Meet the team

We are a volunteer-powered organisation! Our amazing volunteers devote their time to facilitating Conversations, raising funds and organising events, along with countless other activities that keep us going. To find out how you can be a part of this team, click here.

Our volunteers are supported by core staff and a board of directors.

 

Our staff 

Katerina_Gaita.jpgKaterina Gaita | director

Katerina is a climate communicator specialising in community engagement. Her passion and expertise are in helping everyday people understand the problem and challenges we face in climate change, then inspiring and empowering them to make a difference. Katerina has more than eight years’ experience in behaviour change and in project and business management, including founding and growing a small sustainability business from conception to one with more than 200 clients and 30 staff over four years.

 

square_Zey.JPGZey Basarin | program manager

Zey was previously the national program manager of the award-winning Start Smart Program run by ChangeLabs (now Karrikins Group), a company dedicated to designing and executing large-scale, face-to-face behaviour-change programs. During her time with Start Smart, Zey personally facilitated more than 2,000 workshops with more than 50,000 students. She was also involved in developing program content and training other facilitators. Zey brings to Climate for Change an infectious passion for engaging others on climate change and a drive to make the world a better place for all.

 

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Serena Davies | community organiser

Serena has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology and lived and worked overseas before returning to Australia in 2016. Her volunteer experience includes managing a dog shelter in Spain and tutoring refugee children in Fitzroy. She first joined Climate for Change as a facilitator and now manages our database of more than 500 volunteers. She hopes to be part of a discussion that makes clear both the crises and the opportunities that climate change presents.

 


square_Jackson.jpgJackson Peck | fundraising coordinator

Jackson has been a passionate advocate for a fairer world since a wise person told him that you don't have to have decades of experience or be in a position of influence to make a difference. For the past seven years he has volunteered and worked in fundraising and campaigning roles for Oaktree and World Vision and is particularly passionate about empowering people to take action on the issues they care about. Jackson has an Honours degree in Politics and International Relations from the University of Western Australia and is completing a Master's of Journalism at Monash University.

 

AjayaH_Headshot.jpgAjaya Haikerwal | program and executive assistant

Ajaya is a long-time volunteer, currently co-ordinating a personal development program for young people and working on a camp for refugee and migrant youth. He joined Climate for Change’s facilitators in 2017 to actively live by his values and now works to improve the Conversations Program, as well as supporting Katerina’s work and the organisation as a whole. Ajaya holds a Bachelor’s Degree (Honours) in Geography and is a fellow of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership’s Future Makers Fellowship Program.

 

Oli_Headshot.jpgOli Moraes | team leader

Oli joins our staff after volunteering with Climate for Change in a number of roles including fundraising, volunteer coordination and facilitating, since the organisation's inception at the start of 2015. Oli holds a Bachelor of Arts and Science from Monash University and is currently completing his Master of Environment at the University of Melbourne. While his studies focus on the science, Oli strongly believes that to adequately address climate change, we need to be connecting and communicating the problem with people more effectively, and that C4C offers the mode and model for doing so at the depth and scale required.
 

square_Jeremy_D.jpgJeremy Dore | administration assistant

Jeremy is a lawyer by training and advises carbon projects at not-for-profit Aboriginal Carbon Fund. Jeremy undertook Climate Reality leadership training in 2014 and was impressed by the passionate and authentic presentation Katerina made at a recruitment session for Climate for Change soon after. He joined Climate for Change as a volunteer in 2015 and currently assists with bookkeeping and building up our administration systems.

  

Our board

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Alison Kelly |  

Alison Kelly is a sustainability consultant with over 14 years experience in national leadership positions within the Australian agricultural & sustainability research, development & extension sectors.Alison has always had a passion and commitment for enhancing the resilience of Australian landscapes & communities. As Principal Consultant for Alison Kelly Consulting, she has worked on projects within the agricultural and sustainability sectors, including delivery of the Carbon Farming Future’s Profitable Dairying in a Carbon Constrained Future project.

 

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Maggy Samaan |

Maggy Samaan is a senior corporate lawyer with broad experience working in the public and non-for profit sectors. She specialises in corporate advisory (including corporate governance), contract and commercial law and  provides advice in relation to governance policies and implementing risk management strategies. Maggy is passionate about the not-for-profit sector and the initiatives that the sector contributes as a grassroots level.

  

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Victor Sekulov |

Victor Sekulov is a Finance Manager with over thirty years experience obtained both in the corporate private and the public sectors, including Not-For-Profit and health benevolent organisations. Victor has sat as a member of a number of committees in his role as Finance Manager/Financial Controller. These have included Audit Committees for major public hospitals; Policy Steering Committees, Evaluation of Service and Tender Committees. Victor has also been on the Darebin Libraries Steering Committee, Football Federation Victoria Women’s Football Committee and is currently on the Committee of Management as Treasurer of two major Victorian Art organisations as well as Secretary for a non profit social enterprise organisation.

 

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Brad Bond |  

Brad Bond has been in the Australian technology industry for over 20 years. Brad has founded multiple successful technology businesses including enterprise IT support and software, a consumer review website and a satellite phone management system.Businesses co-founded by Brad have generated in excess of AUD $75m in revenue and most are still currently in operation. Brad is now leveraging his experience by helping other startups to make it from concept to commercialization.

 

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Tom Duggan |

Tom has been an environmentalist all his life and a fundraiser for the last 13 years. Currently the fundraising manager (RG, community, digital) at Plan International, he has previously worked as the direct marketing manager at Peter Mac Cancer Foundations and looked after Australian Conservation Foundation's individual donor programs. In his spare time, he is turning his old house into something beautiful and sustainable.

 

 

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Luke Giuliani | 

Passionate about using technology to make the world better, Luke is a social entrepreneur who has started numerous projects and businesses. These include Squareweave, a web company making the world better with technology; Grace, a cafe in Fitzroy; OurSay, a social enterprise connecting citizens to decision makers; and The Fitzroy Academy of Getting Shit Done, a project to teach people how to work on ideas that don’t even exist yet.

 

 

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Imogen Jubb |

Imogen Jubb is a communications specialist, climate-change advisor and Climate Reality leader. She has worked with Australian Conservation Foundation, Bureau of Meteorology and the CSIRO, including co-authoring reports with some of Australia's leading climate-change scientists. She is a parent of young children and passionate about strategies that will work our way to a sustainable world.

 

 

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Anica Niepraschk |

Anica Niepraschk is a political scientist with a background in international development, working as Governance Advisor in strengthening civil society organisations in various African countries.Since moving to Australia in 2014, Anica has been heavily engaged in the nuclear-free movement and the Victorian Greens. Anica works as a Safe Climate Campaigner at Environment Victoria, leading its national campaign to phase out coal-fired power stations. Anica lives in Melbourne and is currently on parental leave after the birth of her first daughter.

 

 

 

 

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