• 26-27 October 2022
  • Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

The roadmap to creating a national circular economy & from trash to treasure, WtE opportunities for Australia


1 hour and 30 minutes


Diverting waste from landfills and moving away from raw material use is crucial to sustained economic future for all Australians. This session highlights the opportunities presented within CE to creating economic value, through recycling and waste management, WtE technologies using tech and innovation toward creating a more sustainable future.




Mike Wheeler
Chief Editor
Inside Waste

Mike Wheeler has been a journalist and editor for 29 years. He has experience writing for many industries including consumer electronics, manufacturing, food and now waste. He is passionate about the waste industry and believes it is inhabited by people who are passionate about making the circular economy a reality, and with innovate people finding great solutions to waste problems.


Kar Mei Tang
Chief Circular Economist
NSW Circular 

Dr Kar Mei Tang was appointed Chief Circular Economist with NSW Circular in 2020, a body established by the NSW Office of the Chief Scientist and Engineer to fast-track NSW’s transition to the circular economy.

Prior to this she was Executive Director, Circular Economy in the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and Environment Protection Authority, and was Director of Economic Policy in the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet. Prior to joining the NSW public sector, she was Head of Policy and Research with the Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (now Australian Investment Council).

Kar Mei has a PhD in Economics and is the current Chair of NSW Women in Economics Network, as well as a Council Member of the Economic Society of Australia (NSW).

Helen Jarman
Founder and CEO
The Activ Group

Helen Jarman is CEO, entrepreneur and Telstra Businesswoman of the Year, and winner of the Pam Keating Award presented by the Waste Management Association (WMAA) recognising leading women who have made a significant contribution to the Environmental sector.

Helen established The Activ Group (Infoactiv, Ecoactiv) in 1999, and is acknowledged as a trusted and independent provider of Supply chain and Sustainability solutions across the Asia Pacific region, enabled by smart, cloud-based platforms and technology solutions that are customer centric and flexible.

Helen works closely with Brands, OEMS, Retailers, Associations, and Government, particularly through the formation of Product Stewardship Regulations, focused on practical implementation of environmental stewardship. Helen has enabled clients to execute on their stewardship obligations in a way that is embedded in their supply chain operations, providing innovative solutions that drive brand equity, revenue growth, cost reduction and whole of product lifecycle relationship with end- customers. Helen is a regular speaker on business, sustainability, entrepreneurship, supply chain and circular economy thinking.

Kate Ringvall
Chief Solutionary Officer
Ringvall Circularity

Dr Kate is a ‘Solutionary’ and is motivated by compassion and justice to address the underlying causes of the entrenched and interconnected problems that face the planet.

She has a Masters in Public Policy and a PhD in Planning. Her areas of expertise and interest are in the Circular Economy, Sustainability in Business, Sustainability Branding, Sustainable Urban Planning, Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Transport, Transit Orientated Development, and Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment. Dr Kate’s sustainability journey started young and has traversed sustainability and now circular economy in all it’s facets.

Dr Kate has worked for governments at all levels, across large corporations and Universities implementing and integrating sustainability principles and practices. She is a Co-founder and Governing Fellow of the Galactic Cooperative in Western Australia, and has also Co-founded  the circular Economy consultancy - Ringvall Circularity.

Libby Chaplin
Battery Stewardship Council Ltd

As CEO of the Battery Stewardship Council Libby is responsible for establishing a national stewardship scheme for Australia.  The model is a unique approach that has the capacity to rapidly increase battery collection rates in this country. For the past 10 years, Libby has specialised in electronics and battery stewardship, working in the US, Canada and South Korea for clients such as the Green Electronics Council, the US EPA, the International Sustainable Development Foundation, and numerous electronic-waste recyclers.  Libby has a strong focus on facilitating product stewardship at the national level by understanding the impact of life cycle dynamics on achieving responsible end-of-life outcomes.  

Dr Joseph Agostino
MBIM, DBA, Industry Consultant,
City of Yarra

Joe has had 40 years of experience in the waste management industry across the industrial, commercial and municipal sectors. During that time, he has been engaged by the leading waste management and recycling organisations across Australia. He has consulted to the industry over the last 15 years for clients within Private Industry, State Government, Local Government and Not for Profit, providing solutions across a broad range of waste management issues while focusing on diversion from landfill and maximum resource recovery.

Joe has driven multiple recycling initiatives and innovations within the reuse and recycling sector with a strong focus on sustainable resource recovery for remanufacturing. He has a vast knowledge, experience and expertise within the recycling industry including processing technology, high volume recycling processing, commodity trading for local and international markets, financial modelling, logistics modelling and contract modelling. His experience is supported by  qualifications including a MBIM (Master of Business in Management) and a DBA (Doctor of Business Administration). 

