Our people

Climate-KIC Australia's board and leadership team is made up of a diverse mix of influential climate leaders with national and international experience across Government, industry and research.

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.

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.

Katie Vines
Director - Operations 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.

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.

Project and operations team

Genevieve Mortimer
Principal - Innovation Projects Climate-KIC Australia

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.

Jackie McKeon
Project Director Business Renewables Centre - Australia

As Director of the Business Renewables Centre Australia (BRC-A), Jackie manages this national membership platform and corporate education initiative to accelerate corporate transition to renewable energy. Jackie brings rich experience in renewable energy procurement and carbon management to the BRC-A to expand corporate renewable energy support to an even wider group of organisations nationally.

Alexi Barnstone
Project Officer Materials and Embedded Carbon Leadership Alliance (MECLA)

As Project Officer for MECLA Alexi is involved in communications and membership management. He has a background working in various environmental NGOs, a passion for tackling climate change, and a first class honours from the University of Sydney in philosophy.

Sina Lengelsen
Principal - Innovation Programs Climate-KIC Australia

As Principal of Innovation Programs, 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.

Jes Hyne
Lead - Marketing and Communications Climate-KIC Australia

Jes 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.

Marian Schoen
Project Director European Union-Australian Climate Business Network

Marian is our National Director for the European-Australian Climate Business Network. 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.

Melinda Morris
Lead - Adaptation and Resilience Projects Climate-KIC Australia

Melinda brings her experience working on climate partnerships and projects in the Pacific and the UK to lead adaptation and resilience projects. She draws on her legal and policy background and experience in knowledge brokering, facilitation and strategy to support cross-sectoral stakeholders working collaboratively to build resilience and adapt to climate change.

Karla Fox-Reynolds
Principal - Innovation Projects Climate-KIC Australia

As Principal for Innovation Projects at Climate-KIC Australia she has successfully managed complex, multi-stakeholder projects and enabled collaborations across public and private entities. Karla participates in the REEDI governance forum and industry working groups as well as the GBCA Sustainable Precincts Expert Reference Panel. She brings expertise and experience managing the creation and delivery of strategic plans as well as providing sustainable and innovative solutions to the built environment and energy industries.

Stephanie Thornton
Cluster Manager Australian Ocean Energy Group
Alex Nassar
Project Officer Business Renewables Centre - Australia

Drawing from a passion for sustainability and education in photovoltaics engineering, Alex is involved in the Business Renewables Centre-Australia team, delivering projects that connect key cross-sectoral stakeholders to support renewable energy deployment.

Our board

Dominic McGann
Chair McCullough Robertson Lawyers

Dominic McGann is a commercial lawyer with over 35 years experience in native title, cultural heritage, government advisory, resource development and carbon farming. He has acted for various State Governments, Local Governments, infrastructure and resources companies, as well as Traditional Owners, sugar and timber entities and pastoral companies.

Prof. Stuart White
University of Technology Sydney

Professor Stuart White is Director of the Institute for Sustainable Futures, working with its mission to create change towards sustainable futures. He works across urban infrastructure, deliberative decision making and resource-productivity. He is joint winner of the Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Environmental Research.

Justine Jarvinen
UNSW Energy Institute

Justine Jarvinen (JJ) leads the UNSW Energy Institute. Her career spans the energy, finance, education and non-profit sectors. JJ has helped commercial and non-profit organisations anticipate change, reposition strategy, conceive new business models, create partnerships and build capabilities. She was a founding executive of the New Energy division at AGL, an equity analyst, a charity analyst, and her policy and advocacy work has shaped public debate. She currently sits on listed and unlisted boards.

Stephanie Ziersch
Independent Consultant

Currently working as a consultant, Stephanie Ziersch has over 15 years experience as an executive responsible for climate change policy and program delivery at the state, national and international level working on issues such as climate strategy, climate finance and climate innovation.   A strategic and innovative leader, she excels at developing collaborative partnerships and building high-performing teams.

Prof. Greg Morrison
Western Sydney University

Professor Greg Morrison is the Lang Walker Chair in Urban Transformations at Western Sydney University. He has long experience in academic leadership and research in sustainability science related to sustainable living. Greg has successfully initiated and run large scale societal infrastructure related projects.

Sara Parrott
2050 Hindsight

Sara Parrot has more than twenty five years’ experience in corporate responsibility, stakeholder relations, communication and marketing, with both corporate and community organisations, holding staff and board positions. She is currently a CEO and a Board Member with philanthropic and environmental impact organisations focused on impact investing, venture philanthropy and grant making.

Prof. Mary Ritter, OBE
EIT Climate-KIC

Professor Mary Ritter, OBE is EIT Climate-KIC’s International Ambassador. She was CEO of EIT Climate-KIC guiding it from inception to a pan-European cross-sector innovation community addressing climate change mitigation and adaptation. She is a Professor Emeritus (Immunology) and previous Pro Rector for International Affairs at Imperial College London. She sits and has sat on many international and national boards.

Fiona Bednarz
Executive Manager, Environment & Climate Suncorp

Fiona Bednarz has over 15 years’ experience, as a corporate and financial communications professional having worked in London, Sydney and Brisbane. Throughout her career she has provided advice to board and executive teams on reputation and issues management, media and investor relations, stakeholder engagement and company profiling.  Fiona is currently Executive Manager, Environment & Climate for Suncorp Group