International Keynote Speaker

Stephen Heintz
President
Rockefeller Brothers Fund

Stephen Heintz is President of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

Before joining the RBF, he held top leadership positions in both the nonprofit and public sectors. Most recently, he was founding president of Dēmos, a public policy research and advocacy organization working to enhance the vitality of American democracy and promote more broadly shared prosperity. Prior to founding Dēmos, he served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of the EastWest Institute (EWI), where he worked on issues of economic reform, civil society development, and international security.

Based in Prague, Czech Republic, from 1990 through 1997, he worked extensively throughout Central and Eastern Europe and the New Independent States. He devoted the first 15 years of his career to politics and government service in the State of Connecticut, where he served as commissioner of economic development and commissioner of social welfare. In 1988, he helped draft and secure passage by Congress of "The Family Support Act," the first major effort to reform the nation's welfare system.

He currently serves on the boards of the EastWest Institute, the Rockefeller Archive Center, and The American Prospect. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2014 the Nonprofit Times named him one of the 50 most influential leaders of the nonprofit sector. In 2013, President Bronisław Komorowski of Poland granted him the Officer’s Cross - Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland for his contributions to building civil society and democratic institutions in Poland.

Stephen Heintz has been brought to Australia by the United States Studies Centre and Philanthropy Australia.


Speakers

Dr John Hewson AM Chair Asset Owners Disclosure Project Dr John Hewson is the former leader of the Liberal Party of Australia. John has had a distinguished business career both before and after his political career. He has worked as an economist for the Australian Treasury, the Reserve Bank, the International Monetary Fund and also as an advisor to two successive Federal Treasurers and the Prime Minister. John was a Director of Macquarie Bank and a past Chairman of ABN AMRO in Australia. His academic career included 11 years as a Professor of Economics, with four years as Head of the School of Economics at the University of New South Wales, and two years as Dean, Macquarie Graduate School of Management and Professor of Management at Macquarie University. John has been director of many organisations and has guided many from early stage to maturity. John has been extensively involved in the climate debate in Australia and internationally.

Dr John Hewson AM
Chair
Asset Owners Disclosure Project
Dr John Hewson is the former leader of the Liberal Party of Australia. John has had a distinguished business career both before and after his political career. He has worked as an economist for the Australian Treasury, the Reserve Bank, the International Monetary Fund and also as an advisor to two successive Federal Treasurers and the Prime Minister. John was a Director of Macquarie Bank and a past Chairman of ABN AMRO in Australia. His academic career included 11 years as a Professor of Economics, with four years as Head of the School of Economics at the University of New South Wales, and two years as Dean, Macquarie Graduate School of Management and Professor of Management at Macquarie University. John has been director of many organisations and has guided many from early stage to maturity. John has been extensively involved in the climate debate in Australia and internationally.

Helga Birgden Partner, Global Business Leader, Responsible Investment Mercer Helga is Global Business Leader in Mercer's Responsible Investment business. Helga provides clients with research and advice on corporate governance, environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) practices and the investment implications of climate change. She helped lead Mercer’s global Investing in a Time of Climate Change project. She has worked on assignments for multilateral institutions such as the International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group providing reports to G20 and United Nations and provides expert advice to corporate and public pensions funds, Sovereign Wealth Funds, endowments and insurers. Helga joined the Responsible Investment team at Mercer in 2007.


Helga Birgden
Partner, Global Business Leader, Responsible Investment
Mercer
Helga is Global Business Leader in Mercer's Responsible Investment business. Helga provides clients with research and advice on corporate governance, environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) practices and the investment implications of climate change. She helped lead Mercer’s global Investing in a Time of Climate Change project. She has worked on assignments for multilateral institutions such as the International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group providing reports to G20 and United Nations and provides expert advice to corporate and public pensions funds, Sovereign Wealth Funds, endowments and insurers. Helga joined the Responsible Investment team at Mercer in 2007.

Tim Buckley Director of Energy Finance Studies IEEFA Tim has 25 years financial markets experience, having spent the majority of this time as a top rated equities research analyst in Australia, with time covering global and Asian equity markets. Tim provides financial analysis in the Australasian energy sector for IEEFA and is a regular contributor to IGCC’s low carbon finance committee. Tim was co-founder of Arkx Investment Management, an investor in leading global listed clean energy companies (2009-2013). From 1998 to 2007 he held the position of Managing Director at Citigroup and Head of Australasian Equity Research. Tim was also responsible for investment banking co-ordination/vetting for Citi’s Australasian Commitments Committee.

Tim Buckley
Director of Energy Finance Studies
IEEFA
Tim has 25 years financial markets experience, having spent the majority of this time as a top rated equities research analyst in Australia, with time covering global and Asian equity markets. Tim provides financial analysis in the Australasian energy sector for IEEFA and is a regular contributor to IGCC’s low carbon finance committee. Tim was co-founder of Arkx Investment Management, an investor in leading global listed clean energy companies (2009-2013). From 1998 to 2007 he held the position of Managing Director at Citigroup and Head of Australasian Equity Research. Tim was also responsible for investment banking co-ordination/vetting for Citi’s Australasian Commitments Committee.

