Maria BalatbatSenior Lecturer | Founding Member, University of New South Wales Business School | Institute of Climate Risk and Resilience
My research interests include environmental and social accounting, corporate reporting and assurance of non-financial information such as Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) and the value relevance of these information to the capital markets. I am also a founding member of a UNSW network, the Collaboration on Energy and Environmental Markets (CEEM). I have been teaching financial accounting in the undergraduate and postgraduate accounting programs for several decades. Recently, I have developed a postgraduate course on reporting for climate change and sustainability which is now taught to business, engineering and environmental studies students. I also teach and have co-developed a course on Integrated Reporting, a new course in the Business School that is accredited by the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC). Before joining UNSW, I worked as a Teaching Fellow at Nanyang Business School, Singapore and a Lecturer and RJ Chambers scholar at the University of Sydney. I have published my works in Australian and international refereed journals. Prior to my academic career, I have worked as a consultant and auditor in large accounting firms in the US and Asia. I am a Fellow at CPA Australia and a member of the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand.
Kestra BowskillHuman Rights Manager, Endeavour Group
Kestra is the Human Rights Manager for Endeavour Group. Kestra leads Endeavour's modern slavery response, working closely with the broader sustainability team on the company's human rights commitments and disclosures.
She has experience working in ethical sourcing for different organisations, developing Modern Slavery Statements, and setting governance frameworks to mitigate, manage and address modern slavery risks. She is passionate about the role big businesses can play to lead industry and make meaningful change for supply chain workers.
Nicholas Brischetto is passionate about increasing clients’ ability to anticipate and respond to risk through data-driven insights, seeing such an ability as essential to navigating a world of increasing change and uncertainty. He has nearly 20 years of experience delivering data-driven risk insights in the financial services industry in Australia and the UK.
Until recently, Nicholas was a Partner in Deloitte’s Risk Advisory business, where he co-authored several papers on truthfulness and transparency in the transition to a sustainable and decarbonised future, including contributing to the AICD’s “A director’s guide to mandatory climate reporting”.
He has expertise in monitoring extra-financial risks such as conduct issues across customer value chains and sustainability (ESG) risks across the broader extended enterprise, including supply chains and investment portfolios.
He holds a Bachelor of Business (Banking & Finance), a Bachelor of Information Technology (Information Systems), and is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ).
Alison ChanInvestment Director, Sustainable Finance, Metrics Credit Partners
As Investment Director – Sustainable Finance, Alison leads the sustainability initiatives of Australian non-bank corporate lender and alternative asset manager, Metrics Credit Partners. She is responsible for developing sustainable investment strategies, as well as working with investee companies to support their transition to a low carbon economy through sustainable finance.
She co-ordinates Metrics’ relationships with the industry organisations it supports as a member, including the Australian Sustainable Finance Institute, Principles for Responsible Investment, UN Global Compact Network, Responsible Investment Association of Australasia, Investor Group on Climate Change, Climate Bonds Initiative and the Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials.
Alison's team is responsible for measuring Metrics’ carbon footprint and reporting progress against its science-based emissions reduction targets under the Net Zero Asset Managers initiative. The team also leads Metrics’ engagement with its investee companies on sustainability reporting. In 2023, Metrics’ leadership in pursuit of net zero was recognised through the Net Zero Action Award at the 34th National Banksia Awards.
Alison holds a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) and Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of Sydney and has more than 20 years’ experience in international banking and finance, having worked in Australia, the UK and Europe.
Troy DahmsSenior Investor Relations Manager, Vicinity Centres
Troy is an experienced Investor Relations professional with a 20-year career that includes investor relations, investment management and research, but also keeping a close eye on the evolution of sustainability and sustainable investing over this time.
Leading the introduction of integrated reporting within the business 10 years ago, Troy has spent his career writing and advising on strategic communications, while championing sustainability and highlighting its importance to both internal management teams and the investment community.
Troy is an active member of the Australasian Investor Relations Association (AIRA) ESG Committee which is focused on bringing together and educating both the Investor Relations and Sustainability communities.
