Meet the Future Green Leaders of the year award finalists

26 Feb 2024

Green Building Council of Australia is delighted to share the stories of the Future Green Leader of the Year Award finalists for 2024 — which, in its 10th year of running, had a record number of applicants.

This year we present a set of future leaders carving new paths towards a better tomorrow, and ready to bring fresh ideas to drive change within the built environment. We look forward to announcing the Future Green Leader of the Year Award winner at TRANSFORM on 14 March.

Khyati Saxena

I am a passionate sustainability consultant with a deep love for architecture and the built environment. Coming from the vibrant subcontinent of India, I was raised with values that align perfectly with today’s concepts of circular economy, low-carbon living, and resource management. My career began as an architect, where I immersed myself in sustainable design techniques. From passive design principles to nature-based materials, I crafted elegant solutions that harmonized with the environment. Yet, my desire for impact pushed me further and brought me to Australia, where I specialised in sustainable design and high-performance façades. As a sustainability consultant at ADP Consulting, I now contribute to shaping the future of our built spaces. Every day, I step into a world where creativity meets practicality through integrated building services and innovative design. My advocacy extends beyond blueprints and structures, and I believe that the best buildings emerge when they coexist harmoniously with nature, rather than standing apart from it.

Julian Loh

Julian Loh joined Cromwell Property Group as ESG Manager in August 2022, overseeing the development of the organisation’s ESG Strategy and execution of Australian ESG initiatives. Julian spearheaded the launch of Cromwell’s Group Net Zero Strategy and Sustainable Finance Framework, driving significant improvements in social and environmental performance with tangible financial outcomes. Julian's expertise and leadership has been instrumental in Cromwell's rapid decarbonisation efforts, early achievement of ambitious emissions targets, and the majority of Australian assets transitioning to sustainable financing arrangements.

Julian's background includes roles in sustainable design at Cundall and as a Senior Consultant at Ernst and Young, focusing on sustainability strategy, climate risk and outcomes measurement. Julian is dedicated to advancing sustainability practices in the industry as an active 2023/24 committee member of the Property Council of Australia National Sustainability Roundtable.

Adrian Forrest

I am a passionate Sustainability Manager with 9 years of experience in managing and delivering sustainability targets in major projects across Australia. Since completing my Bachelor of Science at the University of Sydney in 2015, I have worked across various industry sectors, including; Office Asset Management, Industrial, Retail and Rail/Transport Construction. I have worked across all stages of a project’s life-cycle, including design, construction and asset management. Currently working as Lendlease’s Sustainability Manager on the construction of Metro Martin Place, I am strongly focused on carbon, waste and water efficiency, optimising environmental and social outcomes. I am a results-driven individual who is passionate about creating change by embedding sustainable practices within businesses and projects for the benefit of future generations to come.

David Butler

David is a Manager in JLL’s Sustainability Consulting team, where he works with property owners and occupiers to define and realise their sustainability ambitions. He leads the business’s Green Leasing services, which have shaped the way teams negotiate and manage commercial real estate leases. He is responsible for negotiating national-first sustainable leasing outcomes, where he has collaborated with integrated teams to ensure leasing decisions that enable net zero and circular building transformation. David is also responsible for delivering the current update to the Better Building Partnership’s Green Leasing Framework. This work has covered extensive consultation with Australia’s institutional owners, occupiers and key property influencers to help embed sustainability into the way landlords and tenants partner towards the sustainable operation of the buildings they manage and occupy. His efforts to promote sustainability and innovation across the industry have demonstrated his commitment to sustainably transforming Australia’s built environment.

Thank you to this years judges: 

Rory Martin, Frasers Property Australia

Philippa Stone, BlueScope

Patrick Campbell, John Holland

Lauren Kajewski, Landcom

Nicola Scudamore, Green Building Council of Australia.