Presenting Speakers

We are pleased to confirm the below speakers at our joint EMANZ and The Sustainability Society 2019 conference.

Keynote Speaker - Wednesday

James Hunt
The Potential for Microgrids in New Zealand​

James is General Manager of Energy Solution Sales and Director of Schneider Electric’s Microgrid business in Australia. James has been in the consulting and energy industries since 2000, having worked in project management, technical, operations, sales leadership and general management roles. James has worked across fields of energy and carbon advisory, commercial building energy efficiency and energy infrastructure as well as audit, risk assessment and project management. Through this time, he has worked across SME and commercial and industrial businesses. Prior to Schneider Electric, James held roles with AGL Energy leading various energy services and new market development businesses and has a PhD in Science

Keynote Speaker - Thursday

Bob Willard .pngBob Willard
The Business Case for a Low Emissions Future

Bob is a leading expert on quantifying the business value of sustainability strategies. He has given over a thousand presentations, has authored six books, and provides extensive resources for sustainability champions. He is an award-winning certified B Corp, a Certified Sustainability Professional, and has a PhD in sustainability from the University of Toronto.

Master of Ceremonies

Radar MC.jpgTe Radar *

Te Radar is a satirist, documentary maker, writer, stage and screen director, failed gardener and amateur historian. A regular satirist on Radio NZ for more than a decade, he’s presented several top rating TVNZ documentary series, winning Film and Television Awards for three of them. He’s won two Qantas Media awards for his NZ Herald columns, and is the recipient of the country’s highest comedy accolades. His latest TV series “Te Radar’s Chequered Past”, screened on TVNZ in 2018. Based on his stage show “Eating the dog” it was a celebration of New Zealand history. He recently received an honorary Master of Arts degree from Wintec for his contribution to Media and Entertainment.
* Te Radar appears by arrangement with Johnson & Laird Management

Speaker ImagePaul Alexander  
How the New Climate Architecture is Shaping Up, and the Journey to a Low Emissions Economy

Paul is an experienced director with a history of roles connecting across government and industry sectors. He is currently Programme Director of the low emissions transition hub at the Ministry for the Environment. This role involves playing a co-ordination role across government and partnering to support a transition to a low emissions economy. Previously Paul has worked as a Policy Director at MBIE on areas such as digital disruption, ICT, energy and urban development; as a consultant; as an advisor within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet on economic policies; and in the UK in the fields of economic development, trade, ICT, and local government.

Speaker ImageProf. Alan Brent
Decarbonising the Industrial Sector with Appropriate Substitution and Technological Innovation

Alan is the inaugural holder of the Chair in Sustainable Energy Systems in the School of Engineering and Computer Science at Victoria University of Wellington since July 2017. He holds bachelor degrees in engineering (chemical) and philosophy (sustainable development); master degrees in science (environmental engineering), engineering (technology management), and philosophy (sustainable development); and a PhD in engineering management. Since 1995 he consulted to a variety of industry and public sectors in a number of countries in the fields of environmental engineering and management. His research focus now revolves around sustainable technology management, with an emphasis on the energy sector. Before joining Victoria he was a Professor of engineering management and sustainable systems in the Department of Industrial Engineering, and the Associate Director of the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies, at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. From 2017 he is appointed as an Extraordinary Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering at Stellenbosch University. Until 2017 he was also appointed as a part-time Professor of sustainable life cycle management in the Graduate School of Technology Management, at the University of Pretoria in South Africa.

Speaker ImageBrook Brewerton
Unlocking Renewable Process Heat in New Zealand

General Manager of Azwood Energy represents confidence in the future of wood energy. Brook leads innovative wood fuel manufacturing and marketing in a time of positive disruption in the low-emission energy sector.

