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Wong Heang Fine

Surbana Jurong | International Keynote (Singapore)

Sustainability in Aviation Infrastructure Projects; Tomorrow’s here today.

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    Mr Wong Heang Fine is the Group CEO of Surbana Jurong. He has held key leadership positions across a number of industries over the last 35 years. Most recently, he was the CEO of CapitaLand Residential Singapore and CapitaLand GCC Holdings. Prior to this, he was President and CEO of SembCorp Engineers and Constructors. He started his career at the Singapore Economic Development Board.
     
    Mr Wong is a Board Director of SMEC and AETOS and Chairman of Sino-Sun. He is also a Board Member of the Building and Construction Authority, an agency under Singapore’s Ministry of National Development that regulates Singapore’s building and construction industry. Mr Wong is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University. He is a member of the Corporate Advisory Board of the World Green Building Council, and  was President of the Real Estate Developer’s Association of Singapore from 2011 to 2012.
     
    He has a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Leeds, England and an MSc in Engineering Production and Management from the University of Birmingham, England.
     

David Bell

Infrabuild | Innovation & Impacts Workshop

InfraBuild’s Journey To Making Sustainable Steel

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    David Bell is currently the Construction Market Manager for InfraBuild Steel, based in Sydney.
    Working within the Market Development & Innovation Team, his national role is focussed on developing and deploying innovative steel solutions for the Australian construction and infrastructure markets.
    This includes working with project teams to deliver steel outcomes for specific projects as well as the development and deployment of long term initiatives around innovation, sustainability, insight and product solutions.
    David graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Civil/Structural Engineering (Honours) degree and is a current ISAP (Infrastructure Sustainability Accredited Professional) to ISv2.0

Keith Allilomou

Downer | Innovation & Impacts Workshop

Smoother Roads Delivering Fuel Savings

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    Keith Allilomou is an Engineering Manager at Downer. Keith provides leadership, specialist technical knowledge and project management for Downer's new 'Reconomy' division, using the latest in innovation and engineering technology to maximise repurposing and landfill diversion on an industrial scale.
    Beyond delivery of physical projects and upgrades, he also works to identify and leverage new market opportunities for the Reconomy business, from Strategy and Market Analysis through to development of Business Cases and CAPEX proposals.
    Previously, Keith managed energy efficiency, procurement, and general business improvement projects across Downers national Roads business, and is still heavily involved with the national production team.
     

Nicole Neal

Cardno | Innovation & Impacts Workshop

The Opportunity for Sustainability Analytics in the Federated Model (BIM) 6th Dimension (6D) for Infrastructure Projects in Australia

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    Nicole is the Asia Pacific Region Environment & Sustainability Director at global infrastructure, environmental and social development company Cardno. She is an environmental management and sustainability professional with over 17 years’ experience in environmental and sustainability consulting and construction management.

    Nicole’s professional expertise encompasses construction and infrastructure sustainability with her experience lying strongly in environmental and sustainability management associated with major civil infrastructure across Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Italy and Africa.  In 2016 she was also a lead author of ISCA's Developing a Business Case for Sustainability Initiatives in Infrastructure: A "How To" Guide.

    She plays active roles in industry associations, and current and recent past affiliations include the newly formed ISCA Victorian Working Group as Co-chair, ISCA Contractor’s Working Group (of which she was Co-Chair), ISCA Materials Advisory Group, United Nations Global Compact Network Australia, Australian Constructor’s Association (ACA) Sustainability Working Party, and Civil Contractors Federation (VIC) Environmental Management Committee. She is also a former Vice President of the Environmental Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ) Victoria Division.

    Nicole was the 2017 recipient of the Individual Leadership in Infrastructure Sustainability Award from the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA).

Scott Brusaw

Solar Roadways | Innovation & Impacts Workshop (USA)

Solar Roadways: Intelligent Sustainable Infrastructure

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    Scott Brusaw is the co-founder and inventor of Solar Roadways, along with his wife Julie Brusaw. He is an electrical engineer with 30 years of industry design experience. He creates hardware, firmware, and software, and has designed entire product lines from start to finish.

    He has taken Solar Roadways from concept to product and has just completed the newest model SR4, which will soon be available to the public. He has just completed the company’s third US Department Of Transportation contract and is now helping manufacturers gear up for mass production to meet world- wide demand for Solar Roadways.
     

