2015 Program Overview
For two days in October, top minds from Australia and around the world gathered to present a series of keynotes, conversations, debates and forums on those themes that shape our lives, dominate our media and feature on the world stage.
We were joined by 30 diverse speakers: ethicists, entrepreneurs, activists, economists, regulators, philosophers and professionals. They brought fresh ideas to the table, asked the big questions, inspired conversation and fostered public debate.
Day 1 – The Big Picture
Tuesday 13 October, Queensland Conservatorium South Bank
- Does freedom of speech include the right to offend?
- With everyone’s right to a voice, who can you believe?
- Who is watching us and what can they see?
- Will future generations consider us climate criminals?
- What will it take to end world poverty?
Inspiring keynotes, hard-hitting panel discussions, a live video cross and even a surprise performance as we examined these questions and more …
Day 2 – The Integrity Roundtable
Wednesday 14 October, Rydges Hotel South Bank
This collaborative forum and networking opportunity considered the corporation of the future and the values it might be expected to reflect by investigating the role of business in advancing human rights; developing low-carbon industries; ensuring the integrity of banking, infrastructure and international tax; and combating, rather than succumbing to, corruption.
Hugh Breakey (Australia)
Research Fellow at Griffith University’s Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance, Australia
Hugh Breakey is a research fellow at Griffith University’s Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance, Australia. His work stretches across the philosophical sub-disciplines of political theory, legal philosophy, normative ethics and applied philosophy. He is the author of Intellectual Liberty: Natural Rights and Intellectual Property (Ashgate).
His works explore the ethical issues arising in such diverse fields as peacekeeping, institutional governance, climate change, sustainable tourism, professionalism, private property, medicine and international law. His works have been published in journals including The Philosophical Quarterly, The Modern Law Review and Political Studies. Since 2013, Hugh has served as president of the Australian Association for Professional and Applied Ethics.
Frank Brennan AO (Australia)
Jesuit priest, Professor of Law at Australian Catholic University and Adjunct Professor at the ANU College of Law and National Centre for Indigenous Studies
In May 2015 he returned to Australia, having spent a year as the Gasson Professor at the Boston College Law School.
An Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for services to Aboriginal Australians, he was the recipient of the Migration Institute of Australia’s 2013 Distinguished Service to Immigration Award.
When launching Frank’s book Acting on Conscience on the place of religion in Australian politics and law, Kevin Rudd described Frank as ‘an ethical burr in the nation’s saddle’. Earlier during the 1998 Wik debate, Paul Keating labelled him ‘the meddling priest’.
The National Trust has classified him as a Living National Treasure. In 2009, he chaired the Australian National Human Rights Consultation Committee.
His research interests include conscience and faith, human rights and the rule of law, and the rights of Indigenous peoples and asylum seekers.
Mara Bun (Australia)
Non-Executive Director of Australian Ethical Investments and Enova Community Energy
Resilience strategist and company director, Mara is non-executive director of Australian Ethical Investments and Enova Community Energy, companies with catalytic potential. Mara’s Morgan Stanley and Macquarie Bank technology investment banking experience and multiple non-profit leadership roles frame her current work. She led business development for Australia’s national science agency CSIRO, so sees the world through a dual lens: the 21st century discovery curve is exponential, with cross-disciplinary applications offering the most promise. Mara embraced the nexus between humanitarian and environmental stresses as founding CEO of Green Cross Australia, Australia’s most awarded digital non-profit dedicated to unleashing resilient climate responses.
Mara is an impact architect who believes the future is bright because humans, cities and ecosystems are wired for collaboration.
Thomas Campbell (Australia)
Professorial Fellow, Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE), Charles Sturt UniversityTom Campbell is a professorial fellow in the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE), Charles Sturt University, Canberra. He was formerly professor of law at The Australian National University, and before that Professor of Jurisprudence at The University of Glasgow. He is currently a chief investigator on two Australian Research Council Discovery Grants, one on “The Political Approach to Human Rights”, and the other on “Statutory Interpretation”, and has written books on Adam Smith, mental illness, ethical positivism, rights, and justice.
