Our people

Our people

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The Australian-German College builds on a large team of people: supervisors, students, staff, steering committee members, advisory board members and funding partners.

The missing piece of the puzzle might just be you - if you are an enthusiastic potential PhD student, please do not hesitate to apply.

A/Prof Malte Meinshausen is Director of the Australian-German College at The University of Melbourne since 2012 and is affiliated with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany. He holds a PhD in "Climate Science & Policy", a Diploma in "Environmental Sciences" from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, and an MSc in "Environmental Change and Management" from the University of Oxford, UK. Before joining the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in 2006, he was a Post-Doc at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.

Tansu Alpcan’s research involves applications of distributed decision making, game theory, communicaton and control to various security and resource allocation problems in networked and energy systems. 

Professor Jon Barnett is not available for supervision

Jon is Professor and Australian Research Council Future Fellow in the School of Geography at Melbourne University. He is a political geographer who researches the impacts of and responses to environmental change on social systems in Australia, East Asia and the South Pacific. Jon is a Lead Author for the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (Working Group II, Ch 12), and he is co-editor of Global Environmental Change.    

A/Prof Simon Batterbury specialises in the interdisciplinary analysis of environment and development issues - mainly in developing countries. Understanding how farmers in dryland Africa adapted to harsh environmental and socio-political constraints and used 'development' projects as part of this. He has since refocused on the Asia-Pacific region, with research in East Timor and New Caledonia. 

From 2017, A/Prof Batterbury is the inaugural Professor of Political Economy, Lancaster University, UK and is a Principal Fellow at the University of Melbourne, based here part of the year. 

Dr. Grant Blashki has been a practicing GP for over 20 years and is an Associate Professor in Global Health at the Nossal Institute for Global Health at the University of Melbourne. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and has served as an examiner for the fellowship. His three themes of teaching and research are general practice/primary care, sustainability and mental health. He has co-authored over 100 publications in peer reviewed journals, 4 books, over 30 peer reviewed conference abstracts, and more than 20 government/policy reports. 

Adam’s work focuses on the business, policy, and communication pathways to a low carbon future. He works on how clean energy entrepreneurship can be scaled up, how firms respond to a clean energy future, and how new technologies are enabled by new business models.

He is currently an ARC DECRA fellow on clean energy entrepreneurship, examining clean energy innovation and acceleration in Australia, the US, Europe, and internationally. Adam has a Doctorate in Geography and the Environment from the University of Oxford, a Masters in Globalisation from the University of London, and started his studies in Ecology and evolutionary biology.

Dr Peter Christoff teaches and researches climate politics and policy in the Department of Resource Management and Geography. He is a member of the Victorian Ministerial Reference Council on Climate Change Adaptation, and member of the Board of the Australian Conservation Foundation. He was formerly a member of the (Victoria) Premier's Climate Change Reference Group, the Vice President of the Australian Conservation Foundation, and the Assistant Commissioner for the Environment (Victoria).

Adrian has extensive experience with developing international collaborations as a researcher, policy maker and program administrator. Adrian completed his PhD at James Cook University before leading several projects as a biologist for the Queensland Department of Primary Industries. He then joined the International Collaborations unit within the Queensland Department of the Premier and Cabinet, helping to establish a number of international agreements and programs in support of international research and collaboration.

A/Prof Robert Crawford has broad research expertise and interest in the built environment, sustainability, life cycle assessment and renewable energy. His research focuses on building environmental assessment, with a particular emphasis on sustainable resource use, the environmentally appropriate selection of materials and sustainable building design and feasibility.

Dr Brendan Cullen is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, researching and teaching in pasture agronomy, livestock production systems and farm systems modelling. 

Dr Roger Dargaville is a senior lecturer at Monash University. Roger was the Deputy Director of the Melbourne Energy Institute and Research Fellow in the School of Earth Sciences, The University of Melbourne. His fields of expertise are in modelling of integration of renewable energy technologies into large energy system and large-scale storage technologies including pumped hydro and liquid air energy storage. He was co-lead on the ARENA grant ‘Least Cost Carbon Abatement in the Australian Electricity Sector’ that attracted $1.4M in funding.

