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Barry Coates (CEO of Mindful Money)

Barry Coates

CEO of Mindful Money

Barry Coates is the founder and CEO of Mindful Money www.mindfulmoney.nz, a charity based in New Zealand, that aims to channel investment towards high social and environmental standards and positive impact. The objective is to significant increase the demand for responsible investment through social marketing and a dedicated online platform. Barry has been involved in responsible investment since the early 1990s and played a leading role in building demand for fair trade in NZ. He has a Masters from Yale University in management, experience as a business strategy consultant and has been the CEO of charities, most recently Oxfam New Zealand 2003-2014. He was a Green MP 2016-17.

Nathalie Whitaker (Co-founder and CEO of Toha)

Nathalie Whitaker

Co-founder and CEO of Toha

I design platform solutions that deliver social, economic and environmental impact. As the founder of Givealittle.co.nz, I became a convert to the power of tech enabled networks to solve our biggest individual and societal problems. My current focus is building better infrastructure for proof of impact so that we can unleash more capital to tackle our most urgent challenges.

Temuera Hall (Director of TAHITO Ltd)

Temuera Hall

Director of TAHITO Ltd

Temuera is an experienced investment professional and a professional director, with 25+ years experienced, representing on both private and public sector boards. Tem specialises in indigenous and pan-tribal collaborations, investment partnerships, funds management, and governance including executive leadership.

Temuera has been involved in business development, asset management and investment advice since 1994. He continues to bring his experience and knowledge of indigenous Māori values and principles in to his governance business management, private equity and funds management roles. Temuera has led or played a key leadership role in numerous significant investment collaborations and partnerships with Māori Asset Holding entities. His expertise also incorporates instilling organisational values and culture, driving “kaupapa based” investment strategies and building enduring relationships.

Amy Sparks (Associate Director of Deloitte)

Amy Sparks

Associate Director of Deloitte

Amy is an Associate Director in Deloitte’s Auckland Corporate Finance team. She started at Deloitte in July 2021 and specifically focuses on ESG work, supporting both Corporate Finance and Deloitte’s Climate and Sustainability team in NZ and Asia Pacific. Amy is connected throughout the Deloitte network and involved in the development of various offerings at Deloitte such as those related to ESG M&A and Natural Capital.
Amy has a particular interest in pursuing work within the Financial Services sector. Prior to Deloitte, Amy worked at Macquarie in equities trading, and at ANZ as a Private Banker. Amy supports the Aotearoa New Zealand Investor Coalition for Net Zero, facilitating a monthly Community of Practice for fund managers.
Amy has been recognised as a young leader and has been selected to represent Deloitte at the One Young World Summit in 2022. The summit aims to accelerate social impact and develop conscious leaders. Amy is also a member of the Young Women in Finance (NZ) board.
Amy has a Master of Arts in Politics and is studying towards a second Masters in Legal Studies, focussing on commercial and environmental law.

Matt Whineray (CEO of Guardians of NZ Super)

Matt Whineray

CEO of Guardians of NZ Super

Matt is Co-Chair of the Aotearoa Circle's Sustainable Finance Forum. Matt was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Guardians in July 2018. He is responsible for the general management of the Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation and of the New Zealand Superannuation Fund under delegation from the Board.

Matt is a member of Focusing Capital on the Long Term and a Director of Netball New Zealand. Matt has previously served as a member of the World Economic Forum General Agenda Council on the Future of Investing, and as Chair of the InZone Education Foundation.

Gael Ogilvie (Director of Tread Lightly Advisory)

Gael Ogilvie

Director of Tread Lightly Advisory

Gael is an Environmental Scientist with a technical background in climate change, biodiversity and private sector sustainability practices. Currently she is providing advisory services to the investment sector on identifying, managing and reporting on ESG practices in their current and prospective portfolios. She has particular expertise in the application of ESG frameworks to early stage investment and nature-related business impact. Gael holds a number of governance positions and is the founder and director of social enterprise, Nature’s Grace Aotearoa.

Blair Jamieson (General Manager at Tamata Hauha)

Blair Jamieson

General Manager at Tamata Hauha

Hailing from Orewa with Te Rarawa and Ngapuhi decent, Blair brings a diverse range of experiences and outlooks from the primary sector, with an absolute passion for diversifying land-use. Blair has been able to bring his hard-earned experiences to the establishment of Tāmata Hauhā. His background in water quality, land management and years spent alongside Māori landowners has given him a valuable understanding of the opportunities the whenua affords. These experiences have confidently established his outlook and determination to support whanau finding investment that lead to prosperity.

