Andy Ridley

Andy Ridley

Founding CEO at Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef, Founding CEO of Earth Hour

Andy is the Founding CEO of Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef. Designed as a 21st century conservation organisation, Citizens uses leading science, innovative technology and meaningful citizen action to drive significant conservation outcomes.


Previously, Andy was founding CEO of Earth Hour, taking it from an idea on the back of a beer mat to the inaugural event in Sydney to a global movement engaging hundreds of millions of people in more than 7000 cities on every continent.


Andy, previous roles include CEO for Circle Economy, a cooperative organisation based in Amsterdam. The use of circular economy principles has become a cornerstone to his current work on the Reef and in shaping Citizens as a 21st Century environmental organisation.

10:35 am - 11:05 am

Good Intentions vs Taking Action. How Credible Are You?

Corporate responsibility and sustainability are now paramount. Brands and businesses must rigorously challenge their choices around purpose and profit and adapt to purpose-led growth - not BS buzzwords with no depth or impact. But what does authentic and credible action look like? Prepare to walk away from this session motivated, fired up and ready to do much more than you're doing now.