Andrew is Vice President for the SingTel Group’s Corporate Sustainability and leads the Group’s sustainability transformation across its environment, community, people and marketplace pillars.
Under his leadership to “Leave the Smallest Footprint”, Singtel (including Optus) was the first company in the Asia-Pacific ex-Japan to have its science-based carbon targets approved by SBTI in 2017, and recently one of 28 Global companies to commit to working towards the ambitious net zero carbon target by 2050. He also led the Group’s climate scenario and adaptation exercise in 2015 to plan for the adaptation of its infrastructure to build resilience to the long-term effects of climate change. He is also leading the Group’s preparations to align with the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).
To enable the “Most Connected Communities”, Andrew leads the Group’s regional Future Makers social innovation programme and chairs the Singtel Group Sustainability Forum comprising the sustainability heads of the Group’s regional mobile associates. He is currently co-chair of the Singapore Business Network on DisAbilities (SBNoD) and also leads the Group’s end-to-end disability inclusion strategy across customer facing, community and inclusive employment. He is currently co-chair of the Group’s task force for sustainable supply chain management to prepare the company for the new modern slavery legislation recently passed in Australia. Andrew sits on the Singapore National Council of Social Services 4ST Strategy Committee advising
the government on its strategic roadmap for the social services sector in Singapore, and was a former committee member on the 3 rd Singapore Enabling Masterplan for persons with disabilities.
Prior to this, Andrew held various senior positions across the SingTel Group in Singapore, Australia and the Philippines. Between 2007 and 2013, he was the Singtel Group Consumer Chief Information Officer, Managing Director for Optus Technology and Products Division, Managing Director for Optus Products and Delivery Division, and Managing Director of Optus Wholesale and Satellite Division. Andrew was the Chief Operating Advisor at Globe Telecom from 2003-2007, SingTel Group’s mobile associate in the Philippines. He has also held various other senior management positions in the SingTel Group including VP Consumer Marketing, CEO SINGNET, CEO Multimedia Group, Director Corporate Development, Director Business Marketing and Director Corporate Account Management. Andrew also founded and ran SingTel Ventures from 1997 – 2000, a S$150m corporate technology investment fund focused on emerging technologies in the ICT sector to drive innovation and develop new businesses spin-offs for the company.
Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts (First Class) Honours from the National University of Singapore and Masters in Management from Stanford University, USA (Sloan Program). He is a certified Level 3 coach with the Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership and an LSI Accredited practitioner with Human Synergistics. Over the past few years he has formally coached over 120 leaders in the Optus talent and leadership programme.
Lee is a purpose-led sustainability professional with Australian and international experience in the corporate, not-for-profit and consulting sectors. Since joining IAG almost 10 years ago, Lee has worked in various leadership roles driving shared value innovation, strategic partnerships and our approach to responsible business.
As Executive Manager, Shared Value Strategy & Projects, Lee currently leads a team delivering a portfolio of shared value innovation projects designed to create safer, more connected and resilient communities. She also leads the Secretariat of the Australian Business Roundtable for Disaster Resilience & Safer Communities and plays a key role in activating IAG’s founding membership of the Shared Value Project.
Prior to joining IAG, Lee gained extensive experience in corporate responsibility and sustainability through her corporate partnerships role with Landcare Australia and work as a consultant for niche sustainability consultancy Article 13 in London. Earlier in her career, Lee coordinated dairy product exports at Fonterra in New Zealand and spent time as an English lecturer in Russia.
Lee completed her Master of Arts in International Relations at Keele University in the UK, where she served as a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar. She also holds a Post Graduate Diploma and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Otago, specialising in Russian language and culture.
As one of the founders of Kiwi Connect, Lee is an active member of the New Zealand expatriate community in Australia.
Kate is a social impact and corporate affairs professional with over 15 years experience across corporate, non-profit and member-based organisations. In her current role as Head of Social Innovation at NAB, Kate helps to identify business opportunities that exist for NAB in issues such as climate change and affordable housing, and works across the business to build capability in shared value thinking and a culture of social innovation.
In previous positions, Kate has led a range of programs including employee volunteering and giving programs, NAB’s domestic and family violence strategy, microfinance, ESG issues management, sustainability reporting and has led the NAB Foundation.
Michelle leads the Australasia Community Engagement program for Arup – an independent firm founded on the belief that the built environment can change people’s lives for the better. Arup’s Community Engagement is a key mechanism for leveraging Arup’s technical and professional capabilities to support community organisations and build capacity within communities. It also contributes to technology and infrastructure solutions as enablers for broader community aspirations.
Within her role, Michelle facilitates relationships between partners and stakeholders for such projects, develops initiatives alongside community clients to deliver shared value outcomes, as well as oversees the implementation of Arup’s global community engagement impact measurement framework.
