19-20 Jun 2025
Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre

Speaker Profile

Nicole Garofano


Dr Nicole Garofano is the Head of Circular Economy Development for Planet Ark. In her role, Nicole is leading the ongoing strategic development of the Australian Circular Economy (ACE) Hub, building on her passion for creating change in how we generate and manage resources.

For more than 15 years, Nicole has worked in environmental education and action with a focus on waste management. She has designed and managed community-based initiatives to increase sorting, collection and processing of a range of packaging materials, including plastic.

Nicole has a PhD from research focused on the plastic food and beverage packaging value chain, identifying both local and global innovation to improve chain activities and outcomes.

Nicole also holds a Master of Development Practice and a Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management and is an Associate of the Australian Institute of Packaging.

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