Keynote Speakers



Keynote Speakers

Mr James Griffin MP Minister for Environment and Heritage
Member for Manly

James Griffin is the Member for Manly in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, and has represented Manly since April 2017. In December 2021, James was appointed Minister for Environment and Heritage in the Perrottet Government. The Minister is a conservationist, committed to protecting nature and rehabilitating ecosystems on the land and in the ocean. He wants to put  Aboriginal land and ocean management techniques front and centre, and he’s committed to protecting and celebrating our heritage. Prior to being appointed a Minister, James was Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment, Veterans and Health. He was part of the Legislative Assembly Committee on Environment and Planning, and is the former Chair of the Legislation Review Committee. Outside work, running helps him stay sane, as do his wife Elissa and two young children, Ted and Grace.

Dr Eli Fenichel

Dr. Eli Fenichel is the Assistant Director for Natural Resource Economics and Accounting at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. He is on leave from Yale University where he is the Knobloch Family Professor of Natural Resource Economics. He has published over 90 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and has written extensively on valuing natural capital and on environmental-economic accounting. He co-led the High-Level Panel for the Sustainable Ocean Economy Blue Paper on Ocean Accounting and has advised the development of the UN System of Environmental-Economic Accounting - Ecosystem Accounts. He received his PhD from Michigan State University.


Martijn Wilder

Martijn is Founder and CEO of Pollination, a global climate change investment and advisory firm. He is recognised as a global leader in climate law and investment and has advised governments and companies on innovative climate finance investments including the World’s First REDD+ Green Bond. Martijn was Head of Baker & McKenzie’s global climate law and finance practice for twenty years and played a key role with Australia’s clean energy finance institutions. He was previously Chair of the Australian Renewab le Energy Agency (ARENA), a former Founding Director of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), and he helped to establish and later Chair the Federal Government’s Low Carbon Australia finance body. He is currently Chair of the Governing Board of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) based in Vienna, President of WWF - Australia, Chair of the Victorian Government’s independent expert panel on Victoria’s 2035 Climate Change target, Adjunct Professor of International Climate Change Law at Australian National University, and a Senior Adviser to Serendipity Capital. He is also a Member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists. Martijn was a Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholar and was awarded an Australian Honour (AM) for his contribution to climate change law and the environment. In 2018, Martijn was awarded the Financial Times Asia Pacific Legal Innovator of the Year.

Andrew Reeson

Dr Andrew Reeson aims to apply behavioural science with econometric modelling to address issues of national significance to Australia. After a mis-spent youth taking biology at Oxford he switched to economics in order to focus on some of the more challenging aspects of real-world problems. On joining CSIRO in 2004 he worked on the design and implementation of environmental policy tools, including market - based instruments addressing biodiversity conservation, salinity, water use efficiency and even feral camel control. In recent years he has shifted his focus to the digital economy, including modelling the potential impact of technology on employment (e.g. Tomorrow’s Digitally Enabled Workforce) and future skills demand (e.g. The VET Era: Equipping Australia's Workforce for the Future Digital Economy). He is also researching how digital platforms should be designed and implemented to support efficient and equitable data sharing (e.g. Data Platforms for Smart Cities). Previously he has delivered a large scale  randomised controlled trials of behavioural economics insights (with over 160,000 participants in total), a paper modelling the impacts of information technology on Australian businesses and a high-profile analysis of superannuation behaviour.

John Finisdore

As lead for Point Advisory’s (an ERM company) natural capital services, John helps organisations maximize the returns from natural capital through strategic action on finance, biodiversity, ecosystem services, water, nature based solutions and supply chains. He is an expert in natural capital accounting, valuation, Science Based Targets for nature and the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD). Previously, John led the World Resources Institute's Business & Ecosystem Services Project. He authored numerous publications, most recently, Time to Take Stock, that was published by the Capitals Coalition. Along with serving on leadership groups including SBTN Corporate Engagement Program and TNFD Forum, he has conducted over 100 natural capital assessments and accounting efforts for governments and corporations including Syngenta, John Deere, Plum Creek, Angico Eagle, KKR, Blackmores, Grupo Argos, Greif, UNSW, CSIRO and Wollondilly Shire Council.