Dr Jason Nairn

Lendlease | Innovation & Impacts Workshop

Recycled crushed glass in Concrete Pavements undertaken by the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade

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    Jason is a Materials Engineering professional with a passion for the supply and management of construction materials for the building, civil and infrastructure construction industries. He has over twenty years’ experience as a Technical Manager in the construction materials industry having worked across all aspects of this industry from as a supplier, a customer, a consultant and a contractor. His skills include design, production, selection and use of a range of construction materials in a range of applications including heavy manufacturing, building and infrastructure. In particular, he has extensive experience in concrete mix design, manufacture and supply of in-situ, precast and pre-stressed concrete. 

Hans Fuchs

Holcim | Innovation & Impacts Workshop

Towards low carbon concrete

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    Hans Fuchs has been in the construction materials industry of supplying ready-mixed concrete, aggregates and asphalt for over 30 years. He moved away from his home in the UK in 2000 to work in Asia. Since then Hans has held the roles of Managing Director and CEO as he moved through Asia starting in India in 2000, Thailand in 2003, Indonesia in 2004 and India again in 2008. Hans moved to Australia at the start of 2013 and has been working with Holcim Australia as their Executive General Manager of Ready-mix Concrete.

Thirukumaran Jallendran

Norman Disney & Young | Innovation & Impacts Workshop

Sydney Metro – Pioneering Sustainable Timber Project Certification in the Southern Hemisphere

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    Thiru is Norman Disney &Young (NDY)’s Sustainability Lead for New South Wales (NSW) and is responsible for enhancing NDY’s sustainability presence in the Sydney/NSW market. Thiru has overall responsibility for the NSW team performance and reports directly to NDY’s Global Sustainability Group Leader.

    Thiru has a comprehensive understanding of sustainability principles, strategies and implementation across a diverse range of applications. He has worked with consultant, project management, development and construction companies in Australia as well as Internationally in educational, commercial, residential, healthcare, retail and infrastructure sectors. Thiru has in-depth experience in structural design, field supervision, design coordination, project management, sustainability delivery as well as advocacy. He is well-networked within the professional, industrial and sustainability groups in Australia and Asia. Thiru has managed the successful delivery of sustainability ratings and outcomes on state-significant infrastructure projects such as the WestConnex M4 East and the Sydney Metro Northwest. Thiru is an Infrastructure Sustainability Accredited Professional.

Venessa McGrath

Jacobs | Innovation & Impacts Workshop

Realising net zero carbon emissions

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    Vanessa started her careers as a building services engineer working. In 2010 she was awarded a scholarship to study her masters degree across three European universities. This experience ignited her passion for creating a more sustainable world.

    After running sustainability workshops with SMEs in Sweden, Vanessa moved to New Zealand to work for the NZGBC (New Zealand Green Building Council) and the New Zealand central government to introduce NABERS, to the Kiwi market. After managing and teaching NABERSNZ for two years, Vanessa became the Manager of Rating tools at NZGBC and oversaw both the technical and certification processes of Green Star NZ, NABERSNZ and Homestar. Since returning to Australia Vanessa has been working for part time for Jacobs as the Sustainable Building Lead and managing a cattle and sheep farm. 

Susan Korecki

Lendlease | Circular Economy Session

How Lendlease Engineering collaborate with different organisations to drive Circular outcomes.

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    Susan Korecki has a Master of Environmental Science (Environmental Impact Assessment), and a Graduate Certificate of Sustainability and Climate Policy. Sue has completed the Women and Leadership Australia course and has and over 20 years’ experience as a Project Manager in environmental management, ISO 14001, sustainability, environmental impact statements and environmental regulatory positions for linear infrastructure, building, and ecotourism developments.
    Sue has spoken previously as the International Ecotourism Conference in Cairns, QLD, the International Erosion Control Association in Brisbane, QLD and the Infrastructure Conference in Newcastle, NSW.
     

Angela Hoefnagels

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning | Circular Economy Session

A Circular Economy policy and action plan for Victoria.

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    Angela Hoefnagels is the Acting Director of Waste and Resource Recovery at the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. She is currently leading the development of a circular economy policy for Victoria. 

    She has over 15 years of public policy experience and is a strong advocate for effective and efficient environment policies. Prior to her role in the Department, Angela led reviews of Australian and international policies and action on climate change for the Climate Change Authority and provided advice to the Australian Government.

    Angela holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from The Australian National University and a Master of Public Policy and Management from the University of Melbourne.
     

Peter Murphy

Alex Fraser | Circular Economy Session

On the road to a Circular Economy.