Theodore Dow Former CIO Clean Energy Finance Corporation Theodore Dow has over 25 years of experience in treasury, finance and banking. A mezzanine and high yield debt specialist, during the course of his career Mr Dow has completed more than 60 transactions globally, with an aggregate enterprise value of approximately $30 billion. Mr. Dow was until recently the inaugural Chief Investment Officer of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation which holds a $10 billion mandate to invest on a commercial basis in clean energy, energy efficiency and low emissions projects.     Prior to joining the CEFC, he served as managing director of DIF Capital Partners, where he held line responsibility for managing approximately $600 million in investments in private debt, hybrid capital, equity-linked bonds and private equity.  Over the course of his career, he has previously held positions with AMP Private Capital, Babcock & Brown Westpac, Xstrata/ MIM and Shell. In addition to serving on the board of DIF, Mr Dow has held directorships and advisory board positions with the PaperlinX SPS Trust, Strategic Capital Equities, Sports Tips Pty Ltd, the NSW Government Energy GAP Taskforce and the National Standing Committee on Energy and the Environment. Mr Dow holds an Advanced MBA from the University of Queensland, a Masters in Financial Management from Manchester Business School (UK), a Post Graduate degree in Japanese Studies from Kansai Gai Dai University (Japan) and a Magna Cum Laude Honors BA Degree in Economics from Boston University.

Theodore Dow
Former CIO
Clean Energy Finance Corporation
Theodore Dow has over 25 years of experience in treasury, finance and banking. A mezzanine and high yield debt specialist, during the course of his career Mr Dow has completed more than 60 transactions globally, with an aggregate enterprise value of approximately $30 billion. Mr. Dow was until recently the inaugural Chief Investment Officer of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation which holds a $10 billion mandate to invest on a commercial basis in clean energy, energy efficiency and low emissions projects.     Prior to joining the CEFC, he served as managing director of DIF Capital Partners, where he held line responsibility for managing approximately $600 million in investments in private debt, hybrid capital, equity-linked bonds and private equity.  Over the course of his career, he has previously held positions with AMP Private Capital, Babcock & Brown Westpac, Xstrata/ MIM and Shell. In addition to serving on the board of DIF, Mr Dow has held directorships and advisory board positions with the PaperlinX SPS Trust, Strategic Capital Equities, Sports Tips Pty Ltd, the NSW Government Energy GAP Taskforce and the National Standing Committee on Energy and the Environment. Mr Dow holds an Advanced MBA from the University of Queensland, a Masters in Financial Management from Manchester Business School (UK), a Post Graduate degree in Japanese Studies from Kansai Gai Dai University (Japan) and a Magna Cum Laude Honors BA Degree in Economics from Boston University.

Eric Smith CIO Redpoint Investment Management Eric is the Chief Investment Officer (CIO) of Redpoint Investment Management – a boutique, quantitative equity manager. He has overall responsibility for investment outcomes and oversees the firm’s research, portfolio management and trade execution functions. He is a director and founding shareholder of Redpoint. Eric’s career started in investment banking in 1986 with a move to investment management in 1991. Prior to his role with Redpoint, Eric was the CIO of Vanguard Investments Australia Ltd, holding that position from 1996 to 2009 while establishing and expanding Vanguard’s Australian investment management capability across global equity, fixed interest, research and risk management roles. Eric holds a BSc (Hons) from the University of Sydney and an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management at the University of New South Wales.  


Eric Smith
CIO
Redpoint Investment Management
Eric is the Chief Investment Officer (CIO) of Redpoint Investment Management – a boutique, quantitative equity manager. He has overall responsibility for investment outcomes and oversees the firm’s research, portfolio management and trade execution functions. He is a director and founding shareholder of Redpoint. Eric’s career started in investment banking in 1986 with a move to investment management in 1991. Prior to his role with Redpoint, Eric was the CIO of Vanguard Investments Australia Ltd, holding that position from 1996 to 2009 while establishing and expanding Vanguard’s Australian investment management capability across global equity, fixed interest, research and risk management roles. Eric holds a BSc (Hons) from the University of Sydney and an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management at the University of New South Wales.
 

Sarah Barker Special Counsel Minter Ellison Lawyers Sarah Barker is a Special Counsel in the Corporate group at Minter Ellison Lawyers. She brings nearly two decades of experience as a senior corporate advisor on commercial, governance, compliance and regulatory issues, with particular expertise in fiduciary duties, anti-competitive conduct (antitrust) and consumer protection laws. Sarah is passionate about conservation and the environment. Her work on directors' fiduciary duties and environmental issues has received a number of international awards, including the United Nations Principles of Responsible Investment Sustainalytics Prize for Responsible Investment Research. Alongside her commercial practice, Sarah teaches the Company Directors' Course for the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is a Non-Executive Director of the Emergency Services & State Superannuation Fund, a Director-elect on the board of the Responsible Investment Institute of Australasia, and sits on the Technical Working Group of the Climate Disclosure Standards Board. She is completing her PhD in corporate law at the University of Melbourne, and is an Academic Visitor at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford University. She lives with her husband and two daughters in bayside Melbourne.  

