Our 2019 speakers were:


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 is a sustainability professional with 20-years’ experience supporting government, public, and private organisations develop sustainability strategies that focus on what matters, and measuring the outcomes and impacts that result, with a focus on incorporating non-financial value into decision-making.

Earlier this year Monique took over sustainability leadership at Auckland Airport, and will share lessons learnt from 15-years of sustainability action, and what comes next for one of New Zealand’s largest companies on the path to net zero.

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).

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.

Lee Stewart

Ndevr Environmental

A seasoned Sustainability Professional with over 15 years’ experience in consulting and corporate sustainability roles ranging from start-ups to a large multinational Fujitsu. Lee is the Co-author of SMARTer 2030, a report looking at how technology available today can reduce Australian emissions by 26%, and was the driving force behind NABERS Energy Efficiency Rating for Data Centres.

Lee helps organisations evolve their sustainability practices from a compliance activity into one that delivers a competitive advantage and market differentiator.

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.

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

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.

Dr Ann Smith

Special Advisor to the Chief Executive
Toitū Envirocare

Ann provides expert guidance to our Chief Executive, based on her decades of involvement with Toitū Envirocare’s programmes.

She has a varied history, including academic research, sustainable development strategies, and programme development and has been with the Toitū carbonreduce and Toitū carbonzero programmes from the early days. She divides her time between Christchurch and Auckland and whenever she has a spare moment, Ann can be found in her garden, knitting, or admiring her grandchildren.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tyler Byers

Senior Advisor, Strategy and Programme Development

Tyler specialises in programme development and strategic research initiatives at EECA and translating these into effective market engagement programmes.  Currently he is leading on EECA’s low-emissions vehicle fleet transition and demand-side management work streams.  He has held previous roles in the energy sector undertaking commercial, business development and consulting work.  He is a certified Energy Risk Professional (GARP) and was part of the Sustainable Business Council Future Leaders’ programme.

John Snook

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

John joined Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT) as Chief Executive in January 2019. John’s leadership at WITT sees him guide the institute through the most significant changes to the sector in a generation, the Government’s Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE).

An award-winning educationalist and strategic thinker, John has led several other education institutes in New Zealand. He has been the Deputy Chief Executive and Acting Chief Executive of the Waiariki Institute of Technology and held a leadership role within the Universal College of Learning.

Natalija Baban

Ndevr Environmental

Natalija’s background is extensive, and includes technology consulting, process engineering (design and operations) and Australian energy policy research. She also holds a Master of Chemical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science (Hons).