Susan DysterSenior Strategy Manager, BWD Strategic
Tanya FiedlerScientia Fellow, Institute for Climate Risk & Response and School of Accounting, Auditing & Taxation, University of New South Wales
Tanya Fiedler is an accountant interested in interdisciplinary approaches to measuring and delivering sustainable outcomes. With a particular focus on climate change, her research is guided by the belief that the grand environmental and social challenges of the 21st century can only be addressed through deep engagement between the physical and social sciences, industry and society. Tanya is a member of theSydney Environment Institute and the University of Sydney Business School's United Nations Global Compact Principles for Responsible Management Education Steering Group.
Ellie FieldSustainability Communications Director, Future Focus
Ellie Field is Sustainability Comms Director at Sydney sustainability consultancy Future Focus. A strategic marketer by trade and an alumnus of the Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership, she uses her combined experience to help organisations develop strong sustainability strategies, live them throughout the company culture, and communicate them authentically. Ellie has worked with some of Australia’s largest brands to drive beneficial customer and business behaviour change, and now applies this to the challenge of nudging Australians into adopting more sustainable business and lifestyles.
Elise GautierGroup Chief Risk and Compliance Officer, Sims Limited
Elise Gautier is the Chief Risk and Sustainability Officer of Sims Limited, the world’s leading publicly listed metal recycler. Sims operations encompasses the buying, processing and selling of ferrous and non-ferrous recycled metals through its Sims Metal division and manages the end of life and recovery of electronics through its Sims Lifecycle Services division. Through its Sims Resource Renewal division, Sims is looking to transform hard to treat Auto Shredder Residue (ASR) and plastic waste into higher value, useful products for society.
As a key member of the Sims executive management team, Elise is responsible for the design, implementation, and maintenance of company-wide programs relating to sustainability, Environment, Health & Safety, compliance, and risk to help drive achievement of the company’s strategic goals and Sims’ positioning as a key enabler of the circular economy.
Paul GreenopHead of Portfolio Management and Sustainability, Clean Energy Finance Corporation
As Head of Portfolio Management and Sustainability at the CEFC (Clean Energy Finance Corporation), Paul leads the team responsible for managing the financial performance, sustainability strategy and reporting for a $7 billion portfolio spanning renewable, energy efficiency and low emission technology investments.
Paul previously worked at the Carbon Trust in the UK, overseeing its energy efficiency advice offering to business, after an early career as a gas turbine combustion engineer.
Luke HeilbuthChief Executive Officer, BWD Strategic
Luke Heilbuth is the CEO of BWD Strategic, an independent sustainability consultancy and B Corp with offices in Australia, New Zealand and the United States. BWD helps its clients reframe sustainability as an opportunity to build long-term value and resilience. In a previous life, Luke wrote speeches for the Prime Minister, oversaw Cabinet processes on foreign policy issues, and coordinated briefings for the PM's engagements with President Obama and other world leaders. He also served as a policy adviser to the Foreign Minister and as a diplomat in Lebanon during the Arab Spring. He speaks Arabic.
Michaela JamisonHead of ESG Research, Jarden
Michaela Jamison is Head of ESG research at Jarden where she is responsible for producing ESG research and insights for institutional fund managers and superannuation funds. Michaela works alongside equity analysts to assess how ESG attributes impact sectors and companies and assess the impact of emerging themes. She has almost 20 years of experience in the finance sector, having worked across equity and debt in various roles at Westpac and UBS prior to joining Jarden.
Madlen JannaschkAPAC Lead - Sustainability Strategy and ESG, Cundall
Following a 10-year career as an architect, Madlen joined Cundall while completing a Master's degree in Environmental Economics. Working beyond the conventions of design and construction in architecture, she was drawn to incorporating sustainability strategies and developing project briefs for her clients' sustainability ambitions. Madlen is passionate about developing zero carbon roadmaps and sustainability strategies for her clients and contributing to global climate action in this tangible way. Madlen regularly present about low-carbon design to architecture students and undertakes pro-bono work.
