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Women for the Environment - Melbourne

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You're invited

to a special event on Friday 24 November

Bush Heritage Australia invites you to join us for a thought-provoking networking breakfast, featuring inspiring female leaders providing their insights and guidance on nature-based risks and opportunities, with a focus on nature-related financial disclosures.

While climate change and net zero has been the headline act for some time, biodiversity and ecosystem health is rapidly taking centre stage. More than half of the world’s economic output is moderately or highly dependent on nature and there is growing recognition in the finance and business sector of the need to move beyond climate considerations and address nature-related concerns.

Defining how organisation can assess, prioritise, measure, address and track their impacts and dependencies on natural ecosystems is a significant step in the right direction for creating strong biodiversity.


Date: Friday 24 November 2023

Time: 7.30am – 10am

Place: Metropolis Events Southgate

Tickets: $86 per person; $810 for a table of ten

Our Panelists

Estelle Parker

Estelle Parker – Responsible Investment Association Australasia

Portrait of Estelle Parker

Estelle leads RIAA’s research, certification, policy, standards and working group programs. She brings 20 years’ experience leading strategic initiatives as a diplomat, policy analyst, stakeholder manager and strategic planner with DFAT.

Estelle also worked for five years at the University of Melbourne, where she lectured in the Master of Public Policy and Management and Master of International Relations, and has experience on boards and committees.

Estelle has deep expertise in responsible, sustainable and ethical investment and ESG, including the Australian, Aotearoa NZ and global policy environment, product labelling, greenwashing in the finance sector and nature disclosures.

Elisa de Wit

Partner and Head of Climate Change and Sustainability –Norton Rose Fulbright

Portrait of Elisa de Wit

Elisa is an environment and planning, and climate change lawyer. She leads the Australian climate change and sustainability practice and the firm's global carbon markets practice.

Elisa has practised in the areas of environmental, planning and climate change law for over 30 years,

Her environmental experience includes advising on various environmental permitting regimes, including waste management, pollution control and discharge consents, representing clients in connection with environmental offences or breaches of environmental legislation and undertaking substantial due diligence exercise.

Alexandra Gartmann

Chair – Victorian Agriculture and Climate Change Council

Portraite of Alexandra Gartmann

Alexandra is a passionate advocate and champion for rural and regional Australia.

Along with her role as Chair of the Victorian Agriculture and Climate Change Council, she is non-executive Director of Nufarm, the Deputy Chair of the Australian Wool Testing Authority, a Director of the Australian Farm Institute, a trustee of Helen Macpherson Smith Trust, and a Director of the One Basin CRC. 

Alexandra has also held numerous executive and non-executive roles across the banking, agribusiness and primary industries, natural resource and environment sectors.

Our Host

Emily Rice

Portrait of Emily Rice

Emily is an award-winning journalist and presenter with more than two decades at the cutting edge of Australian and international news and current affairs. Her presence and personable presentation style has been honed over more than 20-years of television presenting.

Special Guests

•    Bambi Lees, Aboriginal Partnerships Manager, VIC, Bush Heritage Australia

•    Christina Tonkin, Managing Director, Corporate Finance, ANZ Banking Group



Bush Heritage acknowledges the Wurundjeri Traditional Owners, upon whose land the event will take place. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. 


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