Richard is Professor and Director of the Primary Industries Climate Challenges Centre (www.piccc.org.au), a joint research initiative between the University of Melbourne and Agriculture Victoria. He is a science advisor to the Australian, New Zealand and UK governments, and the UN FAO and European Union, on climate change adaptation, mitigation and policy development in agriculture.

Robyn Eckersley

Robyn Eckersley was educated at the University of Western Australia, Cambridge University (UK) and the University of Tasmania, and taught political science at Monash University from 1992-2001 before joining the University of Melbourne in 2002. She has published widely in the fields of environmental politics, political theory and international relations, with a special focus on the ethics and governance of climate change, including in journals such as Political Studies, European Journal of International Relations, Review of International Studies, Ethics and International Affairs and Global Environmental Politics. 

Ottmar Edenhofer is Professor of the Economics of Climate Change (appointment together with the Michael Otto Stiftung) at the Technische Universität Berlin and Co-Chair of the Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He is Deputy Director and Chief Economist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and is currently leading Research Domain III - Sustainable Solutions - that focuses on research in the field of the Economics of Atmospheric Stabilisation.

Katja Frieler

Katja Frieler holds a Diploma in Mathematics of the University of Bielefeld and a Ph.D. in “Physics of the Atmosphere” of the University of Potsdam. As Ph.D. student she worked at the Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI, Potsdam) on chemical modelling of polar stratospheric ozone losses. Before joining the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in July 2008 she was a Post-Doc at the Department of Biostatistics and Clinical Epidemiology, Charité, University Medicine Berlin.

Andrey Granopolski

Dr Andrey Ganopolski is a senior research scientist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), specialising in earth-system dynamics, the global carbon cycle, and modelling past and future climate change. He won the American Meteorological Society Editor's Award in 2010 and the European Geosciences Union Milutin Milankovic Medal in 2011. He is a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel Climate Change's Fifth Assessment Report. His current PIK projects include MegaRun: Simulation and Understanding of Glacial Cycles and NEXT: Next Generation Earth System Models.

Brendan Gleeson joined Melbourne University in January 2012 as Professor of Urban Policy Studies and then took on the directorship of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute in early 2013. Professor Gleeson came from the position of Deputy Director of the National University of Ireland’s National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis. Prior to that he set up the Urban Research Program at Griffith University and was its inaugural Director.

Professor Green holds a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture, Master of Landscape Architecture and an interdisciplinary Doctorate in landscape planning/design and environmental psychology. He is a landscape architect and a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).

Fiona Haines is Professor of Criminology at the University of Melbourne. Her research, which encompasses work on society/industry relationships including grievances and multinational enterprises, centres on white collar and corporate crime, globalisation and regulation. Her most recent book is Regulatory Transformations: Rethinking Economy Society Interactions, Hart Publishing, 2015, co-edited with Bettina Lange and Dania Thomas.

Prof Ove Hoegh-Guldberg is the inaugural Director of the Global Change Institute and Professor of Marine Science at the University of Queensland. Prof Hoegh-Guldberg is deeply-motivated by a desire to communicate science effectively, undertake game-changing research and to find high-impact solutions to address several of the most pressing and serious challenges facing humanity worldwide, such as climate change, food security, clean energy and population growth.

Anne is the College Manager at the Australian-German Climate and Energy College. Anne has a background in international collaboration, stakeholder engagement, strategic planning, program management and administration through former roles at the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering as Senior Project / Research and Policy Officer - International and with the Australasian Industrial Research Group as Executive Officer. During this time, Anne also undertook an Endeavour Executive Fellowship to progress strategic partnerships with Japan.

Dr Rachel Hughes is a cultural and political geographer with wide-ranging interests in the geographies of law, geopolitics, social memory and visual and material cultures. Her prior research has examined issues of memory, justice and geopolitics in reference to late twentieth century Cambodia. She is the author of a number of book chapters and journal articles on the contested and internationalised memory of the Cambodian genocide, and an editor of the collection Observant State: geopolitics and visual culture.

 Louise Jeffery

Dr. Louise Jeffery is a Post-Doctoral researcher at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in Germany where she leads the PRIMAP emissions module group. At PIK, Louise examines the pledges, rules, and agreements of the UN climate change negotiations, providing critique and assessment of their effectiveness. Her published work includes analysis of how mitigation burdens can be shared fairly among countries and assessments of the sufficiency of current climate action plans.

