1-2 March 2022
Melbourne
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TRANSFORMING BUSINESS FOR THE BETTER

The Sustainability Leaders Summit is an executive level event uniting sustainability decision makers from the region’s most influential companies.

The Summit features an ambitious, outcomes-focused agenda with over forty frontline perspectives from the highest levels of sustainability practice in Australia.

Over two days of case-based exploration and international vision, more than 200 of the nation’s leading corporate sustainability executives will explore the macro and micro issues shaping the sustainability journey with a collective purpose: to transform business for the better.

Why Attend

  • For over a decade we have secured the involvement of the highest calibre speakers from Australia and around the world. We have tools that make audience engagement seamless so you can ask the questions that matter.
  • Every session is independently moderated to facilitate candid discussion and debate
  • Your experience is at the heart of the Summit. Our audience is screened for seniority, so you’ll be networking in a five-star environment with the minds shaping business.
  • We respect the seniority of our delegates by diving deeper into technical subject matter with a business-driven, outcomes-focused agenda.

Gain Access

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35+ Industry Speakers
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2 Powerful Days
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Executive Learning Agenda
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12 Keynotes
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200+ Executives
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5-Star Networking Environment
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Past Speakers

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Daniella Foster
Vice President & Global Head of Public Affairs & Sustainability, Consumer Health

Bayer (USA)
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Daniella Foster
Vice President & Global Head of Public Affairs & Sustainability, Consumer Health

Bayer (USA)
Daniella Foster is the Global Vice President and Head of Public Affairs, Science and Sustainability for Bayer’s Consumer Health Division. In this role, she is responsible for embedding sustainability into the fabric of the divisional business model, including strategy and ambition development, implementation and impact stewardship. This work focuses on empowering the transformation of everyday health for 100 million people in underserved communities around the world by 2030 through health literacy programs, access strategies and planet-friendly packaging. A policy innovator and social entrepreneur, she has spent her career focused on actionable innovation in the government, business and non-profit sectors. Foster has worked across sectors leading initiatives to develop new brands and categories, grow small businesses, connect entrepreneurs to global supply chains, develop youth job skills and accelerate innovation. Previously, Foster was the Vice President of Global Corporate Responsibility at Hilton, where she created and implemented programs that positioned Hilton as the industry leader in sustainable travel and tourism, launching its 2030 Goals agenda and securing the top ranking on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index among hospitality companies. Foster previously led global Corporate Affairs and Science Communications for the innovation hub of Mars, Incorporated. She also earned valuable public-sector experience at the U.S. Department of State, where she held roles of increasing responsibility and scope, and owned the Department’s partnerships and social innovation agenda. She is passionate about social entrepreneurship and serves as the Chairwoman of the Emergent Leaders Network, a non-profit she co-founded that provides scholarships and mentoring to community college students. Foster is a board member of the United Nations Global Compact Network USA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and serves as a Commissioner for the Global Business Coalition Education’s Youth Skills and Innovation Commission. She holds an M.A. in Social and Public Policy from Georgetown University and a B.A. in Intercultural Communications and Business from Pepperdine University.
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Professor Steve Evans
Director of Research in Industrial Sustainability

University of Cambridge (UK)
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Professor Steve Evans
Director of Research in Industrial Sustainability

University of Cambridge (UK)
Professor Steve Evans joined academia in 1988 after 12 years in various industries. He has led the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Industrial Sustainability bring together Cambridge, Cranfield, Loughborough & Imperial College. He has led over £40m in grant research including the UKs 1st grant studying how multi-disciplinary teams innovate, and the 1st grant in  sustainable business models and what we now call Circular Economy (in 1995). Steve is Director of the Centre for Industrial Sustainability at the University of Cambridge, and leads research across many aspects of the transformation toward a sustainable industrial system, he is also a visiting Professor at the Royal College of Art. Steve has founded various cleantech start-ups. He has been Special Adviser to the House of Lords, as well as holding many policy informing roles in the UK and globally. In 2019, Steve was recognised by his peers for academic excellence by his election as Member of Academia Europaea. Steve is particularly proud of his students who include two current female PVCs and the UKs first female Head of a Business School. He is a father of two and a black belt at judo.
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Vanessa Wright
Vice President, Global Sustainability

Pernod Ricard (FR)
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Vanessa Wright
Vice President, Global Sustainability