Andrew Macintosh, Professor and Director of Research, The Australian National University (ANU) Law School

Professor Andrew Macintosh is a regulatory and environmental markets expert based at the ANU Law School, where he is Director of Research. He works on environmental policy design and evaluation, particularly the design and administration of environmental markets and certification schemes. He was Chair of the Australian Government’s Domestic Offsets Integrity Committee and Emissions Reduction Assurance Committee between 2013 - 2020, a member of the Australian Government’s Emissions Reduction Fund Expert Reference Group in 2014, an Associate Member of the Climate Change Authority in 2015 - 2016, a member of the Expert Panel Examining Additional Sources of Low Cost Abatement (King Review) in 2019 - 2020, a member of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act Expert Review Panel in 2019 - 2020, and is currently a member of the Queensland Government’s Native Vegetation Scientific Expert Panel and a program lead for the Australian Government’s Agriculture Biodiversity Stewardship Package.  Between 2019 and early 2021, he also Chaired Accounting for Nature Ltd’s Standards & Accreditation Committee and prepared its accreditation standard for environmental accounts, the first of its kind in Australia. In 2020, he served as one of the three Commissioners on the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements (otherwise known as the ‘Bushfires Royal Commission’).

Dr Jing Yu, Associate Professor Finance

Dr Jing Yu is an Associate Professor in Finance. She has a PhD degree in Finance from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Jing has research interests in the areas of international finance, corporate finance, green finance and corporate sustainability. Her research articles have been published in various leading accounting and finance journals such as Review of Finance, Contemporary Accounting Research and Journal of Banking and Finance. She was also the chief investigator of UN INSPIRE Research Scheme's Green Lending research project in 2019/20. She holds the Rising Star Fellowship awarded by Sydney Business School in 2021/22. Jing is the Deputy Editor of Accounting & Finance journal and serves on the Editorial Board of Global Finance Journal.

Dr Sue Fyfe

Sue Fyfe is acting Branch Head for Environmental Science and Nature Based Solutions in the Biodiversity Markets, Economics and Environmental Science Division, Commonwealth Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water. She leads the Commonwealth’s Environmental Economic Accounting program, national State of the Environment Reporting, the National Environmental Science Program, and national and international partnerships in Blue Carbon and nature - based solutions. Sue combines a PhD in biology and geosciences from the University of Wollongong with over 17 years public sector leadership experience, leading the strategic design, management and application of land and environmental science and data to government policy, programs and decision making. She has a passion for terrestrial and marine biodiversity and ecology, and for evidence - based policy built on accessible science data and information.

Carl Obst

Carl Obst is a Director at the Institute for Development of Environmental- Economic Accounting - IDEEA Group. Carl was the lead author and editor of the United Nation’s System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA)– the international standard for government work on accounting for natural capital and encompassing accounting for ecosystem and biodiversity values. Further, Carl has been leading the development of sector level statistical concepts including methods for the measurement of sustainable tourism with the UN World Tourism Organization, and the design of the multiple capitals based evaluation framework for TEEBAgriFood. Prior to this work, Carl had a long career with the Australian Bureau of Statistics, including time at the OECD. His primary topics of research included productivity measurement, financial services measurement and the valuation of natural resources. His current work involves projects on natural capital accounting and sustainability measurement within the United Nations system, with the Capitals Coalition and with various companies and governments in Australia and internationally. Carl is a leading player in closing the gap between government and corporate approaches to natural capital accounting. This includes work as part of the Value Accounting Network, as an editor in the revision of the System of National Accounts, in developing guidance for the valuation of ecosystem services and in designing models for incorporating natural capital values in risk models.

Karel (Karl) Nolles

Karl has 30 years' experience in the energy and environmental finance sectors,variously as an academic, banker, industry executive and consultant. He was recently appointed as an Adjunct and Visiting Professor with the Joint Graduate School of Energy and Environment (involving a consortium of leading Thai universities). Karl has previously held positions at the University of New South Wales and the University of Sydney, and was a visiting fellow with the Interdisciplinary Centre for Economic Science at George Mason University (Washington DC). He was a co-founder of the UNSW Centre for Energy & Environmental Markets. Outside of academia, Karl was a founding member of the Macquarie Bank / Macquarie Capital renewables & climate change team (2007 - 2013), Head of Strategy and Product for the Clean Energy Derivatives Corporation (2017 - 19), and Manager Electricity Reform with NT Power and Water (2019/2020).

Greg Smith

Greg is an environmental economist with CSIRO Land and Water based in Hobart. Greg’s research specialises in integrated environment - economy modelling with expertise in the optimal design of ecosystem service schemes, identifying economically optimal spatial patterns of land use and the valuation of ecosystem services. Greg’s research covers a variety of domains including agriculture, forestry, climate change, outdoor recreation, renewable energy and catchment management. He has worked on web-based applications that provide information for government, businesses and communities in quantifying the benefits and value of land use and land management decisions. Greg is currently working on a project assessing opportunities and risks to the Australian forestry industry with a focus on natural capital accounting.