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    Peter Murphy is the Managing Director of Alex Fraser, Australia’s leading provider of sustainable construction materials including asphalt, aggregates, roadbase and sand. Alex Fraser is one of Australia’s longest running companies; recycling more that 4 million tonnes of material each year, it strives to enable the construction industry to build greener roads. 

    Leading a team of enthusiastic and experienced people, Peter fosters a culture of innovation and best practice. He has a wealth of experience and industry knowledge having compared industry practices throughout Australia, North America, Europe, Asia and the United Arab Emirates. During his 17 years with the company he has overseen the establishment of a network of world class sustainable production facilities. These plants supply recycled materials to construction projects surrounding Melbourne and Brisbane, reducing the carbon footprint of projects by up to 65 per cent. 

    Peter’s background in logistics drives Alex Fraser commitment to reliability, ensuring responsive delivery to its valued customers. He holds tertiary qualifications in commerce, logistics and operations management, and has completed an advanced management program at INSEAD in France.

Alexia Hilbertidou

Girlboss NZ | Social Sustainability Session

Gen Z: Inside the minds

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    Alexia is the founder and CEO of GirlBoss NZ -  a 12,000 strong army of young women who are determined to achieve gender equality in their lifetimes.

    Dismayed by the under representation of women in leadership roles Alexia founded GirlBoss when she was just 16. Encouraging young women to embrace STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), leadership and entrepreneurship, GirlBoss is now New Zealand’s largest organisation for young women. It’s members are shrugging off the statistics and preparing themselves to take their seats at the table - the boardroom table that is.

    At 17, Alexia was the youngest person to lead a research project at the New Zealand Treasury - and at 18 - she was selected to seek new stars and planets on the NASA SOFIA mission.

    She was named the most influential young leader under the age of 25 at the Westpac Women of Influence awards and recently returned from Buckingham Palace where she received the  Queen’s Young Leader medal for services to the commonwealth. She is the youngest Commonwealth citizen to ever receive this honour. 

    Alexia proves that you are never too young (or too short) to be an agitator for change. Alexia’s humble origins and incredible journey make her a positive and relatable role model for young women from every corner of New Zealand.

Greg George

Australian Business and Community Network | Social Sustainability Session

Building student success through mentoring

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    Greg George is the Regional Manager at the Australian Business and Community Network (ABCN), a group of 40 leading Australian corporations and almost 200 low socio-economic schools. ABCN enables volunteers from member companies to deliver business-oriented mentoring and workplace experiences to students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Part of the executive team, Greg is responsible for program delivery across VIC, QLD, SA, TAS and WA.  He has a BA and also an MBA from Melbourne Business School.  Prior to joining ABCN in 2018 he spent more than 25 years in senior corporate and commercial roles across a number of different industries including sports, technology and finance. He has brought this wealth of experience to ABCN and is passionate about providing positive work place experiences for all students to inspire them to achieve more than they thought possible.
     

Tanya Ramm

Metro Tunnel Project | Social Sustainability Session

Building student success through mentoring

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    Tanya is a strong environmental and sustainability leader who has proven experience in establishing teams to deliver optimal outcomes.  She has over 20 years of experience in environment and sustainability roles delivering major projects across Australia.  Tanya is the Sustainability Manager for the CYP Design & Construction Joint Venture delivering the Metro Tunnel Project’s Tunnels and Stations package, and leads a team of experienced sustainability professionals across both design and construction. Tanya's drive to implement sustainable solutions within infrastructure project delivery is highly regarded amongst her peers and across industry. 
     

Michael Combs

Career Trackers | Social Sustainability Session

Tap the pool, sustain your business!

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    Michael Combs is the Founder & CEO of CareerTrackers and CareerSeekers - two social enterprises that he established in pursuit of heightened social mobility for Indigenous Australians and Refugees. Combs is recognised for his pragmatic approach to solving social issues. He has been included in the 'True Leaders' list by the Australian Financial Review, was the inaugural recipient in the Westpac Community Leaders Awards for his role in social entrepreneurship and is frequently called upon to voice his opinion on using employment and social enterprise as a vehicle for social change.

    In his youth he was a Gates Millennium Scholar and at the age of 20 was awarded the United States Congressional Medal of Service for his work to champion diversity and inclusion in the education and the community. In 2018 Michael was invited to the United Nations in Geneva to present the work of CareerTrackers and CareerSeekers as a model of best practice for securing the employment of underrepresented minorities.
     

Steve Webster

Watercare NZ | Carbon Neutrality Session

40:20:20 - a vision for sustainability in the delivery of infrastructure.

