Speakers at the Communicating in an Age of Authenticity conference are leading thinkers in sustainability from New Zealand and overseas.

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The speakers at the Communicating in an age of Authenticity conference are:

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Christopher Davis – International Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, The Body Shop International

Exclusive pre-recorded interview.  Christopher Davis is responsible for leading corporate responsibility programmes and social and environmental campaigns across The Body Shop’s 3,000 stores in 65 countries. Christopher joined the company in 2003 to work with company founder Dame Anita Roddick and launched global campaigns on a wide variety of social and environmental issues. Since 2013, he has led The Body Shop in developing and launching a strategy to deliver its new aim of being the most ethical and truly sustainable global company.

Before joining The Body Shop, Christopher managed corporate relations at Save the Children International.  He has also been a director of the MTV Staying Alive Foundation, a guest lecturer on corporate ethics at Oxford University and helped found the UK Corporate Alliance Against Domestic Violence. Christopher was awarded the United Nations’ Business Leaders Award in recognition of his work. He lives in Brighton, UK with his young family.

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Dr Jim Fava – Chief Sustainability Strategist (formerly at thinkstep), USA

Jim has been called the ‘grandfather of Life Cycle Analysis’. He has spent 40 years providing technical and management support to companies around the world using a framework to identify risks and opportunities.  Jim is currently co-chairing a project with the UN Environment Programme to develop a ‘hot spot analysis’ framework to apply at the product category, sector, city and country levels.

Over 20 years ago Jim founded and has directed the Product Sustainability Roundtable, which brings together the product sustainability leaders of the world’s most respected companies.

Jim is Chair of the Forum for Sustainability through Life Cycle Innovation, Co-chair of the Project Management Office of the United Nations Environment Programme/Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Life Cycle Initiative, and Executive Director of the Electric Utility Sustainable Supply Chain Alliance.

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Phillip Mills – International Director, Les Mills

Les Mills International Director Phillip Mills left the “unhealthy” music industry in 1980. He had a vision to bring together the worlds of sport and performing arts. Starting with aerobics classes in his father’s Les Mills New Zealand gym, Phillip has taken the LES MILLS™ brand of exercise-to-music programmes to the world. Phillip’s leadership and vision has built a tribe of 130,000 instructors who deliver LES MILLS™ classes to millions of people every week. 

Truly driven by the health of our planet and its people, Phillip and his wife Dr Jackie Mills co-wrote the book ‘Fighting Globesity’ which links the developed world’s obesity epidemic with the state of the planet. He’s also one of the founding trustees of Pure Advantage, a not-for-profit organisation promoting a greener, wealthier future for New Zealanders.


Dom Thurbon – Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer, Karrikins Group

Dom is co-founder and Chief Creative Officer at Karrikins Group, a growth-focused consulting firm with over 120 staff delivering projects across 13 countries reaching almost one million people a year. As founder of a fast-growth multinational business, Dom lives first-hand the challenges of running a complex business in a changing market, working closely with signature global clients such as ASB, Apple, Commonwealth Bank, Lexus, Microsoft and IBM.

Dom has led research on bestsellers published in over 15 countries on a diverse range of subjects including attracting and managing talent; community investment strategy and evaluation; and how video games are changing work. He is co-author of Matter: Move Beyond the Competition, Create More Value, and Become the Obvious Choice released through Random House in 2015.

He is also a world top-10 debater, and internationally engaged keynote speaker in the fields of transformation, technology, collaboration and innovation. Dom lives in Sydney, Australia.

Jacqueline Farman – Partner, The Purpose Business

Jacqueline is a founding Partner of The Purpose Business, and Board Chair of the Sustainable Business Network. She is a passionate advocate for values and purpose driven business, and bringing the customer’s voice into an organisation to drive better decisions, performance and results. She has over 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.

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Josh Page – Global Brand Manager, BLUNT

With a background in graphic design and advertising and international experience in both New Zealand and London, Josh carefully walks that fine line between brand, design and marketing. Josh has spent over 20 years helping create and craft complete visual style and communication languages for brands, employing a pragmatic approach throwing out the “design for design’s sake”.

Josh is passionate about telling authentic stories through brand. Real stories about genuine people doing great things. On meeting Scott and Greig, the co-founders of Blunt, Josh knew they had something special and was excited to join the team in the formative stage of the brand.

Working at Blunt Headquarters in NZ as well as closely with the distributors and sales agents in markets all over the globe, Josh helps define, shape and present the Blunt brand, culture and marketing in a way that is authentic and aspirational to markets all over the globe.

Rachel Brown – CEO, Sustainable Business Network

As founder and CEO of the Sustainable Business Network Rachel has played a critical role in advancing the value of sustainability for the past 14 years. Her work has seen the introduction to SBN of critical transformation areas in which New Zealand can lead the world. She leads SBN with a strong focus on communicating the value and benefit of reshaping profit. 

