Australia Ltd (1988-1995); Primary Industry Bank of Australia Ltd (1989-1994); Papua New Guinea Sustainable Development Limited Pty Ltd (2002-2012) and its subsidiary Ok Tedi Mining Limited; Lonely Planet Pty Ltd; Aluminium Smelters of Victoria Ltd.
Prior to her appointment as the Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the Clean Energy Regulator, Ms Munro was the Chair of the National Water Commission; the Independent Non-executive Chairman of AquaSure, the consortium building Victoria’s desalination plant; and a non-executive director of Hydro Tasmania.
From February 2004 until July 2009, Ms Munro was an executive director of Telstra. She held leadership positions in human resources, business operations, information technology, public policy and communications, and customer service.
Ms Munro served in the Victorian public sector from 1996 to 2004, in the positions of Secretary of the Department of Primary Industries, Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment, and Deputy Secretary of the Department of Treasury and Finance. In the Department of Treasury and Finance, she headed the division implementing Victoria’s energy reform and privatisation program. Early in her career she worked in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors in Kenya, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
Ms Munro holds master’s degrees in mathematics and philosophy from Cambridge University and in business administration from the University of Westminster. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and the Institute of Public Administration Australia and was awarded a Centenary Medal for outstanding contribution to public administration in 2001. Most recently, Ms Munro was appointed as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering in recognition of her work in major infrastructure and natural resource markets.
Councillor Robyn Kemmis
Deputy Lord Mayor City of Sydney
Councillor Robyn Kemmis (BA(Hons) (UNE), MA (Essex), HonDUniv (UTS)) is an experienced administrator who was previously the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration) at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). Prior to joining UTS, Robyn held a number of senior management positions within the NSW public service. She has studied and worked at the University of New England and the University of Essex as a researcher and tutor, and has worked in publishing and tourism in London.
Robyn has a long-standing interest in equal opportunity and has pursued that interest both personally and in her professional life
Hugo Llorens arrived in Sydney October 3, 2013 to become Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate General with responsibility for the region encompassing New South Wales, Queensland and Norfolk Island. Previously, he served as the Assistant Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan from May 2012 to June 2013. In that position, he served as the Chief Operating Officer of the largest Embassy in the world with a combined staff of 3,000 U.S. local and Third Country employees representing 19 U.S. government agencies.
Prior to his assignment in Afghanistan, Llorens was Ambassador-in-Residence at the National War College in Fort McNair, Washington DC. He also served as U.S. Ambassador to Honduras from September 2008 to July 2011. Prior to his nomination and confirmation as Ambassador, he served for two years as the Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) at the American Embassy in Madrid, where he took up his duties September 1, 2006. Ambassador Llorens was also Deputy Chief of Mission at the American Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he served for three years from August 2003 until July 2006.
Mr. Llorens received his Master of Science in National Security Studies, National War College in 1997; Master of Arts in Economics, University of Kent at Canterbury, England in 1980; and Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in 1977.
Currently Chief Operating Officer, Commercial for CPA Australia, Adam has been with the organisation for 14 years. Adam is responsible for the provision of strategic advice to the Chief Executive and Board on financial, commercial and business strategy. With a responsibility for more than 200 staff across 19 offices internationally, Adam leads the Technology, Strategic Planning, Finance, Property Management, Member Administration, Board Secretariat, Procurement & Business Services, People & Culture, Business Development and Brand portfolio’s. Adam is also Chair or member of a number of Government Audit Committees. Prior to CPA Australia, Adam worked with the Victorian Government Departments of Treasury and Finance and Human Services.
Martijn Wilder AM
Martijn Wilder AM is head of Baker & McKenzie’s Global Environmental Markets practice. He has written extensively on the legal liability of Directors and Trustees to address climate change risks. Martijn is a Board Member of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), Chair of the NSW Climate Change Council, on the governing board of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) and a Director and Governor of WWF and the Climate Council. Martijn is a Professor of Climate Change Law at the Australian National University. He is currently Chairing the Independent Review Committee of the Victorian Climate Change Act. In 2012, Martijn was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition for "service to environmental law, particularly in the area of climate change through contributions to the development of law, global regulation, public policy and the promotion of public debate, and to the community".
Chas Roy-Chowdhury is Head of Taxation at ACCA. He has a degree in Applied Economics as well as being a fellow of ACCA. He worked in public practice before he joined ACCA Technical Department.
He is Chair of the Taxation Working Group of the small business organisation UEAPME and has been a member of the Indirect and Direct Tax Working Parties at Fédération des Experts Comptables Européens (FEE) - the umbrella group for "first tier" European accountants.
He is a member of the two high level vat expert groups set up by the European Commission as well as the direct tax good governance platform on which he is a highly effective and well respected member. Who puts forward views to balance those purely from a specific point of view from the NGO or business community.
ACCA is the largest and fastest-growing international accountancy body with over 455,000 students and 178,000 members.
Chief Executive Officer – Nature Conservation Trust of NSW
One of Australia’s leading wine industry figures, David Lowe represents the sixth generation of the Lowe family, graziers who settled in 1829 at ‘Tinja’ in the Mudgee region of New South Wales. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Oenology) from Roseworthy Agricultural College, South Australia in 1979 but his passion for agriculture and wine was nurtured during his school years and holidays on the family farm where David subsequently established the LOWE vineyard (8 ha) in 1973. Since 2003 it has operated organically.
