The Honourable Professor Robert Hill AC
The Honourable Professor Robert Hill AC was a member of the Australian Senate from 1981 to 2006, representing South Australia. He was educated at the University of Adelaide and the London School of Economics, where he gained a Masters degree in law.
Professor Hill was Leader of the Government in the Senate from March 1996 until his resignation in January 2006. He was Minister for the Environment from 1996 to 1998, Minister for the Environment and Heritage from 1998 to 2001 and Minister for Defence from November 2001 to January 2006.
In July 2005, the Coalition parties took control of the Senate and he became the first Government Leader in the Senate since 1981 to command a majority in the chamber. In January 2006 he announced his resignation from the Parliament.
Professor Hill was the Ambassador to the United Nations for Australia from 2006 to 2009.
In July 2009, he was appointed by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd as Chairman of the Australian Carbon Trust. He is currently an Adjunct Professor in Sustainability at the United States Study Centre at the University of Sydney.
Robyn Williams has a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the University of London. He joined the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Science Unit in 1972 where in 1975 he began hosting the award-winning The Science Show, now one of the longest-running programs on Australian radio.
Outside the ABC, Mr Williams has served as president of the Australian Museum Trust, chairman of the Commission for the Future and President of Australian Science Communicators. In 1987, he was proclaimed a National Living Treasure.
Mr Williams has Honorary Doctorates of Science from Deakin University, the University of Sydney and Macquarie University, and an Honorary Doctorate of Law from the Australian National University. In 1993 he became the first journalist to be elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.
In May 2008, he hosted a link between leading scientists of Australia and the United Kingdom at the Grand Launch for the Royal Institution of Great Britain. He is a visiting professor at the University of NSW and an Adjunct Professor at The University of Queensland.
Mr Williams has written more than 10 books, and has a star in the constellation Carina named after him. He wrote his autobiography, And Now for Something Completely Different, while on a Reuters Fellowship at Oxford University.
Margaret Brown heads the Brisbane Intellectual Property group at Minter Ellison Lawyers and is recognised as a leading adviser and litigator across the resources, pharmacy, biotechnology, telecommunications and creative industry sectors.
Ms Brown has extensive expertise in major Australian intellectual property projects and the development and commercialisation of technology. Advising on both contentious and non-contentious matters, her clients include research institutes, universities, investors, industry bodies, project participants and major manufacturing, energy and resource houses.
With in-depth experience in competition and access issues, Ms Brown also advises on major transactions involving gas pipelines, rail, port and electricity infrastructure and facilities. As a litigator, she has led proceedings for both public and private access seekers and infrastructure owners in the Federal Court and the Australian Competition Tribunal.
She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, a member of the Senate of The University of Queensland and a member of The University of Queensland Press Board of Management.
Ian is Senior Executive Advisor to PwC strategy& - formerly Booz & Company - and is past Asia Pacific Chairman of Booz Allen Hamilton and founding regional head of SRI International (formerly Stanford Research Institute).
Ian is an experienced strategy consultant and board member with 40+ years leadership & advisory experience throughout the Asia Pacific & Australasia. Ian led Asia’s first LBO/Reverse take-over of a large, loss making KLSE/SES listed company which within a year had become the best performing stock with a 400% price increase. He was an Independent Director & Member of Audit Committee during the successful restructuring of Australia’s Computer Power Group, and was lead independent director during the sale of Malaysia’s Southern Bank to CIMB - the largest ever KLSE transaction. Ian has led a large number of substantial corporate and SoE rescue & restructurings throughout the region and has advised national, corporate & NGO leaders on strategy, policy & regional security issues. Ian and his family relocated to Australia from SE Asia in 2000.
Dr Beth Woods FTSE
Beth completed her Doctor of Philosophy in Agricultural Economics at Oxford University. She worked with the former Department of Primary Industries as an agricultural extension officer in the dairy, cropping and potato industries and was Professor of Agribusiness at the University of Queensland. In 2004 she took up the role as Executive Director of R&D Strategy in the former Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries. As Deputy Director-General, Beth leads agriculture development initiatives that aim to deliver a highly efficient, innovative, productive and successful Queensland agriculture sector. Beth was also responsible for the fisheries and forestry portfolios until September 2, 2013.
Anna is co-founder and Chair of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC) and is a former Environment Minister’s joint Young Environmentalist of the Year. Anna co-authored the book 'Future by Us', is a former editor of Australia’s largest student paper, and a Fellow of the International Youth Foundation among many other accolades. Anna has a long and impressive history of advocating for climate. Anna Rose is the also National Manager for Earth Hour with WWF-Australia and the Australian Geographic Society's Conservationist of the Year 2015.
Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg
Ove Hoegh-Guldberg is Professor of Marine Studies and Director of the Global Change Institute, at The University of Queensland.
Before leading the Global Change Institute, Professor Hoegh-Guldberg was Director of the successful Centre for Marine Studies at The University of Queensland, which coordinated three of Australia's leading island research stations (Heron, Stradbroke and Low islands).
In addition to his role as Director of the Global Change Institute, Ove heads a research laboratory with more than 30 researchers and students, which is pursuing a greater understanding of how global warming and ocean acidification are affecting and will affect coral reefs.
He was recognised in 1999 with the Eureka Prize in 1999 scientific research and is a former Queensland Smart State Fellow.
Ove has published more than 250 refereed articles and book chapters, and is a regular contributor to the media. He is one of the most cited authors within the peer-reviewed literature on climate change and its impacts on natural ecosystems. This expertise has seen him play significant roles within the IPCC (Coordinating Lead Author) and other international bodies in his role as Deputy Director ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, and as Coordinator for the Australasian Centre for Excellence and Chair of the Bleaching Working Group within the World Bank-Global Environment Facility Coral Reef Targeted Research Program.
In 2013 he was awarded an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship and made a member of the Australian Academy of Science. He was nominated for discovering the molecular mechanism behind coral bleaching during his PhD and early career. His discoveries have directly influenced global policy through their integration of the thermal physiology of corals with projections of future sea temperatures.
In 2014 he received the annual Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation’s Climate Change Award.