Glenn HoetkerDirector, Centre for Sustainability and Business; Professor of Strategy, Melbourne Business School
Glenn founded and directs the Centre for Sustainability and Business at Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne, where he is also a professor of strategy and innovation. The Centre works with companies across the Australian economy to empower a strategic response to climate change and other sustainability challenges, leading to better performance and a greater contribution to the sustainability transition facing Australia.
He is a Fellow of the Melbourne Energy Institute, University of Melbourne, and a Senior Scholar at Arizona State University's Global Institute for Sustainability and Innovation. He earned his PhD from the University of Michigan and works with clients including NAB, Bain & Company, Ford, the Arizona Solar Summit, IBM and others.
Felicity KellyHead of Sustainability, Bunzl Australia & New Zealand
Felicity Kelly is the Head of Sustainability at Bunzl Australia and New Zealand. Throughout her career, spanning more than two decades, Felicity has dedicated herself to guiding organisations to enhance their sustainability performance and bolster their reputation. Felicity's extensive experience encompasses diverse sectors, with a strong focus on FMCG (Fast-Moving Consumer Goods) and logistics. Prior to her role at Bunzl, she has held pivotal sustainability positions at prominent organisations such as Australia Post and Devondale Murray Goulburn.
Armed with a Master's degree in Corporate Environmental and Sustainability Management, Felicity is an unwavering and passionate champion of environmental and social causes.
Dr Keith KendallChair, Australian Accounting Standards Board (AASB)
Dr Keith Kendall was appointed Chair of the Australian Accounting Standards Board in May 2020. During the previous 25 years, he has worked in a variety of roles in accounting, law and taxation including in academia, government and public practice. He has also held (and continues to hold) a number of volunteer roles in the not-for-profit sector, including with the Royal Historical Society of Victoria. A Fellow of CPA Australia and a member of CAANZ, he is a former member of CPA Australia’s Taxation Centre of Excellence. As part of his role on the AASB, Dr Kendall also serves as a member of the (Australian) Financial Reporting Council and the New Zealand Accounting Standards Board.
Mick KeoghDeputy Chair, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)
Mick Keogh was appointed to the ACCC in February 2016, and then as Deputy Chair of the ACCC in 2018, with responsibility for Small Business and Agriculture. He was reappointed in May 2023.
Mick has a long and diverse history of involvement with the small business and agriculture sector, including periods of employment as a business consultant, and in advocacy and advisory roles to policymakers and governments. He has also chaired a number of Commonwealth Government inquiries and Ministerial advisory boards. He is currently a member of the Commonwealth Government’s Emission Reduction Assurance Council, and a Board member of the Food Agility Co-operative Research Centre.
From 2003 to 2018, he was Executive Director of the Australian Farm Institute, an independent policy research institute that conducted research into strategic policy issues of importance to Australian agriculture and regional Australia. Mick continued in that role until his appointment as Deputy Chair of the ACCC in June 2018.
Mick chairs the Water and Agriculture Board and Competition Exemptions Committee, and is a member of the Enforcement, Compliance and Product Safety, and Mergers Review Committees, and Electricity Markets Inquiry and East Coast Gas Market Boards. Mick's role also includes oversight of the small business, franchising and agriculture units of the ACCC.
Mick was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2015. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in science, both obtained at the University of New South Wales, and a Doctor of Applied Science (honoris causa) from Charles Sturt University.
Siobhan LeachGroup Sustainability Officer, Ramsay Health Care
Siobhan Leach is the Group Sustainability Officer at Ramsay Health Care, having previously held sustainability roles at NRMA and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage. She has expertise in ESG, sustainability, shared value, CSR, environmental management including risk and compliance, EIS and due diligence, carbon management and energy efficiency, human rights and modern slavery, sustainability-linked loans, and sustainability and investor reporting and disclosure (e.g. TCFD, GRI, ESG ratings and indices).
