2017 Green Property Summit Speakers

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International Keynote Speaker: Dr John Keung, CEO Building and Construction Authority; Singapore

Learnings from Singapore: Changing the way we build

Dr John Keung is the Chief Executive Officer of Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority (BCA) since June 2006. He holds a number of Board chairmanship and membership in various organizations in the field of sustainable development and solar energy and worked in various public agencies such as the Housing & Development Board (HDB) and the Urban Redevelopment Authority in the past.

Dr Keung was named one of the Top 25 Newsmakers of the Year 2013 by Engineering News-Record, a US-based engineering magazine published by McGraw Hill, for his work guiding Singapore as leader in sustainable design and construction. He also received the Chairman’s Award by the World Green Building Council in 2015.

Dr Keung is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore (NUS) and the School of Science and Technology, SIM University (UNISIM). He also serves in a number of university advisory committees in Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). Dr Keung is a Chartered Town Planner and obtained his Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Wales, UK.


International Keynote Speaker: Paul Rode, Senior Vice President of Engineering and Energy at The Related Companies

Building cities of the future, partnerships and sustainability

Paul Rode is the Senior Vice President of Engineering and Energy at The Related Companies, managing the department responsible for engineering operations, existing building’s capital projects, and all utility purchasing on a portfolio consisting over 400 buildings of mixed asset types.

Prior to joining Related, Paul was the business development director for the Building Efficiency division of Johnson Controls. Based in New York City where he developed and implemented energy savings retrofit projects, and deep energy retrofits that comprised strategies that included load reduction, energy efficiency, energy centred behavioural change, and on-site generation. While at Johnson Controls, Paul was the Project Executive for the green retrofit of the Empire State Building.

Paul also developed and implemented paid-from-savings projects for industrial clients involving the construction of generation / cogeneration stations in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Brazil, Russia, and Saudi Arabia.

Outside work, Paul was one of the original members of the NRDC’s High Performance Tenant Interiors project team, contributed on New York City’s Greater Green Building Plan, and serves on various energy and code committees. Paul is a Professional Engineer with a BE degree in Chemical Engineering, has contributed to trade publications, and governmental energy policy.


Hon Paula Bennett, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Climate Change issues

Ministerial Address

Paula has lived in Auckland since 1992, first in the North Shore and now in West Auckland. She grew up in Taupo.

She became a Minister of the Crown in 2008 after being elected to Parliament in 2005. She became MP for Upper Harbour in 2014 with a majority of close to 9,000 votes, after having served as MP for Waitakere for six years.

Upon National taking office in 2008, Paula was made Minister of Social Development, a role she held for six years. The positive impact she’s been able to make in the lives of our most vulnerable is one of the highlights of her career so far. Paula’s tenure made her the longest serving Minister of Social Development in New Zealand’s history.

Ranked number two in Cabinet, Paula is the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Climate Change Issues, Minister of Police, Minister of State Services, Minister of Tourism, and Minister for Women.

Her five portfolios, along with being New Zealand’s Deputy Prime Minister gives her influence across Government to focus on making sure Government delivers genuine results for all New Zealanders.


Gordon Moller ONZM, Principal Moller Architects

Case Study: Auckland's new state-of-the-art performing arts facility - ASB Waterfront Theatre

Gordon Moller ONZM is one of New Zealand’s most eminent architects. As the designer of some of Auckland’s iconic buildings; Sky City Tower complex, Viaduct Events Centre, ASB Waterfront theatre; Gordon is recognised as a model of professional excellence. His work is characterised by a meticulous attention to the craft of building, a clear and decisive sense of purpose, and an enormous personal industry.

Gordon’s philosophy has been to search for a meaning in architecture expressive of the New Zealand natural and urban environment. To do this his approach is to respect the environment in which the building or design is located and develop a design process with the client to create architecture with an evolving and responsive quality. If the resulting buildings improve with age and use, then these fundamental goals are achieved and enhanced.

Gordon is an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to architecture and has won the New Zealand Institute of Architects’ Gold Medal three times.


Tony Arnel, Global Director of Sustainability, Norman Disney & Young

Cities in the new innovation economy

Tony is the Global Director of Sustainability at Norman Disney & Young (NDY) and works across the worldwide network of NDY offices in six countries. He is the company’s key strategist for Sustainability.

