Melissa is an environmental town planner, community builder and sustainability specialist. She’s part of Future Crunch, a group of scientists, artists, researchers and entrepreneurs that believes science and technology are creating a world that is more peaceful, connected and abundant. Their mission is to foster intelligent, optimistic thinking about the future, and to empower people to contribute to a 21st century that works for everyone.
She is the Managing Director of Suburban Town Planners, a purpose-driven town planning consultancy based in Sydney. She has developed and implemented award-winning sustainable development projects across Australia, and is on a mission to activate sustainable forms of living in urban spaces of the future. She is also a founding member of the World Economic Forum Sydney Shaper Hub, and was the National Convener for the United National Association of Australia Young Professionals Network.
Future Crunch were outstanding. They provided a thought-provoking and thoroughly engaging account of the real world we live in – a world full of hope and positivity. Not an easy job, to keep a room of senior corporate executives on their toes, but they did. It was provocative and showed us a brilliant display of optimism at its finest.– Michael Byrne | Managing Director, Toll Group