Steve Cannane (Australia)
Walkley Award winning journalist, host of The Drum and a reporter for Lateline on ABC
Steve Cannane is a senior reporter and occasional presenter for Lateline and co-host of The Drum. He has worked as a reporter, producer and presenter for ABC TV and radio. He was the founding presenter of Triple J’s current affairs program Hack. In 2006 he won a Walkley Award for Broadcast Interviewing. In 2008 Steve presented The Hack Half Hour on ABC2 and in 2009 he fronted the ABC documentary series Whatever – The Science of Teenage. Steve’s book, First Tests: Great Australian Cricketers and the Backyards That Made Them was published in 2009.
James Gifford (Australia/US)
Senior Fellow, Initiative for Responsible Investment at Harvard University, Adjunct Professor at Griffith University and Senior Advisor to Tau Investment Management
Dr Gifford was the founding executive director of the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment and led the organisation from inception in 2003 until 2013. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on responsible investment, and has a PhD from the University of Sydney on the effectiveness of shareholder engagement in improving corporate behaviour, degrees in Commerce and Law, and a Masters in Environment Management. He was named by the World Economic Forum in 2010
as one of 200 Young Global Leaders.
Nicholas Gruen (Australia)
Policy economist, entrepreneur and commentator on our economy, society and innovation
Dr Nicholas Gruen has advised two cabinet ministers in the 1980s and 90s, taught at ANU and sat on the Productivity Commission (then Industry Commission) from 1993 to 1997. He directed the New Directions project at the Business Council from 1997 to 2000. He is CEO of Lateral Economics and Chair of The Australian Centre for Social Innovation, Deakin University’s Arts Participation Incubator; and The Open Knowledge Foundation (Australia). He chaired the Federal Government’s Innovation Australia until 2014 and in 2009 chaired the Government 2.0 Taskforce.
Pamela Hanrahan (Australia)
Associate Professor, Melbourne Law School and Senior Visiting Fellow, UNSW Australia
Assoc. Professor Hanrahan is one of Australia’s leading authorities on securities and financial services law and financial regulation. She has extensive experience in corporate law and regulation and was formerly the Australian Securities and Investment Commission’s Regional Commissioner for Queensland. Dr Hanrahan has published widely in areas of financial services regulation, funds management law, and corporations and securities law. She holds honours degrees in arts and law from the the University of Melbourne, a masters degree (with honors) from Case Western Reserve University, and a Doctorate of Juridical Science from The University of Melbourne.
John Hewson (Australia)
An economic and financial expert with experience in academia, business, government, media and the financial system
Professor Hewson’s political career included seven years as a ministerial advisor and a further eight years as the Member for Wentworth in the Federal Parliament. He was Shadow Finance Minister, Shadow Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Industry and Commerce and Leader of the Liberal Party and the Federal Coalition in Opposition for four years. Since leaving politics in early 1995, Professor Hewson has run his own investment banking business and is currently a member of the Advisory Council of ABN AMRO. In addition, he is Chairman of Global Renewables Limited, Strategic Capital Management, Reputation Measurement Rating Committee, Arthritis Research Taskforce and Osteoporosis Australia.
Robert Johanson (Australia)
Chairman of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited and a director of its subsidiary Rural Bank Limited
Mr Johanson is deputy chancellor of the University of Melbourne and chairman of the University’s Investments Committee, the Australia India Institute and The Conversation Media Group. He is a director and consultant to Grant Samuel with 30 years’ experience in a wide variety of merger and acquisition transactions. Mr Johanson is also a director of the Robert Salzer Foundation Limited, the Australian Friends of Asha Slums and a sheep farmer.
Madonna King (Australia)
Award-winning journalist, author and commentator
Madonna King is an award-winning journalist, author and commentator. Her fifth, and latest book, is a biography of Australian federal treasurer Joe Hockey. Madonna has more than 20 years’ experience across newspapers, radio and television. She has regularly appeared on breakfast television, as well as having spent many years in the Canberra press gallery reporting and interpreting politics. A fellow of the prestigious World Press Institute, Madonna has served as a visiting fellow at the Queensland University of Technology, and on the Walkley Advisory Board for Journalism.
Michael Leunig (Australia)
Cartoonist, writer, painter, philosopher and poet
Michael Leunig was declared an Australian Living Treasure by the National Trust of Australia in 1999. His commentary on political, cultural and emotional life spans more than forty years and has often explored the idea of an innocent and sacred personal world. The fragile ecosystem of human nature and its relationship to the wider natural world is a related and recurrent theme.
