MAria_sq.jpgMaria is a global leader in green building and sustainability - recognised for her strategic vision and passion in driving and delivering commercially successful sustainable outcomes at both a project and organisational level. Maria has been a pivotal player in the global green building movement and in kick-starting the industry's transition as the co-founder and founding CEO of the Green Building Council of Australia and Director of the World and US Green Building Council's. She has also worked at the highest corporate executive level, as Global Head of Sustainability for Lend Lease, where she led its commitment to sustainability across its international business in more than 40 countries. Maria is currently a Director of Maria Atkinson Consultancy where she advises clients and boards. She is also a Director of XO Pty Ltd - her angel investment business which has a particular focus on impact investments and she holds several Non-Executive Directorships. Maria was awarded an Order of Australia (AM) in 2012 for her "service to the construction and real estate sector, particularly as a leader and contributor to environmentally sustainable building development in Australia". In 2006 she received a United States Green Building Council Leadership Award recognising outstanding leadership and commitment to green building and broader sustainability agendas on a global scale. 

Check out Maria hosting the panel "Sustainability, Talent, Technology - Futureproofing Australia" at the 2015 Advance Global Australian Summit.