For over thirty years a global conversation about valuing nature has been happening – and yet, few people working in businesses, finance, investing and scientific/research communities talk about it together. For the past 18 months Ocean Decade Australia has been convening conversations across the spectrum of Australian ocean stakeholders to understand what they think success would look like by the end of the UN Ocean Decade in 2030.
These discussions have led us to the conclusion that few people understand the influence they have on the ocean, or that the ocean has on them – in short, ocean literacy is uncomfortably low. Further, knowledge about and coordination of efforts across ocean users – from fishing, tourism, energy, shipping, and recreation – rarely occurs.
Australia’s multi-jurisdictional approach to ocean, our 1998 Ocean Policy and the fragmented nature of how ocean is thought about and considered requires significant effort and attention to address the challenges the ocean faces, and to make the most of the opportunities the ocean offers. As the ocean becomes a busier place with supply chains tested and re-drawn, as regional relationships come into focus, and as multiple industries seek to make the most of the opportunity presented by the Offshore Electricity Infrastructure Act 2021 (OEI Act), it is time to level up the conversation.
Launched on World Oceans Day 2022, the Ocean Business Leaders' Summit will bring together business, finance, research, science, and government stakeholders to broker dialogue and intellectual discussion about a sustainable ocean economy and generate actions while growing awareness of the ecosystem of stakeholders, drivers and opportunities
Jane Gleeson-White - KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Jane is a writer, rights of nature advocate and adjunct lecturer at UNSW Canberra with a PhD on Nature in the 21st Century. She’s the author of four books, including the internationally acclaimed bestselling Double Entry: How the merchants of Venice created modern finance, and its sequel Six Capitals: Capitalism, climate change and the accounting revolution that can save the planet. She’s also the author of four recent essays on the erasure of women, First Nations people, care work and the natural world from global economic systems and theories, and other patriarchal structures. Her book reviews and essays have been widely published, including by the Guardian, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Sydney Morning Herald, and Griffith Review.
Alpa Bhattacharjee – PANELIST
Alpa has been with HSBC since 2010 and started working in the blue economy space in 2015. In addition to her role as Head of Sustainability for HSBC Australia, Alpa is working on unlocking the barriers to investment and bankability for nature-based solutions, through the HSBC Climate Solutions Partnership, a USD100m investment that aims to scale up the technologies and investments required to transition to a low-carbon economy.
Terence Jeyaretnam – PANELIST
Terence is a Partner with EY’s Climate Change and Sustainability team based in Melbourne and EY Australia’s Reconciliation Leader. Terence is an environmental engineer and an environmental and sustainability advisory and assurance specialist with over twenty-five years’ experience in advising governments and corporations on sustainability issues. Until its acquisition by EY in 2014, Terence was Founder/Executive Director of Net Balance, Australia's largest standalone sustainability and climate change practice at the time, one of Australia’s first B Corporations, twice-rated by Business Review Weekly as one of the 100 fastest-growing companies in Australia. Terence is a non-executive director of Global Citizen (Australia), Fairtrade Australia New Zealand, Food Frontier and Legal Sector Alliance and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern Queensland. He acts as a Senior Advisor for SASB (Sustainability Accounting Standards Board) in Australia and is a member of the Technical Working Group of CDSB (Carbon Disclosure Standards Board).
Hugh Killen – PANELIST
Hugh has been the Managing Director & CEO of AACo since 2018. Over the last three years he has overseen the turnaround of the performance of the company. He’s done this while the Australian agriculture industry has experienced some of the worst droughts and floods ever seen, with the added impact of COVID-19. Established in 1824, the Australian Agricultural Company (AACo) is Australia’s largest integrated cattle and beef producer, and is the oldest continuously operating company in Australia. Today, AACo owns and operates a strategic balance of properties, feedlots and farms comprising around 7 million hectares of land in Queensland and the Northern Territory. This equates to roughly 1% of Australia’s land mass. AACo specialises in grain fed beef and Wagyu beef production. Prior to joining AACo, Hugh spent 25 years as a senior executive working with Westpac and State Street in global financial markets across Australia, the UK, and North America. He has a lifelong association with agriculture having being raised on pastoral properties in northern NSW and south west Queensland. Today he still has strong personal involvement in the agriculture industry, through his own private farm on the south coast of NSW, which is also his family home.