Sarah Barker
Special Counsel
Minter Ellison Lawyers
Sarah Barker is a Special Counsel in the Corporate group at Minter Ellison Lawyers. She brings nearly two decades of experience as a senior corporate advisor on commercial, governance, compliance and regulatory issues, with particular expertise in fiduciary duties, anti-competitive conduct (antitrust) and consumer protection laws. Sarah is passionate about conservation and the environment. Her work on directors' fiduciary duties and environmental issues has received a number of international awards, including the United Nations Principles of Responsible Investment Sustainalytics Prize for Responsible Investment Research. Alongside her commercial practice, Sarah teaches the Company Directors' Course for the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is a Non-Executive Director of the Emergency Services & State Superannuation Fund, a Director-elect on the board of the Responsible Investment Institute of Australasia, and sits on the Technical Working Group of the Climate Disclosure Standards Board. She is completing her PhD in corporate law at the University of Melbourne, and is an Academic Visitor at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford University. She lives with her husband and two daughters in bayside Melbourne.
 

Greg Bourne Inaugural Chair Australian Renewable Energy Association Greg Bourne graduated with honours in chemistry at the University of Western Australia. With BP he spent 30+ years living and working in the UK, Middle East, USA, Canada, Ireland, Brazil, China, Venezuela and Australia. For two years he was Special Adviser on Energy and Transport to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. He returned to Australia in 1999 as Regional President. He was CEO of WWF-Australia for six years and later a non-executive director of Carnegie Wave Energy. Greg is now Chair of the Board of ARENA, a young, dynamic organisation specifically tasked with helping to build the technical and commercial infrastructure needed to capitalise on Australia’s renewable energy endowment. Its work is centred on building tomorrow’s energy infrastructure and delivering a more diverse and affordable energy future for Australia.He was awarded the Centenary Medal for services to the environment and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Western Australia for services to international business.

Greg Bourne
Inaugural Chair
Australian Renewable Energy Association
Greg Bourne graduated with honours in chemistry at the University of Western Australia. With BP he spent 30+ years living and working in the UK, Middle East, USA, Canada, Ireland, Brazil, China, Venezuela and Australia. For two years he was Special Adviser on Energy and Transport to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. He returned to Australia in 1999 as Regional President.

He was CEO of WWF-Australia for six years and later a non-executive director of Carnegie Wave Energy.

Greg is now Chair of the Board of ARENA, a young, dynamic organisation specifically tasked with helping to build the technical and commercial infrastructure needed to capitalise on Australia’s renewable energy endowment. Its work is centred on building tomorrow’s energy infrastructure and delivering a more diverse and affordable energy future for Australia.He was awarded the Centenary Medal for services to the environment and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Western Australia for services to international business.

Professor Kate Auty Vice Chancellor's Fellow University of Melbourne Professor Kate Auty is the 2014 Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne, and the Chair of the Advisory Board for the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute. Prior to this, she was the Victorian Government Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability. Kate holds tertiary qualifications in environmental science, law and history, having graduated from University of Melbourne (Arts Hons/Law), Monash University (Masters in Environmental Science), and La Trobe University (PhD in Law and Legal Studies). She also holds a Diploma of International Environmental Law from UNITAR. Kate is member of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand and is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.She was a senior lawyer for the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia where she worked to incorporate an understanding of the underlying issues across a very broad spectrum of sectors. Her career has seen her undertake a number of consultancies, including the development of curriculum and reports on natural resource management, native title, Indigenous issues, and the choices facing local government in regard to a rapidly changing climate. In 2008, Kate was appointed a Charles Joseph LaTrobe Fellow with the Centre for Sustainable Regional Communities at LaTrobe University. In 2008 and 2009, she was the Chair of the Victorian Ministerial Reference Council on Climate Change Adaptation and also a member of the Premier's Reference Committee on Climate Change.

Professor Kate Auty
Vice Chancellor's Fellow
University of Melbourne
Professor Kate Auty is the 2014 Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne, and the Chair of the Advisory Board for the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute. Prior to this, she was the Victorian Government Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability. Kate holds tertiary qualifications in environmental science, law and history, having graduated from University of Melbourne (Arts Hons/Law), Monash University (Masters in Environmental Science), and La Trobe University (PhD in Law and Legal Studies). She also holds a Diploma of International Environmental Law from UNITAR. Kate is member of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand and is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.She was a senior lawyer for the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia where she worked to incorporate an understanding of the underlying issues across a very broad spectrum of sectors. Her career has seen her undertake a number of consultancies, including the development of curriculum and reports on natural resource management, native title, Indigenous issues, and the choices facing local government in regard to a rapidly changing climate. In 2008, Kate was appointed a Charles Joseph LaTrobe Fellow with the Centre for Sustainable Regional Communities at LaTrobe University. In 2008 and 2009, she was the Chair of the Victorian Ministerial Reference Council on Climate Change Adaptation and also a member of the Premier's Reference Committee on Climate Change.