Jodi LitzenbergerHead of Sustainability & People Safety, Guzman y Gomez
Jodi is a Chartered accountant and started her career auditing the financial statements of private and listed companies in Canada and Australia. She transitioned into auditing the sustainability reports of large companies before moving into in-house sustainability roles. Her background has underpinned her belief in the criticality of reporting in driving change in corporate sustainability. Having worked in a variety of industries including aviation, financial services and FMCG she has seen the importance of ensuring businesses are capturing the right data and staying across the trends – both local and global – in reporting expectations. Jodi has a passion for transparency and using data and insights to support real progress on the key issues facing businesses today.
Désirée LuccheseHonorary Associate of the Finance Department | Future Skills Industry Mentor - Sustainability and Social Impact, UTS Business School | RMIT Online
A responsible investment specialist with expertise in environmental systems, innovation projects and the integration of ESG data into investment strategies and decision-making, Désirée has over 15 years' experience in the sustainability sector.
With a background in climate science, sustainability best practice and infrastructure planning, Désirée has been involved in numerous trans-disciplinary and cross-sectoral initiatives, including the EU Commission’s life cycle harmonisation pilot phase, the UK’s Capital Markets Union and the UN Global Compact - Cities Programme. Désirée is a regular industry guest at UNSW’s School of Banking & Finance and UTS’ Business School. Désirée holds a BSc in Environmental Science at the University of Plymouth and a MSc from Lancaster University.
Connor McCauleyHead of Sustainability, JLL
Connor has over 15 years of experience across diverse roles in the sustainability/ESG field. As Head of Sustainability for JLL in Australia, he is responsible for embedding sustainability services into our Office Leasing, Industrial & Logistics and Property Asset Management businesses in Australia & New Zealand and assisting JLL’s clients in setting and achieving their ESG ambitions. Connor also recently held the position of Operations Director for JLL’s APAC sustainability consulting practice, where he was responsible for day-to-day operations, global reporting, and recruitment for the regional team. Connor is also responsible for aligning JLL’s people and our clients to our purpose to shape the future of real estate for a better world. Connor is a member of JLL’s Australasian Executive Committee.
Mark McKennaGlobal Sustainability Future Focus Director, Arcadis
I lead the Future Focus function within the Arcadis Global Sustainability strategy team. The Future Focus function collaborates with Arcadis Global Business Areas (GBA's) Mobility, Places and Resilience, to develop leading client solutions that solve current, emerging and future global challenges. Our work directly supports clients act on imperatives called out in U.N Sustainable Development Goals, and is communicated through our purpose: "Accelerating the transition to net zero, while ensuring quality of life for all".
Fiona MurfittVice President – Sustainability, Evolution Mining
Fiona is the Vice President of Sustainability at Evolution Mining. This is an Executive role with responsibility for the Health, Safety, Environment, Risk and Social Responsibility portfolios and is leading Evolution’s step change in Sustainability focussed on leaving a positive legacy within the communities in which we operate.
After working in high-risk environments for more than 25 years, her ambition is to help build cultures where people go home better than when they arrived – where people and the communities are positively impacted. She is passionate about Sustainability, underpinned by a genuine care for people and the communities in which they live. Fiona is known for creating trusted relationships and connects strategy with delivery to help unlock potential. This care is anchored in her personal experience of a workplace fatality in her family - so her role is also a deeply personal one.
Fiona’s operational experience is supported by a comprehensive academic background which includes a Masters in Risk and Technology, Post grad qualifications in Leadership, Transformation, Innovation and Coaching. She is also a published author in the areas of operational risk, contractor management and leadership.
This includes leading the strategy and approach to Net Zero and ESG reporting.
Amanda NuttallSustainability Leader, Aurecon
Amanda is the Corporate Sustainability Lead at Aurecon. She is responsible for driving Aurecon’s strategic commitment to its corporate sustainability goals and challenging the business to embed innovative approaches through a culture of sustainable decision-making. Amanda has extensive experience in the development, implementation and management of strategies and initiatives supporting improved sustainability performance and disclosure. She has a diverse background, having worked in finance before transitioning to the sustainability sector where she has held leadership roles in non-government, corporate and sustainability advisory businesses.
