Linh Do

Linh Do is a social change advocate and has been working on environmental issues since 2006. She has a background in community organising, campaigning, journalism and strategy development. Linh has worked with a wide array of individuals, from high school students to UNEP and the Reuters Foundation. Linh co-founded OurSay, a technology service, and is currently the editor-in-chief at The Verb, an environmental newswire service telling the stories that matter. It specialises in covering the UN processes through localising and humanising climate change stories.

Linh obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science and Environmental Studies) from the University of Melbourne. She has completed a fellowship at the Centre for Sustainability Leadership and further professional studies at the Harvard Kennedy School.

In 2013, Linh was named a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, Australian Geographic Young Conservationist of the Year and one of Junior Chamber International Outstanding Young Persons of the World. She is signed with BookedOut Agency and Claxton Speakers. Linh is based in Melbourne with extensive overseas experience.

Chris O’Neill

Chris is a Director of Hydronumerics Pty Ltd, an Australian-owned, international engineering consultancy specialising in large scale, complex water resource management.
Chris has over 12 years experience in water and wastewater engineering, urban water management, hydrology and environmental modelling in Australia and internationally. Chris is the Practice Leader for urban lake management, working with national and international clients to balance complex technical, financial and social issues in the sustainable management of high-value public assets. In addition, Chris is the Research Theme Leader for wastewater management, where Hydronumerics is exploring options to deliver low cost, sustainable wastewater treatment facilities for developing countries, and also the use of alternative techniques to optimise land-based treatment systems.

Since 2012, Chris has maintained a hectic travel schedule between Australia and India as part of Hydronumerics’ expansion into the Indian market. More recently, Chris launched the Australia-India Water and Environment Network, a bi-lateral funding organisation established to provide short-term professional exchange opportunities for Australian and Indian engineers, scientists and policy makers from all sectors within the environment portfolio. Chris holds degrees in Environmental Engineering, Economics and Finance and is due to submit his PhD in Applied Hydrology in 2014. Chris has previously been a member of the Board of the Australian Hydraulic Modellers’ Association, the Institute of Engineers Australia Sustainability Committee and was the Chair of the Victorian Modellers’ Group in 2012. In 2011 Chris was elected as a next generation leader in water resource management as part of DFAT’s Australia-Korea Foundation Next Generation Leadership Program.

Sara Philips

Sara Phillips has been an environment journalist and editor for more than 10 years. With degrees in Arts and Science she completed a Graduate Diploma in Science Communication at the ANU. She got her start on environmental trade publications, and went on be deputy editor of Cosmos, a science magazine and editor of G, a green lifestyle magazine. She is currently the editor of ABC Environment online, a role she has held for three years.

She has won several awards for her work including the 2006 Reuters/IUCN award for excellence in environmental reporting for a story on the water crisis in Australia. While editor of G, she also won the 2008 Bell Award for editor of the year and won the 2007 Bell Award for best consumer magazine of the year (print run over 30,000)

Ravindra

Ravindra has successfully completed his PhD (in August, 2012 at National Institute of Technology Karnataka, India) on environmentally friendly and economic benefits processes to synthesise carbon nanostructures and also their applications in catalysis and hydrogen storage. He concurrently collaborated as a research fellow for Defence Research and Development Organization sponsored project, on carbon nanomaterials and its application in energy field. He has published 15 research articles in international journals and also presented his work in 12 national and international conferences and meetings.

In 2013, Ravindra joined SMaRT@UNSW as a Research Associate with Director, Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla. SMaRT Centre research interests include sustainability of materials and processes with an emphasis on environmental andcommunity benefits. SMaRT Centre works collaboratively with Australian companies and overseas companies/institutions and has established strong partnerships and a deep knowledge of industrial processes and issues/problems.

Amoghavarsha Js

Amoghavarsha is a wildlife photographer and filmmaker. He has travelled extensively, and documenting the planet’s bio-diversity and helping conserve through photographs and film. He has photographed the thick evergreens of Arunachal, the barren landscapes of Ladakh, the Western Ghats in south India and the vast plains of Africa.

He began his career as a Software Engineer at Amazon.com and worked with two Internet start-ups before he switched to full-time photography and filmmaking. Having worked as a naturalist and hailing from a technology background, he makes use of new media to help spread the message of conservation.

His recent projects include “Secrets of the King Cobra” – a National Geographic documentary and “Jaya hey Kannada Thaye” – India’s first wildlife music video which was launched on six channels and gained two million views in two days. He works closely with State Governments on wildlife and conservation based activities. He has been one of the main contributors for the mobile exhibition.

