Category Archives for "Consultant"

Trang Chu Minh

Sustainability Professional | Social Enterprise & Women’s Rights Advocate | Storyteller 

Based out of Singapore and Indonesia, as Head of Summits and Sustainable Events, Trang leads a global sustainability and diversity and inclusion project for Refinitiv (formerly Thomson Reuters Financial & Risk).

Highlights of her sustainable events work include:

  • developing Refinitiv’s first sustainable events policy;
  • launching the company’s first diversity and inclusion policy targeted at creating more diverse speaker faculties and more accessible events;
  • rolling out a venue sustainability screen globally to ensure that sustainability is embedded as a key criteria in sourcing processes;
  • going plastic-, paper-, and merchandise-free at key proprietary events;
  • replacing give-aways with a donation to charities committed to the UN SDGs;
  • actively engaging social enterprises as event suppliers;
  • developing a post-event sustainability scorecard to measure the effectiveness of the policy, and to eventually integrate event sustainability in the company’s annual sustainability report.

In addition, she divides her time as Asia Correspondent for Causeartist, looking after the media platform’s coverage of the region, as a freelance contributor to publications focused on social and environmental issues, and as a consultant on international development projects on topics ranging from climate change mitigation to education or women’s rights. 

Her previous consulting projects include working on development cooperation with the EU Mission to ASEAN and the EU Delegation to Indonesia, as well as USAID’s Alliance for Sustainable Palm Oil Initiative.

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Mark Rochford

I grew up on an organic farm and was raised with respect for nature and a deep understanding of environmental issues. An understanding and respect that I have advocated for throughout my career.

My first ever paid job was with the local paper recycler. At age 14.

Twenty four years later I started Frank Wild, an events agency with a dedication to sustainable design and production. Through previous years of music, corporate and commercial events I was able to identify major issues and cultivate a viable approach to addressing changes in policies and procedures that were necessary to develop a model for my own sustainable events agency.

I’m proud of the work we do in inspiring clients to commit to sustainability practices despite the challenges they may face along the way. Every client has a unique set of circumstances that requires particular attention, but we always approach each project from the same starting point – How do we help them make this more sustainable?

I always encourage and support my team at Frank Wild to speak up, contribute and collaborate with the intention of continuing to push the boundaries of sustainable design and production, and I see our company’s responsibility in the industry as one to encourage others to do the same.

www.frankwild.com.au

Jacqui Bonnitcha

Jacqui Bonnitcha

Sydney, Australia 

Consultant

Details of experience:

Jacqui is passionate about connecting sustainability to the overall event strategy in a focused and pragmatic way.

She uses sustainability methods such as life cycle assessment and sustainable procurement standards to ensure that resources expended have the greatest sustainability outcomes.

She has expertise across energy efficiency, waste and procurement across all sizes of events, from local festivals to the Commonwealth Games.

List of events and projects worked on:

  • Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018
  • Manly Food, Wine and Sustainability Festival

Qualifications/Degrees/Training:

  • Diploma in Procurement and Supply (Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply) to be completed in 2017
  • Trained in Social Return on Investment
  • Master of Built Environment (Sustainable Development)
  • Master of Development Studies
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies)

Rebecca Johnson

Rebecca Johnson

Barcelona, Spain

In-House Sustainability Manager and Consultant

Details of experience:
Rebecca have been working in Events for all of her professional life and began working in sustainability in events in 2015.

Initially, her involvement began as research for her employer, but once she started to learn more about sustainability, Rebecca became very interested in the subject in general, and the potential of every individual to reduce his/her negative impact on the environment.

Soon after she was assigned ISO 20121 implementation for her company, and later became the Sustainability Manager.

Rebecca loves the events and tourism sector and she says that it makes sense for her to apply her knowledge in sustainability to this area.

In her role she has implemented a sustainability strategy within my organisation in 3 different countries; that alone was challenging due to the different cultures and ways of working in each market.

Rebecca is also interested in sustainability in tourism and how destinations and local entities can contribute towards reducing negative impact and creating a positive legacy.

Currently she is working as a Sustainability Consultant on various different projects; teaching, training, auditing and communication.