Prior to joining Arup, Michelle’s career has taken her around the world as a community development professional, partnership broker and adviser on multi-sector collaborations. She has managed international development programs, including a range of sustainable livelihood, education, community resilience and corporate social responsibility projects. Her focus has been at the intersection of businesses, non-government organisations and not-for profits, educational institutes, and governments seeking to address local and global challenges and create positive social change.
Fiona Nixon is Bank Australia’s Head of Strategy and Communications and is passionate about the role that business needs to play in addressing social and environmental issues. She is responsible for the bank’s engagement and communication with staff and customers as well as its public policy commitments. Fiona also oversees the Bank Australia Impact Fund, through which the bank invests 4% of after tax profits to create positive social and environmental outcomes. Since joining the bank in 2013, Fiona has managed the rebrand to Bank Australia and a range of initiatives designed to build the bank’s responsible banking brand.
Fiona has a background in consulting working with private and public sector and for-purpose clients on communications, social policy development, major events, and community consultation. She has also held senior communications roles in the Victorian State Government and local government in Melbourne.
Fiona has a Bachelor of Arts (Law) from Macquarie University and is currently completing an Executive MBA at RMIT University.
Margaret heads Corporate and External Relations at Nestlé Oceania, where she is responsible for communications and public affairs across the region. In this role, Margaret manages issues shaping Nestlé’s operating environment in areas as diverse as nutrition, human rights, environmental sustainability, water and rural development, working across a broad portfolio of iconic food and beverage brands. She has a broad corporate affairs background, particularly in the healthcare, food and agribusiness sectors, including senior leadership roles in Novartis, Syngenta and Schering-Plough. In 2017 Margaret served as a member of the Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Group on the Implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
Republic of Everyone
Ben is founder of Republic of Everyone, a company that brings brands, sustainability and creativity together to make doing good, good for business. He is co-founder of the Garage Sale Trail, chief architect of the 202020 Vision and author or Lessons From My Left Testicle, a book about kicking cancer’s butt and learning to live.
The Bold Effect
Sara Hales is an experienced senior executive, with a career spanning the cattle industry, media and aviation, Sara has significant experience presenting to and winning the support of Boards for various initiatives, in order to drive positive change for the business, for teams and for communities. Sara believes strongly in the power of aligning interests and clear communication, and is a strong advocate for the business community’s shift towards focussing on both profit and purpose.
Bendigo & Adelaide Bank
Nicole has over 12 years’ experience in Financial Services and is currently the Head of Investor Relations and Corporate Strategy for Bendigo and Adelaide Bank. Nicole is a passionate supporter of shared value strategies. Her work involves sharing the Bank’s globally recognised shared value strategy with various stakeholders internally and externally, and challenging the Group on strategy development and execution.
Based in Bendigo and raised in regional Victoria, Nicole has fist hand experience in the positive impacts that purpose led strategies can have on communities and Individuals.
Prior to working for the bank, Nicole was based in London and held financial and management accounting roles for Sempra Energy and Intelligent Engineering. Prior to this, Nicole worked as a public accountant and tax specialist for Pitcher Partners and was based in Melbourne.
Nicole is a Director of Bendigo Telco, a telecommunications company established in 2000 by a group of large Bendigo businesses that wanted better access to telecommunications technology. Nicole’s prior Directorship was with VRCLP from 2016 to 2018, a not-for-profit organisation focused on effective leadership for a vibrant and sustainable regional Victoria.
Shared Value Project
Helen is the Chief Executive Officer of the Shared Value Project. She has more than 18 years business development experience including stakeholder engagement and communications, networking, high-impact functions, and cultural exchange for organisations in Australia, the USA, Hong Kong and Japan. As the Chief Executive Officer, Helen is responsible for the overall strategic direction and management of the Shared Value Project. She engages with the organisation’s key stakeholders and members to lead, foster, promote, and influence the development of shared value in Australia. Helen has been instrumental in the establishment of the organisation from its conception, and has played a critical role in driving adoption and implementation of shared value strategies among leading companies in Australia. Helen brings 20 years of experience and leadership across government, corporate and not-for-profit sectors to this role. With an extraordinary scope of work in international business development, stakeholder engagement, membership campaigns, strategic collaboration, events management and cultural and knowledge exchange programs, Helen is known for her ability to harness opportunities and build networks of influence to shape positive change.
Australian Ethical Investment
Global Leader, Business & Human Rights Services, KPMG
Richard is the Lead Partner of KPMG Banarra, KPMG’s first dedicated human rights and social impact advisory team globally. Richard has over 20 years of experience in advising and managing social risks and human rights in a range of sectors including resources, infrastructure, retail and property. Richard’s particular strengths are engaging senior corporate leaders on strategic social and human rights risks as well as leading large consultancy assignments in socially and politically complex environments. He is a widely published thought-leader and known by clients for asking the challenging but important questions that lead to many an executive’s career “ah-ha” moment.