Pernod Ricard (FR)
Appointed to Pernod Ricard HQ in August 2017, Vanessa is responsible for the creation and global implementation of the Group’s new 2030 ‘Good Times from a Good Place’ Sustainability strategy Before joining the HQ, she held the position of Global Communications Director for Martell Mumm Perrier-Jouët and prior to this, she spent 17 years in a number of Communications roles in the UK for Pernod Ricard, including Global Communications Director for Chivas Brothers, the Scotch Whisky and Gin business. During her career, she has also worked for a number of luxury and food & drink consultancies and spent 5 years as a Senior Press Officer for The National Farmers Union. Vanessa has been awarded The Cambridge Institute Business Sustainability Management Certification. She is a Master of the Keepers of the Quaich, a Liveryman for the Worshipful Company of Distillers and is a past Chairman of The Benevolent, the industry charity. She is an experienced scuba diver and has a passion for protection of the sea and environment.
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Andreas Ahrens
Head of Climate

Inter IKEA Group (SE)
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Andreas Ahrens
Head of Climate

Inter IKEA Group (SE)
Andreas Ahrens, MSc in Engineering, leads the climate agenda for Inter IKEA Group (the IKEA franchisor) and the full IKEA value-chain – from raw material extraction to product end-of-life. He is the main spokesperson for climate – internally and externally – for the total climate agenda at IKEA. He also leads the connected strategic initiative to secure that IKEA develop the organisation to meet the set strategic commitments and targets to become climate positive by 2030 by reducing more greenhouse gas emissions than the IKEA value chain emits, while growing the IKEA business. He has previously worked extensively with sustainability integration into both product development and supply chain management, with special focus on climate and circular economy.
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Dr Stefanos Fotiou
Director, Environment & Development Division

United Nations (TH)
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Dr Stefanos Fotiou
Director, Environment & Development Division

United Nations (TH)
Dr. Stefanos Fotiou is the Director of the Environment and Development Division in the United Nations ESCAP. Stefanos is responsible for the planning and implementation of the UN ESCAP work on natural resources management, climate change, sustainable urban development, green economy as well as for the overall coordination of the follow up and review of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. Highlights of his work in his current post include successfully leading intergovernmental negotiations resulting in specific normative outcomes, establishing new initiatives on technical cooperation and capacity development as well as ideating and steering analytical work in the substantive areas of his responsibility. Prior to this he worked for 10 years in the UN Environment Programme in various roles in the Economy Division and in the Asia-Pacific office. Before joining the UN, he had worked for the private sector and academia on issues of regional sustainable development. Throughout his career, Stefanos has taken leading roles in international fora, has conceptualised and led the development of regional and national strategies on environment and sustainable development and his work has been published and referenced. He holds a PhD in Natural Resource Economics, a Master of Science in Information Systems, and a Master of Science in Forestry and Natural Environment.
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Kevin Rabinovitch
Global VP Sustainability and Chief Climate Officer

Mars (USA)
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Kevin Rabinovitch
Global VP Sustainability and Chief Climate Officer

Mars (USA)
Kevin Rabinovitch is the Global VP Sustainability and Chief Climate Officer for Mars, Incorporated. In his role his team leads the corporate strategy for the Healthy Planet portion of Mars’ Sustainable in A Generation Plan. This covers not just their carbon, water and land targets but associated policies and external engagement with expert stakeholders. This includes directly managing a global portfolio of renewable energy projects. His team leads the assessment of environmental impact for Mars’ entire value chain and the translation of external environmental science into policy and strategy for the business. Externally, among other roles, Kevin helps lead the CGF Forest Positive Coalition of Action, the High Value Ecosystem pillar of OP2B and frequently speaks externally on behalf of Mars’ sustainability program. He has been with Mars for 27 years, 14 years in sustainability and the first 13 in R&D functions of multiple Mars business segments in the U.S. and Europe specializing in technology development, scale up and intellectual property.
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Andrew Parker
Group Executive, Government, Industry, International, Sustainability

Qantas Airways
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Andrew Parker
Group Executive, Government, Industry, International, Sustainability

