Conferences & Events Ltd
PO Box 24078, Manners St
Tel: +64 4 384 1511
Wednesday 27th October from 9.45am - 10.30am
Title: Sustainability Leadership
Brown is the 2008 Australian Young Environmentalist of the Year and the
2010 Victorian Young Australian of the Year. She is the founder and
executive director of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership, a non
profit organisation dedicated to supporting Australians to make their
communities, workplaces and sectors more sustainable. Over the last
three years Larissa has personally interviewed 200 of world’s greatest
sustainability leaders across twenty countries and 5 continents on what
it take to cause real systemic change towards a sustainable world.
was named as one of Melbourne 100 most influential people and one of
Melbourne’s ten most influential environmentalists by The Age Magazine
in 2007. She was awarded the 2009 Australian Geographic Young
Environmentalist of the Year, the 2006 British Council award for
Communicating Climate Change and the 2006 Brian Robinson Fellowship.
participated in the United Nations climate negotiations in both Bail
and Copenhagen. She is a member of the Ministers Reference Council on
Climate Change Adaptation which advisors the Victorian state
Environment Minister and participated in the Prime Minister’s 2020
Summit in 2008.
Larissa has worked as a research scientist at
the Australian National University, studying the extinction event of
Australia’s megafauna, helped save a forest by creating an ecotourism
lodge in Costa Rica, rehabilitated endangered primates and big cats in
Bolivia, taught snowboarding in the USA and spent a year as a high
school student in Japan
Wednesday 27th October from 9.00am - 9.45am
Title: From Discovery to Delivery: Building Resilient Cities
Newman is the Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University and is
on the Board of Infrastructure Australia that is funding infrastructure
for the long term sustainability of Australian cities. He has recently
returned from a North American tour promoting his two new books
‘Resilient Cities: Responding to Peak Oil and Climate Change’ and
‘Green Urbanism Down Under’, both written with Tim Beatley.
2001-3 Peter directed the production of Western Australia’s
Sustainability Strategy in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet.
It was the first state sustainability strategy in the world. In 2004-5
he was a Sustainability Commissioner in Sydney advising the government
on planning issues. In 2006/7 he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the
University of Virginia Charlottesville where he wrote his new books. In
Perth, Peter is best known for his work in saving, reviving and
extending the city’s rail system. Peter invented the term ‘automobile
dependence’ to describe how we have created cities where we have to
For 30 years since he attended Stanford
University during the first oil crisis he has been warning cities about
preparing for peak oil. Peter’s book with Jeff Kenworthy
'Sustainability and Cities: Overcoming Automobile Dependence' was
launched in the White House in 1999. He was a Local Government
Councillor in the City of Fremantle from 1976-80 where he still lives
Thursday 28th October from 9.00am - 9.45am
Title: Science, society and
environmental action: messages from the climate-change issue
Graeme Pearman was Chief of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial
Research Organisation (Australia) Division of Atmospheric Research,
1992–2002. He contributed over 150 scientific journal papers primarily
on aspects of the global carbon budget. He is now a private consultant
contracting to both private and public sector organisations and Adjunct
Senior Research Fellow with the School of Geography and Environmental
Science, Monash University.
Elections and awards: He was elected to Fellowship of the Australian
Academy of Science (1988), the Royal Society of Victoria (1997) and the
Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (2005). He
was awarded the CSIRO Medal (1988), a United Nation’s Environment
Program Global 500 Award (1989), Australian Medal of the Order of
Australia (1999) and a Federation Medal (2003).
Board and advisory membership: START International (Washington) System
for Analysis, Research and Training, and the Climate Institute
(Sydney). Chair: Antarctic Research Assessment Committee (Physical
Sciences) of the Australian Antarctic Division and the South East
Australian Climate Initiative Advisory Panel (Canberra). He was science
adviser to Former US Vice President Al Gore during his visits to
Australia in 2007, 2008 and 2009.
Membership: Australian Academy of Science, Australian Academy of
Technological Sciences and Engineering, Royal Society of Western
Australia, Royal Society of Victoria, Australian Meteorological and
Briefings: A key component of his work today is in the provision of
briefings (210 in 2007-2009) on climate-change science and
sustainability to governments, peak industry bodies and public, and for
companies as part of their development of risk assessments for their
business around the climate-change issue.
Marilyn Waring BA (Hons) VUW, DPhil (Waikato), Personal Chair: Public Policy
Thursday 28th October from 9.45am - 10.30am
Title: Common-sense and Non-sense:
communities and economics
Marilyn Waring is a Professor of Public Policy at AUT University, New
Zealand and has held Fellowships at Harvard and Rutgers Universities.
She was elected to New Zealand parliament at the age of 23 in 1975 and
served 3 terms, during that time she chaired the Public Accounts and
Public Expenditure committee(s).
Internationally known for her work in political economy, development
assistance and human rights, she has worked throughout the Pacific and
Asia. She has served as a Board member of the Queen Elizabeth 11
National Trust, the Council of Creative New Zealand and the Board of
the Reserve bank of New Zealand. Marilyn has been appointed as one of
only two international members of the Canadian Index of Wellbeing, is
the Treasurer of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development
(AWID) and is a lay member to the Board of Judicial Studies. This Board
oversees the Institute of Judicial Studies which is the professional
development arm of the New Zealand Judiciary.
Marilyn is the author of Counting for Nothing: what men value and what women are worth,
one of the major outstanding international contributions to political
economy. It was the subject of a best selling documentary made by the
NFB Canada Who’s Counting: Marilyn Waring on sex, lies and global economic.
In 2008, Marilyn received one of New Zealand's highest honours,
becoming a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM), for
services to women and economics.