Professor David Karoly is an internationally recognised expert in climate change and climate variability, including greenhouse climate change, stratospheric ozone depletion and interannual climate variations due to El Niño-Southern Oscillation. He was heavily involved in preparation of the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released in 2007, in several different roles. 

Yoshihisa Kashima

Yoshihisa Kashima is Professor of Psychology at Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, The University of Melbourne. He researches on cultural dynamics – stability and change of culture over time. To this end, he has written more than 100 journal articles and 30 book chapters on topics including theories and metatheories of culture and psychology, neural network modelling of social cognitive processes, social reproduction of cultural representations, as well as cross-cultural differences in social cognition, self, and language use.

Jurgen Kurths is Chair of the research domain Transciplinary Concepts and Methods at Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Professor of Nonlinear Dynamics at Humboldt University Berlin. His project-related expertise incudes time-series analysis and modelling of complex systems; complex synchronisation and its application in Earth Sciences; and complex networks. He has supervised to completion 60 PhD students, half of whom now have a Tenure Track position.

Prof Dr Anders Levermann is Co-chair of Research Domain III, Sustainable Solutions, at Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Professor of the Dynamics of the Climate System at the Physics Institute of Potsdam University. Since 2010 he is a lead author of the chapter on sea-level change for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Fifth Assessment Report. He is the head of PIK's flagship project TUMBLE, investigating the stability of the great ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica, the Asian Monsoon and Atlantic overturning circulation.

Hermann Lotze-Campen

Hermann Lotze-Campen is a Co-Chair of PIK Research Domain II "Climate Impacts and Vulnerabilities". He has developed the global land use model MAgPIE for assessments of the interplay between climate impacts, global food and bioenergy demand, agricultural land and water use, international trade, and the environment. Hermann studied Agricultural Sciences and Economics at the University of Kiel and the University of Reading (England), where he graduated in 1992 with a Master's degree in Agricultural Economics.

Wolfgang Lucht

Wolfgang Lucht is Co-Chair of the research domain "Earth System Analysis" at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. Since 2009 he has been the Alexander von Humboldt Professor of Sustainability Science at Humboldt University, Berlin. His main areas of research are sustainability science; earth system analysis; biosphere transformations; landscapes, culture and symbols.

A/Prof Minnegal lectures in anthropology at the University of Melbourne, with primary teaching and supervision interests in the areas of ecological/environmental anthropology and economic anthropology.

Philomena Murray is Professor in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. She is the Director of the Research Unit on Regional Governance ast the EU Centre on Shared Complex Challenges, University of Melbourne. From 2000 to 2009, she was Director of the Contemporary Europe Research Centre, Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence. She holds Australia's only Personal Jean Monnet Chair (ad personam) awarded by the European Union.

Dr Lisa Palmer is a human geographer who teaches and researches on human-environment relations and indigenous approaches to environmental and social governance. Her research takes a critical ecological approach and is focused on south-east Asia (particularly Timor Leste) and indigenous Australia. 

Craig Prebble is Executive Officer of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute. He is responsible for managing the Institute operations, enacting its strategic plan, and supporting projects in the sustainability research space. He studied comparative literature, cultural studies, and philosophy. Before joining the University of Melbourne, he worked in the overseas aid and development sector.

Stefan Rahmstorf

Stefan Rahmstorf is Head of Earth System Analysis at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. He has been Full Professor of Physics of the Oceans at Potsdam University since 2000. He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and Honorary Fellow of the Univeristy of Wales/ Bangor. His main areas of expertise are future sea-level rise; statistics of the future evolution of climatic extreme events; and physical modelling of climatic tipping elements.

Prof Rayner's main research activities focus on the estimation of surface sources and sinks of CO2.
He uses satellite and in-situ measurements with models to quantify and understand the patterns and mechanisms of CO2 release and uptake with a focus on the tropics and Southern Hemisphere.
In 2002, Prof Rayner was awarded the Priestley Medal of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, the major research award in this field within Australia.

Professor Chris Ryan, Director of the Victorian Eco Innovation Lab at the University of Melbourne, has worked for over 30 years across various areas of science, technology, environmental policy and design, and in projects that span the community sector, academia, governement and international agencies and business.

