Our 2019 speakers include:


Kathleen McLaughlin

Senior Vice President, Chief Sustainability Officer

Kathleen McLaughlin is executive vice president and chief sustainability officer for Walmart Inc., and president of the Walmart Foundation.

Kathleen is responsible for programs that help Walmart create economic opportunity through jobs and sourcing; enhance the sustainability of food, apparel and general merchandise supply chains; and strengthen the resilience of local communities.

Darek Koper

AT Metro Manager
Auckland Transport

Delivering and improving urban bus services in Auckland in partnerships with multiple bus operators and implementing new bus network to ensure these services cater for over 73 million of bus trips Aucklanders take every year and enhancing their public transport experience on AT Metro services. Developing and implementing supplier relationships and contract management framework, bus infrastructure and future zero emission fleet.

Monique Cornish

Environment + Sustainability Lead
Auckland Airport

Monique specialises in sustainability strategy development and implementation; sustainability risk and opportunity assessment and sustainable supply chain management. Monique has worked with corporate, government and NGO clients across Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the Americas, to help them determine what sustainability means to their business, and how to quantify the risks and opportunities created by sustainability challenges.

James Walker

Executive Director - Sustainability Practice
Porter Novelli

James Walker leads Porter Novelli's sustainability practice. Executive leadership team experience in both the private and public sectors, with focus on sustainability. Led teams that have created award-winning communications campaigns and sustainability programmes.

Particular expertise in sustainability, strategy, responsible business, communications and government relations. GM Corporate Affairs Woolworths NZ (Countdown) and Deputy Secretary Partnerships and Customers at the Ministry for the Environment. Former New Zealand diplomat.

Eddie Christian

Group Manager Market Engagement

Eddie Christian has held executive leadership roles over the last 15 years in the services and finance sectors in NZ, Singapore and the Middle East. Eddie is currently responsible for leading the Market Engagement group at EECA in delivering market behaviour change programmes that result in sustainable energy savings in our target markets of business, residential and transport.

A former Naval officer he has lead multi-functional teams in a range of environments and locations globally.  Prior to joining EECA Eddie was the Head of Southern Region for HSBC in NZ.

Dr Andrew Crossland

Energy Storage Specialist

Dr Andrew Crossland is a specialist in the social, technical and economic modelling of energy systems. In 2017, Andrew won the “Rising Star” Award from Energy UK recognising his work in the rapidly changing electricity system.

He has more than seven years experience in multi-disciplinary energy projects including:

Catherine Leining

Policy Fellow
Motu Economic and Public Policy Research

Catherine Leining has over 25 years of international policy experience with specialisation in climate change mitigation policy. As a Policy Fellow at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, she leads Motu’s research and engagement programme on “Shaping New Zealand’s Low-Emission Future.” She has held policy positions at the Ministry for the Environment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Wellington City Council and New Zealand Transport Agency. In government roles, she helped to design the NZ ETS and served on the New Zealand delegation to the UNFCCC negotiations (2008-2009).

Sean Weaver

Executive Director

Executive Director and founder of Ekos - specializing in indigenous forest carbon project/programme development (supply), and carbon footprint measurement, reduction, offsetting and certification services (demand). Includes consulting to: NZ businesses, central and local government in NZ, African Development Bank, World Bank, Pacific Island governments.

Craig Weise

Chief Executive
New Zealand Green Investment Finance

Craig Weise has over 25 years of experience in private capital markets, both in the US and NZ, grounded in financial services, law, and investment banking.

Raveen Jaduram

Chief Executive Officer

Raveen Jaduram was appointed as the chief executive of Watercare after performing the role in an acting capacity since February 2014. He rejoined Watercare in 2013 as General Manager of the Maintenance Services business unit that provides operations and maintenance support within Watercare. Prior to that, he was the managing director and chief executive of an Australian private water company, Murrumbidgee Irrigation Limited.  He was chief operating officer at Watercare during the 2010 amalgamation of  the local councils. He is currently on the board of the Committee for Auckland.

Nigel Brunel

Director, Institutional Commodities

Nigel is one of the original OMF team, joining the firm in 1986. Nigel has considerable experience and understanding of the financial markets with particular emphasis on renewable energy, commodity, dairy and equity futures markets. He is also a prominent figure in the NZ carbon and dairy markets.

In 1996, Nigel relocated to UBS Warburg in Sydney to manage the Equity Derivative division. In 1998, he set up his own trading company which he ran for 9 successful years before returning to OMF in 2007.

Dawn Baggaley

Head of Sustainability
New Zealand Post Group

Dawn is Head of Sustainability at NZ Post where she has led a sustainability programme which has seen NZ Post take a leadership role in several areas, including integrated reporting, social procurement and carbon reduction. Dawn has over 12 years’ experience working as a sustainability professional in New Zealand and Denmark, 8 years' as Head of Procurement at Westpac and 10 years' in social housing in the UK. She was editor and initiator of the Change the World for $15 (50 actions to change the world and make you feel good) book in New Zealand. Dawn has a Master of Science in Responsibility and Business Practice from Bath University in the UK, and is an alumni of the Cambridge Institute of Sustainable Leadership Executive Programme. She is a board member for the Sustainable Business Network.

Dr Ann Smith

Chief Executive Officer
Enviro-Mark Solutions

Ann is a recognised thought-leader and representative on a number of national and international sustainable business and carbon management forums. She leads the team at Enviro-Mark Solutions with expertise on latest developments in international best practice and standards on carbon inventories, foot-printing and reporting, carbon reduction and offsetting, and science-based targets. Ann is passionate about supporting businesses to improve their environmental performance and contribute to New Zealand’s transition to a sustainable low carbon economy.

Kailyn Smith

Principal Sustainability Advisor
Auckland Transport

Kailyn Smith is a passionate and committed energy professional with a unique ability to deeply understand data and the value of robust, evidence - based decision making, alongside an understanding of the big strategic shifts needed to transition to a low carbon future. This rare mix of technical and strategic nous has seen Kailyn prove herself professionally at Auckland Transport and become a trusted adviser to those outside of the organisation.

Andrew Sibley

General Manager, Innovation & Ventures
Contact Energy

Andy has over thirty years experience in building high performing teams spanning multiple geographies for HM Forces Royal Navy and in his current role with Contact Energy . During his career he has been responsible for the safe and efficient operation and maintenance of complex safety critical systems such as PWR plants, electrolysers, hydrogen scrubbers and pressure vessels to ensure high availability of operational units.

Peter Simons

Managing Director
DB Breweries

Peter is the Managing Director of DB Breweries, one of New Zealand’s best known companies with a proud history of brewing iconic beers and ciders. Originally from the Netherlands, Peter has worked in a number of commercial and management roles within HEINEKEN, including management of joint venture businesses with SAB and Diageo, General Manager of Export for Central & Eastern Europe, and as Managing Director of HEINEKEN’s Hanoi-based Vietnamese operating company. While in Vietnam, Peter was instrumental in a variety of biomass and biogas projects which reduced the CO2 emissions of production by 50% between 2014 and 2016. Peter is committed to building on DB’s leadership role as a responsible alcohol producer and is passionate about embedding sustainability across the value chain.  

John Snook

Chief Executive Officer
Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT)

As an award-winning educationalist and strategic thinker, my passion and specialty is working with leaders in education, to create a strategic advantage for their organisations. If you believe, as I do in life long learning, are excited by innovative business practices and are ready to take action, let's connect.