5 NOVEMBER 2024
Aotea Centre | Aotea – Te Pokapū, Auckland
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STRATEGY, IMPLEMENTATION, TRANSFORMATION

Social and environmental sustainability have become a mainstay of both our political climate and economic reality. As a result, Sustainability Executives have been positioned at the helm of corporate responsibility, navigating the complex pathway towards transparency and lasting impact.

The Sustainability Leaders Summit congregates these executives, facilitating an esteemed platform of cross-industry insight, discussion and connection between some of New Zealand’s most respected organisations. The Summit features an ambitious, outcomes-focused agenda, driven by world-class speakers for set on transforming businesses for the better.

Why Attend

  • For over a decade we have secured the involvement of the highest calibre speakers from New Zealand 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.

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Outcomes-Focused Agenda
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150+ Executives
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20+ Industry Speakers
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6+ Exclusive Keynotes
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1 Powerful Day
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5-Star Networking Environment
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2024 Speakers

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Nicky Preston
Head of Sustainability

One New Zealand
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Nicky Preston
Head of Sustainability

One New Zealand
Nicky Preston is Head of Sustainability at One New Zealand, responsible for the company’s ESG strategy and initiatives. She joined Vodafone NZ in July 2019 in the corporate affairs team, before moving to sustainability in May 2023 following the rebranding to One NZ, underpinning the company’s commitment to creating an awesome Aotearoa. Nicky’s experience includes working at Uber and DHL, where material ESG issues were part of her remit, focusing on safety and CSR respectively. Prior to this, she held consulting roles in London and Sydney. Nicky has a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Auckland University of Technology, and a master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Auckland.
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Charlotte Bertrand
Director, Environmental Management

NASA (US)
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Charlotte Bertrand
Director, Environmental Management

NASA (US)
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David Young
Director of Sustainability

Accor
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David Young
Director of Sustainability

Accor
David Young is the Director of ESG for Accor Pacific reporting to Sarah Derry the Pacific CEO. The role is focused on developing and delivering the Accor Group Sustainability and ESG strategies across Accor’s over 400 properties in the region. Carbon Emissions Reduction , Single Use Plastic removal, Food Waste & Sustainability , Eco Certification and Diversity & Inclusion are the key programs David is leading across stakeholders including owners, franchisee’s government , suppliers , guests and Heartists.

Prior to joining Accor David was most recently Sustainability Program Director for the oneworld alliance and Executive Manager Sustainability for Qantas . He has extensive aviation and hospitality, loyalty, catering and operations experience in Australia, New Zealand and Asia with Qantas , Air New Zealand and the Journey Group Plc in the UK.

His governance experience includes current Board roles with YHA Australia , Out for Australia and the Golden Stave Foundation. He is a former Vice President of the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation, Director of Bio Energy Australia and has sat on the IATA Sustainability Council and oneworld Environment & Sustainability Boards.

Trained as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young, David holds post graduate degree’s in Hospitality Management and Commercial Law and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
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Gretta Stephens
Chief Executive Climate Change & Sustainability

Bluescope
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Gretta Stephens
Chief Executive Climate Change & Sustainability

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Dr Lee Bint
Director Sustainability

New Zealand Defence Force
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Dr Lee Bint
Director Sustainability

New Zealand Defence Force
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Deborah Manning
Founder

KiwiHarvest
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Deborah Manning
Founder

KiwiHarvest
Deborah Manning is a multi-faceted professional with a diverse background spanning law, physiotherapy, and entrepreneurship and a deep commitment to social impact and community empowerment.

As the Founder of KiwiHarvest, Deborah Manning was an early pioneer of the concept of food rescue in New Zealand. Since its inception in 2012 in Dunedin, KiwiHarvest has expanded its reach nationally, salvaging surplus food and redistributing it to those in need. Deborah's vision and leadership have transformed KiwiHarvest into a vital force in the fight against food waste and food insecurity.

Additionally, Deborah is the visionary behind the New Zealand Food Network, an initiative born out of the COVID-19 crisis. Supported by the government, this organisation plays a crucial role in distributing large volumes of food to food banks, iwi, and other community groups across New Zealand, ensuring that vulnerable populations have access to nutritious meals during challenging times.