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    Steve Webster is a civil engineer with more than 20 years’ experience in senior leadership roles, predominantly in the infrastructure sectors in New Zealand and Australia, delivering projects and maintenance services to government, local authority and private asset owners.

    He was appointed Watercare’s General Manager – Infrastructure Delivery in May 2015 and then appointed Chief Infrastructure Officer in January 2018. Steve is responsible for Watercare’s delivery of infrastructure projects from servicing strategies, through planning to construction and for supporting external developer services to enable growth in Auckland. Steve is the executive sponsor for Watercare’s Climate Change and Adaptation Strategy.
     

Cathy Chesson

Mott MacDonald | Carbon Neutrality Session

Mott MacDonald is committed to a 25% carbon reduction target for 2021 based on our 2016 baseline. What comes next?

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    Cathy is the Australia and New Zealand Infrastructure Sustainability Lead for Mott MacDonald.  She has over 20 years’ experience in sustainability and environmental aspects in the transport infrastructure sector.  She led the first Design and As-built rating in South Australia and has continued her IS journey in both technical advisory and assessor roles.  
     
     

Dr Donovan Storey

Global Green Growth Institute | Carbon Neutrality Session

Greening the Infrastructure Gap for a Carbon Neutral Future

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    Dr Donovan Storey is currently Deputy Director and Urban Lead – Green Cities, at the Global Green Growth Institute, Seoul. In this role he leads the Global Green Cities Team and works with 33 country teams and key stakeholders to identify green city projects related to the built environment, waste management, urban planning, sustainable mobility, and resource efficiency in cities across Africa, Asia and Latin America.

    Previous to his current position he worked for six years at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP) in Bangkok, first as Chief of Social Policy and Population and then as Chief of the Sustainable Urban Development Section. Prior to the United Nations Donovan was a researcher and academic specializing in development management, urban planning, and sustainable development, including appointment as Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland.

    Donovan has led projects related to urban planning and infrastructure governance, environmental management, waste to resource & circular economies, urban resilience, social inclusion, and sustainable development for the Asian Development Bank, UN-Habitat, Oxfam, AusAID, NZAID, The Commonwealth and the private sector. He has a PhD in Development Studies and degrees in History and Political Science and has published extensively, most recently on planning for low carbon cities, green infrastructure, waste management and density. Donovan is a Member of the Planning Institute of Australia (MPIA), International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) and was Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Queensland from 2015-2018.
     

Simone Concha

Western Sydney Airport | Keynote

A “green-field” Airport.

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    Specialising in Ecologically Sustainable Design and Corporate Social Responsibility, over Simone's 18 year career, she has experienced the entire building lifecycle (plan, design, construct, operate). Most of her career has been in the property sector and has recently joined the infrastructure sector to help build a thriving, sustainable Western Sydney Airport. Growing up on a farm in Central Western NSW, her passion for sustainability and nature stems from her upbringing. 

Nicole Lockwood

Westport | Keynote

A new port: securing WA’s future prosperity.

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    Nicole is the Independent Chair of the Westport Taskforce charged with planning the infrastructure to drive the freight future of WA’s South West for the next 50 years and beyond. She is the Chair of the Freight and Logistics Council of WA and a member of the Boards of the Water Corporation and Infrastructure Australia. She Chairs MNG Surveying and the Sienna Wood JV and is the Deputy Chair of Leadership WA.
     
    With a background in law and regional economic development, Nicole works with government and the private sector to develop long-term infrastructure plans to secure the future prosperity and livability of our cities.
     

Brandi Hudson

Independent Maori Statutory Board | International Keynote (New Zealand)

Integrating Indigenous values into the Built Environment to show respect and regard for the first peoples of the land.

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    Brandi Hudson is the CEO of the Independent Māori Statutory Board where she works alongside the executive leadership of the Auckland Mayoral office and Auckland Council.

    She is passionate about her 3 tamariki, education, health, sport and Māori development.

    Brandi holds tertiary qualifications in education and is a member of the Institute of Directors. Her career experience spans across economic and community development sectors, health and sports, and Treaty of Waitangi settlements.

    Brandi is skilled in governance, executive management, strategic planning, project management and public speaking. Throughout her work she is committed to collaboration, cooperation and partnerships to achieve positive outcomes that benefit all.

Richard Boele

KPMG Australia | Keynote

How strategic are social risks for infrastructure?

