Speakers & Sponsors
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The forum has a fantastic speakers to kick off the event.
World Vision Ceo
Tim Costello is one of Australia’s most recognised voices on social justice, leadership and ethics, having engaged in public debates on gambling, urban poverty, homelessness, reconciliation and substance abuse.
Since 2004, as Chief Executive of World Vision Australia, Tim has also been instrumental in ensuring that the issues surrounding global poverty are placed on the national agenda.
His passion for justice and for helping to alleviate the suffering of poor communities in the developing world quickly became evident when the devastating Asia tsunami struck on Boxing Day, 2004. The leadership he showed at the time helped to inspire an unprecedented outpouring of generosity from the Australian public, with World Vision Australia raising more than $100 million for tsunami relief.
Tim currently serves as Chair of the Community Council of Australia, the Australian Churches Gambling Taskforce and the National Australia Bank’s Social Responsibility Advisory Council. He has also served on numerous boards and committees, including the Alcohol Education and Research Foundation, the Australian National Development Index, Business for Millennium Development, the Australian Council for International Development and as co-chair of Make Poverty History.
Tim was a delegate to the 1998 Constitutional Convention and chaired the Communities and Families stream at the Australia 2020 summit held in 2008.
Prior to joining World Vision Australia, Tim served as Minister at the Collins Street Baptist Church in Melbourne, and as Executive Director of Urban Seed, a Christian not-for-profit outreach service for the urban poor. Between 1999 and 2002 he was also National President of the Baptist Union of Australia.
After ordination as a Baptist Minister in 1984, Tim established a vibrant and socially active ministry at St Kilda Baptist Church between 1986 and 1994. In 1993, was elected as Mayor of St Kilda.
Tim studied law and education at Monash University, followed by theology at the International Baptist Seminary in Rueschlikon, Switzerland. He also received a Masters Degree in Theology from the Melbourne College of Divinity. He also holds an Honorary Doctorate from the Australian Catholic University.
In 2004, Tim was named Victorian of the Year; in June 2005 he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO); and in 2006 was named Victoria’s Australian of the Year.
His books include Another Way to Love (co-edited with Rod Yule); Streets of Hope: Finding God in St Kilda; Tips from a Travelling Soul Searcher; and Wanna Bet? Winners and Losers in Gambling’s Luck Myth (co-written with Royce Millar). His most recent book, Hope, was published in 2012 and is available to buy online.
Tim and his wife Merridie have three adult children, Claire, Elliot and Martin.
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We are excited to have these great representatives to discuss their organisations CSR initiatives and strategies.
Senior Manager, Corporate Sustainability Reporting ANZ
Anna is a corporate affairs professional, with experience in sustainability community relations, and regulatory policy.
Currently Senior Manager, Corporate Sustainability Reporting at ANZ, Anna has responsibility for the Group’s sustainability strategy and external sustainability reporting.
Prior to her current role, Anna worked in corporate affairs at AGL Energy, with responsibility for managing AGL’s sustainability strategy and reporting, corporate relationships with community sector partners and employee volunteering and workplace giving.
Previously, Anna worked as a lawyer for eight years, with experience in both the corporate and community legal sectors.
Anna holds a Bachelor of Law (Honours)/Arts (Honours) degree from the University of Melbourne.
Project Director Bridge of Hope’s White Dove Founder of Women in Rotary
Kerry recently joined the Bridge of Hope’s White Dove movement as Project Director working to help vulnerable girls and young women as they exit from the State care and youth justice systems. She is determined to take on the difficult challenges that face these young women to make a positive difference in their lives
In 2012 Women in Rotary was born and took on the challenges to change the face of gender balance in Rotary. In her District women membership raised from 17% of all members’ women to today 30% of women members, the highest in Australia She instigated the Women in Rotary ‘s International Women’s Day Breakfast, now in it’s 6th year, and seats over 1200 men and women, raising over $50.000, whilst showcasing Rotary and addressing diversity in the work place.
Not all careers begin with an expulsion from school in year 8 and an unceremonious dumping from her first full time job at 21 – but they do say, that what doesn’t break you, makes you stronger.
So after a somewhat shaky beginning, she applied herself to the corporate world.
For the first 10 years, she worked in the Advertising industry at Clemenger’s and George Patterson Advertising agencies. As Media Buying Manager for Kmart, at that stage one of Australia’s largest retails advertising clients, she was responsible for an expenditure of multi millions a year.
After joining forces with her brother and father, she was involved in the creation of the largest private hospital chain in Victoria, of the time. In ten years, we owned and managed 10 hospitals. After selling out we moved into hospitality and owned and managed corporate hotels in Melbourne, winning many awards for their innovative ideas in providing excellence to their guests.
During this time in 2008 she joined the Rotary Club of Albert Park and was awarded the Royce Abbey Award in 2009. Taking on various Board positions, and President in 2011-2012 and awarded Paul Harris and Paul Harris Sapphire awards.
Also in 2008 she was asked to Chair the first Sudanese Women’s Conference. This was most challenging, as the Sudanese women were very disenfranchised It was a very successful conference with the late Joan Kirner as guest speaker.
Dr Kaushik Sridhar
Corporate Citizenship Manager KPMG Australia
Dr. Kaushik Sridhar is the Corporate Citizenship Manager for KPMG Australia, Board Member at Fair Trade Association of Australia and New Zealand, and Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Melbourne and RMIT.
He has spent the last ten years working across various industries in business development, environmental management, sustainability research, sustainability reporting, sustainability assurance and sustainability advisory roles.
At KPMG, he drives a number of key environmental and social partnerships and initiatives nationally whilst maintaining a continued focus on the broader Corporate Citizenship response. Prior to joining KPMG, Kaushik has worked at EY, Net Balance, Macquarie University and Unisys Australia where he managed projects in areas including sustainability assurance, sustainability strategy and reporting, data management, sustainability research and stakeholder engagement.
Kaushik is an Assurance Practitioner, of Certified Sustainability Assurance Practitioners (CSAP) issued by AccountAbility. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute. He has also completed a GRI Certified Training Course based on G4 reporting Guidelines, in February 2014, and a 2-day SROI Training course, in March 2012.
Kaushik is a PhD and MBA graduate from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management. He has published over 30 academic and professional papers/articles on sustainability in international peer-reviewed journals, sustainability publications as well as presented academic papers at international management conferences in Auckland, Bangkok and Paris.
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Swinburne University of Technology
For more than 100 years, Swinburne has been committed to innovative education, producing outstanding graduates and delivering enduring outcomes for our industry partners. With a focus on science, technology and innovation, Swinburne’s reputation for high quality, engaged teaching and research is reflected in Swinburne’s consistent ranking among the top 3% of universities in the world.