Austen Ramage
Group Manager – Sustainability

Austen Ramage has been with Martogg for almost 15years. Starting in the warehouse, spending time working in production, laboratory and then moving into a Sales role. Over the past 5 years he has been responsible for Sales and Procurement for Martogg LCM, Martogg’s sustainability division. He has recently been given a new title within the business as Group Manager for Sustainability, to provide guidance for the fast growing Martogg LCM business as it expands rapidly to meet the requirements of converters, brand owners and consumers alike.

Angela Hoefnagels
Director, Programs and High-risk Waste
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Angela Hoefnagels is Director of Programs and High Risk Waste at the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. A strong advocate for effective and efficient environment policies, Angela leads teams delivering policies and programs that accelerate the transition to a circular economy, and reduce harm to human health and the environment from pollution and waste.

Before joining DELWP, Angela led policy development in a variety of areas for the Australian Government for over fifteen years. In her capacity as Review Director at the Climate Change Authority, she led work to review Australia’s emissions reduction targets and advise the Australian Government on emissions reduction policies. 

Tiana Nairn
Policy Group Manager
LMS Energy

Tiana Nairn joined LMS Energy as Policy Group Manager in October 2020. She also lectures Environmental Policy and Regulations at the University of South Australia and, in July this year, became the Vice President of the Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association’s SA Branch. Prior to joining LMS, Tiana led a suite of legislative and policy reforms for improved waste management and resource recovery as the Waste Reform Policy Program Manager at the South Australian EPA. She has extensive regulatory reform experience including overseeing the successful passage of amendments to the Environment Protection Act 1993 (SA) and the development of various waste regulations. She has also worked on national waste policy and other inter‑jurisdictional policy projects, broader environmental reforms, environmental assessment coordination and as an Associate at a specialist planning and environmental law firm. Tiana is committed to increased wellbeing and prosperity through sound environmental policy and is enjoying supporting LMS’ significant environmental achievements.

Steven Yeardley,
Future Energy and Technology Director
Wood Plc

Steve is an industry recognised Chemical Engineer with significant capabilities in business management, process engineering, operational risk management, asset optimisation, process solutions, application research and development, and existing and first of a kind plant technology.

Throughout his multifaceted innovative career, his 23 years working knowledge and experience has been acquired across all levels and project phases within the process consulting and operations environment in Australia and internationally and has been deployed in the oil, gas and alternative fuel and energy sectors.  Bringing a high level of motivation and the ability to produce and manage quality technical solutions under demanding schedules, Steve’s passion for the development of new technologies has placed him at the forefront of the alternative energy sector supporting innovative organisations and investors.

Steve is committed to professional and industry development through original thought and by learning from the experience of others whilst providing effective management and guidance.    

Marc Stammbach

Dr Marc Stammbach designed, marketed and built recycling and processing facilities for more than 30 years in environmental and large-scale investment industries in Australia and Europe. Today, he manages the local subsidiary of HZI to deliver EfW solutions to the Oceania market. The 300,000 tpy East Rockingham RRF is currently in construction and scheduled for operation in late 2022.


Benoit Englbert 
Sales and Business Development
Keppel Seghers

Benoit Englebert is a Chemical Engineer with over 20 years business development and general management experience in sectors like energy efficiency, flue gas treatment, water and waste management for corporations like Veolia, SNC Lavalin and Keppel Seghers. In his current business development role, Benoit looks after the waste to energy industry in the territories of Europe, Africa, Middle East, Russia, Australia and New Zealand. 


Rebecca Cunningham
Research Principal (Climate Change Adaptation), Institute for Sustainable Futures

Rebecca Cunningham is a social scientist with research interest and expertise in climate change adaptation, data analysis and visualization, natural resource governance, public update of policy, science communication including the use of virtual reality, and social network analysis (SNA).

Rebecca has an intrinsically trans-disciplinary background having an undergraduate in music, honours degree in interdisciplinary creative industries, and PhD in Business. Cunningham works collaboratively with government and industry partners within the climate / policy / community space to foster positive change. Rebecca is highly proficient in stakeholder engagement, mixed methodologies and systems inquires. She has designed and run workshops and training for a range of projects, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, Horticulture Innovation Australia, and a numerous other industry and community organizations across Australia and the UK.

Cunningham is an active member of the International Network of Social Network Analysis, the Australian Education eXtended Reality XR hub, the Australian & New Zealand Systems Society (ANZSYS) and the American Computer Machinery (ACM). Cunningham is currently on the reviewer board for Sustainability Journal and is the Secretary for Coast4C. Cunningham also co-directs an artist collective (EXIST) exploring art to communicate climate change in a series of experiments titled “Climate Change Synaesthesia.”