Our program is designed to bring you ideas from the very edge and people who are the thinkers and doers leading the charge toward a purpose-driven world. They each bring a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities of purpose-driven business.
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Phil Vernon has been at Australian Ethical Investment for the past 7 years, and the Managing Director since 2010. The company believes that clients should be able to enjoy financial security and solid investment performance whilst having a positive impact on the planet.He has over 30 years’ experience in financial services covering funds management, superannuation, corporate governance and industry regulation. Prio...
Sam Adams Nye
Head of Partnerships
Based in New York, Sam has spent the past 5 years in online media working in business development and strategy roles across Europe and America. He gets excited by the convergence of technology and mass-communication in order to mobilize social change at scale. In his last role at Coull, he was in charge of launching proprietary technology to combat the broken trust between users and brands. He now heads up partnershi...
Carlie has been working in the sustainable fashion space in a diverse range of roles for over seven years. Her passions lie in fashion that empowers and celebrates the maker, production that nurtures our planet and brings depth, value, transparency and character to the fashion we buy in the developed world. She is fascinated by the exploration of what fashion says about us and the periods in time it captures. She ha...
Well Made Clothes
Kelly is the co-founder of online platform Well Made Clothes, ALAS, an organic clothing label, and Clean Cut Fashion Association, a non-profit industry body advocating for positive impacts in the fashion industry. Kelly has been part of the sustainable fashion industry for over a decade, and she has a vast range of experience in everything from the fashion industry supply chain to marketing. Her work has been showcas...
Anna Lise De Lorenzo
Founder & CEO
Anna Lise launched the rebranded MakerSpace &company in October 2015, bringing to life a place that enables designers and the local community to make their ideas, learn skills and build businesses. Anna Lise founded the precursor, &company, in 2009 where she curated, produced and managed 10 exhibition projects, 3 pop-up shops, 9 product launches with graduate designers and 8 events for major cultural festiv...
Tom has an extensive work history and a strong track record of success in various roles and, prior to his career change, held positions as diverse as business development manager, project manager and operations manager. He has university qualifications in project management and a background in engineering. As one of the directors at Community Power Agency Co-operative, Tom has developed a strong knowledge of the diff...
The School of Life
Hannah Gee is the Business Director for The School of Life in Australia. The School of Life for Business is dedicated to working with businesses to create deep behaviour change promoting self understanding and building emotional intelligence with the help of culture. Hannah has a background in Learning Design partnering with ASX and NZX listed, public sector and not for profit organisations on designing customised le...
Danling Xiao aka Mundane Matters, creates emotional sculptures and sensory experiences using natural ingredients to nurture the mind and inspire sustainable creative living. Since 2015, her commitment to making one fruit and vegetable sculpture a day has been loved by many on Instagram and featured in more than 30 major publications and TV channels. She has also been bringing the joy of creativity to her local commun...
Sales and Marketing Manager
Nigel Conolly is the sales and marketing manager at Geoplex; a boutique geospatial IT consultancy. Geoplex use innovative geospatial IT to help the world become a better place. For example, Geoplex resells Planet imagery to Australia. Planet is a disruptive satellite imagery provider; whose goal is to capture the entire globe every day. This imagery revolutionises the way people assess our world across many industrie...
Group Account Director
Following a psychology degree with a decade in marketing, Susie joined Guardian Australia‘s content partnership team Guardian Labs in 2014, looking for greater meaning in her work. Susie is now dedicated to helping brands create genuine connections with the Guardian’s audience through partnerships – and is particularly passionate about work which creates a positive impact on readers. She creates con...
Program Director, Fix and Make
Andy Marks has a passion for supporting the environment whilst nurturing the human spirit. To achieve these ends, Andy’s work is wide and varied. As originator and Program Director of Fix and Make, an initiative jointly funded by Hotel Hotel, Molonglo Group and ACT Government, Andy has curated a program of over forty workshops, panel discussions and exhibitions challenging our relationship to objects. With an empha...
Tracy is a Director in the Strategy team at EY. With over 15 years in consulting and industry experience, Tracy is a leading practitioner in Purpose Led Transformation in Australia, one of the key offerings in the strategy practice. Tracy focuses on strategy, purpose definition and activation and creating new products, services and businesses with clients using highly interactive methods. She has deep functional expe...
Julia Suh is an urban strategist and the founder of Urban Toolbox: a human-centred design consultancy that transforms valuable urban spaces for the common good. She has taught and practiced architecture, placemaking and urban design from New York, Auckland, Hanoi and Sydney; building extensive knowledge of urban communities. By combining expertise in human behaviour and physical environments, Julia creates meaningful...
