Christopher Lee is the CEO of Climate-KIC Australia. Its purpose is to help bring innovative climate change solutions to market by connecting key players across the whole innovation pathway. It focuses on systemic change, education, entrepreneurship and innovation. Chris has extensive climate change adaptation 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.
Jackie McKeon – Program Director
Jackie McKeon is Renewable Technologies Manager in WWF-Australia’s Low Carbon Futures Team and manager of the Renewable Energy Buyers Forum. Prior to this, Jackie managed commercial-scale solar projects in the property sector. Jackie has over 15 years of experience in the property and infrastructure sectors in project development management, sustainability and stakeholder engagement, working across corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors at Stockland, UrbanGrowth NSW and Manidis Roberts. As Senior Development Manager at UrbanGrowth NSW, Jackie managed the Bays Precinct and Edmondson Park major urban renewal development projects; as Development Manager at Stockland Property Group, Jackie managed major urban developments and developed sustainability standards.
Jackie has an MBA (Technology) in Renewables and Sustainability (UNSW), a Bachelor of Environmental Science, and is accredited with the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia.
Chris Briggs – Technical Director
Chris Briggs is a Research Principal in the Energy Futures team at the ISF. Chris has over 20 years of experience in policy, research and advocacy, working in Federal, State and City Government, the non-government and university sectors. As a political adviser, he led the policy unit in the Office of Lord Mayor for Sydney, Clover Moore, which has been an international leader in city energy innovation and was the climate and energy policy adviser for Senator Christine Milne (Leader, Australian Greens). As a policy-maker, Chris was the State Coordinator for the NSW Renewable Energy Precincts and Senior Economist for the Climate Change Policy Branch. As a university researcher, Chris was an Australian Research Council research fellow and worked as a researcher for a self-funding labour market and workplace research center.
Jonathan Prendergast – Technical Director
Jonathan is a clean energy project and procurement advisor and manager, with 12 years’ experience in development of innovative projects and contract structures. Jonathan has achieved several Australian first innovative energy projects, including development of Australia’s first District Heating system, District Cooling Customer agreement and offsite solar PPA. In 2017, Jonathan is working on six corporate renewable PPAs performing advisory, procurement management and energy market analyst roles.
Monica Richter – Program Director
Monica Richter heads up WWF-Australia’s Low Carbon Futures Program. She is an economist and Social Ecologist with extensive experience in sustainability and business engagement, with an interest in accelerating the uptake of low carbon technologies, with over 15 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector in WWF and the Australian Conservation Foundation.
Monica’s career highlights include establishing the WWF Renewable Energy Buyers Forum, a Community of Practice for companies setting Science-Based emission reduction targets and the Business Roundtable on Climate Change (with companies such as BP, IAG, Origin, Swiss Re, Visy, and Westpac); successfully ensuring the 20% Renewable Energy Target passed into legislation, getting Bunnings to commit to not stocking illegally sourced timber, supporting Federal government around leadership in urban policies including greater investment in public transport. Monica is a graduate of the Future Directors program, an Executive Member of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council, and a board member of the Mercury Centre collaborative enterprise catalyst.
Genevieve Mortimer – Project Manager
At Climate-KIC Australia Genevieve is responsible for convening diverse stakeholders in our projects which aim to drive systemic change. Her careers spans impact assessment, research, stakeholder engagement and sustainability strategy in the mining, forestry and energy sectors in Australia, the UK and Germany. She takes a systems perspective, integrating technologies, decision-making processes and organisational change strategies to solve complex problems.
Maryanne Coffey – Events and Marketing Manager
Maryanne is the BRC-A’a Events and Marketing Manager working initially on our Events Program, especially focusing on the expansion of external industry events and association relationships to help us increase our impact in key sectors. She joined the BRC-A from Australia’s peak renewable energy body where she was the CEC’s Emerging Technologies & Projects Manager, and is a highly experienced communicator and connector in the renewables industry. Maryanne has extensive experience in policy and relationship management, and also brings technical expertise to the BRC-A. Maryanne has experience working for global financial services firms, both in Australia and the UK and recently completed Women in Leadership, Australia’s intensive leadership development program designed to equip leaders with the insights, skills and confidence to accelerate their own progression as they simultaneously strengthen the performance of their team.
Finnian Murphy – Project Officer
Drawing from an engineering background in renewable energy and experience consulting for social enterprise, Finnian is involved in database, website and membership management in addition to tools development, events organisation and delivery, marketing and project finance for the BRC-A.