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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).

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Ben Krasnostein

Experienced legal professional and Company Secretary. Highly developed business acumen combined with excellent communication and interpretive skills. Active in business ventures, corporate advisory, in-house solutions, negotiation, renewable energy and property transactions.

Committed to the impact investment movement and all it stands for, both professionally and personally. Focus on policy change and shifting capital allocations away from traditional forms of investment into areas that blend deep social, environmental and financial outcomes and returns.

Kate Colvin

Kate has over 20 years experience in senior positions in policy, advocacy and communications in the social services, environment and overseas development sectors. She has developed and led successful campaigns for more accessible public transport, more affordable housing and better youth justice and homelessness services. Kate has a degree in economics and joined the Board in October 2013.

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.

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Peter Christoff

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Associate Professor Peter Christoff teaches and researches climate politics and environmental policy in the School of Geography at the University of Melbourne. He is the author and editor of several books including, Globalisation and the Environment, written with Robyn Eckersley, and Four Degrees of Warming: Australia in a hot world.

Peter has long been active in the environment movement, including formerly as Vice President of the Australian Conservation Foundation, and as a Board member of Greenpeace and the Yarra Energy Council. He has also provided policy advice to government.

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.