Lord Mayor Sally Capp
City of Melbourne
Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio MP
Minister for Climate Action, Minister for Energy and Resources, Minister for State Electricity Commission
Writer, Comedian and Broadcaster, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Craig Reucassel is an Australian writer, comedian, and environmental advocate known for hosting acclaimed climate change documentaries like War on Waste, Fight for Planet A, and Big Weather. With a captivating style, he urges audiences to reexamine consumption habits and adopt sustainable practices, empowering individuals to embrace environmental responsibility for a greener future.
CEO, Climate Council
Amanda co-founded the Climate Council and has been its CEO for the past 10 years. Amanda has also been involved in the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and served on renewable energy expert panels. She holds degrees in Law and Arts and has received several awards for her contributions, including being named one of Westpac’s 100 Women of Influence.
Mayor Abby Binay
City of Makati, Philippines
Professor David Karoly
Councillor, Climate Council
Mayor, Gladstone Regional Council
Dr Jennifer Rayner
Head of Advocacy, Climate Council
Deputy President, Shire of Mundaring
Managing Director and Head of Projects, Pollination
Former Commissioner of Fire and Rescue New South Wales Climate Councillor, Climate Council
Greg Mullins is an internationally recognised expert in responding to major bushfires and natural disasters, with more than 50 years’ experience as a firefighter. He coordinated responses to many major natural disasters over more than two decades and retired as Commissioner of Fire & Rescue New South Wales in January 2017 after nearly 14 years in the role. On retirement, he immediately rejoined the rural fire brigade where he started as a volunteer in 1972, and fought fires throughout New South Wales during Black Summer.
Mobilisation and Engagement Manager, Rewiring Australia
For over 15 years Kristen has worked on climate change, environmental and social justice campaigns, within the not for-profit, education and local government sectors. A communications, education and engagement specialist, Kristen is passionate about empowering communities to bring about change. She is one of the founding members of community group, Electrify 2515, and drives community electrification at Rewiring Australia.
Dr Portia Odell
Director, Cities Power Partnership
Portia Odell is Director of the Cities Power Partnership where she leads the delivery of the program’s strategy and impact. She holds a PhD from Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute and has a history working with communities, startups and governments helping them accelerate their climate projects. She is passionate about advancing the critical work of local governments taking meaningful action on climate change and is interested in the intersection between research, innovation and policy.
Dr Simon Bradshaw
Research Director, Climate Council
Dr Simon Bradshaw is a Researcher on climate science and impacts at the Climate Council. Simon has been a writer and campaigner for climate action for over a decade and was formerly the Climate Change Advocacy Lead at Oxfam Australia. Simon’s research and advocacy has taken him to the Torres Strait Islands, Tibet, India, throughout the Pacific, and to many rounds of international climate negotiations. He is passionate about climate justice and the role of climate action in reducing poverty and inequality. His research with the Climate Council covers extreme weather, bushfires, health, security and many other areas of climate science and impacts.
Dr Tim Nelson
Councillor, Climate Council
Co-Chair, First Nations Clean Energy Network
Councillor Linda Scott JP GAICD
City of Sydney | President Australian Local Government Association
Councillor Carolyn Crossley
Wellington Shire Council
Gippsland Climate Change Network
Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds
City of Hobart
Manager Sustainability and Infrastructure, Glen Eira City Council
Dr Martin Rice
Research Director Strategy and Engagement, Climate Council
General Manager, Kempsey Shire Council
Cathy Oke OAM
Associate Professor, University of Melbourne
Senior Media Advisor, Climate Council
Director of Communications, Climate Council
Councillor, City of Darebin & Director Precincts & Sustainability, Melbourne Polytechnic
Climate Action Strategy Manager, Bank Australia
Lead Clinical Advisor, Beyond Blue
Renewable Energy Lead, City of Melbourne
Acting CEO, Merri-bek City Council
Anita’s substantive role is Director City Infrastructure. The City Infrastructure directorate has a key role in working towards Merri-bek’s zero carbon goal, with responsibility for Council’s waste services, open spaces and public tree canopy, capital projects and transport infrastructure and strategy.
Before joining Merri-bek, Anita spent 23 years working across three different state government bodies, most of which was at VicRoads leading policies and programs relating to walking, cycling and public transport, road safety and network operations.
Anita has been named among Victoria’s Top 50 public sector women and Alumnus of the Year for Monash University’s Civil Engineering department, where she studied Civil Engineering and undertook a Masters in Traffic and Transport.
Associate, Climate Risk Governance, Minter Ellison
Ryan Gale is an Associate in MinterEllison’s leading Climate Risk Governance team, focusing on climate change risks (and opportunities) through a financial, corporate governance and liability lens. He is known for his ability to communicate complex legal issues across the scientific, business and community sectors, and works broadly across both government clients and corporate listed and non-listed clients across the energy, financial services, mining, industrial and retail sectors. Ryan has extensive experience and a demonstrated passion for addressing critical environmental issues in the corporate law landscape, including a focus on identifying and addressing climate change risks (and opportunities) across supply chains, major projects and transactions.