Speaker ImageGus Charteris
How the New Climate Architecture is Shaping Up, and the Journey to a Low Emissions Economy

Gus Charteris is the General Manager, Just Transitions at the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment. A ‘just’ transition is about partnering with the community and business, over a multi-year timeframe, to maximise the opportunities and manage the impacts of the changes brought about by the transition to a low emissions economy. Gus has spent his career working in economic development-related roles for a number of NZ government agencies – the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment, the Ministry of Economic Development and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He has led regulatory policy teams (in the areas of intellectual property and corporate governance policy), a strategic economic policy team, and a research team. He has also spent time as a trade negotiator, a diplomat (including representing New Zealand in South Africa for 3 years), and an economic and trade analyst. Gus is a trained economist who is motivated by getting the best out of people, helping to simplify and manage complexity, and understanding how the world works. Outside of work you will find Gus getting some balance doing something active, and spending as much time as he can with his friends and extended family (the latter based in the beautiful wine growing region of Hawkes Bay, New Zealand).

Speaker ImageEddie Christian
Mobilising New Zealanders to be World Leaders in Clean and Clever Energy Use

Eddie - Group Manager Market Engagement, at the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA).
Eddie joined EECA in 2018, with a background in banking & finance, and has worked in the Middle East, Asia and NZ working with institutional multinationals. Eddie has a passion for clean growth and growing a low emissions economy.

Speaker ImageCaleb Clarke
Water, Energy and Carbon - Approaches to Complex System Interactions

Caleb is an Environmental Engineer with 18 years professional experience within the New Zealand Water Sector specialising in the fields of Freshwater Management, Water Strategy and Integrated Catchment Management, Water Sensitive Urban Design and Sustainability Assessment and a Passion for Surfing and Brewing Beer.

Speaker ImageAndrew Eagles
The Pathway to Net Zero Carbon

Andrew is a qualified economist with more than fourteen years’ experience in the built environment. Working for consultancies, associations, government and built environment charities, he has a wealth of knowledge in housing, market mechanism, advocacy and the construction supply chain.
Andrew joined the New Zealand Green Building Council in September 2016 as Chief Executive. The New Zealand Green Building Council is the country’s leading not-for-profit for the sustainable built environment. As well as exemplary research, the NZGBC oversees Homestar and Green Star the award winning certifications for New Zealand homes and buildings. NABERSNZ, the tool for confirming performance of offices in use, is also rising in popularity.

Speaker ImageAlexandra Hare
Accelerating Transition

Alexandra is responsible for ensuring the energy efficiency programme portfolio is strategically led with clear evidenced based investigation, smart design and robust delivery that results in a clear benefit to New Zealand.

EECAs strategy team identify opportunities, stimulate future thinking and engage in clear evidence based discussion that enables clean and clever energy use. We lead strategic programmes that result in productive and low emission business, efficient and low emission transport, and energy efficient homes.

Alexandra has held leadership roles in civil engineering, water and environmental engineering divisions, geoscientific divisions and large scale oil and gas development projects through NZ, Australia, PNG and Dubai.

Speaker ImageJules Hayez
Harnessing Energy from Waste: The Sustainable Way

Jules joined Veolia in Belgium 5 years ago in the operations. He went to Business Development and is now Energy Manager in Auckland. His main responsibilities are the design of energy savings opportunities in industrial and commercial sites and the development of offers for energy projects towards Energy Performance Contracts.

Speaker ImageJim Hinkley
The Potential and Challenges for Hydrogen

Jim is a senior lecturer in renewable energy engineering at Victoria University of Wellington. He worked in Australia for many years in both operations and research roles including 14 years in solar thermal at CSIRO. Research interests include hydrogen, solar thermal and integration of renewables into the NZ economy.

Speaker ImageLance Jimmieson
Continuous Commissioning Insights

This year Lance Jimmieson, MD of Consulting firm Jackson Engineering Advisers celebrates 40 years in the HVAC industry. In that time, his mission has never changed: he's driven to improve the Building Services industry by designing systems that truly work in the real world. Lance is an expert in existing buildings and achieving energy efficient operation – he is a NABERSNZ accredited accessor and co-authored the current Continuous Commissioning Training Course marketed by EMANZ. Lance has a knack of speaking about technical issues in a way we can all understand and he's got plenty of good war stories and practical advice to share.

Speaker ImageDom Kalasih
Decarbonising Transport

After over a decade in government transport roles Dom joined Z, formerly Shell NZ, in 2008. He has written and presented several papers on improving transport productivity as a means to reduce the risk exposure related to road safety and environment. He is a Board member of the International Forum for Road Transport and Technology and President of the Institute of Road Transport Engineers NZ.