Zoe Whitton - PANELIST
Zoe is a Partner at Pollination Group, a specialist climate change investment and advisory firm. Zoe assists companies and investors to navigate the impacts of climate change and to build new businesses and products which are transition aligned. She previously led the award-winning APAC ESG Research team at Citi, advising institutional investors globally on climate change and sustainable development. Earlier in her career Zoe covered ESG and climate change at Credit Suisse and at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and served as a youth delegate to the UNFCCC. She serves on the boards of the Investor Group on Climate Change and the Centre for Policy Development and is a member of the advisory group of the Sydney Environment Institute. Zoe has won numerous awards for her research and work on climate finance and risk, and regularly contributes to the wider conversation on sustainable finance by commentating in the Australian and international press along with various publications.
Adam Spencer – PANEL FACILITATOR
Adam is a famous Australian media personality and public mathematician. He likes to describe himself as “nowhere near Australia’s best mathematician - but possibly it’s best known”. Adam was completing a PhD in Pure Mathematics at the University of Sydney when he won a national Raw Comedy championship with Triple J, Australia’s youth radio station. He then went to become one of Australia’s most respected, wittiest and thought provoking breakfast radio commentators across Triple J and later ABC 702. His dexterity at being both mathematical - he has authored 7 best-selling books for talented maths students - and verbal - he was voted best debater in the world at the 1996 World Championships - makes him a curious customer indeed. Adam is currently the Ambassador for Science and Mathematics at the University of Sydney, and his latest book, Maths 101, for Dumb Dads and Desperate Mums, has been released by Hardie Grant.
Jennifer Chambers – Partner, Jones Day – WELCOME
Jennifer is a highly experienced strategic litigator and a partner of Jones Day’s Global Disputes practice. Based in Sydney, Jennifer’s practice is focused on corporate governance and regulatory matters, including ESG issues and climate-related risk. Jennifer regularly acts for individual directors, executives, and boards, as well as multinational and major domestic corporations in connection with high-value disputes and regulatory investigations and proceedings. Jennifer has particular experience in acting for clients across the financial services and energy, mining, and resources industries. Jennifer is part of Jones Day’s global team that is assisting clients navigate transition and climate disclosure risks, including the risks of allegations of misleading or deceptive advertising and ‘greenwashing’ in a rapidly evolving regulatory landscape.
Will Glamore – Acting CEO, Sydney Institute of Marine Science - WELCOME
Dr Will Glamore is an Associate Professor and Principal Research Fellow at the Water Research Laboratory, UNSW Sydney. Dr Glamore is currently the Chairman of the World Association for Maritime Transport (ANZ), the Deputy Director of the Water Research Centre, and leader of the Eco-Engineering Research Group. He has previously received Ministerial appointments as the Chair of the Tuggerah Lakes Expert Panel; an inaugural member of the NSW Coastal Council; a member of the Marine Estate Expert Knowledge Panel; and the Chair of the PFAS Independent Expert Panel - Water Group. Over the past 25+ years, Dr Glamore has led various research programs on harbours, estuaries and wetlands, including the development of large-scale coastal wetland restoration projects throughout Australia. He is a Churchill Fellow, a Peter Cullen Fellow, a Kevin Stark Medallist, and the winner of both the Green Globe Award and Engineers Australia’s Excellence Award. He recently co-led the development of the Clean Energy Regulator’s Blue Carbon Method, and was on the Expert Working Group for the Australian Academy of Science’s 'Sustainable Oceans and Coasts National Strategy'. He is currently the interim CEO of the Sydney Institute of Marine Science.
This event was delivered in partnership with the Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS) located in Chowder Bay, Sydney Harbour.
Ocean Decade Australia respects and acknowledges the First Nations people of the land and waterways across Australia as the continuing custodians of Country and Culture. We pay our respect to First Nations peoples and their Elders, past and present.