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Emma Humann
President

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Emma brings experience in stakeholder engagement and communications to the Environment Victoria Board. She has worked in the corporate, government and not for profit sectors and holds a Bachelor of Arts with Political Science and Environmental Studies majors. Emma joined the board in October 2013.

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Tim Watts
Vice-President

Tim’s career spans start-ups (Co-Founder of Flexicar), strategy consulting (with Nous Group) and corporate executive roles in sectors including health, aged care and energy. He holds a Masters degree in politics and economics from Northeastern University in Boston.

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Tabatha Fulker

Tabatha is the founding Director at OrganiseUs, a creative and strategic communication agency working at the strategic planning level across a diverse range of national and state-­based campaigns advocating for positive environmental, social justice and community welfare outcomes.

Tabatha has 20 years’ experience developing engagement, media and communication strategies for progressive non-profits, over seven years as a daily news and feature journalist at APN News and Media and Fairfax Media, and a lecturer in journalism at Monash University.

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Elaine Montegriffo
Secretary

Elaine brings strategic leadership skills developed through working in the UK, Asia and Australia in global consulting firms, international NGO’s and dynamic social enterprises where she has successfully developed and implemented new strategies for growth and impact. Most recently, as CEO of SecondBite she significantly grew its social, environmental and economic impact through innovative partnerships.

In 2015 Elaine was recognised as a Global Social Entrepreneur by the prestigious Schwab Foundation, the sister organisation to the World Economic Forum. Elaine recently attended the WEF in Davos, Switzerland. Elaine holds a Masters in International Development, a BA (Honours) in Philosophy and is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (UK).

Ralf Thesing
Treasurer

Ralf has a professional background in Finance and IT, runs a small business and is very passionate about sustainability and renewable energy.

Ralf brings extensive experience in the non-for-profit sector to the Board from prior roles, such as Treasurer and President of Renew (formerly Alternative Technology Association) and President of the Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group.

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Paul Bailey

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Paul has worked with some of Australia’s largest and most successful charities, helping them to develop effective communication programs and fundraising campaigns. As a specialist fundraising consultant, Paul is responsible for assessing the holistic performance of non-profit fundraising and communications, evaluating opportunities and using data analytics and historic results to make recommendations that generate more money for their cause.

Paul Brown

Paul is an experienced company director, entrepreneur and clean energy advocate. He is founder of Ironbark Sustainability and for 20 years has supported local councils and communities to avoid over 2 million tCO2-e and $500m of operating costs.

Paul has helped to establish sustainability organisations including the Sustainable Living Festival, the Australian Wind Energy Association (now the Clean Energy Council) and the Australian Student Environment Network.

Conor Costello

Conor brings a breadth of experience in policy and advocacy, strategy and communications gained through a long history in the international development sector. Conor has worked on a broad range of issues, including human rights in conflict, climate change, and labour rights.

Based in the UK for over a decade before returning to Australia in 2014, Conor’s work has spanned both the global and local levels, in Australia and around the world.

Marina Lou

Marina has a background in litigation, climate advocacy and energy policy having worked as an environmental lawyer and a campaigner. Prior to joining Energetics, Marina was the Global Project Lead (Climate and Energy) with Greenpeace International, where she acted as spokesperson and subject matter expert on financial risks for the forestry and energy sector in Japan, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines. As a lawyer, she instructed on a number of supreme court litigation in protection of the East Gippsland forests. She brings to the board a deep understanding of climate risk, the Australian business environment and strategic outlooks for the global movement.

Tim Lo Surdo

Tim is the Founder and National Director of Democracy in Colour – Australia’s first racial and economic justice organisation led by people of colour. Deeply passionate about people-powered change, he has spent the past eight years creating opportunities for everyday people to take collective action. Previously, Tim was a Senior Organiser at United Voice where he helped low-paid workers start Hospo Voice – a new union in hospitality. He has led campaigns at Oaktree, been an adviser to two Senators, was the Campaigns Director at Jhatkaa (the Indian equivalent of GetUp!), led national communications at UN Youth Australia, and co-founded Open Sky – one of India’s most well-known performance art communities. Tim is also on the Boards of Plan International Australia, Be Slavery Free, and Climate for Change.