Qualifications/Degrees/Training:

  • BA (Hons) Modern Languages (French & German) & European Studies - University of Bath, UK
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain
  • Advanced Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner, Centre for Sustainability & Excellence, IEMA, UK
  • Lead Auditor Course in ISO 14001, SGS Training
  • Internal Auditor Course in ISO 20121, SGS Training
  • Sustainability Auditor for Hotels, Travelife
  • GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training Programme
  • Biosphere Barcelona (Commitment) Training

List of events and projects worked on:

  • Ku​​​​oni Congre​​​​sses:
  • BCN Conference on Sustainable Tourism for Development, Barcelona
  • ESTRO Congress, Barcelona
  • WCGIC Congress, Barcelona
  • ICD Congress, Geneva
  • ESA Congress, Copenhagen
  • EAIE Congress, Geneva
  • Travelife auditing
  • Sustainability Leaders Project - Social Media
  • Mediterranean Sustainable To​​​​urism Convention, Barcelona​

Henry Victor Smale

Brisbane, Australia

Sustainability Manager and Consultant

Details of experience: 

Henry works in event sustainability because he has seen the negative impacts events can have, and he has seen just how good conscious event practice can be.

He began volunteering at festivals almost 10 years ago in waste management, and 9 years later he has started his own dedicated event sustainability business.

Henry has years of experience working site builds, small to very large scale events, council events to massive multi-day festivals, and has had the opportunity to try new & radical forms of event sustainability.

Himself and his team have gone to huge lengths to save resources from landfill, introduce complex reusable systems for food traders, introduce alternative power sources and challenge patrons to be more sustainable event-goers.

Qualifications/Degrees/Training:

  • Bachelor of Science (Ecology), University of Queensland
  • First Aid Cert., EWP, Forklift, Working at Heights Ticket

List of events and projects worked on:

  • Secret Garden Festival: Head of Sustainability/ Waste Management, Australia
  • Island Vibe: Head of Sustainability/ Waste Management, Australia
  • Rainbow Serpent Festival: Sustainability Coordinator, Australia
  • Sustainability Coordinator & Manager Jungle Love Festival, Australia
  • Head of Recycling & Organic Waste at Woodford Folk Festival, Australia
  • Waste and Sustainability 2IC Earth Frequency Festival, Australia
  • Waste and Sustainability 2IC Boogie Festival, Australia
  • Waste Management work for Buddha's Birthday, Night Noodle Market & World Science Fair, Australia

Amanda Pummer

Amanda Pummer 

Sunshine Coast, Australia 

Sustainability Manager and Consultant

Details of experience:
As Hotel General Manager for 20 years managing events in hotels throughout Australasia, the biggest as Executive Assistant Manager at Rydges Wentworth Hotel during the Olympics in Sydney 2000, to over 200 private weddings in design hotels in Bali, managing events differently became my unique skill. After appointment as the Bali Hotels Association Environment Executive, I was also able to lead hotels through Earth Check's certification programmes providing training and guidance with groups of hotels. It was this volunteer role that led me to join the GreenAsia Group as Sustainability Consultant for the Hospitality Industry, based in Bali. Since returning to Australia, I have created my own Consultancy for the Hospitality industry and now work in that role for Tourism Noosa.

Qualifications/Degrees/Training:

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree, Double Major Philosophy and English Literature - UWA
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Sustainability - USC
  • Green Globe 21 Auditor training 2006 Singapore
  • RSA and RSG permit
  • Cert IV training and assessment TAFE Maroochydore

List of events and projects worked on:

  • Clean up the World Day - Bali - Organiser 2008,2009
  • Green Globe 21 Auditor Training 2006 Singapore
  • Green Globe 21 Certification for Alila Manggis and Alila Ubud Hotels Bali
  • Green Asia Group - EarthCheck trainer for Club Med Cherating Beach
  • Sustainability Consultant - Noosa Lakes Resort
  • Sustainability Officer - Noosa Festival of Surfing
  • Sustainability Officer - Tourism Noosa

Mak Tsan Lam, Matthew

Mak Tsan Lam (Matthew) 

Hong Kong

Consultant

Matthew has been in PR and Event management for 10+ years, from a managerial level of an international PR agency to brand manager of a leading mobile phone, to becoming a founder of a local event production workshop.

He has come across different roles of all kinds of events. One of his biggest campaigns was the global launch of Samsung Galaxy S (1st gen).

Matthew has been interested in sustainable events since the 2012 London Olympic. It awoke him the event industry is silently damaging our environment and our society after every successful event; but it also inspired him to take action without hesitation.

Hong Kong is a vibrant and hustle city. While fans around the world are cheering at the Rugby Sevens in the stadium, local peoples celebrate the Lunar New Year with dancing dragons and lions on the street. He loves Hong Kong and says that it is a city that is full of fun.

Matthew believes that sustainable events management approach is one of the most important drivers for our society to become a sustainable city.