Tara OakleyHead of Commercial – Oceania, South Pole
Tara has a long standing passion for climate action and holds a MSc in Carbon Management from the University of Edinburgh. Tara utilises this expertise alongside her 10 years of experience in sales to lead South Pole’s business development and key account management team for the Oceania region as a member of the APAC senior leadership team. As part of her role, Tara engages with a diverse range of businesses and industries to understand key challenges and company ambition to support and guide clients along their climate journey, covering a variety of topics from net zero roadmaps and climate risk analysis through to circular economy, carbon credits and climate communications.
Charlotte O’MearaSenior ESG Specialist, Challenger
Charlotte O’Meara, Senior ESG Specialist at Challenger Limited, is responsible for providing ESG research and specialist advice to the Challenger Group investment teams and Fidante affiliate partners. She consults to investment managers on ESG integration, in particular the management of ESG risks across their investment portfolios, articulating their ESG beliefs and processes and asset class specific guidance on ESG integration.
Charlotte started her career as a risk management professional in funds management and within the EY consulting practice. She moved into ESG in 2019 with a focus on the global regulatory landscape, climate risk, PRI reporting, ESG data and the ongoing requirements and consultation process for the Commonwealth Modern Slavery Act, actively participating in a number of ESG industry working groups. Charlotte holds a Bachelor of International Relations and Bachelor of Laws and is admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of NSW.
Charlotte was the winner of the Individual CEO award. Recognised for the high quality of her work in managing ESG and sustainability initiatives, Charlotte’s achievements include supporting Challenger’s affiliates navigate evolving legislation, playing a crucial role in addressing client demands and progressing the ESG Steering Committee. She has also gained external recognition as one of Australia’s 50 most influential corporate ESG leaders.
Olivia PittHead of ESG, Ellerston Capital
Olivia joined Ellerston Capital in 2022 as the Head of ESG. Prior to joining Ellerston, Olivia spent three years in the ESG team at Morrison & Co, a leading global infrastructure investment manager integrating ESG into both listed and private market acquisitions. Preceding this, Olivia worked at EY for in the Climate Change and Sustainability consulting practice focusing on sustainability strategy and assurance, and in particular, assisting the growth of the ESG Due Diligence service line when the ESG market was still in its infancy.
Kylie PorterGroup Head, Sustainability, SunRice Group
Kylie Porter is the Group Head of Sustainability for the SunRice Group; a global FMCG business operating in ten countries and with a presence in over 45 countries globally. Kylie is responsible for implementing the Group’s sustainability strategy across core areas of climate, water, human rights, packaging waste and community investment.
Prior to joining SunRice in February 2023, Kylie was the Executive Director of the UN Global Compact Network Australia (UNGCNA) where she transformed the organisation into the largest business-led sustainability network in Australia.
As a sustainability expert with over 20 years of experience, Kylie holds deep expertise in responsible business and corporate responsibility practices and strategies including advising senior management and boards on managing ESG risk. Kylie also has experience in developing and implementing policies across thematic areas such as climate change, human rights, including modern slavery, and international development. Kylie has held roles in numerous sectors including in financial services, international development and consulting services in Australia, the UK and Singapore.
Kylie holds a Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Arts and a Masters’ in Social Science (International Development), is a Graduate of the AICD Directors’ Course and a Fellow of the Vincent Fairfax Fellowship in Ethical Leadership. She is the Deputy Chair of the Cross-Sector Partnerships Initiatives’ Advisory Group and was formerly a member of the Australian Government’s Modern Slavery Expert Advisory Group, a board member of the United Nations Global Compact and a member of the Australian Government’s External Advisory Group for new International Development Policy.
Carsten PrimdalExecutive Manager and ESG and Sustainability Strategy Advisor, Australian Catholic Anti-slavery Network
Carsten is a Sustainability, ESG and Modern Slavery Expert. And from 1 August 2023, a Doctoral student at the Australian Catholic University (ACU). At ACU he will study how anti-slavery efforts supports financial decision making.
