Chris Tobias has worked on environmental and social sustainability causes since 2003/2004.  He currently is editorial lead for ENVISION Magazine and CleanEnviro Solutions for the NEA.   From 2008-2011, Chris was Lead Strategist at Forward (client sample work below). He helped pioneer a wide range of sustainability project work across numerous sectors including: Public/Government, Internet/Media,Industry and Professional Groups, Building/Construction, Academic/Research, Travel and Tourism, and NGOs. Client highlights and project case studies from his work at Forward are listed below. Download his full CV here.

Chris  has also been a guest lecturer and tutor at National University of Singapore Department of Geography, Masters of Environment Programme, the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, and Singapore Polytech. He has also planned and hosted many successful public events while serving on the executive committee for Singapore’s Green Drinks since 2012.  He has delivered numerous public talks including TEDxNTU on Thriveability, appeared in media including on Reuters (syndicated globally) about the iLight Marina Bay Festival energy efficiency initiatives, and also in a pilot of a series called “Eco-Gone-Mad”.  He is available for public talks, guest lectures, and as a media spokesperson– please contact for more information.


Sample Project Case Studies from Forward

Forward assisted several public sector bodies focus on strategic sustainability areas like climate change, energy,  corporate social responsibility (CSR), and public health. Experience with  public agencies  involved numerous communications projects, formulating strategic approaches, and managing complex stakeholder challenges.  Forward is versatile, able to bridge public and private sectors, build strong partnerships, and deliver quality project outcomes.

Clients/Project Case Studies:

URA/Smartlight Singapore iLight Marina Bay || Burson Marsteller and Energy Market Authority || Auckland City Council || Waitemata District Health Board


With a long history of working on media projects, Forward delivered numerous web and print platform projects.  From evolving business models, to writing features and blog articles, to conducting high profile interviews–  Forward developed understanding of sustainability issues and  the media sector.  Communicating environmental, economic, social, and cultural material were some of the specialties.

Clients/Project Case Studies:

Apostrophe Films || || || HB Media || Ecopoint ||…and many others


Many industry groups projects involved work on educating, inspiring, and communicating to members.  Explaining complex topics such as sustainable development reporting (SDR) is one of our specialties.  Forward also worked closely on intricate stakeholder engagement processes, filling a vital niche between organizations’ management, external stakeholder groups, and project delivery teams.  Forward is well positioned to help many industries at this strategic level.

Clients/Project Case Studies:

NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA) || Sustainable Business Network (SBN)


Within the building industry, Forward has a wide range of exposure on subjects including green building, manufacturing processes, environmental management systems, sustainable business practices, and involving staff to become a vital part of improvement processes.  Our client work has involved delivering a wide range of educational material and helping facilitate workshops.

Clients/Project Case Studies: 

Building Research Association NZ (BRANZ) || Interface


Forward has been involved in the research sector.  We’ve helped formulate and deliver new educational modules on a wide range of topics including cleantech and energy.  Clients have also sought our assistance with researching and editing policy/whitepapers.  Using our cross-sector knowledge, we’ve also been involved with helping plan new research institutions from the ground-up.

Clients/Project Case Studies:

100% Plan || Centre for Advanced Living (CAL)


Filling numerous business development, project management, and communications roles provided Forward a firm understanding of this industry.  Forward client work has involved managing events, facilitating public talks, crafting and delivering sales presentations, educating on sustainable tourism standards, and working closely with travel and tourism businesses of all sizes.  Forward also successfully implemented large, web-based communications platforms, complete with multimedia case studies.

Clients/Project Case Studies:

Organic Explorer || Green Globe || Bollywood Veggies


Forward worked with several NGOs tackling a wide range of challenges.  From planning strategic goals and setting out concrete action plans, to handling delicate operational and stakeholder challenges.  The approach was to understand the concerns of all parties, and to work effectively to an outcome acceptable to everyone.

Clients/Project Case Studies:

Kranji Countryside Association (KCA) || Unitec Hortecology Sanctuary

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