Director of Development, The Nature Conservancy
Marla is The Nature Conservancy’s Australia Director of Development. She is an innovative corporate, business development and fundraising executive, with more than 15 years’ experience steering business fundamentals that maximise growth for multinational corporations, Not for Profit and Conservation Organisations in both Australia and the USA. Marla holds a BA Science with Honours from the City University of New York, a Postgraduate Certificate in Business from UTS, a CFRE Certificate in Fundraising, and was awarded QUT’s Vice Chancellor’s Performance Award For outstanding achievement in teaching. Marla participated in The Nature Conservancy’s CODA and Barbara Thomas Fellowship reviewing innovative conservation financing models.
Debate Chair – James Forbes Affirmative Team– Penelope Figgis AO, Jennifer Morris, Ben O’Hara Negative Team– Prof Jamie Kirkpatrick, Marla Edwards, Atticus Flemming Teams will alternate with members presenting for 10 minutes each on the topic. There will also be a five minute rebuttal for each team.