Here are our speakers for our annual conference RISE: OUR CRITICAL DECADE | Grow, gather and give for the environment.

Terry Tamminen

Terry Tamminen, The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation and Rockerfeller Brothers Fund advisor, is our international keynote speaker for the 2021 AEGN annual conference! 

We are thrilled to announce that Terry Tamminen, champion of environmental philanthropy, policy and business in the United States, is the keynote speaker for our virtual panel discussion on Monday 29 March.   

Terry Tamminen

An advisor to the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and former CEO of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, Terry’s work in climate change and nature preservation earned him the #1 spot in The Guardian’s Top 50 People Who Can Save The Planet.  

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed him Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency and later his chief policy advisor, where Terry was the architect of many ground breaking sustainability policies, including California’s landmark Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, the Hydrogen Highway Network, and the Million Solar Roofs initiative.  

Terry co-founded the R20 Regions of Climate Action in 2010, a public-private partnership across government, business, academia and NGOs, to simultaneously solve the climate crisis and build a sustainable global economy. He currently advises the 7th Generation Advisors to Pegasus Capital Advisors, the Green Climate Fund, and numerous global businesses on sustainability and “green” investing, as well as assisting governments and philanthropists with climate solutions.  

Join us for this special virtual panel on Monday 29 March from 5.00pm to 6.30pm AEDT and hear a unique perspective from someone who has successfully branched environmental action across commercial, not-for-profit and government sectors.

Dr Anne Poelina

Over the last 30 years Dr Poelina has employed a powerful combination of public engagements, peer reviewed academic papers, podcasts, community meetings, poetry and storytelling to share the lived experiences of Indigenous people.

Dr Anne Poelina is a Nyikina Warrwa Traditional Custodian from the Kimberley region of Western Australia. She is an active Indigenous community leader, human and earth rights advocate, filmmaker and a respected academic researcher, with a Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Master of Education, Master of Arts (Indigenous Social Policy) and recently submitted a PhD (Health Science).

Dr Anne Poelina

Signatory to the Redstone Statement 2010, she is a 2011 Peter Cullen Fellow for Water Leadership. In 2017, she was awarded a Laureate from the Women’s World Summit Foundation (Geneva), elected Chair of the Martuwarra Fitzroy River Council (2018), Adjunct Professor and Senior Research Fellow with Notre Dame University and a Research Fellow with Northern Australia Institute, Charles Darwin University.

Poelina is a Visiting Fellow with the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University’s Canberra Australia Water Justice Hub to focus on Indigenous water valuation and resilient decision-making.

The Hon. Matt Kean

Minister for Energy and Environment, Minister Kean has overseen one of the most significant shifts in clean energy policy in the country.

He is also responsible for the recovery of the state’s wildlife from the 2019-20 Black Summer bushfires, and for the overall management of our precious environment. The Minister will join our Sydney dinner for a Q&A with the incredible harbour and bridge as our backdrop.

The Hon. Matt Kean, Minister for Energy and Environment


Grow, gather and give for the environment.
The AEGN annual conference 2021.