In 2009 Rachel was trained by Al Gore to present The Inconvenient Truth and joined an elite group of international presenters to be part of the Climate Reality Project broadcast.  As a regular presenter, collaborator and driver of action within NZ communities, Rachel is committed to the role business plays in supercharging and transforming NZ’s economy into one that is smarter and more sustainable.




Niki Harré – Associate Professor, The University of Auckland

Niki’s recent research projects have focused on sustainable communities and schools, positive youth development and political activism. Niki is a founding member of the Pt Chevalier Transition Town, cycles to work, learns the guitar from a musician who lives on her street, and has a large organic garden thanks to her husband. In 2007 Niki edited, with Quentin Atkinson, the book Carbon Neutral by 2020: How New Zealanders Can Tackle Climate Change. In 2011 she released a second book, Psychology for a Better World: Strategies to Inspire Sustainability. It can be downloaded for free from www.psych.auckland.ac.nz/psychologyforabetterworld. Her latest work is on life as an infinite game: www.infinite-game.net.


David Savage – Leadership Collaboration Specialist

Operating since 2003, David Savage is an experienced leadership coach and trainer. Working with a range of clients from CEOs to new leaders, business owners and sports professionals, he’s coached and trained hundreds of people and delivered numerous workshops and keynotes to many more. His extensive training revolves around brain-science and includes Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Brain-based Coaching from the Neuro Leadership Group. David was one of the original leadership coaches on the post-earthquake Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team. He’s working with a growing number of NGOs and with his family he is slowly turning his five acres in the Wairarapa into a mixed orchard, manuka-lined bee retreat.

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Kath Dewar – Managing Director and Founder, GoodSense

Kath has more than 25 years’ experience at the sharp end of marketing. She’s held senior roles in the UK and New Zealand and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Her marketing services business GoodSense provides expertise to progressive organisations and her training business GoodSense Learning offers a unique online course in green marketing (SustMarketing.com) in partnership with the Marketing Association and the Sustainable Business Network. Kath delivers workshops, speaks at conferences and provides media commentary on the future of marketing at a time when ethical and environmental concerns make daily headlines.

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Avram Deitch, Global Marketing Manager, Yealands Wine Group

Managing a restaurant and hotel property in California began as a summer job during Avram’s first year at University, but ultimately turned into a long and diverse career in pursuit of his passion for wine. Having spent several years managing restaurants and beverage programs, Avram followed it up with time managing retail wine shops and then distributor sales territories. Joining Constellation Wines U.S. in 2005 he got a taste for Marketing. Five years later, he expanded his US domestic marketing experience to an International role managing marketing and operations for everything outside of the US with Delicato Family Vineyards.  Enjoying life in Napa with his young family, the pull of New Zealand and return home for his Kiwi wife was too exciting to resist and, in 2014 re-located to New Zealand where he began working for Yealands Wine Group as Global Marketing Manager.

Matt Dagger – General Manager, Kaibosh Food Rescue

Matt Dagger thinks there can be nothing crazier in this world than quality surplus food being thrown away when people don’t have enough to eat. He sees Kaibosh’s food rescue service as an important contribution to community groups that are working hard to help those less fortunate whilst also contributing to a sustainable food network.


Donald Lawrie – GM Commercial, Enviro-Mark Solutions

Donald heads up Enviro-Mark Solutions’ commercial operations, including sales and marketing. Donald has a wide range of commercial management experience working with a number of leading international businesses in sectors ranging from media, telecoms, culture & heritage to environment, based out of Paris, London and Auckland. He is currently studying part time towards a Master of Legal Studies focussing on climate change law at The University of Auckland.

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Sean Weaver – Executive Director, Ekos

Sean is an international expert in rainforest carbon financing and market-based mechanisms for conservation. He is the Founder of Ekos – a social enterprise rainforest carbon boutique that supplies carbon management and offsetting services to NZ businesses. Sean also operates as a consultant focusing on Payments for Environmental Services (PES) and sustainable land management. He holds a PhD in Forestry.

Sam Ramlu – Managing Director, Method

One of the founders of Method, Sam has over 15 years’ experience working with New Zealand and international brands to implement successful and award-winning digital strategies and campaigns. Sam is passionate about technology and how it can be used practically to engage with a range of audiences, and to communicate engaging stories and data. She has vast knowledge of the digital landscape and enjoys working with clients and businesses to help navigate this medium and bring their brands and stories to life.

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Dean Easterbrook – Co-Founder and Managing Director of BORDERLESS,

Borderless is a boutique social change agency committed to creating relevant, compelling and well-crafted content that sparks ideas and grows initiatives with the aim of making our world a better place. Dean’s expertise is in human-interest story telling and he has directed award-winning documentaries, online content and campaigns. Dean is also a Founding Trustee of the BORDERLESS Foundation, a not-for-profit charitable trust that drives positive change to solve big world problems. 