Dean, School of Design, RMIT
Andrea Siodmok OBE FRSA is a British industrial designer and multi-award-winning social innovator. She is a Professor and Dean of the School of Design at RMIT, visiting Professor at Northumbria University and international advisor to Parsons in New York. She is also currently a member of the 1851 Royal Commission Committee and a member of the global ‘States of Change’ faculty of public innovators. An internationally renowned expert in design, innovation and policy, Andrea has been recognised as ‘one of the UK’s foremost design thinkers’ and ‘one of the world’s most influential public sector innovators’.
Business Leader – Transport Planning and Advisory, Arcadis
Chief Executive Officer
With A2EP already having established energy productivity on the agenda for a number of governments and businesses, Jarrod is focussed on taking energy productivity in Australia to the next level by building on A2EP’s reputation for innovative programs and engagement.
Cr Jennifer Alden
Deputy Mayor, City of Greater Bendigo
Jennifer has a Doctorate of Public Health, Masters of Women’s Health and an Honours degree in Science and also is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow with La Trobe University.
Her focus has been on community wellbeing with a focus on climate and health and environment plus food systems and the links to regenerative agriculture, food security and food culture supporting Bendigo’s designation as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy.
She supports the equitable development of services, infrastructure such as environmentally sustainable affordable housing construction and renewable energy development and enabling strategies. She is interested in creating well-designed, resilient, healthy and prosperous communities that benefit from forward-thinking decisions supporting employment pathways and job creation via innovation.
Associated Director, Carbon Neutral and University Infrastructure, RMIT University
Michael has been working in the energy sector focussed on efficiency and sustainability for almost two decades and joined RMIT 9 years ago to deliver the Sustainable Urban Precincts Program (SUPP). Since completing SUPP, he has continued to lead RMIT’s infrastructure and asset development/replacement strategy as relates to the achievement of RMIT’s carbon neutral commitments whilst ensuring reliable campus operations. Michael has a Masters in Engineering – Sustainable Energy and is a Climate Reality Leader/Mentor.
Program Director, The Next Economy
Mayor, Shoalhaven City Council
Amanda Findley was born in Northern Ireland. After a career in banking, real estate, and management with a large retail chain, Amanda moved to the South Coast. She undertook distance education in Natural Resource Management and Horticulture, established a family farm and contracted with National Parks. Today, she is a high school teacher and after 8 years as a Councillor, she was voted Mayor of Shoalhaven City Council in September 2016.
City Architect, City of Melbourne
Rob Adams has been pivotal in revitalising central Melbourne since joining the City of Melbourne in 1985. Rob’s contributions to architecture and urban design have been widely recognized. He was honoured with the Order of Australia in 2007, awarded the Prime Minister’s Environmentalist of the Year in 2008, and received the Sydney Luker Medal for Planning Institute of Australia and the Australia Award for Urban Design in Transforming Cities in 2009.
Hydrogen Commercial Manager, Iberdrola Australia
Tahlia Nolan has over a decade experience in energy markets, decarbonisation, and climate policy. She has previously held roles at Deloitte and UNSW, where she undertook some of the first detailed modelling of the hydrogen economy for Australia. She is a founding member of the Women in Energy Network, recently established to promote the advancement of women. She is also a doctoral candidate at Griffith University, researching decarbonisation pathways for Australia.
Director, Light House Architecture and Science
Light House Architecture and Science is a multi-award-winning practice that integrates science (theoretical modelling and physical testing) into the design process to deliver highly efficient, all-electric, climate resilient homes — new and renovated — in the Canberra region. She is a scientist, not an architect.
Jenny has been awarded the national HIA GreenSmart Sustainable Home of the Year award (2018) and the Clem Cummings Medal by the ACT branch of the Institute of Architects (2019). In 2020, four all-electric Light House projects won national HIA GreenSmart awards. In 2021, the all-gas to all-electric renovation project, Little Loft House, won a prestigious sustainable architecture award. This year Jenny was named Energy Efficiency Champion of 2023 at the National Energy Efficiency Conference at UNSW for her free advocacy and education work about residential energy efficiency over the last 15 years.
Dr Rachel Goldlust
Sustainability Researcher, Renew
Dr Rachel Goldlust is the sustainability researcher at Renew as well as a writer, presenter, housing academic, and occasional natural builder. In working on the Getting Off Gas Toolkit, she has brought her passion for sustainable design, renewables, and education to bettering the relationship our homes have with the broader environment.
Dr Steven Percy
Senior Research Fellow, Victorian Hydrogen Hub (VH2)
Dr Steven Percy is a Senior Research Fellow at the Victorian Hydrogen Hub (VH2) at the Swinburne University of Technology. Steven leads VH2’s research in hydrogen modelling. Steven’s research focuses on assessing Australia’s potential to become an internationally competitive green hydrogen producer. He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Melbourne and has about 15 years’ experience in the energy industry holding positions at CSIRO, Victorian university, and industry consulting. Steven is a 2020 Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellow in hydrogen research.