Leunig’s newspaper work appears regularly in the Melbourne Age and the Sydney Morning Herald. He describes his approach as regressive, humorous, messy, mystical, primal and vaudevillian – producing work which is open to many interpretations and which has been widely adapted in education, music, theatre, psychotherapy and spiritual life.
Andrew MacLeod (Australia)
Managing Director, Good Super Australia
Andrew is an accomplished organisational leader. He brings a practical, experienced analysis to the link between sovereign and community risks and the valuation of major assets particularly in developing economies.
Andrew MacLeod is the Managing Director of Good Super in Australia, a Non Executive Director for New York based Cornerstone Capital and a Senior Adviser to Homestrings plc in London. He is an Affiliate Senior Associate to the Center for Strategic International Studies in Washington DC, an adjunct Professor at Kings College London, an adjunct Senior Lecturer at University of Tasmania and sits on the Sustainable Accounting Standards Board.
He is the author of A Life Half Lived (New Holland Press) and is a recipient of the Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal (twice) and the Australian Defence Medal.
Stephen Mayne (Australia)
Australian Walkley Award winning journalist, local government councillor, and self-described shareholder activist
Stephen Mayne is a business journalist by profession who spent 10 years on daily newspapers before founding Australia’s best known independent ezine, Crikey.com, in 2000.
He was a press secretary in the early years of the Kennett Government before publishing the anti-Kennett website
www.jeffed.com during the 1999 state election. Stephen has conducted more than 1000 radio and television appearances over the past 15 years, including three slots on ABC TV’s Q&A program.
As Australia’s best known shareholder activist, Stephen has asked questions at more than 400 public company AGMs and stood for 48 public company boards. From 2011 until 2014 his advocacy was conducted through the Australian Shareholders’ Association as a director and then as Policy and Engagement Coordinator.
Paul Mazerolle (Australia)
Pro Vice Chancellor of Arts, Education and Law at Griffith University
Professor Mazerolle relocated to Australia from the US in 2000 to lead the criminology program at the University of Queensland. He was the inaugural director of Research and Prevention at the Crime and Misconduct Commission of Queensland. He joined Griffith in 2006 and was appointed director of the Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance until 2009. Professor Mazerolle is a past editor of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology and founding co-editor of the Journal of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology. In 2009 Paul was appointed as Pro Vice Chancellor of the Arts, Education and Law Group at Griffith University.
Maxine McKew (Australia)
Hon Fellow at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, Univeristy of Melbourne, award-winning journalist and former politician
In 2015 Maxine McKew chaired the ANZAC lecture series in a partnership between the University and other key cultural institutions – Museum Victoria, the NGV and the Shrine of Remembrance. Maxine is the author of two books – Class Act, a reflection on success and challenge in Australian schools, and a political memoir, Tales from the Political Trenches.
Maxine McKew’s background traverses both journalism and politics. For many years she was was anchor of prestigious ABC programs such as the 7.30 Report and Lateline. Her work has been recognised by her peers with both Walkely and Logie awards. When she left journalism and made the switch to politics, she wrote herself into the Australian history books by defeating Prime Miniser John Howard in the Sydney seat of Bennelong. In government she was both parliamentary secretary for Early Childhood and later, for Regional Development and Local Government.
Carly Nyst (Australia/UK)
Advisor to Amnesty International’s Technology and Human Rights Program, Fellow and former Legal Director of Privacy International
Carly Nyst is also advisor to the World Wide Web Foundation’s “Women’s Rights Online” Project. She was previously the legal adviser to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, and Visiting Scholar at the Colombia Law School’s Human Rights Institute. Carly has also worked for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute and the Association for Progressive Communications. Carly is an Australian-qualified human rights lawyer.
Stuart Palmer (Australia)
Head of Ethics with Australian Ethical Investment, Australia’s longest running high performing ethical superannuation fund
Stuart Palmer works with the ethical
and investment research teams to ensure that the social and environmental impacts of companies are part of all investment decisions. Stuart also manages Australian Ethical’s advocacy and engagement initiatives, working with companies, other investors and NGOs to positively influence corporate thinking and behaviour. Stuart is a former lawyer and banker and has worked with the St James Ethics Centre delivering their consulting, leadership and learning services in the private, public and not for profit sectors.
