About Climate-KIC Australia

Climate action through systems innovation

Climate-KIC Australia was established in 2017 to catalyse climate action through systems innovation. 

Recognising that no single organisation or individual can change systems and solve the climate challenge on their own, Climate-KIC works with a broad network of organisations to develop and deliver systems innovation activities. We often play an orchestrating role, leveraging our collaboration network, bringing systems change intent and agency, working with diverse stakeholders using a broad range of skills, capabilities and knowledge that increases the effectiveness and scale of our impact. 

Climate-KIC Australia works within the UTS Institute for Sustainable Futures and collaborates with EIT Climate-KIC – Europe’s leading climate innovation initiative.


Leadership team

Chris Lee
CEO Climate-KIC Australia

Christopher Lee is the CEO of Climate-KIC Australia and played a key role its establishment.  Chris has extensive climate change experience and from 2009 to 2017 led the development and implementation of Climate Change Adaptation programs for the NSW Government. He has degrees in Economics and Environmental Management, and has experience across, public, private and university sectors.

Katie Vines
Director - Adaptation and Resilience Climate-KIC Australia

Director of Operations, Katie leads operations to support an agile and innovative organisation. She brings climate change expertise and experience working in not-for-profit and government and with mega-cities around the world to create innovative, end-user led transformation.

Belinda Whelan
Director - Strategic Projects Climate-KIC Australia

As Director of Strategic Projects, Belinda brings her global experience in accounting, marketing, strategy and innovation for financial services to develop strategies to build greater resilience for Climate-KIC Australia.

Jason Nielsen
Director - Strategic Projects Climate-KIC Australia

As Director of Strategic Projects, Jason develops and leads multi-stakeholder system transition initiatives, leveraging his experience in Europe over the past decade working with large scale demonstrations and innovation ecosystem building initiatives for industry and cities.

Meredith England
Director - Systems Innovation Climate-KIC Australia

As Climate-KIC Australia’s Director of Systems Innovation Meredith brings her experience in strategy, design, innovation and facilitation to shape and deliver projects and portfolios for systemic impact. She leverages her experience in consulting, financial services, corporate innovation and a start up to help people and organisations tackle the complexity of climate action.

Do you share our ambition?

We work with a broad network of organisations and stakeholders to develop activities aligned with our mission and vision. Together, we have the desire and agency for systems change, as well as the skills, capabilities and knowledge needed to deliver impactful system interventions.

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