Trevor Thomas Managing Director Ethinvest Trevor is the Managing Director of Ethinvest, where he has worked since 1997. He is also a Trustee of the John T Reid Charitable Trust, the McKinnon Family Foundation and a Director of the Difference Incubator, a hub for Social Enterprise in Melbourne. Prior to joining Ethinvest, Trevor worked for six years in Paraguay in Economic and Community Development and before that as an economist in the wholesale financial markets. His own Super Fund is fossil fuel free and has signed on to the Divest Fossil Fuels pledge site.

Trevor Thomas
Managing Director
Ethinvest
Trevor is the Managing Director of Ethinvest, where he has worked since 1997. He is also a Trustee of the John T Reid Charitable Trust, the McKinnon Family Foundation and a Director of the Difference Incubator, a hub for Social Enterprise in Melbourne. Prior to joining Ethinvest, Trevor worked for six years in Paraguay in Economic and Community Development and before that as an economist in the wholesale financial markets. His own Super Fund is fossil fuel free and has signed on to the Divest Fossil Fuels pledge site.

Amanda Martin Executive Officer The Poola Foundation Amanda Martin has worked in philanthropy for nearly a decade, having worked as Executive Officer for the Poola Foundation for four years before helping to establish the AEGN in 2009. She has specialised in environment and Indigenous grantmaking and more recently on building the skills and knowledge of funders on environmental issues as well as building different forms of collaboration. Amanda is a trained and skilled facilitator of groups and regularly uses this in her current role. Amanda has a background in biodiversity and protected area advocacy and management working in both the public and community sector. She was the Executive Officer of the Victoria National Parks Association, and the Head of Policy and Planning at Parks Victoria.  She has a degree in Zoology, post graduate qualifications in Environment Studies.

Amanda Martin
Executive Officer
The Poola Foundation
Amanda Martin has worked in philanthropy for nearly a decade, having worked as Executive Officer for the Poola Foundation for four years before helping to establish the AEGN in 2009. She has specialised in environment and Indigenous grantmaking and more recently on building the skills and knowledge of funders on environmental issues as well as building different forms of collaboration. Amanda is a trained and skilled facilitator of groups and regularly uses this in her current role. Amanda has a background in biodiversity and protected area advocacy and management working in both the public and community sector. She was the Executive Officer of the Victoria National Parks Association, and the Head of Policy and Planning at Parks Victoria.  She has a degree in Zoology, post graduate qualifications in Environment Studies.

Peter Castellas CEO Carbon Market Institute Peter Castellas is the CEO of the Carbon Market Institute, the peak Australia business association assisting companies in meeting the challenges and opportunities associated with the transition to a low-carbon economy. CMI has become a key conduit between Australian business and government policy makers and regulators and produces market research, undertakes capacity building initiatives, runs national events and industry working groups and serves a growing national membership base. Throughout Peter's 25-year career, he has worked at the leading edge of the sustainable development agenda and has advised leading corporations, governments and financial institutions. Prior to joining CMI, Peter was a Director in Corporate Finance at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu leading the firm’s carbon advisory, sustainability and clean technology services. Previously Peter was Managing Director of Cleantech Australasia for five years and designed and ran successful clean technology finance and investment initiatives in Australia, India and China. Peter has held prior roles as the Fund Manager of the Sustainable Melbourne Fund and Sustainability Advisor for the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. He is a regular presenter at national and international conferences.  


Peter Castellas
CEO
Carbon Market Institute
Peter Castellas is the CEO of the Carbon Market Institute, the peak Australia business association assisting companies in meeting the challenges and opportunities associated with the transition to a low-carbon economy. CMI has become a key conduit between Australian business and government policy makers and regulators and produces market research, undertakes capacity building initiatives, runs national events and industry working groups and serves a growing national membership base. Throughout Peter's 25-year career, he has worked at the leading edge of the sustainable development agenda and has advised leading corporations, governments and financial institutions. Prior to joining CMI, Peter was a Director in Corporate Finance at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu leading the firm’s carbon advisory, sustainability and clean technology services. Previously Peter was Managing Director of Cleantech Australasia for five years and designed and ran successful clean technology finance and investment initiatives in Australia, India and China. Peter has held prior roles as the Fund Manager of the Sustainable Melbourne Fund and Sustainability Advisor for the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. He is a regular presenter at national and international conferences.
 

Arron Wood Councillor City of Melbourne As a sustainable business expert, Councillor Arron Wood has a strong interest in the environment. He runs the environmental education program, Kids Teaching Kids, which has seen more than 100,000 students participating over the past 16 years and has won the 2010 Banksia People’s Choice Award. r Wood is Chair of the Environment portfolio and Deputy Chair of the Economic Development portfolio. He sits on the Parks and Gardens Advisory Committee, the Yarra Park Advisory Committee, is a Sustainability Victoria Board Member and is Chair of the Melbourne Ecocity World Summit Advisory Board. Named in the top ten education leaders nationally in 2009 as part of the Weekend Australian Magazine, Cr Wood received the Centenary Medal for outstanding contribution to conservation and the environment, awarded by the Governor-General, and completed a Churchill Fellowship to New York and Geneva with the United Nations. The 2007 Prime Minister’s Environmentalist of the Year, Cr Wood also won the prestigious Melbourne Award for Contribution to the Environment and was selected to complete Al Gore’s Climate Change Leadership Program.