Mike Sandiford

Prof Mike Sandiford is an ARC Professorial Research Fellow studying tectonic activity within the Indo-Australian tectonic plate, particularly focussing on the factors that have shaped the landscape of Australia, and in our near northern neighbors such as Timor and Indonesia. His work on the thermal structure of the Australian crust provides an important framework for understanding the extraordinary abundance of Uranium in Australia, and has lead to the current upsurge of interest in geothermal energy exploration in South Australia.

Jacyl Shaw

As Acting Director and Director of Engagement, Jacyl oversees the creation and delivery of a suite of programs and activities to foster a culture of innovation at CCI and leads the engagement strategies for current and prospective partners in community, government and industry.

Dr Sebastian Thomas is an interdisciplinary researcher with a background in climate strategy and environmental social science. His work examines human-nature relations – the interconnected economic, social, and policy dynamics of sustainability innovations, climate governance, and environmental management.

Kevin Walsh is a professor in the School of Earth Sciences. He specialises in tropical meteorology, climate change and climate variability.

John Wiseman

John Wiseman is a Professorial Fellow with the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute and with the School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne. He is also a Research Fellow with the Centre for Policy Development, Sydney.

A/Prof Margaret Young is the Director of Studies, Environmental Law at the Melbourne Law School. She researches and teaches in the fields of public international law, international trade law, climate change law and the law of the sea. She is the author of the prize-winning Trading Fish, Saving Fish: The Interaction between Regimes in International Law and Regime Interaction in International Law: Facing Fragmentation. A former Gates Scholar, she is currently working on a project on fossil fuel subsidies. 

Cathy Alexander has eight years’ experience as a political journalist in Australia. For most of this time she covered environmental policy and politics, with a major focus on climate change. She worked from the press gallery in Parliament House, Canberra, for three years with Australian Associated Press (2007-2010). More recently she was deputy editor of the website Crikey, where she continued to write on the environment and climate change. Cathy has also worked for a federal Coalition shadow cabinet member.

Tim's research interests are diverse but centre around climate change law, broadly construed to include corporate social responsibility, torts, planning and administrative law, as well as the more traditional concern with United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change-led processes and domestic climate politics.

Poomphan is an energy analyst who is specialised in low-carbon technologies as well as energy modelling. He earned his Masters in Renewable Energy and Environmental Modelling from the University of Dundee (UK). He previously worked across a range of clean energy projects in ASEAN, Italy, the Pacific region, and the United Kingdom. He built up a good track record of consultancy experience in private equity-owned, international agencies as well as several government agencies in the Asia-Pacific region.

Kate holds an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London, and a BA from Latrobe University. For the past 10 years Kate has worked with environmental non-governmental organisations on forests, climate change and human rights, particularly the European Union’s policy responses to forest governance reforms and illegal logging, and the development of the REDD+ mechanism (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation) at the UNFCCC.

Sonya completed a Masters of Atmospheric Science at the University of Melbourne, where she investigated changes in alpine Australia’s winter rain and snowfall events. She has worked for both the University of Melbourne and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology as a research assistant focusing respectively on synoptic weather patterns for extreme weather events and air pollution and using statistical methods to project Victorian streamflows to the end of the century using downscaled CMIP5 global climate models. 

With a degree in economics and honours degrees in development studies and law, Adrian began his career as a solicitor with a leading Australian law firm before moving in-house as a corporate lawyer with a global beverage company.  He then worked in corporate partnership and innovation roles with international development and environment organisations in Australia and the United Kingdom.

PhD Project:  Household Solar Power Policy

Until early 2011, Ellycia worked a Marine Scientist, with Oceana – the world’s largest marine conservation organization. As part of the Climate Change and Clean Energy team in their Washington DC headquarters, Ellycia played a significant role in communicating and translating information about climate change and ocean acidification to policy makers and the general public, in an effort to raise awareness about their impacts and advocate for policy creation to protect the oceans and those that depend on them.

Dimitri is from the Netherlands, but has been living in Australia for the last 8 years. He graduated from the University of Utrecht with an MSc in geology/geophysics and has been working as a geoscientist for Shell for 11 years in the Netherlands and Australia. He now returns to academic life in pursuit of a PhD researching the climate impact of fugitive emissions of the fossil fuel industry, and unconventional gas in particular. In his free time he can be seen cycling in the Dandenongs.

