Our people

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.

Jason Nielsen

Jason Nielsen

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.

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.

Katie Vines

Katie Vines

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

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.

Marian Schoen

Marian Schoen

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.

Karla Fox-Reynolds

Karla Fox-Reynolds

As Senior Project Manager, Karla sees opportunity in sustainability, and thrives on strategic innovation. She draws on project experience in built environment ranging between precinct masterplan, education, residential and commercial. She considers herself privileged to have been involved with many iconic projects in WA, and is proud to be playing a role in Australia’s collaborative evolution.

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.

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.

Katharine McKenzie

Katharine McKenzie

Katharine is the Principal Project Developer for the Australian Industry Energy Transitions Initiative. Leveraging her experience in developing and delivering major energy reform programs, Katharine is excited to be working with major industry partners to develop demonstration projects focussed on net zero emissions supply chains.

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.

Alex Nassar

Alex Nassar

Drawing from an 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.

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.

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Climate-KIC Australia
Bldg 10, 235 Jones Street
Ultimo, NSW 2007 Australia

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