2021 Committee

2021 Conference Steering Group

Joanne Ludbrook

Joanne has been a passionate coastal volunteer and practitioner for 20 years. Joanne is the President of the Australian Coastal Society (ACS) and a committee member of the Western Australian Landcare Network. Joanne has been the Coastal Adaptation Coordinator for the Peron Naturaliste Partnership since 2011. Joanne also runs Inter-Nature Interpretations and is currently working with both the South West and Peel Coastal Management Group and Woolkabunning Kiaka Inc. as a Facilitator /Project Coordinator.

Nick Harvey

Nick is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Adelaide. He is currently Vice-President and Life Member of the Australian Coastal Society. He was formerly Director of the Centre for Coastal Research at the University of Adelaide; Vice-Chair of the international scientific steering committee for ‘Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone’ (Netherlands) and a member of the South Australian Government’s Coast Protection Board. Nick was also one of the Lead Authors for the 4th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which in 2007 was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace prize. Nick is currently Co-Chair of Future Earth Australia’s Expert Working Group developing a national Ocean and Coastal Sustainability Strategy. Nick has over 40 years’ experience in coastal research, over 200 publications including scientific papers and books. Nick can be contacted at nick.harvey@adelaide.edu.au.

Zsuzsa Banhalmizakar

Zsuzsa is an environmental scientist specialising in sustainable finance at James Cook University, in Townsville. Her research focuses on how environmental issues (impacts) materialise as financial risks and opportunities in financial decisions. She also examines how financial institutions (banks, investors, etc.) respond to the varied challenges represented by climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals. Zsuzsa’s work extends to environmental impact assessment and strategic environmental assessment practice and policy. She is Co-Chair of Green Finance at AgTAC, Board Director of Terrain NRM, and an Executive of the Early and Mid-Career Forum of the Australian Academy of Science. She has three lovely and lively children who keep her busy and a supportive partner.

2021 Advisory Group

Phil Duncan


Phil Duncan is from Moree New South Wales and is a member of the Gomeroi Nation and an elected representative of the Gomeroi Nation Native Title Claimant Group. His homelands are Moree and Terry Hie Hie. Phil is experienced in working and collaborating with Aboriginal people and government to improve the lives of Aboriginal people through recognition of our rich cultural history, the return of our lands, the improvement of our living conditions and education of our next generation through both his employment and active volunteer community work.
Phil provides high level policy and strategic advice and leadership to key Indigenous Representative Organisations, Universities, State and Federal government agencies as well as key external stakeholder groups. The strategic advice, leadership and engagement is around issues of culture and heritage significance, community engagement in on-ground projects, as well as the design, delivery and implementation of programs in partnership with government. Phil has made significant contributions in a variety of domains from education and organisational reconciliation action through to areas of focus such as cultural heritage, natural resource management, freshwater river management, forestry, native fish, water rights and allocations.
Phil life has been shaped by his cultural values that have been instilled since birth. Phil has a strong interpersonal, caring, and networking abilities enabling him to engage inclusively and genuinely across boundaries (individual and organizational). He is active in managing and maintaining connections, and representing and understanding different viewpoints which can be applied to creating trusting and collaborative relationships.