Sustainable Development Goals: blueprint for better outcomes

Sustainable Development Goals: blueprint for better outcomes

Nov 19
Join CEDA members and guests to hear how the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can guide Australia to become sustainable, now, and in the future. 
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Professor John Thwaites, Chair, Monash Sustainable Development Institute, ClimateWorks Australia & BehaviourWorks Australia
Nicole Bradford, Portfolio Head, Responsible Investment , Cbus
Professor Rod Glover, Professor of Policy and Impact, Monash Sustainable Development Institute, Monash University
Sam Mostyn AO, Chair and Non-Executive Director, Sustainability Advisor, Virgin Australia, Transurban, CitiGroup and CoverMore

Event Overview

The first event of CEDA's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) program highlights key learnings from organisations engaging with SDGs.
Monash Sustainable Development Institute's Professor John Thwaites will share the latest findings from the second Transforming Australia report, before a panel of sector leaders discuss:   
  • Australia's progress toward the SDGs – discussing priority areas for action;
  • If COVID-19 has implications for achieving SDGs;
  • What we need to focus on long term; and
  • How decisions on global capital flows, including where and why funds are invested, can influence and drive a sustainable future.   
Livestream start times:
SA: 12.30pm
NT: 11.30am
QLD: 12.00pm
WA: 10.00am


Meet the keynote speaker

Professor John Thwaites
Chair, Monash Sustainable Development Institute, ClimateWorks Australia & BehaviourWorks Australia

John is Co-Chair of the Leadership Council of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network. It was launched by the UN Secretary General to provide expert advice and support to the development and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. John was Deputy Premier of Victoria from 1999 until his retirement in 2007 during which time he held various Ministerial portfolios and achieved major reforms in social policy, health, environment and water. He was Victoria’s first Minister for Climate Change, and before Parliament was a barrister and Mayor of South Melbourne.

Meet the panel

Nicole Bradford
Portfolio Head, Responsible Investment , Cbus

Responsible investment is a key pillar of Cbus' investment strategy – Nicole leads that work. She most recently worked with GE Capital as the Asia Pacific Environmental and Social Risk Leader. She is Co-Chair of Mobilising Capital working group for Australian Sustainable Finance Initiative; on the Member Council for the Australian Council for Superannuation Investors; and Chair of the Net Zero Emissions working group for Investor Group on Climate Change.  

Professor Rod Glover
Professor of Policy and Impact, Monash Sustainable Development Institute, Monash University

Rod is an economist specialising in innovation and entrepreneurship in systems and societies. He has led the design and development of major policy frameworks in Australia, including the COAG National Reform Agenda and the Australian Government's Industry and Innovation Statement. Rod has served as a Senior Adviser to an Australian Prime Minister, a member of the National Sustainability Council and Chair of Hands on Learning. 

Sam Mostyn AO
Chair and Non-Executive Director, Sustainability Advisor, Virgin Australia, Transurban, CitiGroup and CoverMore

Sam is a leading business and sustainability advisor.  Her current board roles include Mirvac, Transurban, Virgin Australia, Centre for Policy Development, and she is the Chair of Citi Australia.  She has served on the Business & Sustainable Development Commission, the board of Reconciliation Australia and in corporate roles encompassing human resources and culture change, corporate and government affairs, community engagement and corporate sustainability.

Meet the facilitator

Melinda Cilento
Chief Executive, CEDA

Melinda is a company director, economist and experienced senior executive. She is a Non-Executive Director of Australian Unity and Co-Chair of Reconciliation Australia. Melinda is also a member of the Parliamentary Budget Office panel of expert advisors. Melinda was previously a Non-Executive Director with Woodside Petroleum, Commissioner with the Productivity Commission and Deputy CEO and Chief Economist with the Business Council of Australia. Melinda has also previously held senior roles with the Federal Department of Treasury, Invesco and the International Monetary Fund.

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