Strategy and Technology Specialist
Cass is a strategy and technology specialist who gets excited about the organisations, technologies, and lifestyles of the future. She’s spent her career bridging the not-for-profit and technology start-up worlds. Most recently she was the Executive Director of Vibewire, a youth organization supporting and developing young entrepreneurs, and Commercial Development Director of PayDock, a new-gen payment gateway int...
Andrew Simpson is the founder and director of Sydney-based design house Vert and has designed a huge range of products over its ten years of operation, from the intimately hand-crafted through to mass-produced industrial products. Andrew’s approach to design is open and honest, with the act of designing, prototyping and making core to his practice. Andrew graduated in Industrial Design from the University of Techn...
The Good Beer Co
Good Beer Co. founder James Grugeon is a man on a mission: to sell a lot of good beer to raise money for good causes. James has over 20 years experience in corporate and social responsibility, media and communications, government relations, business development, environmental responsibility and leadership gained in social enterprises, big businesses and start ups and as the CEO of one of the UK’s oldest environment...
Globally recognised as a pioneer in responsible travel, Geoff ‘Manch’ Manchester is the co-founder of The Intrepid Group, the world’s largest provider of adventure travel experiences, and Chairman of the company’s not-for- profit The Intrepid Foundation. With a vision of creating small group adventures that travelled the local way, benefiting both travellers and the places that they visit, Intrepid’s co-fou...
Head of Marketing
Andy is the Head of Marketing for Young Henrys, a band of artists and musicians on a mission to create beer and spirits their local community will love. He’s not much good at being still, but this vice has led to 12 years of adventures producing cultural content, marketing household brands, environmental campaigning in China and turning personal projects into small businesses. Having inherited a business and co...
Karina is a designer and brand developer, a storyteller, and an entrepreneur. She facilitates attitude shifts of individuals and communities through her dedication to creating meaningful products and sharing their stories. Training Fine Art Fashion and Business in Brisbane, she came to Sydney by way of the handcrafted food movement in Brooklyn New York, where she produced and marketed locally made cocktail syrups wit...
Geraldine Chin Moody
Group Executive, People, Culture and Sustainability
Geraldine is the Group Executive, People, Culture and Sustainability at Virgin Australia. In this role, she is responsible for the Group’s people and culture strategy, organisational development, workplace relations and environmental sustainability. Prior to joining Virgin Australia, Geraldine was the Australian Chief Operating Officer at Baker & McKenzie and a Group Executive Committee Member of the Australian...
Peta first joined Lush 16 years ago as a sales assistant in Dublin and later joined International Support traveling to over 35 countries helping build Lush businesses globally. She worked closely with the company founders and championed internal communication, employee development and engagement across the Lush world. After 10 years in Europe she headed home to Melbourne taking up the Directorship of Australia and Ne...
Mindfulness Everywhere (UK)
Too many people told Rohan they were interested in mindfulness and meditation but didn’t do anything about it because they thought it took too much time and was too hippy. He made buddhify as a side project in late 2011 as a solution to that problem and Mindfulness Everywhere is built on its success. Rohan has a deep expertise in what he calls mobile mindfulness – using everything around us in modern life as a ...
Solicitor, Mediator, Company Director
Skinner & Associates
Chris Halburd is a Solicitor, Mediator & Company Director at Skinner & Associates. Chris is a member of the Advisory Group for The Purpose of the Corporation Project, the Advisory Board of B Lab Europe and the B Lab Australia & New Zealand Working Group on legislative changes to allow benefit companies in Australia. Chris has masters degrees in dispute resolution, business administration and international...
Jessie Hochberg is a co-founder and the inaugural General Manager of Nightingale Housing: a new Australia wide social enterprise created to develop an innovative systems based housing model to deliver the future of well-designed sustainable and affordable multi-residential homes. The Nightingale Model repositions human needs, good design and home owner agency as central to the development process & provides netwo...
Strategy Advisor - Culture
City of Sydney
Ianto Ware is part of the Cultural Strategy team at the City of Sydney, where he has overseen projects related to the regulation of creative spaces and evaluation frameworks. He was formerly CEO of Renew Adelaide, founding director of the Format Festival, and Co-Director of the National Live Music Office. He holds a PhD in Cultural Studies from Flinders University, and has an interest in the intersection between cu...
Head of Flourishing
As Head of Flourishing at Bellroy, Charlie is responsible for the hiring, development, and personal growth of Bellroy staff. With more than 10 years experience in education policy and a Masters of Applied Positive Psychology, Charlie uses both science and practical application to build a culture of radical effectiveness and individual staff flourishing. In the 18mths since Charlie started with Bellroy the company’s...
