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.

Kate Mackenzie

Kate Mackenzie

Kate is our Director - Policy, Finance & Decision Metrics and works at the intersection of finance and climate change, focusing on projects that can catalyse system-level change via technical and commercial innovation and policy.

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 and Outreach Manager, Sina coordinates our Launchpad and Climathon programs. With a strong background in NGO management, international project development and communications, Sina is best equipped to point the next climate change innovators in the right direction.

Ashleigh Morris

Ashleigh Morris

As Education Program Manager, Ash's professional experience spans small to global scale. Ashleigh is developing graduate, executive, and business education to empower the next climate change innovators.

Jaine Morris

Jaine Morris

Jaine is our Education Program Manager. Her intrepid career spanning health, education, circular economy, and entrepreneurship allows her to empower the next climate change innovators by developing global best-practice education programs.

Emma Presutti

Emma Presutti

Emma is our Program Coordinator. She is a renewable energy engineering graduate and has experience in electricity industry research and at EIT Climate-KIC. She is responsible for the coordination of programs across themes.

Jaimi Smith

Jaimi Smith

Jaimi is our Regional Coordinator for SA and an environment professional with over 10 years experience. Her excellence in project management supports flagship climate innovation programs and fosters strategic regional partnership.

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

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