Qantas Airways
Andrew manages the Group’s government, industry, public policy, regulatory, international affairs and sustainability worldwide. Andrew is a board member of the peak advocacy group for airlines in the region – Airlines for Australia New Zealand (A4ANZ) – and is also a board member of IATA’s industry committee and an Advisory Board Member of the Tourism & Transport Forum. Before Qantas, Andrew was Senior Vice President – Public, International, Industry, Environment Affairs at Emirates, based in Dubai. Andrew was previously the founder and Managing Director of a large public affairs firm that was acquired by the Ogilvy Group in 2001. He has also been a press secretary and senior political adviser to various Australian political leaders and Ministers and worked as a journalist in newspapers and television in Australia, the US and UK. He is Chairman of the NSW Australia Day Council.
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Susan Mizrahi
Chief Sustainability Officer

Australia Post
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Susan Mizrahi
Chief Sustainability Officer

Australia Post
Susan Mizrahi is a senior sustainability strategist and has some 20 years’ experience working in Asia, Europe, North America, as well as domestically, on international, business and human rights issues. She is committed to leading positive, systemic change on social and environmental issues and has achieved this through working collaboratively across and within the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Susan has particular expertise in business human rights obligations, sustainable supply chains, forced and child labour, and the China-Tibet issue. She is skilled in strategy, communications, public policy and advocacy, and is actively committed to advancing the UN Global Compact principles and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Susan is the Chief Sustainability Officer at Australia Post and acts as Chair of the London Benchmarking Group. She is also a member of the UN Global Compact Human Rights Leadership Group and GCNA’s Modern Slavery Community of Practice.
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Edge can help you accelerate your sustainability journey with tailored, innovative and evidence-based solutions. We identify opportunities for you to deliver triple bottom line benefits based on a commitment to genuine life-cycle thinking.

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The Banksia Foundation is a well-established not-for-profit organisation dedicated to working with industry and community to create an array of platforms to focus attention on the recognition of excellence in sustainability.

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BCSD Australia is a CEO-led organisation of more than 40 Australian businesses and non-governmental bodies working together to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world by aligning with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and acting on climate change.

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The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) is a not-for-profit organisation leading the development of a circular economy for packaging in Australia. APCO works with governments, businesses and other organisations from across Australia’s large and complex packaging value chain to develop the insights, resources and programs that are needed to build a sustainable national packaging ecosystem. In 2018, APCO was endorsed by government to lead the delivery of Australia’s 2025 National Packaging Targets and ensure all packaging is reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025. To achieve this goal, APCO is working closely with government and industry to deliver a range of sustainable design, recycling, waste to landfill reduction and circular economy projects. Recognised as one of Australia’s leading product stewardship organisations with a strong national and global collaborative network, APCO is committed to reducing the environmental impact of packaging on Australian communities by moving towards a circular economy

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Why Get Involved

The Sustainability Leaders Summit is unparalleled in the level of delegates and speakers it attracts. It is driven by an ambitious business agenda, and our audience is screened for seniority to ensure you are networking with the minds shaping business.

Our limited keynote and moderated panel speaking opportunities will effectively embed you in this top-end business community. Digital and physical brand activations, as well as consultations in dedicated activation spaces further enable you to engage with this decision-making audience.

As a marketing platform to demonstrate expertise, credibility and grow your business with sustainability professionals, the Sustainability Leaders Summit offers unrivalled cut-through.

Venue/Accommodation Details

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RACV Club, Melbourne, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA

Level 17, 501 Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000

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Pricing and Discounts

Early Bird Registration
(until 29/10/2021)
$1,195 + GST
$3,585 + GST
Standard Registration
(from 30/10/2021)
$1,395 + GST
$4,185 + GST

If you are a Vendor or Service Provider to sustainability executives, please email angelg@connectmedia.com to register.

COVID 19 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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The health and safety of our delegates, partners and staff remains our number one priority.

Health and Safety Measures in place include:

  • No International attendees. International Keynote Addresses conducted remotely via live-link as indicated in the programme
  • Total attendance capped with strict adherence to physical distancing measures, including traffic management and spaced seating configurations within the venue
  • As an invitation-only event, delegate contact details are acquired prior to commencement, and on-site attendance is recorded. Delegates are encouraged to download the COVIDSafe App
  • Event located at an industry-leading venue with precautionary sanitation measures, including regular cleaning of all surfaces; increased awareness and provision of sanitiser; and continued rigorous adherence to ISO and HACCP food safety management standards within all culinary services

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