Andrew Pickford

Andrew Pickford is based in Perth, Western Australia and works in the area of policy and strategy across a range of institutions, industries and governments. He has particular expertise in the electricity sector, strategy formulation, scenario-based planning and Indo-Pacific security issues. Mr Pickford is the inaugural ISSA Indo-Pacific Managing Director, a strategic think-tank focusing onthe Indian Ocean region. Mr Pickford also holds a number of other positions including Senior Fellow, Mannkal Economic Foundation, Senior Fellow,International Strategic Studies Association and is currently a Center for Strategicand International Studies-Pacific Forum Young Leader.

Andrew is the former Vice President of the Australia-India Business Council (WABranch). He also sits on the management committee of the Australia Day Council of Western Australia and the Australian Institute of International Affairs (WABranch).

Mr Pickford is a co-author of Energy Security 2.0: How Energy is Central to the Changing Global Balance in the New Age of Geography, Australia 2050: An Examination of Australia’s Condition, Outlook, and Options for the First Half of the21st Century, and Such a Full Sea: Australia’s Options in a Changing Indian Ocean Region.

Andrej Pavkovic

Andrej works for the Australian Government’s international education agency, Australian Education International (AEI), in its National Office in Canberra. He works with a team spread between Canberra and New Delhi to help build education partnerships and policy dialogue between Australia and India.   Andrej completed a Bachelor of Asian Studies at the Australian National University, majoring in Japanese language and contemporary Asian societies and histories. His interest in India’s rich culture and its emergence as a global giant was sparked during his studies. Following his studies he gained experience working in state and federal government before joining AEI.

Andrej completed a Bachelor of Asian Studies at the Australian National University, majoring in Japanese language and contemporary Asian societies and histories. His interest in India’s rich culture and its emergence as a global giant was sparked during his studies. Following his studies he gained experience working in state and federal government before joining AEI.

Anant Dev Tayal

Anant is a young engineer from Perth, Western Australia with a passion for sustainable development in the Asia Pacific region. An unremitting desire to understand his country of origin, India, has already seen him studying as a visiting student at IIT Madras, attending a youth leadership program in Kerala,and attending the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Conference as an Australian delegate. Anant currently works for Energy Australia by day, and by night plans ways to shape humanitarian engineering as his lifetime occupation. He is a leader of Energy with Engineers without Borders and has recently participated in a development experience with other Australian engineers visiting a number of NGOs around Pune, Auroville, Chennai and Mumbai.

Andrew Pickford

Andrew Pickford is based in Perth, Western Australia and works in the area of policy and strategy across a range of institutions, industries and governments. He has particular expertise in the electricity sector, strategy formulation, scenario-based planning and Indo-Pacific security issues. Mr Pickford is the inaugural ISSA Indo-Pacific Managing Director, a strategic think-tank focusing onthe Indian Ocean region. Mr Pickford also holds a number of other positions including Senior Fellow, Mannkal Economic Foundation, Senior Fellow,International Strategic Studies Association and is currently a Center for Strategicand International Studies-Pacific Forum Young Leader.

Andrew is the former Vice President of the Australia-India Business Council (WABranch). He also sits on the management committee of the Australia Day Council of Western Australia and the Australian Institute of International Affairs (WABranch).

Mr Pickford is a co-author of Energy Security 2.0: How Energy is Central to the Changing Global Balance in the New Age of Geography, Australia 2050: An Examination of Australia’s Condition, Outlook, and Options for the First Half of the21st Century, and Such a Full Sea: Australia’s Options in a Changing Indian Ocean Region.

Andrej Pavkovic

Andrej works for the Australian Government’s international education agency, Australian Education International (AEI), in its National Office in Canberra. He works with a team spread between Canberra and New Delhi to help build education partnerships and policy dialogue between Australia and India.   Andrej completed a Bachelor of Asian Studies at the Australian National University, majoring in Japanese language and contemporary Asian societies and histories. His interest in India’s rich culture and its emergence as a global giant was sparked during his studies. Following his studies he gained experience working in state and federal government before joining AEI.

Andrej completed a Bachelor of Asian Studies at the Australian National University, majoring in Japanese language and contemporary Asian societies and histories. His interest in India’s rich culture and its emergence as a global giant was sparked during his studies. Following his studies he gained experience working in state and federal government before joining AEI.