The judges for the 2021 NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards are leaders in sustainability and business communities. They include:
Alison is Head of Sustainability at Meridian Energy, with a focus on how business can accelerate the pace of change, and create value from sustainability. Alison started her career at Meridian as an engineer designing wind farms, and also spent four years at Deloitte advising a range of businesses on strategy, reporting, climate change and more.
Alison’s passion for sustainability has only grown since becoming a mother of small children, and she hopes to inspire businesses to create the change we need for a sustainable, net zero carbon future.
Barry set up Mindful Money, a charitable social enterprise that aims to make investment a force for good. Mindful Money’s platform enables people to find out what is in their KiwiSaver account and switch to a more ethical fund. Barry has a Masters from Yale University in Management, and has experience as a business strategy consultant, CEO of charities (most recently Oxfam New Zealand 2003-2014), a campaigner on climate change and fair trade, and a Green Party list MP in 2016-17. Barry has been passionate about sustainability since attending the Earth Summit in 1992, and is proud to have won the Sustainability Champion award in the 2016 NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards.
Bruce Burns is Associate Professor in Plant Ecology. He has developed a broad understanding of biodiversity management and methods to improve the speed and cost efficiency of ecological restoration. Bruce previously worked as a scientist at Landcare Research, is a past-President of the New Zealand Ecological Society, and a former trustee of both Tanes’ Tree Trust and WWF-NZ. Currently, he is a trustee for the Motutapu Restoration Trust and on the Technical Advisory Committee on Kauri Dieback.
Dawn has 10 years’ experience leading the development and implementation of strategies to embed sustainability into business practices in New Zealand and Denmark. Dawn has been behind a number of firsts including the first integrated report and social return on investment in NZ. She has a MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice from the University of Bath, UK. Prior to this she worked in banking for nine years and social housing in the UK for 10 years.
Jacqueline has more than two decades of experience working with leading New Zealand businesses and brands to improve the quality of their stakeholder engagement and reputation capital. Jacqueline is recognised as a thought leader in sustainable business and brand strategy. In her previous role leading New Zealand’s most respected market insights agency, she created The Colmar Brunton Better Business Report, a seven year longitudinal study into the growth of conscious consumerism in New Zealand.
Jen is co-founder of Wishbone Design Studio, a family-owned design and export business which aims to influence consumer and manufacturer behaviour in the global toy sector. Wishbone’s award-winning products are designed for multi-functionality, modularity, longevity & refurbishment. They use recycled raw materials for waste reduction. Prior to founding Wishbone, Jen represented New Zealand in multilateral fisheries and law of the sea negotiations. Jen has worked as an international lawyer in Wellington, London, New York, Washington DC and Africa, and as a ski instructor in Canada and Austria.
Juhi Shareef is a Vice Chair of the Circular Economy Accelerator Advisory Board. She has over a decade’s experience delivering sustainability strategies and supply chain projects both as a consultant and in-house sustainability manager. She has worked in a variety of industries for private and public sector UK clients including the British Film Institute, The Football Association, Wembley Stadium, Stella McCartney and Marks and Spencer. In New Zealand, Juhi developed a sustainability strategy for Fuji Xerox New Zealand to accelerate its sustainability performance and demonstrate its leadership in the nascent NZ circular economy. She is currently the Chief Responsibility Officer at Tourism Holdings Limited.
Marion heads Commonsense, New Zealand’s leading organic retailer. She is Chair of the Organic Retailers of New Zealand and on the Board of Fair Trade Wellington. She is a former Vice Chair of SBN and was Chair of the Board of the Central Region for several years. Her focus is on making organic food more accessible to New Zealanders and developing a successful business paradigm based on a clear understanding of the interconnections between financial, environmental and social realities.
Olie is an Edmund Hillary Fellow, Obama Foundation Leader, TEDx Speaker, award winning storyteller and social entrepreneur. Through giving people the tools to manage menstruation sustainably, she’s at the forefront of a paradigm shift: shaping what it means to inhabit this earth consciously, and with a pair of ovaries.
Olie founded the social enterprise Wā Collective to connect people back with their own bodies and to the earth, using humour, heart and inclusivity. Passionate about systems change, Olie believes that it is through redrawing the processes and ideologies that shape business, we can fastfrack having a net positive impact for people and planet.
Ralph has researched renewable energy and climate change mitigation for several decades. He chaired the Royal Society of New Zealand panel for the 2016 study Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy for New Zealand. He has also led author chapter teams for the Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Ralph was Senior Researcher for Renewables at the International Energy Agency (IEA), Paris and currently serves on the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel for the Global Environment Facility (GEF), based in Washington DC. He is contracted by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation to lead several projects on reducing greenhouse gas emissions in agri-food supply chains, has a major interest in sustainable cities, and has consulted for many organisations and businesses including OECD, Shell, Chevron, Meridian Energy.
Rod has 40 years’ experience as an international business journalist. He has worked for various publications in Europe and North America, including the Financial Times of London. For more than a decade, Rod has been helping fast-growing New Zealand companies through his involvement with The ICEHOUSE, the entrepreneurship centre at The University of Auckland’s Business School.
He contributes weekly to Nine to Noon, Newsroom.co.nz and Newstalk ZB. He is a frequent public speaker on deep sustainability, business, economics, innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship, in both NZ and global contexts.
Shruthi works as a coach, facilitator and strategist. She is passionate about reimagining our economic systems to put the wellbeing of people and planet at the core and building conscious leaders and organisations.
Shruthi’s experience includes running Social Impact programmes at Oxford University, coaching on the European Union’s Climate Innovation Summer School, teaching Social Innovation Courses at INSEAD Business School in Singapore and France and running trainings with Kate Raworth on the Doughnut Economics Model. She also recently co-founded Emerge Institute which is dedicated to systemic and heart based approaches to innovation.
Shruthi has been recognised as a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum, a Global Changemaker by the British Council and a Semi Finalist for the Young New Zealander of the Year Award. She holds an MBA from Oxford University and is a Certified Leadership Coach.
Vincent Heeringa is a communications strategist, writer, marketer and PR expert specialising in tech, investment, and sustainability. He was co-founder of Idealog, Stoppress and Good magazines and helped establish the Science Media Centre. He is the host of a podcast ‘This Climate Business’, co-founder of The Feed.co.nz, and a trustee of the Adventure Specialties Trust. And there’s nothing he loves more than a good story.