Victor Perton (Australia)
Senior adviser to the leadership services company, Oppeus International
Victor Perton serves as a board member of the Australian Government’s Council on Australia Latin America Relations (COALAR). He is an advisory board member to Lifeguard Health Networks and to the Global Integrity Summit.
He is a member of the VIctorian Bar. Victor served as senior adviser in the Australian G20 presidency supporting Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey and worked in the successful G20 Leaders Summit in Brisbane. Victor is the former Victorian Commissioner to the Americas, building investment, trade, global supply chains and supporter networks. His life experience includes 18 years as a parliamentarian, practice as a barrister, mediator, arbitrator, businessman, board service and mentor in the public and private sectors. His professional qualifications and experience include law, economics, education, technology and innovation and environment.
Holly Ransom (Australia)
Chair of 2014 G20 Youth Summit, named in ‘Australia’s ‘100 Most Influential Women’ in 2012 and an accomplished global keynote speaker
Holly Ransom is a global strategist with an unrelenting work ethic, passion for ambitious ideas and a love of problem solving. She has a reputation for developing innovative solutions to complex multi-stakeholder problems for corporations, governments and non-profit organisations.
In 2014, the Australian Prime Minister appointed her to chair the G20 Youth Summit. In 2012 she was the youngest person to be named in Australia’s ‘100 Most Influential Women’, and also became the world’s youngest-ever Rotary President.
Her company, Emergent Solutions, has worked with the likes of INPEX, CBH, Conoco Phillips, KPMG, as well as local, state and federal government departments around the world.
An accomplished global speaker, she has presented across six continents, including delivering a Peace Charter to the Dalai Lama and addressing the G20’s Central Bank Governors and Finance Minister.
Andrew Revkin (US)
Founder and Author, Dot Earth – the award winning environmental blog for the Op-Ed section of The New York Times – Senior Fellow, Pace University
Andrew Revkin has been writing about science and the environment for more than three decades. He has written on global warming science, solutions and energy issues since the 1980s and is among those credited with proposing that we have entered a “geological age of our own making”, known increasingly as the Anthropocene.
Revkin has won the top awards in science journalism multiple times, along with a Guggenheim Fellowship.
He has written acclaimed books on global warming, the changing Arctic and the violent assault on the Amazon rain forest.
In spare moments, Revkin is a performing songwriter. He was a longtime accompanist for Pete Seeger and recently released his first album of original songs. Two major films have been based on his work: Rock Star (Warner Brothers, 2001) and The Burning Season (HBO, 1994), which starred Raul Julia and won two Emmy Awards and three Golden Globes.
Shane Rodgers (Australia)
Queensland Editor, The Australian
Shane Rodgers has held senior positions across national, state, regional and community media, including as national Editorial Director of APN regional media, Editor-in-Chief of Quest Community Newspapers and News Editor and Deputy Editor of the Courier-Mail. He is currently Queensland Editor of The Australian. He has also worked twice in the Canberra press gallery, including asnational chief-of-staff and economics writer for News Corp. Shane is also a former General Manager of Queensland Newspapers (NewsCorp Qld). Outside of media he has been Marketing and Communications Director for The University of Queensland and Chief Operating Officer of Brisbane’s Economic Development Board. As a reporter he has covered politics, economics, industrial relations,resources, courts, social issues, business and education.
Kerrie Sadiq (Australia)
Professor of Taxation in the School of Accountancy at the QUT Business School, Queensland University of Technology
Kerrie Sadiq is also an Adjunct Research Fellow of the Taxation Law and Policy Research Group, Monash University and a Senior Tax Adviser to the Tax Justice Network (UK). She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (B Com) from The University of Queensland, a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (LLB Hons) from The University of Queensland, a Master of Laws (LLM) from QUT, and a PhD from Deakin University. Kerrie is a Chartered Tax Adviser as designated by the Taxation Institute of Australia. Kerrie primarily researches international tax, tax expenditures and capital gains tax. She is author of numerous publications in both Australian and international journals and edited books and is a co-author of taxation texts. Recent work has been specifically on issues in international tax. In 2014-15, Professor Sadiq wrote balanced articles on BEPS for The Conversation, as well as writing and presenting findings for the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) and appearing before the 2015 Senate Inquiry into Corporate Tax Avoidance.
