GBCA’s Tanya Cox re-elected Vice-Chair of World Green Building Council’s Board of Directors

01 Jul 2019

1 July 2019

Tanya Cox of the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) has been re-elected Vice Chair of the World Green Building Council’s (WorldGBC) Board of Directors. A highly influential group, the Board is made up of global leaders on green building in the building and construction industry.

Tanya was re-elected into the Vice Chair position for a second term for her continued leadership in the green building movement and her dedication to improving the sustainability of buildings, both in Australia and at the global level. Tanya was initially appointed to the WorldGBC’s Board on 1 July 2016, serving as Treasurer from 2017 to 2018 and before being elected Vice Chair in 2018, the first time an Australian has been appointed to that position.

Cristina Gamboa, CEO, World Green Building Council said: “Tanya has continued to demonstrate outstanding leadership in the field of sustainability and has championed green building as one of the most effective solutions to climate change.

“Our Board of Directors is an influential group of global leaders which works hard to ensure WorldGBC delivers on its collective mission of green buildings for everyone, everywhere. As WorldGBC prepares to implement a new three-year strategy in 2020, Tanya’s role as Vice Chair will be essential to fulfil the full potential of WorldGBC globally. I look forward to working with her and our fellow Directors to make our mission a reality.”

“I am honoured to have the opportunity to continue in the position of WorldGBC Vice Chair, helping to lead the organisation, whose work continues to grow in importance,” Ms Cox said. 

“Our efforts to realise a net zero carbon future in the built environment are accelerating as we strive to fulfil the role the built environment must play in helping to meet the targets set out in the Paris Agreement and the commitments made under the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

“I am very proud of the work we are doing in Australia to articulate the net zero roadmap and the work of our members who are world leaders in sustainability in the built environment.

“Through the WorldGBC we are sharing knowledge from our achievements, learning from the successes of colleagues around the world and working collectively to achieve our shared goals.

“I am particularly pleased to be able to help shape and deliver the WorldGBC’s next three-year strategy, which will enable us to achieve the transformational and lasting change globally that is so clearly required.”

Tanya Cox is a former chair and current director of the GBCA Board and a non-executive director of various ASX listed and unlisted boards. She was formerly Chief Operating Officer of DEXUS Property Group for 11 years. Tanya holds an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management, a Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

The WorldGBC Board of Directors is comprised of senior leaders from 15 Green Building Councils around the world. The Board’s role is to advise and oversee WorldGBC’s organisational strategy and governance, to ensure it is operating effectively as a not for profit organisation and delivering on its mission.


Notes to Editors

About WorldGBC

The World Green Building Council is a global network of Green Building Councils in almost 70 countries. Collectively we are committed to reducing the building and construction sector’s CO2 emissions to reach net zero by 2050: to ultimately help limit global temperature rises to 1.5 degrees Celsius. This goal will help deliver on the ambition of the Paris Agreement. We are building a better future, and are committed to green buildings for everyone, everywhere.

From 1 July 2019 the Board of Directors of the WorldGBC will comprise:

  • Lisa Bate, Canada Green Building Council (Chair)
  • Tanya Cox, Green Building Council of Australia (Vice Chair)
  • Ilari Aho, Green Building Council Finland (Vice Chair)
  • Saeed Al Abbar, Emirates Green Building Council (Treasurer)
  • Ada Fung, Hong Kong Green Building Council (Secretary)
  • Felipe Faria, Green Building Council Brasil
  • Nkosinathi Manzana, Green Building Council South Africa
  • Dario Ibarguengoitia, Sustentabilidad para México –­ SUMe
  • Cherie Nursalim, Taiwan Green Building Council
  • Kevin Mo, China Green Building Council
  • Peter Templeton, U.S. Green Building Council
  • Bruno Sauer, GBC España
  • Christine Lemaitre, DGNB / German Sustainable Building Council
  • Sundaresan Raghupathy, India Green Building Council
  • Tan Swee Yiow, Singapore Green Building Council