Confirmed Featured Speakers 2018

Professor Paul Burton, Director, Cities Research Institute, Griffith University

Paul Burton is Professor of Urban Management and Planning and Director of the Cities Research Institute at Griffith University.

His research interests are broad-ranging and include urban responses to climate change, metropolitan scale planning and governance and the theory and practice of public participation and community engagement.

In 2012 he led a research project on the role of urban agriculture in promoting greater food security in cities, especially in the light of climate variability.

Paul is a member of Regional Development Australia, Gold Coast and sits on the national Education Committee of the Planning Institute of Australia.

Mr Michael Nolan, Chair, United Nations Global Compact – Cities Programme

Michael leads the strategic direction and growth of the UNGC Cities Programme accelerating the implementation of partnered city projects for the Sustainable Development Goals.

He has over 20 years of consulting experience in driving sustainability partnerships and outcomes for government, business and civil society.

Previously Michael was the Global Leader for Climate and Resilience for AECOM. He has extensive experience in sustainable urban development and infrastructure in Asia Pacific, Americas and Europe.

Mr Greg Ryan, Sustainability Manager, LandCorp

As Sustainability Manager, Greg’s expertise ensures our development agenda delivers a more liveable, productive and sustainable built environment across a diverse range of projects.

This work involves opportunity assessment; site analysis, vegetation retention, landscape, water sensitive urbanism, total water cycle management, energy efficiency and renewable energy, waste management and recycling, materials and project sustainability assessment.

Greg currently represents LandCorp on the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities Western Regional Advisory Panel.

Projects include: Craigie Cool Earth Geoexchange Demonstration House Trial; One Planet Living certification for the WGV (White Gum Valley) Innovation through Demonstration project, EnviroDevelopment and Green Star Communities accreditation for strategic LandCorp development projects.

Professor Billie Giles-Corti, ECP Director, Urban Futures, RMIT University

Professor Billie Giles-Corti is a Distinguished Professor at RMIT University and Director of its Urban Futures Enabling Capability Platform.

She is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Senior Principal Research Fellow and directs the Centre for Urban Research’s Healthy Liveable Cities Research Group at RMIT’s Centre for Urban Research.  Prior to joining RMIT in 2017, she was a Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor at the University of Melbourne and Director of the McCaughey VicHealth Community Wellbeing Unit.

For over two decades, she and a multi-disciplinary research team have been studying the impact of the built environment on health and wellbeing.  Professor Giles-Corti currently leads an NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Healthy Liveable Communities established in 2014; which works closely with local, national and global policy-makers and practitioners.  She has published over 300 articles, book chapters and reports, and by citations, is ranked in the top 1% of researchers in her field globally.

She is an Honorary Fellow of both the Planning Institute of Australia and the Public Health Association, a Fulbright Scholar and in 2016, was awarded an NHMRC Elizabeth Blackburn Fellowship as the top ranked female fellow in public health in 2015.

Invited Featured Speakers 2018

More speakers to be invited in the coming weeks