Charles Sampford (Australia)
Director of the Institute for Ethics, Governance and Law (IEGL) at Griffith University
Professor Sampford topped politics, philosophy and law at Melbourne University, combining them in his Oxford DPhil (1986). He was appointed Griffith’s foundation dean of law in 1991, establishing a law school which Sir Ninian Stephen hailed as a ‘revolution in legal education’ and which reached a global ranking of #43 in its 20th year. He led the bid for, and was foundation director of, the Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance in 1999 – the only ever Australian Research Council Centre in law or governance – and was foundation director of IEGL from 2004.
Professor Sampford has written over 125 articles on integrity and governance issues for journals and collections, has completed 30 books, and edited collections for international publishers. Foreign fellowships include the Visiting Senior Research Fellow at St John’s College Oxford and a Fulbright Senior Award to Harvard.
Deen Sanders (Australia)
Chief Executive Officer of the Professional Standards Authority, the regulatory and expert advisory agency for the combined Australian Government’s Professional Standards Councils
Dr Sanders leads the work on behalf of Australia’s Professional Standards Councils to promote consumer protection and excellence in professional standards by encouraging professions in their self-regulation through ‘professional standards schemes’. Deen was previously head of the Financial Planning Association’s ‘professionalisation’ project for Australia’s financial planners and a member of the global regulatory taskforce for financial planning standards. As past general manager of Australia’s Financial Services Education Agency (FSEAA) he is also the architect of Australia’s national competency standards and education regulatory framework in Financial Services. Deen’s academic background includes undergraduate and postgraduate law, psychology and business as well as professional education. In 2010 he finalised a doctorate with a focus on how new professions are developed and the preferred regulatory systems to deliver Trust, Ethics and Professional Identity.
Bruce Schneier (US—via video)
A cryptographer, writer and internationally renowned security technologist, called a “security guru” by The Economist
Bruce is the author of 12 books—including the New York Times best-seller Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World—as well as hundreds of articles, essays, and academic papers. His influential newsletter “Crypto-Gram” and blog “Schneier on Security” are read by over 250,000 people. Schneier is a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School, a program fellow at the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute, a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and an Advisory Board member of the Electronic Privacy Information Center. He is also the Chief Technology Officer of Resilient Systems, Inc.
Pavan Sukhdev (India)
Environmental economist, former banker and founder-CEO, GIST Advisory
Founder-CEO of GIST Advisory, a consulting collaborative that evaluates corporate and national performance, including externalities. Awarded Yale University’s 2011-12 McCluskey Fellowship, Pavan wrote Corporation 2020 while teaching at Yale. This book prioritises and describes four critical reforms to transform today’s business for tomorrow’s world. Earlier, Pavan was Study Leader for “TEEB” (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity), a global study of the economic benefits of ecosystems and the social and economic consequences of their loss. Concurrently, he also led United Nation Environment Program’s ‘Green Economy Initiative’ and its landmark report “Towards a Green Economy”. A career banker, Pavan’s last banking assignment (as Managing Director at Deutsche Bank) was to set up a leading front-office offshoring arm for their Global Markets division. Pavan has won several awards for his work on bringing policy recognition for valuing nature’s services, including Sustainable Development.
Gillian Triggs (Australia)
President, Australian Human Rights Commission
Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs is the president of the Australian Human Rights Commission, with a five year appointment. She was dean of the Faculty of Law and Challis Professor of International Law at the University of Sydney from 2007-12 and director of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law from 2005-7. She is a former barrister and a governor of the College of Law.
Professor Triggs has combined an academic career with international commercial legal practice and has advised the Australian and other governments and international organisations on international legal and trade disputes. Her focus at the Commission is on the implementation in Australian law of the human rights treaties to which Australia is a party, and to work with nations in the Asia Pacific region on practical approaches to human rights. Professor Triggs is the author of many books and papers on international law, including International Law, Contemporary Principles and Practices (2nd Ed, 2011).
Greg Vickery AO (Australia)
Special Counsel, Norton Rose Fulbright
Greg Vickery is a corporate lawyer based in Brisbane. He was a partner of Norton Rose Fulbright Australia for almost 40 years until 2010 and is currently a special counsel. He is a former president of the Queensland Law Society and was from 1999 to 2007 the honorary consul for Indonesia in Queensland. He is a member of the Law Council of Australia’s working group on Business and Human Rights. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has been a voluntary member of Australian Red Cross for over 40 years and served in a variety of roles there, most recently as its National President (2003 to 2011) and as a member of the Governing Board of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (2005 to 2011). He is currently chairman of the Standing Committee of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, a prestigious international body. In 2013, he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for his contribution to governance and leadership of humanitarian aid organisations.