Speaker ImageTricia Love
Changing Perceptions in the Tourism Accommodation Industry

Tricia is a mechanical services engineer and was the lead sustainability consultant and Living Building facilitator for The Headwaters - Camp Glenorchy, working alongside the design and construction team, community and now the operations team through the performance monitoring period. She is also an active LBC ambassador/presenter and collaborative facilitator of the Living Future Collaborative in NZ.

Speaker ImageMaurice Marquardt
Helping Local Government and Communities Reduce Emissions – Lessons Learnt Over 15 Years

Maurice leads the climate change and sustainability team at AECOM New Zealand and builds on 15 years’ experience in climate change and sustainability issues both in New Zealand and in Europe. He specialises in Carbon Footprinting, Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) and sustainability rating tools. Maurice is also a certified environmental practitioner - CEnvP (Climate Change Specialist).

Speaker ImageKaren McWilliams
Accounting for climate change risk

Karen is the Business Reform Leader in the Advocacy and Professional Standing team at Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. She is responsible for shaping and influencing business reform issues of relevance to Chartered Accountants, including insolvency, corporate governance, anti-money laundering, corporations law and sustainability matters. She identifies new and emerging areas of relevance to members in the business policy and regulatory spaces and helps drive change by influencing stakeholders and members on the need for reform or the impact of new laws and regulations. With over 17 years’ experience in a variety of business and advisory roles, she started her career in the specialist field of audit and has held positions with Worley Parsons, Ernst and Young, and Deloitte in London. She is a Fellow Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and holds a Master of Arts in Mathematical Sciences from the University of Oxford.

Speaker ImageSoheil Mohseni
The Role of Artificial Intelligence in the Transition from Conventional Power Systems to Modernised Smart Grids

Soheil Mohseni focuses his research on the optimal equipment capacity planning and design of off-/on-grid sustainable energy systems using AI-based optimization algorithms. His research interests include power system operation and planning, smart energy hubs, smart grids, as well as hydrogen economy. Soheil holds a BSc with first-class honours in electric power engineering from Kermanshah University of Technology, Iran. He also holds an MSc with first-class honours in electric power engineering, and renewable energy systems from University of Guilan, Iran. He is currently pursuing a PhD at Victoria University of Wellington at the Chair in Sustainable Energy Systems.

Speaker ImageMax Morel
Harnessing Energy from Waste: The Sustainable Way

Max has a background in engineering working in the development of innovative solutions and services. Since 2008 within Veolia, Max structured energy performance contracts, sustainable utilities for industry and district energy for municipalities. He joined New Zealand in 2016 to develop energy management services and transversal solutions across waste, water and energy.

Speaker ImageDebbie O'Byrne
Circular Cities: Models of Disruptive Innovation

Debbie is a leading expert on the Circular Economy having made it the focus of her MBA Master’s thesis. She has been working with a range of government organizations, Crown Research Institutes, Iwi and large corporates to incorporate Circular Economy principles into the redesign of their business strategy. She has been a member of the SBN Regional Advisory Panel as a Circular Economy domain expert for the past 5 years where she regularly presents on the Circular Economy across a range of sectors including the Built Environment, Low Carbon transition pathways and Regenerative Agriculture. She is also a member of the AOG Sustainability Group and the Tauranga Carbon Reduction Group.

Speaker ImageMatthew Osborne
Genesis Shares New Zealand's Aspiration

Matthew Osborne is the Executive General Manager of Corporate Affairs at Genesis. He is responsible for regulatory affairs, corporate communications, sustainability and the legal function. Matthew joined Genesis in May 2018. Before joining Genesis, Matthew worked at Orion Health and prior to that worked for Vodafone Group in the Middle-East and Ireland.

Speaker ImageJerome Partington
The Living Building Challenge (LBC) – A Powerful and Systemic Tool for the Built Environment

Jerome is Sustainability Manager + Associate Principle at Jasmax and Chair of Living Future, Aotearoa NZ. His role is a pathfinder for transformational change in the design and construction sector. Jerome’s 25 years professional practice in ‘deep green’ design, eco-education and construction has helped create many of the leading edge green projects in NZ. By helping others see potential beyond the brief, he works to ensure the project vision is shared and future ready so as to actively engage all stakeholders to achieve high performance projects and intergenerational social and ecological value.