Passionate about combating food waste, Deborah is a pivotal member of the New Zealand Food Waste Champions 12.3 coalition. This coalition comprises champions from across New Zealand's food supply chain, united in their commitment to halving food waste by 2030 - a critical target outlined in Sustainable Development Goal Target 12.3.

Deborah was recognised as one of the Top 50 Women in Food & Drink Aotearoa New Zealand in 2023 and received the Sustainable Business Network Sustainability Superstar Award in 2022. She was a finalist in the New Zealand Women of Influence Awards in 2020.

Deborah is a past advisory board member of the University of Otago Legal Issues Centre and mentors university students engaged in community consulting programs to nurture the next generation of changemakers.

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Stephen Forshaw
Chief Representative

Airbus Australia & New Zealand
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Stephen Forshaw
Chief Representative

Airbus Australia & New Zealand
Stephen joined Airbus in 2022 as Chief Representative and Head of Country, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. He is responsible for representing Airbus at a corporate level, covering all the business divisions: Commercial, Helicopters, Defence & Space. He is also a member of the Airbus Asia Pacific Leadership Team.

Prior to Airbus, Stephen was the Global Head of Public Affairs, and Managing Director Australia & New Zealand, for Temasek, the Singapore headquartered investment company. He has held previous senior regional and global communications roles with Microsoft and Singapore Airlines in Singapore, and was Chief of Staff to the Deputy Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory. He started his career working for QANTAS in a customer service role.

Stephen is a Graduate of the University of New England in Australia, with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. He is also an experienced Board Director in both Singapore and Australia. He is on the Boards of Mandai Park Holdings, the parent company of Singapore’s Zoo, Night Safari and Bird Paradise; Perfection Fresh, an Australian business that grows and distributes fresh fruit and vegetable products; and the European Australian Business Council.

He has been appointed by the New Zealand Government to the Sustainable Aviation Aotearoa (SAA) Leadership Group, and represents Airbus on the Australian Government’s Jet Zero Council. Both bodies advise governments on pathways to sustainable aviation.

Stephen was awarded the COVID-19 Resilience Medal by the Singapore Government; a national award recognising the substantive contributions of those who participated directly in Singapore’s fight against COVID-19.

Stephen is a citizen of Australia and Ireland and a permanent resident of Singapore. He lives in Canberra and Sydney, and in his role, travels frequently to support Airbus’ presence in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.
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Charlotte Rutherford
Director of Sustainability

Fonterra
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Charlotte Rutherford
Director of Sustainability

Fonterra
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Ben Whitehouse
Chief Workplace & Sustainability Officer

Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand
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Ben Whitehouse
Chief Workplace & Sustainability Officer

Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand
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Leela Ashford
Corporate Relations & Sustainability Director

Spark NZ
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Leela Ashford
Corporate Relations & Sustainability Director

Spark NZ
Leela joined Spark as Corporate Relations and Sustainability Director in January 2020, bringing with her close to 20 years’ experience in corporate and agency roles in New Zealand and Australia. Prior to joining Spark Leela was Head of Communications at Fletcher Building, and before this External Relations Director at beverages group Lion in Australia. As Spark’s Corporate Relations and Sustainability Director Leela is responsible for reputation management, internal communications, government, industry, and community engagement, sustainability strategy, and the charitable activities of the Spark Foundation. She also serves as a Trustee on the Spark Foundation Board. Leela holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Technology Sydney.
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Senthil Nathan
CEO

Fairtrade Australia New Zealand
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Senthil Nathan
CEO

Fairtrade Australia New Zealand
Senthil Nathan is the chief executive of the non-profit Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand and Non-Executive Director of the Australian Council for International Development(ACFID). In his two decades in business and international development, Mr Nathan has worked in more than twenty countries in the Asia-Pacific region and led business, sectoral, and multi-sectoral initiatives for development.