Arron Wood
Councillor
City of Melbourne

As a sustainable business expert, Councillor Arron Wood has a strong interest in the environment. He runs the environmental education program, Kids Teaching Kids, which has seen more than 100,000 students participating over the past 16 years and has won the 2010 Banksia People’s Choice Award. r Wood is Chair of the Environment portfolio and Deputy Chair of the Economic Development portfolio. He sits on the Parks and Gardens Advisory Committee, the Yarra Park Advisory Committee, is a Sustainability Victoria Board Member and is Chair of the Melbourne Ecocity World Summit Advisory Board. Named in the top ten education leaders nationally in 2009 as part of the Weekend Australian Magazine, Cr Wood received the Centenary Medal for outstanding contribution to conservation and the environment, awarded by the Governor-General, and completed a Churchill Fellowship to New York and Geneva with the United Nations. The 2007 Prime Minister’s Environmentalist of the Year, Cr Wood also won the prestigious Melbourne Award for Contribution to the Environment and was selected to complete Al Gore’s Climate Change Leadership Program.

Blair Palese CEO 350.org Australia Blair Palese is the CEO of 350.org in Australia and communications adviser for the global Antarctic Ocean Alliance. She has worked in Australia, the UK and US in senior management roles for Greenpeace and The Body Shop, and as a consultant on a range of projects including the Make Poverty History campaign, ACF, The Climate Group, Planet Ark, The Climate Institute, The Green Building Council of Australia, Climate Friendly, Ecos Corporation, the Building Sustainability Index (BASIX) and Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA).


Blair Palese
CEO
350.org Australia
Blair Palese is the CEO of 350.org in Australia and communications adviser for the global Antarctic Ocean Alliance. She has worked in Australia, the UK and US in senior management roles for Greenpeace and The Body Shop, and as a consultant on a range of projects including the Make Poverty History campaign, ACF, The Climate Group, Planet Ark, The Climate Institute, The Green Building Council of Australia, Climate Friendly,
Ecos Corporation, the Building Sustainability Index
(BASIX) and Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA).

Emma Herd CEO Investor Group on Climate Change Emma is Chief Executive Officer at the Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC). Prior to IGCC, Emma spent 15 years at Westpac Banking Corporation where she had a range of roles across carbon finance and emissions trading, ESG Risk assessment, public policy and sustainability strategy development. Emma has participated in a number of key public forums, government and industry bodies relating to climate change and the environment. Emma is a Non-Executive Director of the Carbon Market Institute and a member of the Cornerstone Capital Global Advisory Council. She holds a Bachelor of Asian Studies (Thai) Hons.

Emma Herd
CEO
Investor Group on Climate Change

Emma is Chief Executive Officer at the Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC). Prior to IGCC, Emma spent 15 years at Westpac Banking Corporation where she had a range of roles across carbon finance and emissions trading, ESG Risk assessment, public policy and sustainability strategy development. Emma has participated in a number of key public forums, government and industry bodies relating to climate change and the environment. Emma is a Non-Executive Director of the Carbon Market Institute and a member of the Cornerstone Capital Global Advisory Council. She holds a Bachelor of Asian Studies (Thai) Hons.

Martijn Wilder AM Head of Global Environmental Markets Baker & McKenzie 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”.

Martijn Wilder AM
Head of Global Environmental Markets
Baker & McKenzie
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”.

Bill Hartnett Head of Sustainability Local Government Super Bill Hartnett is Head of Sustainability at Local Government Super - a role he has held since 2010. This $9bn superannuation fund has been lauded as a leading exponent in responsible investment and has won several industry awards in Australia and globally. Bill actively oversees and develops defined responsible investment strategies across the entire fund - ranging from ESG integration; thematic investments in 3 asset classes; engagement and proxy voting; negative and positive screening and SRI overlay. The strategies cover a wide range of ESG issues but with a particular focus on climate change. Bill has spent the majority of his 20 year career examining the role of the finance sector in environmental sustainability, social responsibility and governance stewardship in all parts of the investment chain. Prior to LGS, Bill was Managing Director Asia Pacific Innovest Strategic Value Advisors (now MSCI ESG Research). Prior to that Bill worked in funds management with Challenger and Westpac and won the Inaugural Ethical Fund of the Year for Challenger SRI Fund. He also worked at Westpac in both corporate banking and funds management roles dating back to 1994. Bill also currently holds positions on the Management Committee of the Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC) as well as a Director of the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors Ltd (ACSI).