Chief Investment Officer
Impact Investment Group
Will joined IIG in 2013 as Chief Investment Officer and is responsible for originating and arranging impact investment opportunities. Will oversees IIG’s venture capital division and led the establishment of the Giant Leap Fund as well as investments into Sendle, Who Gives a Crap and Car Next Door. He has over 15 years’ experience in venture capital, private equity, property and corporate finance sectors, and has...
Tim is the founder of Hatched, an advisory firm that designs business models that have purpose at the core. He helps businesses articulate why they exist, and strategically designs their businesses to do good and be impactful. Tim believes business is a powerful force for change. The businesses he helps build are proven to be more resilient, productive and ultimately profitable – he brings a human approach and pra...
The School of Life
With over 20 years’ experience across the corporate sector, Vanessa is a strong leader who uses a collaborative approach and gains satisfaction from motivating others to achieve outstanding results. Vanessa has held a number of executive roles in strategy, change management, cultural transformation and organisational development predominantly with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Vanessa cites her key achievemen...
Environmental Defender's Office
Emily is the Outreach Director at the Environmental Defenders Office NSW, a community legal centre specialising in public interest environmental law. In this role, she is responsible for the development and delivery of EDO NSW’s Outreach Program, which includes legal workshops, seminars, professional development training, conferences and a range of plain English publications designed to educate the community ...
Andrew has a lustrous career that has seen him work alongside CEOs and leadership teams to define – and attain – digital and brand greatness. His experience across both consumer sectors and B2B includes building successful businesses and leading award-winning marketing programs and teams for Fortune and Times 100 companies, global technology brands, startups and the world’s hottest advertising and c...
Strategy & Communications
Resource Recovery Australia
Sarah has worked in the arts, community development and social enterprise for 20 years. Sarah was the Founding Manager of Resource Recovery Australia, replicating and scaling a 25 year social enterprise focused on the creation of training and employment for people experiencing disadvantage in Forster NSW. As a national social enterprise, RRA recently acquired Soft Landing, a successful mattress recycling social enter...
Prof. Veena Sahajwalla
Veena is an ARC Laureate Fellow and founding Director of the Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT) Centre at the University of New South Wales, Australia. As one of the world's leading innovators in the field of sustainable materials and an international award-winning scientist and engineer, she is passionate about transforming waste produced by modern society into value added green materials....
Formerly ranked #1 in the US for Freestyle Skiing, Chip served as head coach of the 1998 Australian Olympic Freestyle Ski Team, and has mentored Olympic athletes from six nations—including four World Champions. For the past 11 years, Chip has taken his passion for coaching into various business and creative industries. Merging ancient wisdom with the ‘inner science’ of transformative change, Chip has be...
The Valley Centre
April has a vision for building empowered, creative, self-sustaining communities and has been working in social justice and environmental campaigning for many year. Currently Project Manager for The Valley Centre; an on-the-ground sustainable community building + youth empowerment organisation, focusing on working with Aboriginal communities across the country. April is also Convenor of Pingala Community Renewables f...
Ethical Property Australia
Peter is founding CEO of Ethical Property Australia, a triple bottom line property investment, development and management company. Ethical Property creates centres for social change, bringing together purpose-driven organisations to help them achieve more and use resources more effectively. In 2015 Peter helped establish the $26m Ethical Property Commercial Fund, which owns donkey wheel house in Melbourne and Endeavo...
Well Made Clothes
Courtney Sanders, editorial director of Catalogue and now Well Made Clothes, is a long-time culture writer, who loves fashion, but doesn’t love everything about the fashion industry. She was frustrated by the under-reporting of the dirty industry practices behind the shiny clothes, and also by the under-representation of the fashion labels which are creating well-made clothes and which treat the people who make the...
Head of Market and Sector Development
Mark began working with social enterprises in 2001 in a community where dysfunction was the norm and unemployment was pervasive. Over the next 8 years he saw the extraordinary impact that that social enterprise could generate when harnessed, nurtured and supported to solve critical social issues. In 2008 he was one of the founders of Social Traders where he continues to work as the Head of Market and Sector Developm...
Senior Campaign Strategist
Purpose, New York
Marguerite is a senior campaigner at Purpose in New York where she works on the Purpose Climate Lab, helping to accelerate the solutions to climate change. She has worked as a strategy consultant to fortune 500 companies on CSR and consulted to leading campaigning organisations on digital communications and campaigning. Marguerite is passionate about helping companies to use their power and assets for good. Whether ...
