Sustainability Advisory Panel
Sir Jonathon Porritt (United Kingdom), Founder Director of Forum for the Future, UK, Advisory Panel Chair and sustainability thought leader
Sir Jonathon Porritt, co-founder of Forum for the Future, is an eminent writer, broadcaster and commentator on sustainable development. Established in 1996, Forum for the Future is now the UK’s leading sustainable development charity, with a growing presence in the United States, India, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. He was formerly Director of Friends of the Earth, co-chair of the UK Green Party, and as Chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission until 2009, he spent nine years providing high-level advice to Government Ministers. Sir Jonathan was installed as the Councellor of Keele University in February 2002. He is also Visiting Professor at Loughborough University and UCL. Recent books are 'Capitalism as if the World Matters' (2007) and 'the World We Made' (2013) - which seeks to inspire people about the prospects of a sustainable world in 2050. Sir Jonathon received a CBE in January 2000 for services to environmental protection.
Dame Anne Salmond (New Zealand), New Zealand anthropologist and writer
Dame Anne Salmond is a New Zealand anthropologist and historian best known for her writings on New Zealand history, her study of Maori culture, and her efforts to improve intercultural understanding. In 2013, Dame Anne was named the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year and also won the Royal Society of New Zealand Rutherford Medal. Dame Anne has served as Chairwoman of the New Zealand Historic Places Trust Board. She is the only New Zealander to have been elected to both the British Academy and the National Academy of Sciences in the US.
Sir Rob Fenwick KNZM KStJ (New Zealand), New Zealand entrepreneur, director, conservationist
Sir Rob Fenwick is the first New Zealander knighted for services to both business and conservation. He co-founded the New Zealand Business Council for Sustainable Development and New Zealand's first commercial composting business, Living Earth. He established and chairs Predator Free New Zealand, The Kiwi Trust. He also chair New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute and Sustainable Seas – a National Science Challenge. He is a founding member of the Air New Zealand Environment Trust and a director of Ngāti Whātua o Ōrākei’s commercial holdings. Sir Rob has an honorary doctorate in Natural Resources from Lincoln University, and the Fenwick Ice Piemont in Antarctica is named for him. He was the 2015 Sir Peter Blake Medallist and was inducted to the NZ Business Hall of Fame in 2016.
Brian Pearce (Switzerland), International Air Transport Association (IATA) Chief Economist
Brian Pearce is IATA’s Chief Economist. His role is to analyse the economic and policy landscape facing the airline industry, to provide an evidence base and credible economic analysis to guide IATA’s policy work. An economist with over 25 years of international experience in several industries, he is also a Visiting Professor at Cranfield University’s Department of Air Transport. Prior to joining IATA he worked at Forum for the Future as its Director of Sustainable Investment.
Derek Handley (New Zealand), New Zealand entrepreneur, speaker, author
Derek Handley is a New York-based social entrepreneur from New Zealand. He founded Aera Foundation, a charitable studio investing in new companies and causes addressing social issues in innovative ways. Prior to this he was Founding CEO of The B Team, co-founded with Sir Richard Branson to form a group of global business icons catalysing better ways of doing business for people and our planet. He has helped found multiple companies in digital media and technology, is an Adjunct Professor at AUT, and a director of Sky Television (NZX: SKT). Derek has been listed as one of the top 10 most influential social entrepreneurs on Twitter and is a former New Zealand EY Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
Suzanne Hunt (United States), President, HuntGreen LLC, Biofuels expert
Suzanne Hunt founded Hunt Green LLC in 2007 to provide strategic advising on energy, agriculture, transportation, and the environment. Her clients have included private equity firms, UN bodies, government agencies, clean tech start-ups, Fortune 500 companies, and non-profits. Suzanne directed the Worldwatch Institute's bioenergy programme from 2005-2007 and from 2010-2015 Suzanne was a Senior Advisor to the Carbon War Room where she led work on renewable aviation fuels. Current projects range from converting old coal plants to battery storage and solar plants to clean tech capacity building in the finance sector.
Dr Susanne Becken (Australia), Director of Griffith Institute for Tourism and Professor of Sustainable Tourism, Griffith University, Australia
Susanne is a globally recognised expert in the field of sustainable tourism, in particular climate change, resource management, resilience, and environmental behaviour. Her published research is widely cited by academics around the world and has also influenced government policy and industry practice. Susanne acted as a contributing author to the Fourth and Fifth IPCC Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change and represented Asia-Pacific on the World Meteorological Organisation's Expert Team on Climate and Tourism. Susanna has undertaken consultancy work for a range of Government organisations, the United Nations and industry and contributed to linking academic theory with sustainable business and tourism management. In 2015-2016, Susanne was part of the Great Barrier Reef Water Sciences Ministerial Taskforce to advise the Queensland Government on implementing major water quality projects.