Featured Speakers 2019

Director, Australian Ecosystems Pty Ltd

Brendan Condon is a sustainability innovator who is developing a net zero carbon housing estate, The Cape at Cape Paterson, on Victoria’s Bass Coast. The Cape features highly energy and water efficient, all electric, solar powered homes, rainwater harvesting, urban farming, electrification of transport and biodiversity restoration. He has co-founded Australian Ecosystems and Biofilta, who supply and plant millions of indigenous plants on wetland and habitat restoration projects annually, and build stormwater harvesting and urban farming projects. Brendan takes great joy in helping create a more efficient, resilient, lower cost, circular economy society to meet the challenges of the future.

Mayor, City of Greater Bendigo

Co-chair, Australian Native Food & Botanicals

Trust Deputy Chair, Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui

Te Āti Haunui-a-Pāpārangi/Whanganui, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngā Rauru Kītahi, Ngāti Ruanui, Ngā Wairiki/Ngāti Apa, Ngāti Maru.

Dr Rāwiri Tinirau is the Deputy Chairperson of Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui (NTT) the Post Settlement Governance Entity for the Whanganui River. Rāwiri is also appointed to Te Ngakinga o Whanganui Investment Trust and Whanganui Iwi Fisheries Ltd as the NTT representative.

Rāwiri is currently the Co-Director of Te Atawhai o Te Ao Charitable Trust, a kaupapa Māori institute that undertakes a range of environmental and health research whilst holding a number of governance positions and hapū, iwi and community leadership roles throughout the Whanganui rohe and beyond.  He graduated as a Doctor of Philosophy (Management) in 2017, and holds bachelor degrees in Arts (Māori Studies) and Business Studies (Accountancy).

City of Adelaide

Sandy is a first-generation Australian of Dutch, French, Portuguese and Ceylonese descent. Her parents gave her a deep-rooted understanding of business, an adventurous spirit, commercial acumen and a love of the arts. Sandy is married to Gregg Mitchell, a graphic designer and artist, and has two daughters, and a son.

Sandy was elected as an Area Councillor in the 2015 by-election and served as Deputy Lord Mayor from June 2017 to November 2018. She has had a career in both the public and private enterprise, not-for-profits, and Local and State government, including three years as General Manager City Culture and Community Services for the City of Adelaide.

Sandy has contributed to the success of Adelaide’s thriving arts and culture community for more than two decades, including having been CEO of the Adelaide Fringe and the Adelaide Festival, as well as producer of the Adelaide Festival of Ideas in 2018. She has been on numerous boards including the Adelaide Convention Bureau, Premier’s Climate Change Council, Adelaide Film Festival, Capital City Committee, as well as a trustee of the Adelaide Festival Centre Trust and Chairs a disability housing solutions organisation Aliro Ltd.

As Lord Mayor, Sandy is keen to keep costs low for residents and businesses by reducing red tape, strengthening Adelaide’s global reputation for culture, climate change action, and entrepreneurialism, preserving Adelaide’s heritage, and enhancing the city’s precincts and main streets for the benefit of local small business owners and the community.

Australasia Cities Leader, Arup

Before coming to Australia in late 2010, Tim was recognised as one of the UK’s thought-leaders in urban regeneration and economic development for his role in developing East London as CEO of the Thames Gateway London Partnership.

He has served as a special advisor on urban development, governance, city strategy and planning to 5 successive UK cabinet ministers, and to the Mayor of London. Most recently, his work for the Committee for Sydney focused on the Big City policy issues in policy-making for Sydney.

He was a trusted source of advice on the design of the Greater Sydney Commission, based on his experience of being a ministerial advisor negotiating new powers for the London mayor in 2005 to 2006. He is also currently a member of the Federal Cities Reference Group within the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, as well as being a member of the Advisory Committee for Sydney’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem under the NSW Department of Industry.

His regular columns on public policy, housing and urban issues feature in the Sydney Morning Herald, the Daily Telegraph and the Fifth Estate and he is often approached as a commentator for radio and TV.

He is currently an Adjunct Professor at both the University of Western Sydney and the Business School at UTS, where he lectures on urban policy issues. You can also find a blog, hosted by the UK’s leading urban regeneration journal, Regeneration and Renewal, continues to shed light on the universal issues our cities face.

Urban Futurist, City2050

Passionate about cities and innovation, Stephen is one of Australia’s best-known and respected contemporary Urban Planners who consults internationally on future city trends, urban innovation, leadership and creating positive change. He is considered an international specialist on the future citizen and the relationships between people, technology, infrastructure, society, cities and quality urbanism.

Stephen has a Bachelor of Arts in Planning, Graduate Diplomas in Regional & Urban Planning and Environmental Studies and an MBA from Adelaide University. He is an adjunct lecturer at the Adelaide University Business School and has worked for the University of South Australia, Canberra University and Flinders University. He has also lectured at universities in Japan, Singapore and Thailand and is an award winning member of the Planning Institute of Australia and a member of the exclusive Academy of Urbanism.

During his time as Lord Mayor (2010-2104), his emphasis on collaboration with the private sector and State Government delivered many outcomes and saw Adelaide recognised internationally as an innovative destination by Lonely Planet, National Geographic and The New York Times. Prior to being Lord Mayor, Stephen worked in the South Australian Government and Parliament, in Local Government and internationally as a planner, researcher, educator and speaker. His planning experience is exceptionally diverse; from strategy to implementation on many large projects dealing with most land use types and a diverse range of environment, economic, community, design and development issues.