There are significant challenges to shifting process from silos to whole system thinking or ‘Regenerative Development’ so Jerome has been evolving an Integrated Design Process to help manage the complexity and drivers of people, culture and living systems, as a whole.

Jerome’s successful projects include; sharing The Living Building Challenge in Aotearoa, helping create Tuhoe iwi’s Te Kura Whare, the first Certified ‘Living’ Building outside of the USA, The ‘Breathe’ Living Village design, Net Zero Energy Pegasus School, and Kahukura at Ara, the Canterbury Institute’s new Engineering and Architecture school, Christchurch Girls Performing Arts Centre along with some green housekeeping; the Jasmax GRI report and JEMS for our ISO14001 system.

As Chair of Living Future NZ Jerome aims to build consensus and purpose through education, sharing and inspiration to help effect deep changes in our relationships between people and nature, to encourage the transformation of our industry to be a creator of ‘health’ so we can continue to live on this beautiful planet for generations.

Speaker ImageJonathan Perry
TCFD and Energy Transition

As Managing Partner for ERM New Zealand, Jonathan leads the delivery of strategic sustainability advice, environmental due diligence, peer reviews and compliance projects for ERM’s local and international clients. With over twenty years’ consultancy experience providing sustainability and environmental advice across industry, government and financial institutions, he is highly experienced in the delivery of diverse projects ranging from EHS auditing and sustainability reporting to advising lenders and ESG benchmarking.

Speaker ImageFrans Plugge
Toyota Kata Continuous Improvement Behaviour Change and Culture In Energy Efficiency

Frans completed a degree at Lincoln University in Valuation and Farm Management before establishing a consultancy business in the property sector and moved into energy efficiency in 1993.

He established ECOsystems in 1995 with the mission ‘To reduce energy consumption in commercial buildings by 50%’. ECOsystems grew to become one of the largest private energy efficiency specialist companies in the commercial sector and received numerous national energy efficiency awards. ECOsystems was sold to Pioneer Energy in 2015.

Frans is a longstanding and current elected board member of the EMANZ and in 2016 established ecoNEW to provide consultancy services.

In 2018 Frans helped establish the Kata school to promote the practices of continuous improvement that Toyota has used for 70years. He is the current Chair.

Speaker ImageJonathan Pooch
Industrial Systems Optimisation

Jonathan has significant experience in systems optimisation having undertaken efficiency projects across a wide range of New Zealand and Australian industries. As founder and Managing Director of DETA Consulting, Jonathan has created a business whose focus is the delivery of lasting savings within industry, particularly specialising in agricultural processing.

Speaker ImageAdele Rose
Product Stewardship as a Tool in the LEE Toolbox

Adele is the Chief Executive of 3R Group Ltd. 3R’s purpose is to combine imagination and science to repurpose waste. This is achieved by designing great product stewardship programmes that accelerate the circular economy.

3R are a carboNZero (CERTTM) certified company and a founding signatory to the Climate Leaders Coalition.

Speaker ImageGlenn Schultz
Optimising the Future of Steam - Spirax Sacro

Glenn Schultz is the Regional Business Development Manager for Spirax Sarco Oceania. Glenn has over 25yrs experience in the mechanical and process engineering fields and has worked for Spirax Sarco for 14yrs in various roles and more recently as the General Manager for Spirax Sarco New Zealand.

Glenn’s career has exposed him to many industrial processing environments spanning across Australasia and the wider Pacific Islands. Glenn’s main focus as Regional Business Development Manager is to bring Spirax Sarco’s global presence and technology to the Australasian region to benefit both customers and help evolve the industry’s thermal heating space.

Speaker ImageHon James Shaw
Ministerial Address

New Zealand can lead the world in transitioning to a high-value, clean-tech, post-carbon economy that works for everyone. It’s one of the many reasons James joined the Green Party in 1990, and why he’s extremely excited about being a Minister in the Labour-led Government. This Government will bring the large-scale, transformational change that is needed to build a truly sustainable economy, a diverse inclusive society, and to restore and replenish our natural world.