Areas of interest include Asset valuation, Financial decision making, Board performance and Fixed income products.
Carsten has extensive experience in on-site supply chain capacity building and monitoring suppliers for human rights performance in Asia. He specialises in developing and implementing policies, processes and guidelines that work in real life. He has built a specialised career over many years managing, mitigating and remediating sustainability challenges in Australia, Europe, China and Asia, including strategy, compliance, monitoring and oversight, integrity, reporting, capacity building, training and program implementation.
At the Australian Catholic Anti-slavery Network (ACAN), Carsten directs the implementation of and improvement of the ACAN Modern Slavery Risk Management program, coordinating the efforts of 51 Catholic entities that represent 200,000 employees, procuring $9 billion worth of products and services from 156,000 suppliers.
He brings a practical approach to capacity building, mitigation and remediation and is one of the few experts who sit squarely at the intersection of business and human rights, with hands-on experience remediating child labour and slavery-like working conditions on sites in Asia.
In addition to projects delivered in Australia, Asia, Denmark and Spain, Carsten has delivered capacity-building projects at more than 300 factories in China. Delivering training on behalf of Amfori, in China, Cambodia and Bangladesh, he has reached more than 2,500 factories, effectively covering more than 125,000 vulnerable workers, enabling better understanding and driving social performance improvement.
At the Australian Catholic Anti-Slavery Network (ACAN), he has shaped the Domus 8.7 service offering - a comprehensive victim-centric service providing remedy to victims of modern slavery (acan.org.au/domus87). Carsten is also the author of two published books: ‘A Roadmap to Modern Slavery Compliance and a Sustainable Supply Chain’; and ‘Red Flag – Your Guide to Risk Management when Buying in China’ in which he shares his experience in sustainability risk mitigation.
Tim RodstedHead of Sustainability, BlueScope
Tim Rodsted is an experienced sustainability leader specialising in sustainability and climate change strategy development and implementation. He’s passionate about assisting organisations identify, manage, and disclose their material sustainability risks, and identifying opportunities for more integrated, predictable and strategic sustainability disclosures.
Tim leads the design and implementation of BlueScope’s sustainability strategy and has played a leading role in the integration of climate change considerations within BlueScope’s overall business strategy. Tim is passionate about supporting BlueScope’s leaders and employees to communicate BlueScope’s sustainability priorities to their teams, businesses, and key stakeholders.
Reporting directly to the Chief Executive Climate change and sustainability, Tim is responsible for supporting the Board and Executive Leadership team on emerging sustainability and climate change trends, and secures support for BlueScope’s response to those trends.
Hayley ScottHead of Social Impact, Winc Australia
Hayley Scott, Head of Social Impact at Winc, brings a balanced perspective to corporate leadership, backed by over 10 years of experience and an MBA from Otago University. Her approach integrates business excellence with a commitment to societal betterment, overseeing transformative initiatives with a focus on corporate values like First Nations empowerment, waste reduction, and ethical sourcing.
Hayley plays a pivotal role in ensuring Winc actively embraces ethical sourcing practices, particularly in mitigating modern slavery risks. This commitment aligns with Winc's sustainability goals, contributing to ongoing efforts for a socially responsible and environmentally conscious future. With a decade in buying and sourcing, including four years in Asia, Hayley's firsthand experience in Hong Kong, China, and Vietnam has fuelled her passion for responsible and sustainable sourcing practices.
Her commitment extends to supporting First Nations reconciliation, emphasising inclusivity as well as cultural and economic empowerment. Aligned with Winc's broader sustainability goals and third Stretch Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), Hayley ensures that initiatives actively involve and uplift First Nations communities. As a thought leader, she contributes valuable insights to corporate social responsibility discourse, embodying Winc's dedication to working towards a more sustainable future.
Jim SnowExecutive Director | Adjunct Professor, Energy Initiative, Oakley Greenwood | University of Queensland
Jim is the Executive Director of expert consulting firm Oakley Greenwood and is an Adjunct Professor with the UQ Energy Initiative.
