Our staff

The Climate-KIC Australia team

Chris Lee

Chris Lee

Chris is the CEO of Climate-KIC Australia. His career has spanned central banking, academic research, and founding a publishing business. Most recently he was Manager of Impacts and Adaptation at NSW Government.

Katie Vines

Katie Vines

As Director - Sustainable and Resilient Cities, Katie brings expertise and experience working with mega-cities around the world to create innovative, end-user led transformation towards sustainable and resilient Australian cities and regions.

Marian Schoen

Marian Schoen

Marian is our National Director Partnerships and Regional Director - Victoria/Tasmania. Her career spans from executive management to program delivery, in government and higher education sectors. In this role, she advances partnerships, stakeholder engagement, and project development.

Belinda Whelan

Belinda Whelan

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

Marina Echimi

Marina Echimi

Marina is the Victorian Government Coordinator for Climate KIC Australia. With over 17 years experience in Government Policy, Strategic Planning, Corporate Communications and International Relations in Australia, Europe and South east Asia, Marina has diverse connections and understanding across the Australian and international climate change and energy sector.

Sina Lengelsen

Sina Lengelsen

As National Programs Manager - Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Sina comes with a strong background in NGO management, international project development, communications and an education from Harvard University. Sina is best equipped to point the next climate change innovators in the right direction.

Genevieve Mortimer

Genevieve Mortimer

Genevieve is responsible for managing projects which aim to drive systemic change. Her careers spans impact assessment, research, stakeholder engagement and sustainability in the mining, forestry and energy sectors. She takes a systems perspective, integrating technologies, decision-making processes and organisational change strategies to solve complex problems.

Kathy Verheyen

Kathy Verheyen

Kathy is responsible for managing projects which aim to further strategic partnerships to implement the Paris Agreement. With experience working for a senior lawmaker in Germany's parliament and international development agencies in Asia, Kathy is passionate about shaping social and environmental policy.

Jessica Hyne

Jessica Hyne

Jessica is responsible for Climate-KIC Australia's communications and outreach. With a background working in international organisations, Jessica finds the stories within complicated processes or technical concepts, to connect with audiences and celebrate the successes of climate change changers.

Will Soutar

Will Soutar

As Director of Business Development, Will develops multi-partner systemic innovation projects that accelerate climate action. To drive this system level collaboration, Will leverages his experience in business model, product and system development within fintech start-ups and corporate innovation teams.

Finnian Murphy

Finnian Murphy

Drawing from an engineering background in renewable energy and experience consulting for social enterprise, Finnian is involved in managing and delivering projects that connect key cross-sectoral stakeholders to support renewable energy deployment.

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Climate-KIC Australia
Bldg 25, 4-12 Buckland St
Chippendale, NSW 2008 Australia

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