Mawae Morton (Executive Chair at GreenWave Aotearoa)

Mawae Morton

Executive Chair at GreenWave Aotearoa

Mawae Morton is the Executive Chair for GreenWave Aotearoa, Kinanomics and recently joined the governance pool of NZGIF. He is also the interim GM for Tupu Angitū, which is the investment and asset management arm of the Lake Taupō Forest Trust. Before returning to Aotearoa in 2021 Mawae held various CEO, board and senior roles with both listed and private entities in the US, including the US$15B Kamehameha Schools endowment. His iwi affiliations include Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Pukenga, Te Arawa and Whanganui.

Rod Oram (Journalist at Newsroom.co.nz)

Rod Oram

Journalist at Newsroom.co.nz

Business journalist Rod Oram contributes weekly to Newsroom and Newstalk ZB. He is a public speaker on deep sustainability, business, economics, and innovation. Rod is a member of the Edmund Hillary Fellowship, which brings together people from here and abroad who seek to contribute to global change from Aotearoa.

Rod’s climate journalism has been recognised in the Global 2022 Covering Climate Now Awards. He received an Honourable Mention in the commentary category, with the judges saying: “With humour, crisp writing, and thorough analysis, Oram guides the reader through the many players and agendas behind the climate pledges by corporations.”

In Citigroup’s annual global journalism awards, Rod was the winner in 2019 in the General Business category in the Australia and NZ region for his columns in Newsroom on Fonterra; and he was the NZ Journalist of the year.

In the New Zealand Shareholders’ Association Business Journalism Awards, Rod won the Business Commentary category in 2018 and 2020 for his Newsroom columns.

Rod was a founding trustee and the second chairman of Ākina Foundation, which helps social enterprises develop their business models in areas of sustainability. He remains actively involved with the foundation and the ventures it supports.

In 2016, Bridget Williams Books published Rod’s most recent book, Three Cities: Seeking Hope in the Anthropocene, details at bwb.co.nz/books/three-cities

In 2020, Rod contributed a chapter to 100% Pure Future: New Zealand Tourism Renewed, https://www.bwb.co.nz/books/100-pure-future/ another BWB Text.

In 2021, Rod contributed a chapter on land use, agriculture and food to Climate Aotearoa: What’s happening and what we can do about. This collection of essays was edited by Helen Clark, the former NZ Prime Minister and head of the United Nations Development Programme, and published by Allen & Unwin.

Alec Tang (Director Sustainability of Kainga Ora)

Alec Tang

Director Sustainability of Kainga Ora

Alec Tang current oversees leads the Sustainability Programme at Kāinga Ora, overseeing the delivery of the organisation's climate change and sustainability aspirations. This includes providing strategic direction to projects and programmes focused on delivering carbon neutral housing, reducing construction and demolition wastes, increasing ngahere (forest) in the urban environments, building more resilient and low carbon communities, identifying renewable energy opportunities across the asset portfolio and managing the portfolio exposure to climate related risks.

Simon O'Connor (CEO of Responsible Investment Association Australasia)

Simon O'Connor

CEO of Responsible Investment Association Australasia

Simon operates at the intersection of economics, finance and sustainability and has extensive international experience as an economic adviser, investment analyst and sustainability consultant across finance, corporate and not for profit sectors.

Simon works with RIAA’s 450+ member organisations with the goal of delivering on RIAA’s mission of promoting, advocating for, and supporting approaches to responsible investment that align capital with achieving a healthy and sustainable society, environment and economy.

Simon is active across the region and internationally in responsible investment and sustainable finance initiatives. He sits as an advisory member to the Australian Sustainable Finance Institute, working group member of the Toitū Tahua Centre for Sustainable Finance, Chair of the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance, as well as a member of the National Advisory Board on Impact Investing in New Zealand.

Guy Williams (Co-Chair of Nature Working Group & Director, Biodiversity and Natural Capital - Sustainability and Climate Change at Deloitte)

Guy Williams

Co-Chair of Nature Working Group & Director, Biodiversity and Natural Capital - Sustainability and Climate Change at Deloitte

Guy Williams is a Director in Deloitte's Risk Advisory practice supporting a global network of clients to develop science-based solutions to existing and emerging biodiversity challenges. Guy brings a unique balance and perspective to the rapidly evolving natural capital agenda, gained from over twenty years field research in landscape ecology across Asia and the Pacific, academic skills in biodiversity, anthropology, and corporate sustainability, combined with his ongoing work advising business to better manage and effectively value nature. Guy serves on the membership of the Taskforce on Nature-Related Financial Disclosure, the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management and Species Survival Commission, and is an active supporter of the Science Based Targets Network. Guy maintains a deep and ongoing interest in community-led conservation, and the use of digital media to support effective conservation strategies.