Director, Packaging Development Asia Pacific
Co-Founder and CEO
Ashleigh is widely recognised as a circular economy visionary with the skills, experience and ability to not only inform future strategy but to also lead the action required to achieve impact. A testament to this is her recent appointment by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation as a Global Circular Economy Pioneer and invitation to speak and represent Australia at the World Circular Economy Forum in 2019.
Acknowledged as one Australia’s future leaders, Ashleigh is a frequent participant in round table discussions on the challenges and opportunities facing Australasia and within the past 18 months has had an audience with two Prime Ministers; the Dutch Ambassador, New Zealand Federal Government representatives and travelled with the Federal Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment to Japan on a Future Leaders, Future Cities Business Mission.
Case Study: Australia’s first Circular Economy Lab
Co-Founder and COO
Jaine is a diversely skilled circular economy professional, having led an intrepid career to date spanning health, education, and entrepreneurship.
Jaine draws on her vast experience as a remote area nurse to manage complex stakeholder relationships whilst driving systems level change that require resourcefulness, resilience, and innovative thinking. A storyteller at heart, Jaine understands that the best way to mobilise a community is to tell stories that engage, influence and evoke change. Jaine uses her advanced communication and human wrangling skills to bring about collective action towards a circular economy in disparate organisations, businesses and communities.
Case Study: Australia’s first Circular Economy Lab
Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia (Sydney)
SCIENTIA PROFESSOR DEO PRASAD AO FTSE
CRC for Low Carbon Living
Distinguished Professor Deo Prasad AO is an international authority and recognised as a national leader in the field of sustainable buildings and cities and among the leading advocates for sustainability in Australia. His contributions having been widely acknowledged at all levels of government and professions in Australia. Elected as a Fellow of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects in 1991, he has been a highly influential, driving force for sustainable design in both academia and professional practise and in 2006 he received the Royal Australian Institute of Architect’s National Education Award for contribution to ‘sustainability education, research and design’. In 2004 he received the NSW State Government’s individual GreenGlobe Award for ‘leadership and commitment to the supply of renewable energy’ He has also won the Federal Government’s national award for ‘outstanding contribution to energy related research’. He is a regular contributor to debate in this area in local and international media.
Deo is the Chief Investigator and CEO of the Co-operative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living (CRCLCL: www.lowcarbonlivingcrc.com.au). This is the largest ever industry-government-professions-research collaboration spin-off in Australia (built environment sector) and is leading to transformative impacts – enabling Australian industry and professions to compete globally in a low carbon future.
Topic: Low Carbon Living – Reducing Construction Wastes and Improving Sustainability with Circular Economy Modular Building
The Last Straw Australia
Institute for the Development of Environmental-Economic Accounting (IDEEA Group)
Director Safety, Quality & Sustainability
Richard Smith is the Director of Safety, Quality and Sustainability for Amcor Flexibles Asia Pacific – Australia New Zealand. (AFAP).
Richard was previously Director of R&D and Innovation Excellence for AFAP based in Singapore, and was also Amcor’s regional Sustainability Leader working to address customers’ sustainability goals through responsible flexible packaging solutions.
Richard joined Amcor in 2005, and prior Richard held senior roles in packaging technology management, as well as extensive experience in FMCG industry.
Richard is a Chemical Engineer, having studied at Melbourne University, and in 2013 was made a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Packaging for significant contribution to the development of innovative plastics packaging.
Topic: Amcor’s 2025 Pledge – Transitioning to a Circular Economy for Plastic Packaging
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation
Brooke Donnelly has spent her career working in product stewardship, recycling and sustainability, spending her formative years managing her third-generation family business, specialising in the recycling of industrial packaging. In her current role of CEO at the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) Brooke develops and leads APCO’s strategic direction and vision. APCO enables businesses, government and industry to design and utilise more sustainable packaging throughout the supply chain to reduce the environmental impact on Australian communities. Brooke is also the co-founder of the Product Stewardship Cluster, a voluntary group working to accelerate Australia’s journey to a circular economy through product stewardship.
Topic: APCO’s 2025 Commitment: The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) aims to reduce the harmful impact of packaging in Australian communities, this is delivered through the 13 reporting criteria and 5 performance levels of sustainable packaging
SCIENTIA PROFESSOR VEENA SAHAJWALLA
ARC Laureate Fellow / Director
ARC Green Manufacturing Research Hub / Centre for Sustainable Materials Research & Technology
Australian Research Council (ARC) Laureate Professor Veena Sahajwalla is an internationally recognised materials scientist, engineer and inventor revolutionising recycling science. She is renowned for pioneering the high temperature transformation of waste in the production of a new generation of ‘green materials.’
In 2018 Veena launched the world's first e-waste microfactory. As the founding Director of the Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT) at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, she is producing a new generation of green materials and products made entirely, or primarily, from waste. Veena also heads the ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub for ‘green manufacturing’, a leading national research centre that works in collaboration with industry to ensure new recycling science is translated into real world environmental and economic benefits. In 2018 she was elected as Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science. In 2016, Veena was named one of Australia’s Most Innovative Engineers and in 2015, Veena named Australia’s 100 Most Influential Engineers, both by Engineers Australia. In 2013, Veena received the ‘Howe Memorial Lecture Award’, Pittsburgh, USA in appreciation for her lecture on ‘The Power of Steelmaking – harnessing high temperature reactions to transform waste into raw material resources’.
Topic: Sustainability in Managing E-Waste with the World’s First Electronic Waste Microfactory: UNSW Innovations (or HYLA Mobile)
Founder and Executive Director
Circular Economy Alliance Australia (CEAA)
Director ,Biofuel & Hydroge, Investment
Department of State Development(DSD)
DR KATE WILSON
Climate Change & Sustainability | Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
Kate has had a career in science leadership and application. Her scientific background is in molecular biology. She has worked for a UN agency, and came to Australia to co-found a not-for profit research organization, CAMBIA, that developed molecular tools for application to agricultural research in the Asian region. She then switched to marine science, becoming research leader in tropical aquaculture at the Australian Institute of Marine Science (Townsville) before joining the CSIRO in 2005 where she was Director of the Wealth from Oceans marine science Flagship.
Kate joined OEH in 2009 and was Executive Director of the OEH Science Division until 2018, instilling a culture of valuing and using rigorous scientific evidence across the agency. She now leads a program delivery division which draws extensively on the scientific evidence. Kate has a doctorate from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours from Cambridge University.
Visionary Keynote: From the Global to the Local – A Government Perspective
Head of Corporate Responsibility Community Relations Team, Chief Customer Officer