Speakers Profile - Larissa Brown

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Larissa Brown is the 2008 Australian Young Environmentalist of the Year and the 2010 Victorian Young Australian of the Year. At age 23 she founded and for six years lead the Centre for Sustainability Leadership, a non profit organisation dedicated to supporting Australians to make their communities, workplaces and sectors more sustainable. Larissa has personally interviewed 200 of the world's greatest sustainability leaders across 20 countries and five continents on what it takes to cause real systemic change towards a sustainable world.

Larissa was named as one of Melbourne's 100 Most Influential People and one of Melbourne's ten most influential environmentalists by The Age Magazine in 2007. She was awarded the 2009 Australian Geographic Young Environmentalist of the Year award, the 2006 British Council award for Communicating Climate Change and the 2006 Brian Robinson Fellowship.

Larissa has lectured in sustainability leadership at a master's level at Australia's top universities. Larissa participated in the United Nations climate negotiations in both Bail and Copenhagen. She is a member of the Ministers Reference Council on Climate Change Adaptation which advises the Victorian State Environment Minister, and participated in the Prime Minister?s 2020 Summit in 2008. She has also served as a board member of several Environmental NGOs.

Larissa has worked as a research scientist at the Australian National University, studied the extinction event of Australia's megafauna, helped save a forest by creating an ecotourism lodge in Costa Rica, rehabilitated endangered primates and big cats in Bolivia, taught snowboarding in the USA and spent a year as a high school student in Japan.