Liane is an artist, designer, curator and creative advisor on issues relating to art, design and the environment. Recent work includes Superlocalstudio, Here and Now, Happy Talk and Supercyclers; projects focused on clever and beautiful sustainable design practice. Liane was also co-founder, and former designer and director of Dinosaur Designs for 25 years. ...
Founder & CEO
Jacqueline (Jak) Haines is a purpose-driven entrepreneur with nearly two decades of experience in the manufacturing, fabrication and heavy industry sector. Jak has a passion for innovation, technology, society and politics, recently leaving heavy industry to explore the sex industry after identifying the latter as an untapped growth market worth over $15 billion dollars and ripe for reframing. The result is Vävven: ...
Environmental Law and Policy
Stephanie is an Environmental Law and Policy Specialist. She has worked across sectors and countries advising on the intersection of legal, environmental and sustainable development challenges and objectives. As an International Consultant for the Asian Development Bank, Stephanie currently focuses on strengthening the rule of environmental law across Asia. She works directly with national and local government...
Chief of Staff
Henny Smith is GetUp‘s Chief of Staff. She is a lawyer and has previously worked at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, as an Associate to the Honourable Justice Buss of the WA Court of Appeal, and law firm Mallesons (now King & Wood Mallesons) in the employment law and industrial relations team. She was previously the National President, United Nations Youth Association of Australia and Presiden...
By the time Karsten was 10 years old he was involved in a failed attempt to sail to England in a rubber dinghy, he trekked across Timor, travelled overland from England to Australia and could name 250 airlines. At 17 he backpacked solo throughout South America, ran out of money in Colombia and returned home to discover that it was possible to make a career out of travel and he has never looked back. He is the CEO of ...
Founder & CEO
Jirra Lulla Harvey is the founder of Kalinya Communications, a boutique marketing and events firm established to promote positive images of Aboriginality. In the language of her Grandmother, a proud Yorta Yorta matriarch from Northern Victoria, Kalinya translates to Good, Beautiful and Honest. A National Scholar from the University of Melbourne where she now guest lectures on representations of race and sexuality in ...
Philosopher of Time, Futurist, Explorer
Deloitte Centre for the Edge
Eddie Harran is a futurist and experimental philosopher. Through his alter ego persona, Dr Time, Eddie helps create a safe space for people to inquire into the nature of time. He currently collaborates with Huddle Design’s labs division, working on projects around multi-capital value design. Prior to this, Eddie spent three and a half years as the Explorer-in-Residence at Deloitte Centre for the Edge, a research ...
Jocelyn is a registered psychologist based in Sydney, Australia with expertise in digital technology and its impact on behaviour, society and learning. Jocelyn has over 13 years experience in public education both as a teacher of high school social sciences and as a school counsellor/psychologist. Her 2009 psychology thesis explored the impacts of increasing access to Internet enabled laptops on a cohort of grade 10 ...
Mindy is passionate about business as a catalyst for social change. Her role at B Lab is to build a community of purpose-driven businesses by helping them to measure and improve their social and environmental impact. Mindy has rich experience in the Australian social enterprise sector including roles as project manager at Social Traders, general manager of StartSomeGood and committee member of Writers Victoria. A cor...
Brand Communications Manager
Natasha has worked in marketing for the last 9 years and has had both in house and agency experience working on traditional and digital marketing. Natasha works across public relations, social media, events, design and communications in order to build brand awareness, retention and drive business results. She has worked with a range of iconic, international brands such as; Swarovski, One Direction, Holster Fashion, G...
George brings a wealth of expertise in supporting organisations to be more sustainable and impactful through innovative and collaborative business models. Spark has been advising organisations for over 18 years and does so from a very practical, action-oriented perspective. George is a serial entrepreneur with experience also leading $100M + entities overseas and in Australia. A champion of the B Corp movement, Georg...
Head of Community Bank® Model Development
Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited
Sam is responsible for exploring opportunities for the bank’s “shared value” Community Bank® business model internationally. Sam has a wealth of experience in the banking industry both in commercial and management roles and as a qualified lawyer. In 10 years with Bendigo he has held a variety of senior management, Executive and Directorship positions across both debt and equity portfolios, strategy, as well as...
Kyra Maya Phillips
Writer, Reader, Listener & Speaker
The Misfit Economy
Kyra Maya Phillips is a reader and a storyteller. She is the co-author of The Misfit Economy , a book which chronicles stories of creativity from informal and dark markets around the globe. Research for this book has taken her to pirate prisons in Somalia, tunnels networks deep below the city of Paris, Amish camel farms, ganglands in Cape Town, and into the history books to study 18th century pirate ships. Alongside...