Bill Hartnett
Head of Sustainability
Local Government Super
Bill Hartnett is Head of Sustainability at Local Government Super - a role he has held since 2010. This $9bn superannuation fund has been lauded as a leading exponent in responsible investment and has won several industry awards in Australia and globally. Bill actively oversees and develops defined responsible investment strategies across the entire fund - ranging from ESG integration; thematic investments in 3 asset classes; engagement and proxy voting; negative and positive screening and SRI overlay. The strategies cover a wide range of ESG issues but with a particular focus on climate change. Bill has spent the majority of his 20 year career examining the role of the finance sector in environmental sustainability, social responsibility and governance stewardship in all parts of the investment chain. Prior to LGS, Bill was Managing Director Asia Pacific Innovest Strategic Value Advisors (now MSCI ESG Research). Prior to that Bill worked in funds management with Challenger and Westpac and won the Inaugural Ethical Fund of the Year for Challenger SRI Fund. He also worked at Westpac in both corporate banking and funds management roles dating back to 1994. Bill also currently holds positions on the Management Committee of the Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC) as well as a Director of the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors Ltd (ACSI).

Richard Denniss Chief Economist The Australia Institute An economist by training, Dr Richard Denniss has worked for the past 20 years in a variety of policy and political roles. In recent years he has been at the forefront of the national policy debates surrounding climate change policy and the Australian mining boom. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Crawford School of Economics and Government at the Australian National University. Prior to working at The Australia Institute Richard was the Strategy Adviser to the Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Bob Brown, was Chief of Staff to the then Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Natasha Stott Despoja, and held teaching and research jobs at Australian universities. He is known for his ability to translate economics issues into everyday language. Richard has published extensively in academic journals, has a fortnightly column in The Canberra Times and Australian Financial Review and was the co-author of Minority Policy: Rethinking governance when parliament matters (with Dr Brenton Prosser), the best-selling Affluenza (with Dr Clive Hamilton), An Introduction to Australian Public Policy: Theory and Practice (with Dr Sarah Maddison) and Econobabble.

Richard Denniss
Chief Economist
The Australia Institute
An economist by training, Dr Richard Denniss has worked for the past 20 years in a variety of policy and political roles. In recent years he has been at the forefront of the national policy debates surrounding climate change policy and the Australian mining boom. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Crawford School of Economics and Government at the Australian National University. Prior to working at The Australia Institute Richard was the Strategy Adviser to the Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Bob Brown, was Chief of Staff to the then Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Natasha Stott Despoja, and held teaching and research jobs at Australian universities. He is known for his ability to translate economics issues into everyday language. Richard has published extensively in academic journals, has a fortnightly column in The Canberra Times and Australian Financial Review and was the co-author of Minority Policy: Rethinking governance when parliament matters (with Dr Brenton Prosser), the best-selling Affluenza (with Dr Clive Hamilton), An Introduction to Australian Public Policy: Theory and Practice (with Dr Sarah Maddison) and Econobabble.

James Bond Director of External Affairs & Investment Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia James Bond is Director of External Affairs and Investment at the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA). Prior to that, James was Chief Economist at the Financial Services Council (FSC). In previous roles James was an Associate Director at PwC Australia, senior economic adviser to Kevin Rudd and an analyst in Macroeconomic Group at Australia’s Department of Treasury. James has also worked in revenue and budget analysis at two state Treasury departments. James was President of the Australian Services Roundtable and an executive member of the Business Coalition for Tax Reform between 2011 and 2015. James is a regular contributor to Australian media, including opinion pieces in broadsheet papers and trade press and appearances on Sky Business. James has a Bachelor of Economics with honours and a Masters of Public Policy from the Australian National University.

James Bond
Director of External Affairs & Investment
Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia
James Bond is Director of External Affairs and Investment at the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA). Prior to that, James was Chief Economist at the Financial Services Council (FSC). In previous roles James was an Associate Director at PwC Australia, senior economic adviser to Kevin Rudd and an analyst in Macroeconomic Group at Australia’s Department of Treasury. James has also worked in revenue and budget analysis at two state Treasury departments. James was President of the Australian Services Roundtable and an executive member of the Business Coalition for Tax Reform between 2011 and 2015. James is a regular contributor to Australian media, including opinion pieces in broadsheet papers and trade press and appearances on Sky Business. James has a Bachelor of Economics with honours and a Masters of Public Policy from the Australian National University.

Stuart Palmer Head of Ethics Research Australian Ethical Investment Stuart is Head of Ethics Research with Australian Ethical Investment, Australia’s largest dedicated ethical investment and superannuation manager. For 30 years Australian Ethical has invested positively for a cleaner, better future, avoiding investments that unnecessarily harm people, animals and the environment. The company is growing rapidly as an increasing number of Australians make investment choices to advance both a sustainable future and their best financial interests. Stuart works with the ethical and investment research teams to ensure that the social and environmental impacts of companies are part of all investment decisions. Stuart also manages Australian Ethical’s advocacy and engagement initiatives to positively influence corporate thinking and behaviour. Stuart was previously head of ethics services at St James Ethics Centre, helping develop positive organisational leadership and culture to guide good decision making. He is a former lawyer and banker.

