The Urban Leadership stream (Big ideas and global perspectives) included presentations and panels on topics as important, urgent and diverse as sustainable development goals and cities; the new urban agenda; business creating sustainable cities; retrofitting suburbia; creating regional ecocities; and women leading sustainable and resilient cities.

Key speakers within the Urban Leadership stream included: 

  • Milag San-Jose Ballesteros, C40 Asia Pacific
  • Elaine Carbines, CEO G21
  • Adam Fennessy, Secretary, Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning, Victorian Government
  • Steve Gawler, Regional Director Oceania, ICLEI
  • David Holmgren, Co-Founder of Permaculture Concept
  • Kirstin Miller, Executive Director, Ecocity Builders
  • Cr Margaret O’Rourke, Mayor, City of Bendigo
  • Kate Phillips, Senior Curator, Museums Victoria
  • Yves Laurent Sapoval, Co-Ordinator, Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction
  • Karibaiti Taoaba, Commonwealth Local Government Forum for the Pacific, Fiji
  • Prof John Thwaites, Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Monash University
  • Angharad Wynne-Jones, Arts House

The full Urban Leadership concurrent session program can be found below (click on the images to enlarge) or click on ‘View the Urban Leadership Concurrent Sessions’ to download a copy of this program.