CEBIC expert advisory group

Last updated: 11 May 2021

Our virtual centre is supported by an expert advisory group called the Circular Economy Innovation Advisory Committee. The group is made up of business and academic leaders, who will provide advice on industry needs, centre priorities and further support us to build effective partnerships.

Marian Schoen

National Director, European Australian Climate Business Network

Marian’s career has spanned executive leadership roles in the government and higher education sectors. In her current role, an initiative of the European Commission, she advances partnerships, stakeholder engagement, and project development to advance systems-level climate action.

She works with industry, policymakers and peak bodies across a wide range of industry sectors, both in Europe and Australia.

She previously held various executive roles at the University of Melbourne, including ED of the European Union Centre for Shared Complex Challenges and ED of the Melbourne Law School. Marian is a proven change-maker and expert collaborator who will bring disruptive ideas and help to seed new partnerships for CEBIC. She will also bring experience in regional innovation and place-based initiatives, and foster linkages between circular economy and a sustainable renewables-led economy.

Katy Barfield

Founder & CEO, Yume Food Australia

Katy is a well-respected serial entrepreneur and innovator, with a passion for addressing food waste at a systemic level. In 2014 she founded Yume, Australia’s first online marketplace, with the aim to create a world without waste by facilitating the sale of surplus food.

Prior to Yume, Katy was the Director and founding CEO of SecondBite, an organisation that provides access to fresh, nutritious food for people in need. In 2017, Katy received the Telstra Victorian Businesswoman of the Year Award in the For-Purpose and Social Enterprise category, and in 2018 Yume was awarded the Premier’s Sustainability Award.

Katy is a leading Victorian entrepreneur well-placed to advise on the needs of the business community and key priorities to address organic waste, the first focus area of CEBIC.

Jan Gardberg

CEO and CSO, IKEA Australia and New Zealand

Jan has over 35 years’ experience of leading and managing across IKEA including supply, design, range development, distribution and retailing, on both country, regional and global levels.

As well as being regional CEO, he has taken personal responsibility for driving sustainability initiatives in the business. IKEA is regarded as a leader in sustainability with initiatives such as 100% renewable power, products made from 100% recycled materials, zero-waste stores and products that can be easily taken apart and re-assembled.

Jan is a leader in purpose-led business practices, and through his role at IKEA has a strong influence on domestic supply chains.

Calum Drummond

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation, and Vice-President at RMIT

Calum is a well-respected academic leader in the field of materials science with over 30 years’ experience. He has a strong interest in building and enhancing innovation capability and a passion for the commercialisation of research outcomes.

Calum joined RMIT University in 2014 from CSIRO where he was Group Executive for Manufacturing, Materials and Minerals. In this role he oversaw one of Australia’s largest IP portfolios and the CSIRO SME Engagement Centre.

Calum will bring strong insight on achieving effective collaboration between industry and research organisations, and in leveraging Victoria’s materials science, design and engineering expertise.

Jodie Bricout

Circular economy expert, researcher and board member

Jodie is one of Australia’s leading circular economy experts, with over twenty years’ experience working alongside research, government and industry in Australia, Dubai and Europe.

While undertaking a PhD with the University of Adelaide, Jodie is also circular economy manager at leading consultancy lifecycles and Board Member of the NSW Circular Economy Innovation Network.

Since returning to Australia after a successful career abroad, Jodie has engaged with hundreds of professionals to adapt European best practice to the unique needs of our country, co-founding the ground-breaking not-for-profit Loop Circular Economy Platform.

She has trained more than 200 professionals in circular economy approaches and been engaged by four states, a capital city, two group of 8 universities and corporates big and small to develop circular economy projects and strategies.

Andrew Petersen

CEO, Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia (BCSD Australia)

Andrew has over 25 years’ environmental and planning law and policy experience as well as 10 years at a CEO and Director level in the not-for-profit sector initiating and driving systems change in policy and sustainable development through project design and delivery.

He currently leads BCSD Australia, a CEO-led organisation of more than 60 Australian businesses and non-governmental bodies working together to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world. He is also a Director at the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation and the Banksia Environmental Foundation.

He has previously been a Partner at Gadens Lawyers and was one of the founding Partners of the PriceWaterhouseCoopers Sustainability and Climate Change practice. Andrew is passionate about the industry opportunities presented by a transition to a circular economy and brings with him extensive business networks.