Qualifications/Degrees/Training:

  • Cambridge University Institute for Sustainability Leadership
  • Sustainable Event Professional Certificate (co-issued by Event Industry Council and Sustainable Brands)
  • GRI Standard sustainability reporting

List of events and projects worked on:

  • The Next BMW Designer Competition 2016, 2017, 2018
  • https://designer.bmwhk.com/en/
  • Hitachi Asia Innovation Summit 2017 at HKSTP

Antonio Cañas

Antonio Cañas Rojas

Bilbao, Spain

Sustainability and Circular Economy Expert and Auditor

Antonio is an industrial engineer, with a vast experience and training in circular economy, ecodesign and LCA and energy.

He is an expert in environmental communication and dissemination and was appointed European Diamond Ambassador in 2015 within the EE MUSIC platform, a European reference in the field of sustainability in musical events. He is also the jury specialized in sustainability in the Fest Awards.

A few years ago he founded Greenize and since then he directs this engineering dedicated to the development of sustainability projects and applied circular economy.

He is specialized in large events and R&D projects.

He is passionate about design and is restless by nature, has been for decades as a promoter of musical, film and cultural events, ingeniously creative, and professional globetrotter .... and above all, able to change forever your way of seeing the world, giving you the tools necessary for you to act the change.

List of events and projects he has worked on:

  • Pilots and consultancy for Guide for Sustainable Events in Basque Country
  • Jury specialized in Sustainability in Premios Fest
  • EE Music Project
  • EE Music Europe Awards 2015
  • EE Music Europe Diamand Ambassador
  • Slow Fashion Next Meeting 2015
  • 17th International Congress of Dietetics 2016
  • 3rd Summit of Travel Agencies Associations
  • Basque Ecodesign Meeting
  • Kilometroak
  • Fiesta de la Vendimia
  • Bilbo Basket
  • BIME
  • Ebrovision Music Festival
  • Bilbao BBK Live Music Festival
  • Somos Estrellas Festival
  • Caostica, Short Film Festival
  • BBFA Meeting 2016
  • Ibilaldia 2013
  • Bilbao World SUP Challenge
  • Bio Bike Eguna 2014

Degrees and qualifications:

  • Industrial Engineering
  • MsC. Renewable Energies
  • Expert in Ecodesign and LCA
  • Part Qualified Doctor in Project Management

Auditor for:

  • ISO 20121
  • EPD
  • ISO 14006
  • ISO 9001
  • ISO 14001

Brett Blumberg

Brett Blumberg 

San Diego, USA

Sustainability Manager

Details of experience:

Brett's first taste of event sustainability came as a seasonal contractor for ESPN over the course of 6 years, helping to mitigate the environmental impacts of various events around the country.

After a short career as a remediation engineer, he joined Kilowatt Events, Inc. and helped launch their new dedicated sustainability wing, Kilowatt One.

Because Kilowatt's expertise is producing traditional events, the company advantage comes from their ability to weave event sustainability into the fabric of the event production process under the control of a single company, ultimately saving time and effort for clients and creating deeper impacts throughout event operations.

His education in engineering gave him the technical toolset needed to tackle large-scale social and environmental issues while his degree in business has provided the ability to clearly communicate the value in doing so to all stakeholders.

Event sustainability must make business sense, and he is excited to help grow the industry as it becomes increasingly important in an ever-changing world.

Qualifications/Degrees/Training:

  • B.S., Environmental Engineering
  • MBA, Sustainability
  • LEED Green Associate Accreditation
  • Permaculture Design Certified

List of events and projects worked on:

  • Winter X Games
  • Summer X Games
  • ESPY Awards Show
  • Dew Tour

Russ Spollin

Russ Spollin

South West, UK

Project Manager specialising in sustainability management 

Details of experience: 

Russ Spollin has a passion for events and sustainability, working with festivals and community events to help improve their sustainability performance. His sustainability journey began in the early 2000's as a workplace union environment representative and has taken him many wonderful places, including deep down compost toilets and high atop mountains of recycling. Currently he is a project professional at the UK Environment Agency, supporting organisations across Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs). His previous projects involve sustainability management at festivals and community events.

Qualifications/Degrees/Training:

  • IEMA Sustainability Practitioner Membership
  • APM Project Fundamentals Qualification
  • PRINCE2 Foundation Certificate
  • Permaculture Design Course Certificate

List of events and projects worked on:

  • Environment Agency - Project Professional
  • Pigpen Radio CIC - Director and Curator - social enterprise radio station - www.pigpenradio.org
  • Redfest Bristol CIC - Director and Sustainability Manager - community arts festival - www.redfestbristol.co.uk
  • International Permaculture Convergence India - Waste Management Project Lead
  • Department for Transport - Union Environment Representative
  •  Glastonbury, BoomTown Fair, Shambala and other UK festivals - recycling and compost toilets
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