Stuart Palmer
Head of Ethics Research
Australian Ethical Investment
Stuart is Head of Ethics Research with Australian Ethical Investment, Australia’s largest dedicated ethical investment and superannuation manager. For 30 years Australian Ethical has invested positively for a cleaner, better future, avoiding investments that unnecessarily harm people, animals and the environment. The company is growing rapidly as an increasing number of Australians make investment choices to advance both a sustainable future and their best financial interests. Stuart works with the ethical and investment research teams to ensure that the social and environmental impacts of companies are part of all investment decisions. Stuart also manages Australian Ethical’s advocacy and engagement initiatives to positively influence corporate thinking and behaviour. Stuart was previously head of ethics services at St James Ethics Centre, helping develop positive organisational leadership and culture to guide good decision making. He is a former lawyer and banker.

Maximilian Horster Partner South Pole Group Maximilian Horster is a Partner at South Pole Group. He is in charge of the group's financial industry solutions. Prior to this, he held different positions at Capital Group Companies in the US, Europe and Asia. Formerly, Dr. Horster was an academic researcher and worked with the European Parliament. He holds a PhD in History from the University of Cambridge (UK).

Maximilian Horster
Partner
South Pole Group

Maximilian Horster is a Partner at South Pole Group. He is in charge of the group's financial industry solutions. Prior to this, he held different positions at Capital Group Companies in the US, Europe and Asia. Formerly, Dr. Horster was an academic researcher and worked with the European Parliament. He holds a PhD in History from the University of Cambridge (UK).

John Connor CEO The Climate Institute Whilst qualified as a lawyer, John has spent over twenty years working in a variety of policy and advocacy roles with organisations including World Vision, Make Poverty History, the Australian Conservation Foundation and the NSW Nature Conservation Council. Since joining The Climate Institute as CEO in 2007 John has been a leading analyst and commentator on the rollercoaster that has been Australia’s domestic and international carbon policy and overseen the Institute’s additional focus on institutional investors and climate risk. John has worked on numerous government and business advisory panels currently including the NSW Government’s Climate Council.  He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Corporate Directors and a Board member of the Environment Defenders Office and the Asset Owners Disclosure Project.

John Connor
CEO
The Climate Institute
Whilst qualified as a lawyer, John has spent over twenty years working in a variety of policy and advocacy roles with organisations including World Vision, Make Poverty History, the Australian Conservation Foundation and the NSW Nature Conservation Council. Since joining The Climate Institute as CEO in 2007 John has been a leading analyst and commentator on the rollercoaster that has been Australia’s domestic and international carbon policy and overseen the Institute’s additional focus on institutional investors and climate risk. John has worked on numerous government and business advisory panels currently including the NSW Government’s Climate Council.  He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Corporate Directors and a Board member of the Environment Defenders Office and the Asset Owners Disclosure Project.

Greg Fernance Greg Fernance has in excess of 30 years of investment experience across a broad variety of roles ranging from fixed interest portfolio management and investment banking, to CIO of a major Australian University endowment portfolio. In his CIO role that he held for a little over 12 years until January 2016, Greg and his team achieved top quartile investment returns and developed an investment management reputation of being the sector leader on a number of fronts, including the integration of climate change and other ESG considerations into the portfolio management process. He was the central architect of the University of Sydney's innovative approach to the fossil fuel divestment debate and showed how investors can make a positive contribution to reducing the adverse impacts of climate change via an integrated model.

Greg Fernance
Greg Fernance has in excess of 30 years of investment experience across a broad variety of roles ranging from fixed interest portfolio management and investment banking, to CIO of a major Australian University endowment portfolio. In his CIO role that he held for a little over 12 years until January 2016, Greg and his team achieved top quartile investment returns and developed an investment management reputation of being the sector leader on a number of fronts, including the integration of climate change and other ESG considerations into the portfolio management process. He was the central architect of the University of Sydney's innovative approach to the fossil fuel divestment debate and showed how investors can make a positive contribution to reducing the adverse impacts of climate change via an integrated model.

Kobad Bhavnagri Head of Australia Bloomberg New Energy Finance Kobad Bhavnagri is the Head of Australia for Bloomberg New Energy Finance, where he leads a team of analysts specialising in the transformation of the Australian energy sector. He has authored over 90 publications since joining the company in 2010 and has worked in the energy and finance industries since 2003 as an engineer, management consultant and analyst. He has an academic background in engineering and environmental studies and specialises in energy economics, markets and policy.


Kobad Bhavnagri
Head of Australia
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Kobad Bhavnagri is the Head of Australia for Bloomberg New Energy Finance, where he leads a team of analysts specialising in the transformation of the Australian energy sector. He has authored over 90 publications since joining the company in 2010 and has worked in the energy and finance industries since 2003 as an engineer, management consultant and analyst. He has an academic background in engineering and environmental studies and specialises in energy economics, markets and policy.

