Speakers

Our 2019 speakers include:

 

Kathleen McLaughlin

Senior Vice President, Chief Sustainability Officer
Walmart

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.

Eddie Christian

Group Manager Market Engagement
EECA

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
Infratec

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).

Craig Weise

Chief Executive
New Zealand Green Investment Finance

Craig is the Chief Executive for New Zealand Green Investment Finance, a new green investment bank. 

He has over 25 years’ experience in private capital markets, both in the US and NZ, grounded in finance, law, and investment banking.

At the New Zealand Treasury, Craig led teams focused on investment stewardship and performance monitoring across the New Zealand government’s investment portfolio, representing over NZ$100b in assets.  Before his time at Treasury he was Managing Director, Investment Banking, at Armillary Private Capital.

Sean Weaver

Executive Director
Ekos

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.

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.

Raveen Jaduram

Chief Executive Officer
Watercare

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
OMF

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.

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.

Andrew Sibley

General Manager, Innovation & Ventures
Contact Energy

As the GM of innovation and Ventures I have the great privilege to build, guide, mentor and steer a diverse and fantastic team to create a movement of decarbonization and make Contact Energy stand for something to be proud of that has a meaning bigger than itself.  I have a team that looks after our commercial and industrial customers, looks for and drives innovative solutions and supports our business with communications, all things people, risk and finance and technology.

Peter Simons

Managing Director
DB Breweries

Peter Simons joined DB as Managing Director in August 2017. He is an internationally-oriented business leader with an extensive background in executive management, sales, marketing and trade marketing, logistics, joint ventures and exports. Prior to DB, Peter worked in a number of commercial and management roles within the Heineken Company, including management of joint venture businesses with SAB and Diageo in SA, as GM of Export for Central & Eastern Europe, and most recently as Managing Director of HEINEKEN’s Hanoi-based Vietnamese operating company.

Ronja Lidenhammar

Technical Account Manager
Enviro-Mark Solutions

Ronja provides certification preparation and management support to our members, focusing on strengthening business processes and adding value. Her experience ranges from ensuring environmental compliance to sustainable business management consulting for a range of industries. When she’s out of the office, you are likely to find her out hiking, horse riding, digging in her veggie garden or travelling.

Toby Stevenson

Consulting Director
Sapere Research Group

Toby is a Consulting Director with international economics consulting firm Sapere Research Group. His expert area is electricity trading and risk management and he established himself as an independent energy consultant in 2004. Toby was the General Manager Electricity Trading at Contact Energy from its inception in 1996 to 2003 and has held a number of industry governance positions.

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.

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.