After graduation David was appointed assistant winemaker at the prestigious Rothbury Estate in the Hunter Valley working for two titans of the wine industry, Len Evans and Murray Tyrrell. David progressed to become chief winemaker and group vineyard manager, significantly expanding Rothbury’s production through innovative viticulture that included trellising, canopy management, fruit irrigation and water management. At that time David also undertook vineyard risk management research that led to his identification of Orange as an alternative cool climate grape growing region, which today supplies grapes for selected wines in the LOWE and TINJA portfolios.
David Lowe is a prominent wine industry advocate and formerly held key positions including President, NSW Wine Industry Association; executive member of the Winemakers Federation of Australia; member of the strategic NSW Ministers Wine Advisory Council, and was previously President of the Mudgee Wine Grape Growers Association. David is a regular wine industry commentator and a passionate supporter of smart farming, rural land custodianship and regionalism.
John Seidel is a Principal Project Officer with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage. Since 2008, he has played a lead role in the development and implementation of innovative approaches to biodiversity offsets such as the Biobanking program and biodiversity certification. He has extensive experience working in rural and regional NSW for different government and non-government organisations . John enjoys the challenges of implementing environmental policy through practical programs that improve private land conservation and stewardship. John is based in the NSW regional city of Newcastle where he lives with his wife and three young children.
Samantha has worked in the planning and environment sector for over ten years and has significant experience in the resources and energy industry. Her clients include major miners and large developers, primarily operating in the Hunter Valley. In particular in the resources industry Samantha’s clients include Glencore, Peabody, AMCI and the NSW Minerals Council.
She regularly advises on the provisions of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, Mining Act, Protection of the Environment Operations Act, Contaminated Land Management Act, Water Management Act, Land Acquisition (Just Terms Compensation) Act and environmental planning instruments. As well as regulatory and approvals advice, Samantha regularly conducts planning and environmental due diligences and acts in litigation matters in the Land and Environment Court, Supreme Court and New South Wales Court of Appeal.
With a broad depth and breadth of experience, working with some of Australia’s largest companies on some of the nation’s most significant projects, Samantha is able to advise on project development from the very beginning of the application process right through to final delivery and subsequent regulation throughout the life of the project.
Peter Cosier is the Director and a Founding Member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, a private institution established in 2002 with the aim of connecting science to public policy.
In recent years the Wentworth Group has been active in native vegetation and water reform, climate change, promoting policies to optimise carbon in the landscape, and trialing a system of regional scale, national environmental accounts.
Peter has a background in science, specialising in natural resources management and urban and regional planning. He has worked at all levels of Government - Commonwealth, State and Local - and also in private business.
Peter was Deputy Director General in the NSW Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources, and spent 6 years as a Policy Advisor to the then Australian Environment Minister, Senator Robert Hill.
Dr Anne Poelina
Dr Anne Poelina Managing Director of Madjulla Incorporated is a Nyikina Traditional Custodian from the Mardoowarra, Lower Fitzroy River. Her wide experience from working in Indigenous health, education, language and community development for over 30 years has developed a deep understanding of issues impacting on Indigenous Australians living in remote locations. Her childhood growing up in Broome, Derby and out on country have maintained love and respect for land, law and culture particularly in relation to creating industries that are culturally affirming and environmentally sustainable. Dr Poelina has studied the historical colonial context of development in the West Kimberley and how that impacts on contemporary Indigenous participation in decision making, governance, land and water reform. Dr Poelina explores the characteristics of different models of development in relation to the impact and outcomes for Indigenous people in the West Kimberley, particularly in developing culture, science and conservation green economies. Anne was a finalist in the WA Rural Woman of the Year 2010, 2011 Peter Cullen Fellow for Water Leadership and is a signatory to the Redstone Statement that she helped draft at the 1st International Summit on Indigenous Environmental Philosophy in 2010. In 2011 Anne was the Inaugural Chair First Peoples Water Engagement Council and later the same year she was elected onto the Broome Shire Council and became Deputy Shire President in her first term of office. In 2014 she was elected as Director to the newly formed Walalakoo Prescribed Body Corporate responsible for the integrated management of 27 000 sqkms of Nyikina and Mangala Native Title lands and waters. In 2014 Dr Poelina was nominated as the Case Study Leader for Kimberley Case Study – Canning Super Basin, Fonds Pacifique Water Governance Project.
Nils Axel Braathen
Nils Axel Braathen is a Principal Administrator in the Environmental Performance and Information Division of OECD’s Environment Directorate. He has been with the OECD since 1996, working i.a. on a database on instruments used for environmental policy, on estimating effective carbon prices in selected countries, on cost-benefit analyses, on economic valuation of environmental externalities, on macroeconomic modelling, on the economics of waste and on environmental impacts of transport and agriculture. Prior to joining OECD he was Deputy Director General in the Department for Long-term Planning and Policy Analysis in the Ministry of Finance, Norway. He holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Oslo, Norway.