Environment Leaders Panel

Vicky Robertson
Chief Executive, Ministry for the Environment

Vicky Robertson is the Secretary for the Environment, appointed in April 2015. An internationally experienced executive with a background in law and economics, Vicky is a champion for inclusive growth, transparency and accountability in the state sector. Before her appointment, Ms Robertson was a key member of the Treasury’s senior leadership team, where she held Deputy Chief Executive, Chief Operating Officer and Acting Secretary and Chief Executive positions.

Vicky has extensive experience across a range of complex policy frameworks. She represented the Treasury in several capacities, including the steering group that established the programme to deliver the Mixed Ownership Model for State Owned Enterprises. Her leadership experience extends to strategic organisational initiatives, such as the Treasury’s programme to develop stronger relationships with Maori. Her professional accomplishments also include a year’s secondment to the United Nations Development Programme, where she led a strategic and structural review of the organisation.

Vicky is passionate about diversity as a critical factor in high performing organisations and speaks regularly at business and industry forums. She has worked extensively with iwi throughout her career and in recent years has attended Treaty of Waitangi events as a senior representative. She has been involved in significant interdepartmental strategic policy programmes, including the Social Housing Programme, the establishment of KiwiSaver, the New Zealand National Retirement Savings Scheme and leading the group involved in a cross-departmental review of New Zealand’s Climate Change policy.


Brian Sullivan
Executive Director, IPIECA

Brian joined IPIECA as the Executive Director in 2011 after 23 years working at BP and has experience in the biofuels industry.

Brian’s current role involves representing the global oil and gas industry with the United Nations Environment Programme.

Brian graduated in Metallurgy and Materials Science from Imperial College, London, UK and was recruited into BP’s Refining and Marketing international graduate programme in 1986. His career included assignments in London, Copenhagen, Budapest, Athens and Johannesburg, and business experience in over 60 countries.

During his time with BP, Brian has had a varied career of technical, commercial, financial and leadership roles across the downstream value chain including crude and products trading, marine fuels, lubricants and alternative energy.

IPIECA is the global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues. They have been championing good practice in environmental and social performance for over 40 years.


Liv Esterhazy
CEO of WWF New Zealand

Livia joined WWF-New Zealand in May 2017 as CEO. Livia recently retired from the role of Managing Director at Clemenger BBDO where she successfully led the modernisation of the Wellington-based business. With French, Australian and shortly New Zealand citizenship, she is in many ways a global citizen and has put roots down with her family in Aotearoa. After more than a decade managing advertising agencies, she reached a point in her career where she wants to apply her commercial expertise to make a positive contribution to the wider social good. She is hugely passionate about sustainability, environmental matters and creating real impact, and sees this role as an exciting opportunity to raise the success of a leading brand with conservation and environmental sustainability at its core.