Dean’s achievements include being nominated as Best Director & Best Film for the documentary film and campaign ‘Harpooned Soul: The Jade Bell Story’; being awarded the Carolyn Stolman Humanitarian Award in California for the film and campaign ‘A Grandmother’s Tribe’ (which has raised over US$5 million for Grandmothers in Sub-Sahara Africa); and being awarded best short documentary at the 2016 DOCEdge festival for ‘On the Backs of Women’ (a film and campaign which hopes to raise NZ$3 million for entrepreneurial women in Myanmar).


Lucy Kebbell – Chair, Commonsense Organics

Commonsense Organics is an independent food retailer which operates on ethical principles to promote organic food and to enhance the environment and the wider community.  Lucy is the Chair and the company’s Corporate Services Manager responsible for policy, systems, marketing and communications. She worked for several years as a corporate lawyer before committing full time to the family business. She brings a broad range of skills and insights to this strong values-based company.


Kat McDonald – Company Sustainability Leader, Opus International Consultants

Kat is a Certified Environmental Practitioner with 12 years’ experience in environmental management, environmental science and sustainability. She holds two distinct leadership roles at Opus, a leading infrastructure consultancy. In 2013 she was appointed as Chair of the Sustainability Professional Interest Network, a role that oversees the technical wellbeing of over 200 professionals worldwide, and in 2014 she was appointed as the Company Sustainability Leader, a global role with a strong strategic focus involving policy development, strategy, and sustainability reporting. 

Kat has a strong desire to link profit with purpose. She is passionate about collaborative design and embedding sustainability principles early in the decision making process to ensure projects create lasting benefits for society.

Kat recently received a Distinguish Alumni Award from the Otago Polytechnic and in 2015 she won the Association of Consulting Engineers NZ (ACENZ) Future Leader Award.

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Jeff Vickers – Senior Consultant, thinkstep

Jeff has spent the past 10 years in the fields of sustainable product design and life cycle assessment. He joined thinkstep’s London office five years ago before moving back to New Zealand in 2013.

Jeff has advised organisations such as Dyson, Intel, Fletcher Building, Lend Lease, BlackBerry and the European Commission. Through this work, he has assessed the environmental impacts of hundreds of products, ranging from packaging to smartphones to the entire built environment of the United Kingdom. A key focus for Jeff is how to integrate sustainability into product/service design and business strategy.

Jeff holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of Auckland and was previously a visiting researcher at the University of Cambridge.

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Mark Stevens – Head of Sales, Tork Professional Hygiene.

With over 30 years’ experience in selling into the B2B market Mark unashamedly comes from the commercial side of the sustainability spectrum. He has spent the past 16 years selling Tork hygienic tissue products such as hand towels and toilet paper into the New Zealand B2B market. Tork is the only local tissue manufacturer and its products can be found in over half the bathrooms in New Zealand. Being an industry with a large environmental footprint has been a catalyst to drive the brand to a position of sustainability leadership through many innovations. It was the first tissue mill globally to utilise direct geo-thermal steam in the manufacturing process and recently became the first manufacturer in this geography to undertake a complete life cycle assessment of its products.

Marks has recently become a Director in the Australasian EPD Program as he sees environmental product declarations as the most transparent way to cut through the green wash which predominates in much of the market. “sustainability can be complicated and we need to add accountability to good intentions”.

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Adam Schofield – Environmental & Quality Compliance Manager, Autex Industries Ltd

Adam has worked at Autex for 9 years helping to improve and expand their quality and environmental programmes and turning them into an integrated sustainability platform. I now drive the ISO 9001 & ISO 14001 Quality and Environmental Management systems and am responsible for the life cycle management of Autex’s products and processes.

Mark recently completed my Masters in Engineering Studies at Massey University, majoring in Life Cycle Management as well as completed a Graduate diploma and Bachelors of Engineering in Chemical and Materials from Auckland University.

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Fiona Stephenson – National Communications Manager, Sustainable Business Network

Fiona has been communicating sustainability for 20 years and manages the Sustainable Business Network’s communications. She has worked for a mix of non-profits, businesses and universities and her past roles include speech writing for the UK Government’s chief sustainability advisor; sustainability communications for the University of Oxford; and PR consultancy specialising in sustainability. In 1999 she was nominated as one of Britain’s Women of the Year. She has Honours and Master’s degrees from the University of Cambridge, the latter in Environment and Development.

Andy Kenworthy – Communications & Campaigns, Sustainable Business Network

Andy helps with all SBN communications and works on the SBN’s Million Metres Streams project.  

He has almost 20 years’ experience in journalism, fundraising and communications.

Andy moved to New Zealand in 2006. He 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.including WWF, Greenpeace and Oxfam. 


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