Vicky Robertson

Keynote speaker

Secretary for the Environment, Vicky Robertson

Vicky works on complex policy issues with deep implications for nature and human wellbeing. At the Ministry for the Environment, she is leading wide-ranging changes to New Zealand’s environmental management system.

Her keynote at Crazy & Ambitious 2 is on Monday 20 May during the Bio-Protection Research Centre Tiaki (protect) session: Is biosecurity a losing battle in an increasingly connected world?

Shifting to a sustainable growth model with nature at its core is a big challenge. It will take new forms of cooperation, and tapping into people’s inherent love of the environment. The Ministry wants to be at the front of this shift, using partnerships and public engagement alongside government interventions.

Vicky brings a set of leadership skills that have been forged in the world of elite-level sports. She was a New Zealand national hockey player and has also competed at a national level in mountain biking. This has taught her a thing or two about resilience and focus, and made her a strong believer in the power of diverse teams.

Before joining the Ministry for the Environment, Vicky worked for the New Zealand Treasury, on issues ranging from social inclusion to the cross-government response to climate change. In 2010 she led a strategic review of the United Nations Development Programme, and in 2015 won the Public Policy category in the New Zealand Woman of Influence Awards.

Vicky is active in networks driving change. She is a member of the Steering Committee for Te Hono, a movement to transform New Zealand’s primary sector, and a Trustee of the Sir Peter Blake Trust, an organisation developing the next generation of environmental leaders. In 2019 Vicky joined The Edmund Hillary Fellowship, a community of entrepreneurs, investors and change-makers creating global impact from Aotearoa New Zealand.

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