Dr John McKinnon McKinnon Family Foundation Dr John McKinnon began his career in the finance industry. After holding several positions in funds management, asset consulting and superannuation consulting, John co-founded the Australian office of Grantham Mayo van Otterloo LLC in 1995. For the subsequent ten years he was responsible for GMOA’s Australian equity investments, which grew to approximately AUD 6 billion. Post 1997, John was the senior partner of the business, which, when he left in 2005, had over $10b in total funds under management, 23 staff, and revenues in excess of $40m. In 2005 John joined overseas aid and development charity TEAR Australia, where he managed first the NSW office and then TEAR’s Australian operations. During this time John completed his PhD in social enterprise and development, investigating the intersection of finance and poverty alleviation. Since 2012 John, together with his wife Sue, has managed the McKinnon Family Foundation, a private ancillary fund that focuses on support for the environment, poverty alleviation and social enterprise development. Both John and Sue are keen to maximise use of their assets, which means investing the corpus as much as possible in line with their values and the mission of the foundation. Hence they have been at the forefront of impact investing. John sits on a number of boards including the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network

Dr John McKinnon
McKinnon Family Foundation
Dr John McKinnon began his career in the finance industry. After holding several positions in funds management, asset consulting and superannuation consulting, John co-founded the Australian office of Grantham Mayo van Otterloo LLC in 1995. For the subsequent ten years he was responsible for GMOA’s Australian equity investments, which grew to approximately AUD 6 billion. Post 1997, John was the senior partner of the business, which, when he left in 2005, had over $10b in total funds under management, 23 staff, and revenues in excess of $40m. In 2005 John joined overseas aid and development charity TEAR Australia, where he managed first the NSW office and then TEAR’s Australian operations. During this time John completed his PhD in social enterprise and development, investigating the intersection of finance and poverty alleviation. Since 2012 John, together with his wife Sue, has managed the McKinnon Family Foundation, a private ancillary fund that focuses on support for the environment, poverty alleviation and social enterprise development. Both John and Sue are keen to maximise use of their assets, which means investing the corpus as much as possible in line with their values and the mission of the foundation. Hence they have been at the forefront of impact investing. John sits on a number of boards including the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network

Louise O'Halloran Finance Sector Specialist AEGN Lou is Finance Sector Specialist with the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network, a group of 100 individuals and foundations with a focus on environmental philanthropy. She was Group Executive Director of the Responsible Investment Association (RIAA) from 2002 to 2012. At RIAA she also guided the creation of the Responsible Investment Academy, an e-learning university which was sold to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) in 2014. After RIAA she worked with Bendigo Bank to develop their impact investing strategy and as the Australian Consultant for RobecoSAM, a Zurich-based sustainable investment firm. Before life in responsible investment, Lou was General Manager of Belvoir Street Theatre, General Manager of the National Playwrights Centre and Development Manager at the Art Gallery Society of NSW. She also spent many years working in the arts in Los Angeles, New York, Edinburgh and London. Lou's voluntary work includes: Governor - WWF; board member - Blue Mountains Food Co-op; Treasurer - Varuna The National Writers' House; Adviser Circle - Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute; Ambassador - 1 Million Women.

Louise O'Halloran
Finance Sector Specialist
AEGN
Lou is Finance Sector Specialist with the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network, a group of 100 individuals and foundations with a focus on environmental philanthropy. She was Group Executive Director of the Responsible Investment Association (RIAA) from 2002 to 2012. At RIAA she also guided the creation of the Responsible Investment Academy, an e-learning university which was sold to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) in 2014. After RIAA she worked with Bendigo Bank to develop their impact investing strategy and as the Australian Consultant for RobecoSAM, a Zurich-based sustainable investment firm. Before life in responsible investment, Lou was General Manager of Belvoir Street Theatre, General Manager of the National Playwrights Centre and Development Manager at the Art Gallery Society of NSW. She also spent many years working in the arts in Los Angeles, New York, Edinburgh and London. Lou's voluntary work includes: Governor - WWF; board member - Blue Mountains Food Co-op; Treasurer - Varuna The National Writers' House; Adviser Circle - Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute; Ambassador - 1 Million Women.

Julien Vincent Executive Director Market Forces Julien Vincent is the Founder and Executive Director of Market Forces, a Friends of the Earth affiliate project focusing on finance and investment. Market Forces works to help Australians move finance and investment out of the fossil fuel industry in a way that creates the biggest impacts to the coal, oil and gas sector possible. Since starting in 2013, Market Forces has helped to move billions of dollars in finance out of the fossil fuel sector, changed the policies of major banks and prevented investment in some highly controversial proposed fossil fuel projects. Julien has worked as an activist and campaigner on environmental issues for over ten years, predominantly at Greenpeace as a climate and energy campaigner in Australia, as well as their international headquarters in Amsterdam. 


Julien Vincent
Executive Director
Market Forces
Julien Vincent is the Founder and Executive Director of Market Forces, a Friends of the Earth affiliate project focusing on finance and investment. Market Forces works to help Australians move finance and investment out of the fossil fuel industry in a way that creates the biggest impacts to the coal, oil and gas sector possible. Since starting in 2013, Market Forces has helped to move billions of dollars in finance out of the fossil fuel sector, changed the policies of major banks and prevented investment in some highly controversial proposed fossil fuel projects. Julien has worked as an activist and campaigner on environmental issues for over ten years, predominantly at Greenpeace as a climate and energy campaigner in Australia, as well as their international headquarters in Amsterdam.