Speakers at our 12 March 2020 Forum were

Alex Sloan AM

Facilitator and MC

The award-winning journalist Alex Sloan was the MC for the March 2020 Australian Climate Consensus Forum. For 27 years she worked as a broadcaster with the ABC. In 2017 Alex was named Canberra Citizen of the Year. Her skills as an MC, facilitator and interviewer are highly regarded, and she has served these roles for The National Library, National Museum of Australia, National Gallery of Australia and National Portrait Gallery. Ms Sloan is a director of The Australia Institute and The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, and works with a variety of local charities.

Greg Mullins AO AFSM

Former Fire and Rescue Commissioner

Greg Mullins is an internationally recognised expert in responding to major bushfires and natural disasters.  He has a keen interest in the linkages between climate change and extreme weather events. Greg coordinated responses to many major natural disasters over more than two decades and retired as Commissioner of Fire & Rescue NSW in January 2017.

During his 39-year career, he has held several leadership positions including President of the Australasian Fire & Emergency Service Authorities’ Council, Australian Director of the International Fire Chiefs Association of Asia, Australian representative on the UN’s International Search & Rescue Advisory Committee, and member of the NSW Government’s Climate Change Council from 2007-16.

Greg has worked with bushfire fighting authorities in the USA, Canada, France and Spain and studied at the US National Fire Academy in 2001-02.  Upon retirement Mullins re-joined the volunteer bushfire brigade where he started in 1972, became a member of the Climate Council, and volunteers as a bush regenerator.

Will Steffen

Climate and Earth System Scientist

Professor Will Steffen has a long history in international global change research, serving from 1998 to 2004 as Executive Director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP), based in Stockholm, Sweden, and before that as Executive Officer of IGBP's Global Change and Terrestrial Ecosystems project.

Will was the Inaugural Director of the ANU Climate Change Institute, serving from 2008-2012, following his directorship of the ANU Fenner School of Environment and Society. From 2004 to 2011 he served as science adviser to the Australian Government Department of Climate Change.  From 2011 to 2013 sat on the Australian Climate Commission, and an advisor to the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee.  He is a councillor with the Climate Council.

Steffen's interests span a broad range within the fields of sustainability and Earth System science, with an emphasis on the science of climate change, approaches to climate change adaptation in land systems, incorporation of human processes in Earth System modelling and analysis; and the history and future of the relationship between humans and the rest of nature.  With Nobel-prize winner Paul Crutzen, he developed the concept of the Anthropocene, the current geological era in which we live.  His latest work focuses on tipping points in the Earth System that could lead to runaway climate change.

Anika Molesworth

Farmer and Climate Advocate

Anika Molesworth is a passionate advocate for sustainable farming, environmental conservation and climate change action. She helped form Farmers for Climate Action, and connects land managers to researchers through her platform Climate Wise Agriculture. For her innovation, she has been named the 2015 NSW Farmer of the Year, was the state’s finalist for Young Australian of the Year in 2017, and won the Green Globe Award for Young Sustainability Champion.

Anika splits her time between her family’s arid outback sheep station in Far Western NSW, her PhD crop trials in Griffith NSW, and lush green rice paddies in Southeast Asia, working as a researcher in international agricultural development. Keenly interested in the conservation of natural and cultural heritage in farming communities, Anika voluntarily founded and manages the International National Trust Organisation’s Sustainable Farms program.

Molesworth believes that that enormity of the problem we face from climate change and the urgency for shifting the trajectory we are currently on requires all of us to find ways to drive change.  She says, “The biggest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.”

Frank Jotzo

Economist and Climate Policy Specialist

Frank Jotzo is Director of ANU Centre for Climate and Energy Policy, working on the economics and policy of climate change, as well as on broader issues of development and economic reform. He has research and published on these topics for over a decade, focusing on Australia and countries of the Asia-Pacific. He is the joint editor-in-chief of the journal Climate Policy and a lead author of the 5th and 6th assessment reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

A frequent contributor to the public and policy debate in Australia and internationally, Jotzo has advised state and national governments and consulted for international organisations. He was an advisor to the Garnaut Climate Change Review, advisor to Indonesia’s Ministry of Finance, and consultant to the World Bank.

Jotzo is a co-director of the Energy Transition Hub, a collaborative venture supported by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs of Trade and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.   He contributes to academic journalism and news, and has been listed as one of the top 50 global "influencers on renewables and future of energy".