His work to promote responsible sourcing by businesses in the agri-food sector resulted in large-scale investments for developing smallholder farmers and sustainable supply chains. The Australian government recognised Senthil as a distinguished global talent in the agri-food sector and invited him to live in Australia. He hosts the podcast Business & Society with Senthil Nathan, where he discusses the role of business in society with some of the world's most influential thinkers.
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Anthony Thompson
Group Sustainability Manager

SkyCity Entertainment Group
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Anthony Thompson
Group Sustainability Manager

SkyCity Entertainment Group
Anthony Thompson is a young Māori leader with insightful perspectives on sustainability, governance and leadership. As the Group Sustainability Manager and Te Ao Māori Strategy Lead of the SkyCity Entertainment Group, and Chairman of Whakauae Research Services, Anthony brings a wealth of first-hand experience in driving sustainability initiatives and integrating indigenous perspectives into organisational strategies. His focus is engaging and empowering audiences to embrace sustainable practices, guiding organisations towards a more ethical and prosperous future.
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Andrea Marshall
Head of Masterplanning & Sustainability

Auckland Airport
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Andrea Marshall
Head of Masterplanning & Sustainability

Auckland Airport
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Hannah Taylor
Head of Sustainability

Chorus NZ Limited
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Hannah Taylor
Head of Sustainability

Chorus NZ Limited
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Mike Burrell
Executive Director

Sustainable Business Council
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Mike Burrell
Executive Director

Sustainable Business Council
Mike is Executive Director of the Sustainable Business Council (SBC) and Climate Leaders Coalition (CLC). SBC is a CEO-led membership organisation with over 120 businesses ambitious for a sustainable New Zealand. Collectively members represent more than 34% of NZ’s GDP. CLC comprises over 100 signatories, accounting for almost 60 per cent of New Zealand’s emissions, focused on building irreversible momentum towards a zero-carbon future. Mike’s previous role was with the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, where he was the Director of Sustainable Economic Development, before serving as New Zealand’s High Commissioner to South Africa. Prior to this role Mike was CEO of Aquaculture New Zealand. Before that he was with the international consulting firm LECG after 10 years working in international development. Mike has over 30 years’ experience in leadership and consulting roles in New Zealand and internationally. Mike has degrees from the London School of Economics and the University of Canterbury. He is married with two children.
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Dale Eastham
National Environment & Sustainability Manager

Fulton Hogan
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Dale Eastham
National Environment & Sustainability Manager

Fulton Hogan
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Dr Prageeth Jayathissa
General Manager Sustainability

Vector Limited
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Dr Prageeth Jayathissa
General Manager Sustainability

Vector Limited
Dr Prageeth Jayathissa is Vector’s GM of Sustainability, and is responsible for developing and delivering Vector’s group wide sustainability strategy. This includes Vectors operational decarbonisation strategy (carbon footprint), supporting national decarbonisation (carbon handprint), and developing resilience to the impacts of climate change (climate adaptation). He has a background in energy systems engineering, holds a PhD from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), and has supported the development of numerous technologies to transition our society towards net-zero carbon.
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Saatyesh Bhana
Head of Sustainability

Argosy Property Limited
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Saatyesh Bhana
Head of Sustainability

Argosy Property Limited
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Chris Johnstone
National Sustainability, Planning & Environment Manager

Holcim New Zealand
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Chris Johnstone
National Sustainability, Planning & Environment Manager

Holcim New Zealand
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Pip Newland
Head of Sustainability & Risk

Orion New Zealand Ltd
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Pip Newland
Head of Sustainability & Risk

Orion New Zealand Ltd
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Sam Bridgman
Head of Sustainability

Pamu
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Sam Bridgman
Head of Sustainability

Pamu
Sam has been at Pāmu for over two years. The Sustainability team are responsible for the driving the Pāmu Sustainability Plan and technical leadership in emissions reduction, climate adaptation, freshwater and biodiversity. They are heavily involved in strategic direction, stakeholder engagement, and on-farm advisory.

Sam is specifically leading the emissions reduction and climate adaptation work. He has over twenty years’ experience in sustainability in roles ranging from central government, consulting and business. Prior to Pāmu he worked in the sustainability team of NZ Post setting up their Science Based Target and decarbonisation strategy.
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Kate Redgewell
Head of Governance, Sustainability & Executive Office

Transpower New Zealand
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Kate Redgewell
Head of Governance, Sustainability & Executive Office

Transpower New Zealand
Kate Redgewell is the Head of Governance, Sustainability and Executive Office at Transpower. Prior to returning to Transpower in 2023, Kate has held legal, commercial and strategic roles in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. She commenced her career at Bell Gully, where she was a climate change and commercial lawyer, advising on climate change matters since 2000. She has subsequently lead commercial and strategic teams at Transpower and New Zealand Carbon Farming Group, including in relation to operational, transitional climate change and sustainability activities. Kate holds a LLB and BSc from Otago University, and has completed the Executive Business course with the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.

