Our team

The Climate Institute is lean and targeted organisation that brings together a team of highly-credentialed and passionate people. Our diverse range of backgrounds and skills sets gives us the ability to address and interpret a wide range of climate change issues with a speed and agility absent from larger organisations.

  • Olivia Kember

    Olivia Kember

    Olivia is the Acting CEO of The Climate Institute. She has worked in the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand across the fields of journalism, diplomacy and resources.

    Olivia has provided policy analysis and advice for the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the NSW Minerals Council.

    She was the recipient of a Fulbright award to study in the United States and holds an MA in Security Studies from the University of Georgetown.

    She has led multi-stakeholder research and advocacy projects on climate mitigation and adaptation, provided policy advice and analysis to state and federal governments, and represented The Climate Institute in energy sector forums including CSIRO's Future Grid Forum and the CO2CRC Australian Power Generation Technology Assessment Reference Group.

  • Kate Mackenzie

    Kate Mackenzie

    Kate is Investment & Governance Manager at The Climate Institute. Prior to joining the Institute in 2014, she worked primarily as a financial journalist, winning awards for her work at the Financial Times and the Australian. She was most recently Asia correspondent for the highly respected FT Alphaville blog, after serving as a Companies Reporter, Editorial Stakeholder in a wide-ranging FT.com redesign, and launching and editing the energy and climate blog, FT Energy Source. Before joining the FT, Kate was a technology and business reporter for the Australian, and online editor of Australian IT. Kate is a veteran of new media, and was one of the first online journalists to be hired by the ABC in the late 1990s. She has also worked for the internet addressing authority, APNIC; Australia's first private internet service provider, Pegasus Networks; and served as treasurer at one of Australia's oldest food co-operatives. Kate is on twitter at @kmac.

  • Brinsley Marlay

    Brinsley Marlay

    Brinsley is The Climate Institute's Communications & Media Manager. He has more than 15 years' experience working in strategic communication.

    Before taking up his position at the Institute, Brinsley was Media Advisor to the President and four Commissioners at the Australian Human Rights Commission where he worked on the national Review into the Treatment of Women in the Australian Defence Force as well as immigration detention, freedom of speech and race, disability, sex and age discrimination issues. Prior to that he held media, communication and publicity positions at the Office of Film and Literature Classification, Brisbane Festival, Brisbane International Film Festival and Australian Business Register

    Brinsley holds a BBus: Marketing and an Associate Diploma in Applied Biology from QUT and has a lifelong interest in environmental and animal welfare issues.
  • Esther Green

    Esther Green

    Esther, who has a BSocSci from Waikato University, joined The Climate Institute in May 2006, bringing diverse administration experience from NZ, UK and Australia. She has enjoyed being a part of the growth of the organisation. 

    Esther is the Office Manager at The Climate Institute.

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