Benjamin Jance IV
Head of Research and Innovation, Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy
Ben is head of research and innovation with the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM) where he leads delivery of the Innovate4Cities initiative, built to accelerate city climate action. He previously served in a strategy-focused role developing the overarching direction of the GCoM alliance at both global and regional levels, and has also worked with ICLEI and C40 Cities. A Filipino native, he is an alumnus of the Erasmus Mundus Masters in Public Policy (Mundus MAPP) and New York University in Abu Dhabi.
Director, International Climate and Net Zero Pathways Division in the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water, Australian Government
Peta is Director, International Climate and Net Zero Pathways Division in the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water, Australian Government. She is responsible for net zero innovation policy, stakeholder engagement, and international clean energy RD&D collaboration and senior representative for Mission Innovation and Clean Energy Ministerial. Peta is interested in technical and policy solutions to climate change across all sectors, both globally and locally.
Dr Caroline Valente
Senior Policy Associate, Energy Consumers Australia
Dr Caroline Valente serves as a Senior Policy Associate in the Energy System Transition team at Energy Consumers Australia – the independent, national voice for residential and small business energy consumers.
With a background on energy efficiency, energy poverty and social justice, she works to ensure consumers have their values, expectations and needs met through a modern, flexible, affordable and resilient energy system.
Principal & Partner, SGS Economics & Planning
Ellen is a Principal & Partner at SGS Economics & Planning. She is one of the company’s leaders in climate change adaptation and mitigation. She has worked with state and local government and delivers a public benefit lens to urban and precinct planning. As a trained economist and human geographer, she is keen to improve the way cities and regions function, and how this benefits the wellbeing of the community. She regularly works with the insurance industry, local and state governments to provide insight into the cost of climate risk, and the benefits of community-based climate responses. Ellen believes in the power of engagement and collaboration and uses her communication and facilitation skills to deliver solutions that are developed with and owned by the community.
CEO, Municipal Association of Victoria
Former CEO of the City of Hobart, and the City of Wyndham, Kelly’s extensive leadership experience in the local government sector makes her a sought after thought leader. Her background includes city shaping, organisational transformation, service reform and, as a respected sector leading CEO, is experienced in intergovernmental influencing experience at state, national and international levels. Kelly is also a Senior Honorary Fellow at the Melbourne School of Government and is a member of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) State Advisory Council.
Chief of Partnerships and Impact, Resilient Building Council
Crystal is Chief of Partnerships and Impact at the Resilient Building Council. She is an experienced climate change and resilience leader, who is passionate about leveraging the private sector capital to create resilient infrastructure, assets, and communities. Previously General Manager at the Investor Group on Climate Change, she developed and implemented IGCC’s physical risk and resilience stream of work. She has also provided expertise to the NSW Government Climate Preparedness area of the Office of Energy and Climate Change, NSW Treasury.
Head of Community Engagement, Boonwurrung Land and Sea Council
Willie brings a pragmatic and engaging approach to his cultural leadership, with a strong focus on truthtelling, open dialogue and accountability. In his role with BLSC, Willie works with diverse stakeholders across the community; from business to government, schools and non-profit organisations; creating better cultural understanding as a foundation for long-term relationship building.
Senior Cultural Heritage Advisor, Boonwurrung Land and Sea Council
David carries a deep cultural understanding of Country to his leadership in the community, advocating for a combination of traditional knowledge and contemporary technologies. In his work with BLSC, he’s playing a key role in pioneering strategic intercultural approaches to climate, integrated water management, biodiversity and circular economy.
Founder & Chief Regen Officer, Regeneration Projects
Matt holds respect for both western and Indigenous knowledge systems, developing a skill set in intercultural collaboration to unlock the potential of each. Through his consultancy, Matt enjoys fostering enduring partnerships between First Nations and government organisations, to create better strategic outcomes for all stakeholders, including the climate and Nature.
Merri-bek - Solar Thermal Subsidy Program
Katherine runs Merri-bek’s Solar Thermal Subsidy Program for low-income households. The program prioritises climate justice in Merri-bek’s overall response to the climate emergency. After working as an architect and improving energy efficiency within building design, her focus has shifted to the role local government has in supporting a more equitable transition for all households
CEO & Co-Founder BOOM
Manager Climate, Waste & Integrated Transport, Bayside City Council
James Roscoe makes local communities more liveable and more sustainable. With a focus on leading Local Government teams and communities to act on the climate emergency, James has led major behaviour change initiatives, including diverting 71% of Bayside’s waste away from landfill. His next challenge is speeding up the shift to sustainable transport, and managing parking as a finite resource by prioritising availability for those who need it most.
Sales & Marketing Manager, Biofilta
Darren is a passionate advocate for urban agriculture, focusing on unlocking the hidden potential for food production in cities. He is involved in integrating sustainable landscape design and innovative gardening techniques to benefit the environment, empower communities, and provide returns for stakeholders.
Sales Director, SEA Electric