Speakers

Speakers at The End of Plastics As We Know It are leaders in plastics innovation and the circular economy. They include:


Barbara Nebel
Dr Barbara Nebel
CEO of thinkstep Australasia

Barbara’s passion is to enable organisations to succeed sustainably. As CEO of thinkstep Australasia, a locally owned business and certified BCorp, she often describes her job as a translator. Translating sustainability into traditional business language. Together with her team she delivers a full range of sustainability services from strategy and materiality assessments through to detailed Life Cycle Assessments and Cradle to Cradle® projects.

As the convenor for the working group on carbon for Standards New Zealand she contributed significantly to the development of international standards for carbon footprinting. In her role as President of the Life Cycle Association New Zealand (LCANZ), Barbara initiated the Australasian EPD Programme. Barbara is also a judge of the Banksia Sustainability Awards.

Originally from Germany, she has been in New Zealand since 2004 and still has not managed to visit every hut in the Tararuas.


Brianne Westa
Brianne West
Founder, Ethique

Entrepreneur and biochemist, Brianne is the Founder of Ethique, the world’s first zero plastic, zero waste personal care brand. Brianne studied biology and chemistry at the University of Canterbury, where she started her first business at the age of 19 – a traditional cosmetic company. Five years later, she launched Ethique to create positive change within the beauty industry. Ethique’s products are now distributed in more than 50 shops and ecommerce retailers across New Zealand, the US, Australia, Asia and Europe. To date, the company has prevented the manufacture and disposal of more than 3.3 million plastic containers worldwide.


Camden Howitt
Camden Howitt
Co-Founder and Coastlines Lead of Sustainable Coastlines

Camden Howitt is Co-Founder and Coastlines Lead of multi-award-winning charity Sustainable Coastlines, and an Edmund Hillary Fellow. A passionate advocate for our oceans, Cam has addressed the United Nations in New York and the UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya in March 2019. Alongside the Ministry for the Environment, Statistics New Zealand and the Department of Conservation, he is currently helping to spearhead a ground-breaking new programme ‘Litter Intelligence’, combining grass roots community engagement with innovative technologies.


David Trubridge
David Trubridge
Designer

David Trubridge is New Zealand’s best known furniture/lighting designer. His work, which is all manufactured by his own company in Hawkes Bay, is sold and exhibited around the world. David is an instigator of the trend of ‘raw sophistication’ and he recently removed products containing high levels of plastics from production.

In 2008 the French magazine Express listed him as one of the top 15 designers in the world, and in 2012 the Pompidou Centre in Paris purchased his ‘Icarus’ installation for its permanent collection. In 2019 David became an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.


Devina Shetty
Devina Shetty
Marine Research Intern,
Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari

Devina is a research Masters student, studying marine and environmental science at The University of Auckland. She recently won the University’s Sustainability Network Research Award for her research on microplastics in the Hauraki Gulf. At Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari, Devina records data of each marine mammal and megafauna encounter. She also volunteers to guide snorkel tours of marine reserves and at Auckland Zoo. Devina holds a B.E. in biotechnology from The University of Auckland and previously worked for IBM.


Hon Eugenie Sage MP
Hon Eugenie Sage MP
Minister for Conservation and Associate Minister for the Environment

Minister Sage has been a Green MP since 2011. Before that she was an elected Environment Canterbury regional councillor. For much of her adult life she has worked to protect Aotearoa/New Zealand’s natural landscapes and seascapes, and the indigenous plants and wildlife that call them home. This includes 13 years with Forest and Bird.


Dr Florian Graichen
Dr Florian Graichen
Science Leader, Scion

Florian leads Scion’s circular bioeconomy-related science and innovation – specifically biobased polymers and chemicals. His work aims to solve new product and process challenges as we transition to a circular economy. Examples of this work include the development of bio-based performance products, holistic packaging solutions, and modular and mobile processing.


James Griffin
James Griffin
General Manager, Projects & Advisory,
Sustainable Business Network

James leads SBN’s work to accelerate the circular economy in New Zealand. He is the author of the first comprehensive analysis of New Zealand’s plastic packaging system. He has extensive commercial experience, having worked in large corporates and owned his own business. His business sustainability journey started many years ago via the coffee industry where he was involved in Fair Trade.


Kath Dewar
Kath Dewar
Founder, GoodSense

Kath Dewar (FCIM) is the inspiring thought-leader who founded GoodSense. She has more than 25 years’ experience shaping marketing into a profession that serves society and nature, as well as organisations’ stakeholders. Kath has created marketing workshops for the Ākina Foundation and the Sustainable Business Network, delivered the marketing component of Auckland Council’s Green Growth programme and tutored marketing sustainability for The University of Auckland.


Kelly McClean
Kelly McClean
Designer, Foodstuffs

Kelly joined the Foodstuffs team in late 2018 to help drive change across the co-operative towards reusable, recyclable and compostable packaging. She has a background in sustainable design practice, bio-based materials and lifecycle thinking. She previously managed a range of value chain innovation and sustainability initiatives at the New Zealand Merino Company including quality assurance, lifecycle assessment and tech development. In 2014 she completed a Master of Design as a Callaghan Innovation Fellow at Massey University’s College of Creative Arts.