Bret Walker SC (Australia)
Barrister since 1979, based in Sydney
Silk since 1993 (SC NSW, QC WA 1994). Mixed practice, largely appellate. Formerly: President of the Law Council of Australia; President of The New South Wales Bar Association; Governor of the Law Foundation of New South Wales; Director of the Sydney Writers’ Festival; Special Commissioner of Inquiry (NSW) into matters including post-mortem practices, Campbelltown and Camden Hospitals, Sydney Ferries; inaugural Independent National Security Legislation Monitor 2011-2014. Currently: Member of the Uniform Legal Services Council; Editor of the New South Wales Law Reports; Chairman Red Room Company.
Attiya Waris (Kenya)
Advocate, arbitrator and senior lecturer at the Law School, University of Nairobi
Dr Attiya Waris is an advocate, arbitrator and senior lecturer at the Law School, University of Nairobi in Kenya. She is currently a visiting lecturer at the University of Rwanda as well as the University of Pretoria. She holds a PhD from Lancaster University, UK and holds two Masters of Laws: one in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa from the University of Pretoria in South Africa
and another in Business and Commercial Law from the University of London, as well as an Undergraduate Honours Law degree from the University of Nairobi. She is the current Consulting Editor of the University of Nairobi Law Journal and a co-editor
of the Journal of Australian Taxation. She is a Board member of Lawyers for Better Business and a Senior Advisor to the Tax Justice Network.
She researches on the linkages between tax revenue and tax spending with reference to human rights, development and poverty alleviation as well as the movement of wealth across borders and the impact it has on a developing state.
Lee White (Australia)
Chief Executive Officer of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
Lee White is the Chief Executive Officer of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and successfully led the creation of Chartered Accountants ANZ from the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants. This creation was an unprecedented move in global professional accounting bodies. His current priorities include contributing to public policy, building Australia and New Zealand’s role in the Asian business landscape and encouraging and developing future generations of Chartered Accountants.
Lee has a strong focus on promoting corporate social responsibility and ethics in leadership, and a personal commitment to participating in community initiatives. Lee is an experienced audit practitioner in the public and private sectors. He is a Fellow Chartered Accountant and an INSEAD executive graduate and is formerly the Chief Accountant for the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.
Erna Witoelar (Indonesia)
Founder of the Indonesian Environmental Forum and president of the Indonesian Consumer Foundation and of
Dr Erna Witoelar is the former UN Special Ambassador for the MDGs in Asia Pacific (2003-2007). Before this post, she served as the Indonesian Minister of Human Settlements and Regional Development. She was commissioner of the Global Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor, Commission on Developing Countries and Global Changes, and the Earth Charter Commission.
She is founder and leader of the Partnership for Governance Reform in Indonesia (PGRI) and Foundation for Local Governance Innovation (YIPD); was also founder and leader of other CSOs like the Indonesian Environmental Forum (WALHI); the Asia Pacific Water Forum (APWF), Community Recovery Program (CRP), Women’s Movement for Planting and Nurturing (GPPT), etc. She was President of Consumers International (CI) and the Indonesian Consumer Foundation (YLKI).
Vanessa Zimmerman (Australia – via video)
Expert Advisor, Global Compact Network Australia’s Human Rights Leadership Group, Group Human Rights Advisor for Rio Tinto
Vanessa Zimmerman is Group Human Rights Advisor for Rio Tinto, where she leads the development and implementation of the company’s human rights policies, procedures and commitments at a global level. Vanessa chairs the group’s internal Human Rights Working Group, and also advises on broader sustainability related policy.
Vanessa is a recognised business and human rights expert, and has worked with leading initiatives in this space including the Institute for Human Rights and Business, the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights and the Harvard Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative. Through this work, she has advised Australian businesses from a number of sectors, including banking, telecommunications, retail and energy.
Vanessa was a legal advisor to Professor John Ruggie in his capacity as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Business and Human Rights and was part of the drafting team for the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.