Fiona Macgill

Fiona has a Masters in Spatial Information Science from the University of Melbourne. Her major project looked at “Comparison of MODIS-Aqua Chlorophyll-a algorithms west of Tasmania. Previously she studied Computer Engineering and Mathematics in Melbourne and enjoyed a semester exchange in Germany. In her spare time she practices Aikido, a Japanese martial art, for which she recently graded in Japan. On weekends she enjoys spending time along the Victorian coast: open water swimming, walking and enjoying the surf.

Madhu worked as a consultant in a multi-disciplinary environmental services firm for over a decade where he managed projects of varied environmental planning and design complexities in Australia, China, Hong Kong and India.  

Alexander Maier

Alex grew up in Germany, but spent some of his adolescence in Canada.  He enrolled at the European Business School (EBS) in Germany for his undergraduate studies and pursued an exchange semester in Mexico.  After completing his thesis examining the feasibility of alternative fuels, he went on to complete a Master in International Business in Melbourne.  His PhD research centres on the transition to Renewable Energy Systems and optimizing hybrid systems through a holistic approach.

Kennedy Mbeva is currently a PhD candidate in the department of Political Science, Faculty of Arts, at the University of Melbourne. His PhD project explores the co-evolution of the trade and environmental governance regimes, focusing on how preferential trade agreements foster (or not) environmental governance.

Dylan is a Chemical Engineer, with experience as an energy analyst. He has a detailed understanding of the cost structure of energy technologies and the electricity market. He was an author of the Melbourne Energy Institutes Renewable Energy Technology Cost Review, commissioned by the Garnaut Review, an investigation of renewable technology costs and projections. He has also developed detailed energy market models for analyzing the National Electricity Market electricity dispatch and price-setting system, in the context of understanding the effect of distributed solar photovoltaic systems and other technologies affecting wholesale electricity demand.

Christin studied Geography at the University of Bonn and Hamburg where she specialized in environmental topics such as climate change, water management and agriculture. Her research interests are centered around vulnerabilities and resilience to climate change as well as the sustainable management of natural resources.

PhD Project: Climate Change and Sustainable Risk Management for Agriculture – Building business resilience through adaptation. The Case Study of the ´Mount Hesse´ farm in Australia 

Rachelle graduated with a bachelor's in wildlife biology from the University of Montana and an M.S. from the University of Melbourne. She worked for the United States Forest Service for the following 8 years, writing syntheses addressing fire ecology of plant and animal species. While there she devoted increasingly more time to local sustainability efforts and sustainability research, including investigating barriers to implementation of energy efficiency measures in the Forest Service.

Alex studied Geography in Berlin and Climate Science in Bern. Before starting his PhD project in Melbourne he worked at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group I Technical Support Unit during the Fifth Assessment cycle. Alex draws on his work experience to develop research questions related to changes in climate systems that potentially have severe societal consequences. He hopes to contribute to a better understanding of the physical implications of different climate futures.

Zebedee completed his undergraduate Masters course in Physics at St.John’s College, University of Oxford. There he specialised in Atmospheric and Biological Physics and completed his Masters project under the supervision of Professor Myles Allen. His thesis focussed on building a simple integrated assessment model to analyse the factors which influence how much an economically rational decision maker might choose to let the Earth warm.

Alex is an environmental scientist with experience across a range of fields. He graduated from RMIT University in early 2014 with a double undergraduate degree and honours degree in enviromental science and environmental engineering. He has also had short stints working for a water managment authority in rural Victoria and in environmental consulting. This allowed him to gain experience across topics including atmospheric and soil chemistry, mathematics, hydrology and environmental modelling.

Graham is an electronic and industrial engineer with a technical, R&D, and management career in small business. His experience covers analog electronics, industrial automation, energy efficiency, and HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning). Following the completion of a Masters in Sustainable Energy at RMIT in 2008, he has made contributions to the energy and climate areas. His research aims to develop an improved systems-based methodology for EROI (energy return on investment) for fossil and non-fossil electricity generation.