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    Richard is the Lead Partner of KPMG Banarra, KPMG’s first dedicated human rights and social impact advisory team. Through his work with property, financial services, FMCG, retail and mining companies such as Stockland, Event Hospitality, Lend Lease, Dexus, Macquarie Group, Westpac, Bunnings, Coles, Wesfarmers, Woolworths and BHP, Richard offers over 20 years of experience in advising on and helping companies manage their human rights and social risks, including in relation to complex operating contexts.

    His particular strengths are engaging senior corporate leaders on strategic human rights and social risks, and asking the challenging but important questions that lead to many an executive’s career “ah-ha” moment.

    Richard is a former Director of the UN Global Compact Network Australia. He is a Visiting Fellow on social impact at Macquarie University and Industry Fellow at the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining at University of Queensland. He is widely published and a regular speaker at conferences.

Sue Robinson

Transport for NSW | Keynote

Building capacity through the Innovation of an ISCA Delivery Framework and Contractors Toolkit

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    Sue is an urban planning and sustainability expert with 30 years’ experience having worked as a senior executive in both the public and private sectors in NSW and Victoria. Sue was previously CEO of the Urban Taskforce Australia, a peak industry organisation representing environment.

    At Transport for NSW Sue leads a combined team of sustainability and planning professionals working on major transport infrastructure projects and transport the property development sector where she drove sustainability outcomes for the built precincts. In this role, Sue has delivered a systematic change process within Transport for NSW to embed sustainability and planning from the strategic business case planning stage onwards through the asset life cycle of design, procurement, delivery, commissioning and operation of transport infrastructure projects.  

    Sue leads initiatives across the NSW transport cluster to address the significant challenges to meet the government mandated net zero emission target by 2050 to ensure a more sustainable future.  As Chair of the TfNSW Sustainability Research Hub, Sue’s work also involves research partnerships which address innovative sustainability outcomes.

Bob Gordon

Nando's | Outside Looking In Session

How Nando’s are improving their practices by putting business purpose at the centre of everything they do.

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    Bob has worked in sustainability in the retail and hospitality sector for over 15 years. He has led Nando’s sustainability agenda for 7 years, both in the UK and more recently in Australia. Prior to that he has worked in policy, research and campaign groups on environmental and social issues in the UK.   
     
    Nando’s is striving to improve its impact in the world, having recently adopted the global purpose statement ‘Changing Lives, Together’. The strategy to achieve this ambition is to drive a culture of purpose, which changes mindsets and ultimately improves both environmental sustainability and social impact.

Elke Lindner

Toyota | Outside Looking In Session

Toyota Environment Challenge 2050.

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    Elke Lindner, Sustainability and Environment Manager at Toyota Australia since 2015, leads the strategic pathway towards the global Toyota Environment Challenge 2050 of:
    1. Achieving zero emissions; and
    2. Developing a recycling-based society.
    With a Master in Social Science (Environment and Planning, RMIT) and qualifications including Green Star and Infrastructure Sustainability, Elke has been identifying and implementing sustainability initiatives with all levels of Government and industry for over 15 years. Prior to her sustainability calling, Elke worked across all levels of the IT industry.
     

Alessia Verderio

THE ICONIC | Outside Looking In Session

THE ICONIC’s journey to make a positive impact through its own operations, and the importance of stakeholders and customers engagement.

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    Alessia Verderio has a strong retail background with 8 years of experience in understanding and managing this sector’s major environmental impacts. Alessia has previously worked for the leather-goods brand Bottega Veneta (Kering Group) in Milan and more recently for David Jones, before joining THE ICONIC as Environment Manager.

    THE ICONIC’s core value is customer liberation and being a responsible business is key piece of this commitment towards our customers. From working conditions in the supply chain and community issues, to the environmental impacts of our packaging and transporting orders to customers, our responsibility is multifaceted, and each of these facets are equally important and built in our approach to Sustainability. 

Dr Kate Ringvall

IKEA | Outside Looking In Session

Business opportunity, consumer problems and solutions, and how IKEA are giving furniture a second chance.

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    Dr Kate Ringvall is no stranger to the infrastructure space, having previously worked in sustainable transport planning and has a passion for sustainable cities. Kate has over 20 years experience in sustainability, and is the Country Sustainability Leader for IKEA Australia.
     
    IKEA have the ambitious goal to become a fully circular business by 2030 – that means zero waste, being powered by 100% renewable energy, ensuring zero emissions from home deliveries from home deliveries, and reducing staff and customer travel emissions by 50%.
     
    Kate will tackle the business opportunity, consumer problems and solutions, and how IKEA are giving furniture a second chance.