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  • 8:50 am
    Registration, Refreshments and Networking
  • 9:10 am
    Mihi whakatau
  • 9:20 am
    Opening Remarks from the Chair
  • 9:25 am
    Opening Ministerial Address
  • 9:35 am
    Keynote

     

  • 10:00 am
    Outlook Session

    Moving with Momentum: Accelerating Sustainable Transformation  

    • How are current social, economic and political backdrops shaping the operating landscape for sustainability professionals? How are leaders actioning change during a fiscally challenging time? 
    • How can New Zealand position itself as a global test bed for innovative solutions to the climate crisis? What role do business play in this process? 
    • How are leaders defining their sustainability strategies alongside growth imperatives? 
  • 10:45 am
    Keynote
  • 11:05 am
    Morning Refreshments & Networking
  • 12:00 pm
    Influence Session

    Advancing the Breadth of Sustainability Leadership Across Aotearoa  

    • How are organisations defining the role of sustainability professionals within the broader scope of the business? 
    • What does it look like to be a catalyst of change as a team of one? How do you broach partnerships with other departments to bring them along for the journey? 
    • How are internal sustainability leaders advancing executive literacy around sustainability? 
  • 12:45 pm
    Keynote
  • 1:10 pm
    Lunch Welcome Remarks
  • 1:20 pm
    Lunch & Networking

     

     

  • 2:20 pm
    Diamond Keynote
  • 2:40 pm
    Progress Session

    Elevating Internal Practice Along the Path to Decarbonisation 

    • Reporting: How are organisations untangling the complex regulatory landscape, from mandatory climate-related disclosures to mounting ESG pressures? 
    • Supply Chains: What are leaders changing across their supply networks to address the accountability challenges of Scope 3 measurement?  
    • Energy Transition: How are organisations solidifying their long-term energy transition strategies? How much of this process is internalised against outsourced? 
  • 3:25 pm
    Keynote
  • 3:50 pm
    Afternoon Refreshments & Networking
  • 4:20 pm
    People Session

    Louder Voices, Wider Circles: Amplifying the Impact of Social Sustainability  

    • How can we mirror the same sense urgency present in environmental advocacy when it comes to the impacts of climate change on vulnerable populations? 
    • What are organisations doing to augment Iwi engagement and collaboration across their sustainability strategies?  
    • How are leaders quantifying the impact of social sustainability within their reporting frameworks?   
  • 5:05 pm
    Keynote
  • 5:20 pm
    Closing Remarks from the Chair
  • 5:25 pm
    Close of Summit
  • 11:35 pm
    Partner Keynote
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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.

 

COMMERCIAL OPPORTUNITIES

Zoe Baptist  – Account Manager
Tel: +61 403 967 480
Email: zoeb@connectmedia.com

 

GENERAL ENQUIRIES

Email: team@connectmedia.com
Tel: 61 2 8004 8590

Venue/Accommodation Details

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Aotea – Te Pokapū | Aotea Centre

Hunua room: 50 Mayoral Drive, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

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Pricing and Discounts

Early Bird Registration
(until 02/08/2024)
$1195 + GST
$3585 + GST
Standard Registration
(from 03/08/2024)
$1395 + GST
$4185 + GST

Delegate Registration is strictly for in-house Sustainability Executives and Professionals from consumer or government facing organisations. If you are a Service Provider to sustainability executives, please email zoeb@connectmedia.com to discuss your involvement.

GENERAL ENQUIRIES

Email: team@connectmedia.com
Tel: 61 2 8004 8590

 

COMMERCIAL OPPORTUNITIES

Zoe Baptist  – Account Manager
Tel: +61 403 967 480
Email: zoeb@connectmedia.com

 

We look forward to delivering this event for you.

 

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