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MURRAY HOGARTH, PRINCIPAL

Murray Hogarth Murray Hogarth is a business environmentalist, advising corporate, government and community clients on climate and sustainability strategy and communications through his consultancy, the 3rd degree. He's also Senior Adviser to Green Capital, Australia's oldest business sustainability program run by the Total Environment Centre, and an author, blogger and commentator.

A former Environment Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald in the late 1990s, Murray then worked for nearly a decade with Australia’s original specialist sustainability firm Ecos Corporation, including serving as joint managing partner in 2007-8. Through Ecos, he consulted to major national and international companies across numerous industry sectors in Australia, the US and Asia, including DuPont, Ford Motor Company, Diageo, Insurance Australia Group, TRUenergy, JPMorgan Australia and Rheem.

Murray is a longtime speaker, writer and media commentator on climate and sustainability issues, including co-authoring key Ecos publications Single Bottom Line Sustainability and Safe Companies in 2002. He is the author of a book The 3rd Degree: Frontline in Australia’s Climate War, published by Pluto Australia in 2007. Other recent publications include authoring or co-authoring The End of Greenwash, The Green CRED Checklist and Crunch Time for Carbon Offsets in 2008, Building the New Green Economy in 2009, Is your business ready to make sustainability transformative in 2010, and The Phoenix Effect in 2013, all published with the Green Capital program.

In the 1980s and 1990s, Murray had an award-winning career as an investigative journalist, reporting for flagship ABC-TV current affairs programs Four Corners and The 7.30 Report, and with top newspapers such as The National Times, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian.

DAVID HARDAKER, SENIOR ASSOCIATE (AND PRINCIPAL OF HARDAKER PUBLIC ADVOCACY)

David Hardaker David Hardaker has 30 plus years experience at the forefront of Australia's media, covering covered high profile national and international issues. He is a former Middle East correspondent for the ABC and has twice won Australia's premier journalism award, the Walkley award. David has a reputation as a clear and concise communicator of complex events.

He is an accomplished producer of television and radio content. David has extensive international experience, in particular in the Arab world. He reads, writes and speaks Arabic and continues to be a contributor on Middle East issues.

David has academic qualifications in Linguistics, the science of how we communicate. He has a passionate interest in the art of speechwriting, with credentials going back more than 30 years as a specialist speechwriter based in Canberra.

With decades of experience behind the microphone David brings his inside knowledge of the media as well as his superior analytical skills to assist organisations in their public advocacy.

NATALIE ISAACS, ASSOCIATE (MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER)

Natalie IsaacsNatalie Isaacs is the co-founder of Climate Coolers, a non-profit community organisation that exists to cut CO2 pollution through practical action. In 2007, Climate Coolers introduced grassroots community programs for kindergartens and schools, and in May 2009 launched its national 1 Million Women campaign www.1millionwomen.com.au, which aims to inspire, empower, motivate and mobilise a million women of Australia into action to cut a million tonnes of CO2 emissions.

A mother of four, Natalie has a deep concern about the world her children are inheriting. After training in aromatherapy and natural therapies in London as a young woman, she came home to Australia in 1986 to found and run her own skin and body-care business, the Natalie Group.

A compelling and motivational public speaker, Natalie has felt an urgent need to utilise her skills and passion as a businesswoman and communicator to promote action on climate change, including working with mass consumer energy efficiency group Easy Being Green in 2006-7 to mobilise community group support, especially with women's organisations.

Natalie also is an Al Gore climate change ambassador and trained presenter. (Gore, the former Vice President of the United States, has teamed with the Australian Conservation Foundation since 2006-7 to personally train a group of Australians to deliver his world-renowned presentations on the climate challenge and what the world needs to do about it.)

CHRISTOPHER BEAN, ADVISORY PRINCIPAL

Christopher BeanChris Bean mentors and advises the 3rd degree on business and marketing strategy and execution.

With long experience in the marketing industry, Chris started his professional career as an engineer and moved to marketing (market research at AC Nielsen, brand management at P&G and regional director of marketing at Revlon).

He formed his own company, Integrated Options, in 1991 which grew into a leading behavioural marketing and CRM Agency of 160 people, and sold it to the Havas group in 2000.

As part of Havas, Chris became CEO of Euro-RSCG (the world’s 4th largest advertising agency) in Asia-Pacific with a $60m income in 9 countries.

Chris became involved in energy and sustainability issues in 2004 and founded Wattwatchers in 2006 to commercialise the role that mass-market energy efficiency has to play in ushering in a low-carbon society. He has conducted an extended and ongoing review of international research on energy use behaviour change programs and activities.