Tony is a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects. He is also Life Fellow of the Green Building Council of Australia, a founding director and was chair between 2007 – 2012. During this time, he was also chair of the World Green Building Council (2008 – 2011)

His current board involvement includes the Energy Efficiency Council (President), Deakin University School of Engineering (Deputy Chair), the Sustainable Melbourne Fund and Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA) Limited.

He is also a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company directors.


Matthew Cockram, Principal and CEO New Zealand, Cooper and Company

Matthew practiced as a lawyer at Bell Gully in Auckland from 1984 to 2005, including 13 years as partner and four years as Chairman of the Board of Partners. While managing partner at Bell Gully, Matthew advised Cooper and Company on the Britomart project, negotiating the development deed with Auckland City Council. In 2005 he joined Cooper and Company as CEO New Zealand.

Matthew’s legal background is in commercial property, construction and large-scale public and private infrastructure projects. Matthew is an independent director of Tainui Group Holdings Limited and Waterfront Theatre Limited. He is also a member of the New Zealand Initiative, the New Zealand Infrastructure Council, Committee for Auckland and the New Zealand Law Society. He holds an LLB from the University of Canterbury.


Peter Mence, Chief Executive, Argosy Property Limited

An engineer by background, Peter has 35 years of experience in the property industry working with Progressive Enterprises, Challenge Properties, Richard Ellis and Green and McCahill. Peter joined Armstrong Jones (NZ) in 1994 and was appointed General Manager of Argosy (then known as ING Property Trust) in 2007.

Instrumental in the rebranding and internalisation of the company’s management Peter was appointed Chief Executive of the business in 2009. Peter is a Fellow of the Property Institute and is a past lecturer in Advanced Property Management at The University of Auckland and is the current President of the Property Council of New Zealand. In 2013 Peter was honoured with the Stuart McIntosh award in recognition of his contribution to the University.


Scott Pritchard, CEO, Precinct Properties New Zealand

Scott has led the team since 2010 being responsible for the overall strategy and operations of Precinct. Scott has more than 15 years experience in property funds management, development and asset management.

His previous experience includes various property roles with NZX-listed entities Goodman Property Trust, Auckland International Airport Limited and Urbus Properties Limited.

Scott holds a Masters degree in Management from Massey University. He is a member of the Property Council’s national council.


Davina Rooney, General Manager Sustainability, Stockland Corporaton Ltd; Australia

Her role is to develop strategy and ensure sustainable practices and policies are adopted across Stockland. Davina is an engineer and has extensive experience in sustainability and building consulting.

Davina has a variety of sustainability experience, from environmental projects, not-for profit boards and overseas community development work, spending 8 months working in the Indian Himalayas on the construction of a school which won multiple international awards. Davina has been recognised by multiple industry awards including NAWIC NSW Sustainability 2016, PCA 2014 Future Leaders Award and Sydney University Engineering Young Alumni Award.


Katie Swenson, Vice President Design, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc; USA

As an international leader in sustainable design for low-income communities, Katie oversees National Design Initiatives for Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., directing the Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute and the Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship. These cultivate a new generation of community architects through hands-on experience and high-impact projects in local communities across the country. Over the last 17 years, the 60+ program fellows remain leaders in community design, spearheading a national movement of architects dedicated to community development and social activism.


Matthew Ensor, Business Director – Advisory, Beca

Matt Ensor is Business Director for Advisory Services at Beca. His formal qualifications are in civil engineering, economics and sociology.

For 20 years he worked on the never-ending challenge of solving traffic problems and now is involved in the broader area of Smart Cities consulting. Matt advocates data-driven smart design to reduce people’s frustrations of living in cities and improve the efficiency of our energy use. This includes his current focus on electric bicycles and electric vehicle initiatives.


MC Rachel Smalley

Rachel Smalley is host of NewstalkZB’s Early Edition and the highly regarded political programme, 'The Nation'. She is the former anchor of Firstline, TV3’s hard news morning programme.

Smalley’s career in journalism is extensive. She spent eight years living in Europe working for news organisations in Dublin and London, and gained invaluable experience working for the award-winning rolling news channel Sky News UK in London, for four years.

Smalley now interviews some of the country’s leading politicians every week. She has a strong nose for news, and spent long stints reporting from her native Christchurch during the earthquakes. Smalley also maintains strong views on some of the key issues facing women today.


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