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.

 

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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 | communications officer and team leader

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.

 

DSC_0026_-_Copy.jpgAjaya Haikerwal | program and executive assistant

Ajaya has volunteered for many years in youth and community development sectors - he currently coordinates a personal development program for young people. He joined Climate for Change’s facilitation team in 2017 to actively live by his values and now administers, maintains and improves the Conversation Program, as well as supporting Katerina’s work and the organisation as a whole. Ajaya holds a Bachelor’s Degree (Honours) in Geography from the University of Melbourne and is a fellow of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership’s Future Makers Fellowship Program.

 

Oli_Headshot.jpgOli Moraes | team leader

Oli joined 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.
 

marta_headshot_c4c.jpgMarta Zajac | fundraising officer

Marta is a Public Relations and Advertising Bachelor of Arts (Honours) graduate from the University of Westminster in London, UK. Originally from Poland, she has lived abroad for the past seven years, calling Australia her home since late 2017. Before arriving in Australia, she has traveled and volunteered across South-East Asia, also interning with the United Nations in Bangkok, Thailand. She was a 2018 Climate for Change Fellow, and is particularly excited about working with other young people passionate about solving the climate crisis.
 

Our board

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Alison Kelly | chair

Alison Kelly is a sustainability consultant with over 14 years experience in national leadership positions within the Australian agricultural & sustainability research, development & extension sectors. She 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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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 | secretary

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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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.

 

Cindy Liu | treasurer

Cindy Liu has a successful career in Accounting and Finance primarily in technology industry. She has been head of finance and CFO for Asia Pacific region for several leading tech companies for the past 15 years. She is also a director and CFO for successful tech innovation startup from Australia which has grown globally. Cindy is a Fellow member of CPA Australia and Graduate member of Australian institute of Company Directors.

 

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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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