Professor Robert Costanza
Australian National University
Robert Costanza is a professor of Ecological Economics and Vice Chancellor’s Chair in Public Policy at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University. He is also currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Stockholm Resilience Center, an Affiliate Fellow at the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, a deTao Master of Ecological Economics at the deTao Masters Academy, China, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (UK), and an Ambassador of the Wellbeing Economy Alliance (WEAll).
Professor Costanza’s transdisciplinary research integrates the study of humans and the rest of nature to address research, policy and management issues at multiple time and space scales, from small watersheds to the global system. He is co-founder and past-president of the International Society for Ecological Economics, and founding editor of the society’s journal, Ecological Economics. He currently serves on the editorial board of ten other international academic journals. He is also founding editor of Solutions a unique hybrid academic/popular journal and editor in chief of The Anthropocene Review.
Professor Veena Sahajwalla
University of New South Wales
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 and in 2019 she launched her plastics microfactory, a recycling technology breakthrough.
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.
Mr Vaughan Levitzke
Green Industries SA
Vaughan has more than 35 years’ experience in government, project management and leadership. He established Zero Waste SA in 2003 and is responsible for a multitude of programs and projects carried out by Zero Waste SA and its partner organisations and now Green Industries SA, that has seen South Australia establish its leadership credentials in waste management and recycling and the Circular Economy in Australia and internationally.
Vaughan spent 10 years with the South Australian EPA in a number of roles, including regulation of tyres, and composting, overseeing and expanding container deposit legislation, and industry resource efficiency programs.
In 2015 he received a Public Service Medal for outstanding public service in the area of waste management reform and policy.
Dr Brandon Gien
Good Design Australia
Brandon is the CEO of Good Design Australia and Chair of Australia’s annual Good Design Awards – the longest-running international design awards program in Australia with its origins dating back to the Industrial Design Council of Australia in 1958. He has spent the last 25 years passionately advocating for the value of design to improve our social, economic, cultural and environmental quality of life. In 2015, Brandon was inaugurated as a Senator of the World Design Organization (WDO), the global body for Industrial Design after serving as a member of the Board of Directors and finally as WDO President, the first Australian to hold this position.
Brandon is a qualified Industrial Designer and gained his PhD in Environmental Design from the University of Canberra’s School of Design and Architecture. Brandon is an Adjunct Professor of Industrial Design at both the University of Canberra and the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and co-host of popular TV series, Australia by Design on Channel 10 and Network ONE.
CEO, Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation
Brooke 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.
Research Manager, Planex
Robert is Research Manager at Planex, a manufacturer of adaptive steel products for the workplace. His passion is for science and he is committed to working towards sustainability both personally and for our planet.
After completing his PhD at Monash University, he pursed an academic career in the area of medicine, however in 2016, changed direction to work at Planex to help increase the sustainable initiatives of the company. During the past four years he has forged a collaboration with Sustainability Victoria and to date he has been instrumental in lowering gas emissions from the ovens at Planex by 15%, reducing waste of all paper, cardboard, steel, plastics and soft film waste by 95% and has helped devise a process to re-use residual powder coat that now achieves an annual 30-tonne saving in greenhouse gas emissions. He has also instigated investigation into further reduction of powder coat waste and leads an industry group formed by Planex into further research at Monash University.