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In Conversation with Change Makers: Climate Change

The Australia Day Council of South Australia (ADCSA), in partnership with the Premier's Climate Change Council (PCCC) proudly presents 'In Conversation with Change Makers: Climate Change'. This forum will showcase top thinkers in Climate Change and showcase South Australians making a real difference in the world.

Date: Thursday 21 May 2020
Time: 4:45pm arrival for a 5:00pm start, finishing at 8:30pm
Venue: Adelaide Convention Centre

Keynotes: Damon Gameau, Prof Ross Garnaut
Tickets: $35ea





Damon Gameau
Prof Ross Garnaut
Jenny Paradiso Martin Haese
Damon Gameau Professor Ross Garnaut Jenny Paradiso Martin Haese

Damon Gameau is an Australian actor and director. He has starred in several feature films, including Rolf De Heer’s critically acclaimed THE TRACKER, Darren Ashton’s THUNDERSTRUCK and RAZZLE DAZZLE, Robert Connolly’s BALIBO opposite Anthony LaPaglia for which he received an AFI Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor and PATRICK with Rachel Griffiths and Charles Dance. 

As a director he wrote, directed and performed vocals for the 2011 winning Tropfest short film, ANIMAL BEATBOX, which has now played at over 25 festivals worldwide. THAT SUGAR FILM was Damon’s first feature length film as a director and won Best Documentary at the Australian AACTA awards and became the highest grossing Australian documentary of all time. THAT SUGAR BOOK is his first published book and was published in 9 languages.

Damon’s new film, 2040, is an innovative feature documentary that explores what the future would look like by the year 2040 if we embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet. It was released in April 2019 and is already in the top 5 highest grossing documentaries of all time in Australia at the cinema.

Professor Garnaut is a Professor of Economics at The University of Melbourne. He was previously distinguished Professor of Economics at the Australian National University, the Director of the ANU Asia Pacific School of Economics and Management and was the longstanding Head of the Department of Economics. He is the author of numerous publications in scholarly journals on international economics, public finance and economic development, particularly in relation to East Asia and the Southwest Pacific. 

Professor Garnaut has had longstanding senior roles as policy advisor, diplomat and businessman. He was the senior economic policy official in Papua New Guinea’s Department of Finance in the years straddling Independence in 1975, principal economic adviser to Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke 1983-1985, and Australian Ambassador to China 1985-1988. 

Professor Garnaut was made Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 1991 for service to education and international relations and a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in 2017 for service on climate change and energy.


Named 2016 Australian Telstra Business Woman Entrepreneur of the Year and one of AFR’s 100 Women of Influence in 2019, Jenny Paradiso is co-founder and Managing Director of the national solar and battery storage company, Suntrix.

Having started her career as a librarian, Jenny established the business in 2009 and has grown Suntrix from the kitchen table to a multi-million dollar company.  Over the last 10 years, the company has evolved from a residential solar company to a predominantly commercial solar and battery storage business, servicing SMEs and all levels of Government in South Australia, Victoria and NSW. 

Jenny has been listed amongst Smart Company’s top 30 female entrepreneurs in 2014, 2015 and 2016.  She is a board member of the South Australian Entrepreneurship Advisory Board and the national Clean Energy Council.  Jenny is also a member of the Premier’s Climate Change Council in South Australia and sits on the Women in Water Leadership Committee for the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.



Martin Haese is the Chair of the Premier's Climate Change Council.

Martin  is an entrepreneur, educator, public figure and strong advocate for Adelaide’s standing as one of the world’s most liveable cities. He is also the current CEO of Business SA.

In 2014, Martin was elected as the 78th Lord Mayor of Adelaide and held that position until November 2018. As Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Martin drove strong sustainability and technology agendas culminating in Carbon Neutral Adelaide 2025, Ten Gigabit Adelaide (one of the world’s fastest fibre optic data networks) and many Smart City initiatives.

He was a guest speaker at the Paris COP21 in December 2015 and continues to advocate that addressing climate change is both an environmental necessity and an economic opportunity. As a musician, he widely promotes Adelaide as a UNESCO City of Music.








Premier's Climate Change Council
University of Adelaide
Australia Day Council of South Australia




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