Prior to becoming an MP, James had a successful career in management consulting, primarily in London, where he lived from 1998 to 2010. James worked with large, multinational companies across Europe and around the world, helping them develop more sustainable business practices.

While studying in the UK for a Master’s degree in sustainable development and business leadership, James realised that the private sector alone wasn’t able to affect change at the speed and scale necessary to meet the great challenges of our time.

James’ diverse business experience and expertise, from working for multinational corporates through to local start-ups, social enterprises and community organisations, will enable him to lead the Green Party, the Government and New Zealanders towards a high-tech post-carbon economy and society.

Speaker ImageGreg Sise
Pricing 100% Renewables

Greg’s experience in energy dates back to 1984 as a software developer at the Energy Management Unit of the University of Otago. In 1996 he set up Energy Link to develop software tools for electricity market modelling (EMarket and EMarketOffer) and to provide forecasting, modelling and advisory services to market participants in the newly formed wholesale market.

Greg has contributed to the development of the electricity market as a member of key industry working groups and also spent three years on the Board of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA). Energy Link supports market participants, government agencies and large consumers as they develop and implement strategies to manage their energy-related risks, revenues and costs. The company supplies a range of forecasts out to at least 2035, custom modelling and consultancy services, most recently for the ICCC, along with training courses and procurement contract management web sites. Greg also collaborates on research projects relating to electricity markets.

Speaker ImageSimon Upton
Some Reflections on Farms, Forests and Fossil Fuels: The Next Great Landscape Transformation?

Simon Upton was sworn in as Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment for a five-year term on the 16th of October 2017.

Mr Upton is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and a Rhodes Scholar, with degrees in English literature, music and law from the University of Auckland, and an MLitt in political philosophy from Oxford University. He was sworn in as a member of the Privy Council in 1999.

A Member of Parliament between 1981 and 2000, Mr Upton held a variety of Ministerial portfolios including Environment, Research, Biosecurity, Health and State Services between 1990 and 1999.

After leaving Parliament, Mr Upton moved to Paris to chair the Round Table on Sustainable Development at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). In 2005, he returned to New Zealand to pursue a number of private sector roles while continuing to chair the Round Table.

In April 2010 he returned to the OECD full-time as Environment Director, a post he held for seven years until returning to take up the role of Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment.

Speaker ImageTania Williams
Engineering a Better New Zealand - Cleaner Energy

Tania joined Engineering New Zealand in March 2017 after a long career at engineering and management consulting firm MWH, where she was General Manager of Water and Waste. The Engineering Leadership team takes care of professional engineering practice and policy, growing our continuing professional development portfolio and fostering relationships with our technical groups. Tania was part of the team that recently produced a thought-leadership publication on Cleaner Energy. She is passionate about engineering systemic solutions to the climate change challenges we face.

Speaker ImageSimon Willis
Lighting for the Internet of the Things – Interact and LiFi systems

As National Controls manager at Signify, Simon Willis is charged with ensuring that new products and systems are properly understood and deployed by the sales and project teams. He brings more than 20 years of experience in the lighting control industry and offers technical advice for Office, Sports, Infrastructure and the special projects executed by Signify. Simon also offers technical advice for the NZ distributors of the Dynalite and Color Kinetcs brands of lighting and controls and is considered the go-to person for technical information on Signify’s Interact range of lighting solutions as well as Lifi.

Speaker ImageDebbie Wilson
Low Carbon Healthcare - The Experience of a Sustainability Manager Working in a Large Healthcare Organisation

Debbie is a doubly qualified nurse who completed a BSc (Hons) degree in Nursing and Human Science in 1996. Working in critical care from 1996 until 2011 and moving from the UK in 2008 to live and work in New Zealand broadened her understanding of healthcare systems.

Since 2012 Debbie has led the Environmental Sustainability programme at CM Health after beginning a Doctoral study with Auckland University of Technology in 2012; scheduled to complete mid-2019. Exploring sustainable healthcare practice and researching the outcomes of the organisations environmental sustainability and recycling programme, within the context of large scale organisational change management.

By incorporating the elements of ‘green’ healthcare delivery with carbon reduction strategies, the impact of carbon intense activities are lessened in the face of growing economic, environmental and social issues.