Jim is a Chemical Engineer and has spent over 35 years in the energy sector working in all facets of the industry and has not only built assets in gas and electricity but is also recognised as a regulatory economics and market design expert, and regularly delivers public talks and workshops on industry issues.
He has also held senior executive positions with Energy Developments Ltd running their Development and Construction Group, was CEO of Hunter Electricity, CEO of Consulting for Energetics Pty Ltd and was a founding Vice President in Australia of the Boston based consulting firm Charles River Associates which evolved to become Oakley Greenwood in Australia.
Kala SonniGeneral Counsel and ESG Lead, Questas Group
Kala Sonni is General Counsel and ESG lead of Questas Group Pty Ltd, a group that has for nearly 20 years Questas successfully acquired, operated and transformed industrial businesses across Australia. She is a member of the Executive Committee and is responsible for the legal affairs of the group. Her team provides strategic and technical advice to the Board, the Executive Committee and stakeholders on matters relating to governance, mergers and acquisition, dispute resolution and contracts. Environmental, sustainability, and governance (ESG) is a growing area of focus for her practice. She leads the group’s ESG initiatives, related regulatory matters and compliance strategies.
Prior to joining Questas, Kala spent over a decade as a Group General Counsel and Company Secretary for mining and resources goods and services provider VLI, where she was entrusted to lead multiple acquisitions, governance and risk management ,transformation of internal governance and legal structures. Before VLI, Kala worked for national law firms, including Moray & Agnew Lawyers, and ASX listed company, ACM Group.
Kala has over 14 years of multijurisdictional experience leading mergers and acquisitions, corporate and commercial law, debt litigation and construction law litigation.
Clifford TuckChief Governance & Legal Officer, 29Metals
Clifford is a legal and governance professional with more than 20 years’ experience, principally in the resources sector.
At 29Metals, Clifford has executive accountability for Group legal and governance, Group company secretariat (including subsidiary administration), Group risk and insurance, share registry and Sustainability & ESG.
Prior to 29Metals, Clifford’s roles included working as an adviser to ASX-listed and private equity clients in relation to corporate transactions, governance and ESG matters, General Counsel & Company Secretary (consultant) for Lattice Energy Limited (the proposed IPO vehicle for the upstream oil & gas assets of ASX-listed Origin Energy Limited) (2017), General Counsel & Company Secretary of formerly ASX-listed Drillsearch Energy Limited (2014–2016) and various in-house roles with ASX-listed Newcrest Mining Limited (2005–2014), including Acting General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel (2011–2014). Clifford commenced his professional career with national law firm Allens (2001–2005).
Clifford was also formerly a non-executive director of ASX-listed Aurelia Metals Limited (ASX: AMI) where he also served as a member of the audit committee.
Clifford holds a Bachelor of Laws (hons) from the Queensland University of Technology and a Bachelor of Applied Science (hons) from the University of Queensland, and is a fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Dirk VisserPrincipal Consultant, Centre for Sustainability and Business, Melbourne Business SchoolThe University of Melbourne
Monique WardExecutive Director – Innovation and Services, Social Traders
Monique is an experienced executive level director with a passion for workplace inclusion. She has deep expertise across the spectrum of operational functions in large complex environments and extensive experience in strategic procurement, property strategy and all aspects of workplace operations. Her passion is people and culture - in particular bringing the best out of people and teams.
Monique does this by providing opportunities for people to work in their areas of strength and creating a culture where people bring their whole selves to work.
Nancy XieSenior Managing Consultant, Climate Risks & Opportunities, APAC Lead, South Pole
Nancy brings experience across the corporate, public and non-profit sectors in Australia and the UK. Nancy has a focus on transition risks and integration of climate risks and opportunities into enterprise risk management. She has experience engaging C-level stakeholders, bringing a holistic view on organisational risk management, including governance, legal, financial, reputational, fraud and people risks. She has supported corporate responsibility efforts for global companies such as EY. Nancy is an admitted lawyer in New South Wales, and holds a Master of Legal Practice, a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting with Distinction.