Nick completed a Bachelor of Communications and Diploma of Business at Monash University in 2000 and spent the next fifteen years working in various communications roles within the corporate sector. He combined employment with further study, completing a Bachelor of Letters with Honours in politics in 2010, and a Master of European and International Studies in 2014. His Honours thesis focussed on the state-firm nexus within the European automotive industry.

Stephen undertook his undergraduate arts degree at the University of Adelaide with a major in Anthropology. He later completed Honours at the University of Melbourne with research into how rock-climbers perceive nature and manage the environmental impacts of their climbing practices.

Marina Povitkina is a PhD candidate at the Department of Political Science and Quality of Government Institute at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Her research is in comparative environmental politics with the focus on democratic institutions and quality of governmentMarina is currently a visiting PhD student at the School of Social and Political Sciences and the Australian-German Climate & Energy College at the University of Melbourne in February-March 2017. 

Yann grew up in France and where he obtained a Master’s in climate, ocean and atmosphere science (Pierre and Marie Curie University) as well as a Magister in theoretical physics (University of Paris-Sud).

Raif is an Australian professional public servant, with over 15 years experience in policy and regulatory roles pertaining to energy systems, markets and resources. Raif graduated from the University of Western Australia in 2000 with a BA(Hons) in political science. Upon graduation, Raif worked for the Western Australian Government in upstream energy resources. Since then he has worked for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in energy network regulation from 2004-2007, and for the Victorian Government since 2007 on national energy market reform processes.

Alister is a PhD candidate through the department of Geography at the University of Melbourne. Alister holds a Master of Environment (Distinction) from the University of Melbourne, as well as a BSc (Distinction) in biological sciences from RMIT University. His previous research has looked at the role of leadership in international climate change politics, with particular focus on the tension between national and international priorities in India and other large rapidly industrialising countries.

Anita has a Masters in climate change and an engineering degree from the Australian National University.  She previously worked for the Australian Parliamentary Library providing research and analysis to Members and Senators of the Australian Parliament on climate change and renewable energy issues. In 2011 she spent a brief period at the European Parliament in Brussels.

PhD Project: Policy and governance of climate engineering 

Alexei was previously a research associate at the RMIT University Global Cities Research Institute, working across a range of climate change adaptation projects in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as private sector and local government partners in Australia. He has a background in human geography and development, with ongoing advisory roles with UN-Habitat and the UN Global Compact Cities Programme.

PhD Project: Urban Climate Resilience in Melanesia’s rapid-growth cities: the migrant narrative

Skye has a background in environment and development issues across the Asia-Pacific region, with a focus on responding to environmental and climate change risks and uncertainty. She works on the development of climate change adaptation and environment projects in the Asia-Pacific region for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Elisabeth Vogel

Elisabeth studied Environmental Engineering at TU Berlin, with specialisations in agriculture, soil science and ecological modelling. During her final thesis, which she completed at the University of Lund, she analysed the role of soil respiration for the carbon balance of boreal forests. Prior to coming to Melbourne, she held a position as research assistant at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, exploring the impact of the ENSO climate oscillation index on global agricultural yields.

Changlong Wang grew up in China, studied at the Australian National University and has an engineering degree in Sustainable Energy Systems, Electronic Systems, Mechanical and Material Systems. In his honours project with the Australian Solar Institute Laboratory at the ANU, he developed several routine methods for detecting and distinguishing the most important defects (Iron and Oxygen) in silicon solar cells.

Martin studied Biological Sciences at The University of Southern California where he specialized in Astro and Geomicrobiology and later worked on Microbial Fuel Cells at the J. Craig Venter Institute in La Jolla. Martin then returned to Argentina, his home country, to pursue social entrepreneurship and establish businesses within the clean energy sector.

Annabelle completed her undergraduate degree at Melbourne, majoring in Politics and Chinese. In her Honours year, she investigated China's environmental policy in the lead-up to the Beijing Olympics. Upon completing her studies, Annabelle worked at the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). Last year, Annabelle completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Environments (Public Health).

Matthew initially worked for over a decade in the global financial news and information business companies such as: Knight Ridder, Dow Jones and Reuters where he gained experience working in the media and news business.  Following that career he spent a couple of years with Hewlett Packard as a Pre Sales Engineer/Technical Account Manager.  In 2007 he formed an Environmental NGO ‘Beyond Zero Emissions’ and