Michael Bradley is a lawyer and writer. He is the Managing Partner of Marque Lawyers, which was created in 2008 with the singular ambition of completely changing the way law is practised. Ditching timesheets and the mindless pursuit of profit, Marque’s purpose is to demonstrate (by doing it) that it’s possible for lawyers to be socially useful and agents for positive change while still running a viable business a...
With a successful global career in finance, manufacturing and consulting, a multitude of Board positions along the way, an MBA, a CA/CPA and honours degrees in Psychology and Statistics, Jan Edwards says, ‘what glass ceiling’. A life long advocate for business to embrace community as its purpose, Jan is passionate about shared value as a sustainable business strategy that can enrich communities. Today as a membe...
Managing Director | Senior Vice President, Aust & NZ
Clinton serves as Senior Vice President for Interface in Australia and New Zealand, based in Sydney Australia. In this role he is responsible for local manufacturing and marketing activities, with particular focus upon organisational development. He joined Interface in 2002, initially serving as General Manager – Sales and Marketing. Clinton has held a wide variety of roles within the building products and building...
Beginning his career as a medical research scientist and completing his PhD in biochemistry, Ed followed a commercial path and spent several years in pharmaceuticals before moving over to the media industry. Two years ago, Ed made the decision to do something that would positively impact the future of his children’s lives and sought out an opportunity in the renewable energy space. This lead to his leap to Powersho...
United for Wildlife, with support from Google.org and ARM, launched WILDLABS.NET to close the information-sharing gap in the fight against illegal wildlife trade and other pressing issues facing our planet. WILDLABS.NET aims to connect conservationists, technologists, engineers, data scientists and entrepreneurs to support them to find, share and create effective technology-based solutions to protect threatened wil...
The Last Straw
Eva is from Hobart and has spent the last 10 years in the social change space with a focus on campaigning and community organising. In 2015, after throwing out a lot of straws at work one night, Eva created the concept of The Last Straw, a campaign to end the use of plastic straws in Australia. Plastic straws contribute a lot to the world’s waste problems which requires innovative solutions to solve. The aim is to ...
Hollistic Psychologist & Founder
The Indigo Project
Mary is the founder and Principal Psychologist at The indigo project. Mary specialises in working with anxiety, mood based disorders, relationship issues and those contemplating a career change. She also has a special interest in working with creative professionals and those looking to develop their creativity. She is passionate about collaborating and creating community. Mary teaches Mindfulness Meditation and curre...
Co-founder and Managing Director
Daniel Flynn is Co-founder and Managing Director of Thankyou – a social enterprise that exists to empower people to play a part in ending global poverty through simple everyday purchases. What began with bottled water to fund water projects and tackle the World Water Crisis, now includes 38 consumer products across water, food and body care that funds safe water access, hygiene and sanitation programs and fo...
Future Business Council
With a background in the green building industry, renewable energy sector, climate adaptation, business innovation and international politics, Tom is a strategist, communicator and advocate for future business opportunities in Australia. Future Business Council advocates the benefits of change and push for reforms that will shift the economy in favour of more sustainable, innovative and ethical business models. Its ...
Head of Communications
After studying International History and Politics at Leeds University, Imogen moved to Australia to find her tribe. Starting life like most new grads, working for love not money, Imogen started volunteering with Oxfam, The St James Ethics and Sustainable Business Australia. After a chance meeting with TuShare Founder, James Chin Moody, Imogen joined the sharing platform team in communications, eventually taking on ...
Founder and Program Director
Circular Economy Australia
Candice has been presenting, educating and facilitating on the circular economy for more than three years and has been managing creative and technical teams on innovation projects for more than 10 years. Her passion for connecting people and drive for good business practice is the force excelling Circular Economy Australia into the valued network represented today, connecting people and resources to circular economy ...
As Executive Director of B Lab, Alicia is serving a global movement of entrepreneurs using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Lab does this with several initiatives that help businesses attract customers, talent, and capital to scale. Alicia has more than 15 years of community-building experience, having launched and built organisations for business and the not-for-profit sector. She ...
Head of Ethics
Australian Ethical Investment
Stuart Palmer is Head of Ethics Research with Australian Ethical Investment. 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, working with companies, other investors and NGOs to positively influence corporate thinking and beha...
Facilitator, Sustainability Expert & Songwriter
Matt Wicking is a creative force for change. Facilitator, singer, freelance environmentalist and sustainability leader, he’s worked with people in all sectors – business, government, the arts, education and more – helping to make good stuff happen. An experienced presenter and communicator, Matt is skilled at finding common ground and bringing complex ideas to life. Among current roles, he facilitates the C...