Louise Nash
Louise Nash
Founder, Circularity

With 20+ years’ experience in global strategic brand development, human-centred design thinking and emerging disruptive technology, Louise Nash has founded Circularity to radically redesign business for the circular economy. Louise is a circular economy practitioner, speaker, facilitator of circular design sprints and a contributor to SBN and ATEED’s Circular Economy Opportunity for Auckland report. Her sprints incorporate practical hands-on activities to help organisations explore how the circular economy can unlock innovative ideas that benefit people and planet.


Monique Kelly
Monique Kelly
Co-founder, Revology

Monique co-founded Revology in 2014 with her partner Alex Guichard following a career in international human rights law with the UN in Geneva. Revology’s mission is to help transition the technical materials industry from fossil fuels to one based on renewables by exploring the innovative potential of plants. Revology’s design ethos is to create objects using circular design principles. Revology designs use flax fibre composites, bio-resins and recycled metals. They are made to last, evolve, be easily repaired and come back into the loop at the end of their life.


Professor Juliet Gerrard
Professor Juliet Gerrard
Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor

Juliet’s research cuts across biochemistry, chemistry, health, agricultural and food science and biomaterial design. She has more than 150 publications, including three books. Past roles include an Industry and Outreach Fellowship with Callaghan Innovation; Chair of the Marsden Council; Director for Plant & Food Research; Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Science, The University of Auckland; and Co-Director of the Biomolecular Interaction Centre at the University of Canterbury. She also founded a start-up company.

Juliet trained at Oxford University, where she completed a First Class Honours degree in Chemistry and a DPhil in Biological Chemistry. She won a National Teaching Award for Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching in 2004.


Nada Piatek
Nada Piatek
Founder & Director, Again Again

With more than 20 years of leadership experience and social entrepreneurship, Nada’s focus is on sustainability and achieving results on a triple bottom line. Her strengths are strategic planning, empowering people and building systems.

Again Again is innovating new systems to tackle single-use consumer behaviour. In the coffee industry, Again Again is a cups-as-a-service system, for convenient takeaway coffee without the landfill. Nada is a passionate waste warrior and works actively towards a circular economy.


Phil Somerville
Environmentalist, actor,
sailor & philanthropist

Former Hollywood stuntman, Phil sailed across the Pacific Ocean last year to raise awareness about plastic pollution. His Pacific expedition gathered data on ocean-based microplastics, often in remote locations, while filming a documentary called Eat Less Plastic.

Originally from New Zealand, Phil has lived in Los Angeles for the last 30 years. His film credits include Zero Dark Thirty, Iron Man, Captain Phillips, and Mission Impossible. His passion is the ocean and conservation, so he has left Hollywood to focus on spreading awareness about the dangers of plastic. Captaining the 54 foot sailboat TODAY was one of the biggest roles of his life.


Rachel Brown
Rachel Brown ONMZ
CEO, Sustainable Business Network

The founder of SBN, Rachel has played a critical role in advancing sustainable business for almost 20 years. She is a regular presenter, collaborator and driver of action within NZ business. She provides strategic sustainability advice to countless government agencies and businesses, ranging from large corporates to small enterprises. In 2018 she was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit for years of service to sustainable business.


Rui Peng
Rui Peng
Co-founder and Director of Critical

Rui transforms plastic waste into beautifully crafted and functional products through his work at Critical. The products, such as furniture, homeware and games, are made from 100% plastic waste. They can be recycled into new plastic products at the end of their life. Rui is also design manager at Ernst & Young’s global network of innovation labs, Wavespace. He is an industrial designer and architect by training, technology hacker by curiosity and an entrepreneur by necessity.



Peter Thorne
General Manager Business Development, Reclaim

Peter has been with Reclaim for 32 years. Over that time recycling has gone from being a fringe to a mainstream activity as individuals and businesses embrace the need to live sustainably and conserve precious resources. Peter has spent most of his time developing commercial recycling – Reclaim recovers more than 350 tonnes per day from commercial businesses.  Peter was also involved in the 1990s promoting kerbside recycling to reluctant councils.


Phil Jones
Project & Advisory Lead, Sustainable Business Network

Phil is a skilled and versatile environmental and sustainable business consultant, with a background in commercial project management and systems analysis.  He has helped many organisations understand impacts, develop strategy and take action, in areas including carbon, energy, waste, water, procurement, compliance and reporting.


Andy Kenworthy
Andy Kenworthy
Communications & Campaigns Lead, Projects & Advisory, Sustainable Business Network

Andy has almost 20 years’ experience in journalism, fundraising and communications. His focus is on value shifting for global well-being. He holds a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing and a Permaculture Design Certificate. Andy has been a founding writer for Good magazine and Element magazine with the New Zealand Herald. He has also been a lead writer for Idealog. Andy has worked all over the globe for some of the world’s leading environmental NGOs. Clients have included WWF, Greenpeace and Oxfam


Raquelle De Vine
Chairperson & Programs Director, Algalita South Pacific

Raquelle has more than 180,000 nautical miles of sailing experience aboard the research vessel Alguita, in which the Great Pacific Garbage Patch was discovered by Captain Charles Moore. She has worked alongside Captain Moore since 2016. Under his guidance she established the South Pacific branch of Algalita Marine Research & Education. Its aim is to inspire and educate the South Pacific community to shift away from waste.