Our team

Meet our talented staff and board

The people powering our groundbreaking work

Our staff and board feature leading experts in energy, design, engineering, sustainability, technology, business and communications.

Our staff

Heidi Lee, Beyond Zero Emissions

Heidi Lee

CEO

heidi.lee@bze.org.au

Heidi was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Beyond Zero Emissions in 2020. In the decade prior she held several leadership roles at Beyond Zero Emissions, including on the Buildings Plan, as Board Director and Chair, as Business and Industry Lead, and leading our successful Million Jobs Plan. Heidi is an expert in sustainable buildings and urban design and brings 20 years of experience in creating sustainable cities to her role at Beyond Zero Emissions.

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Michael Lord, Beyond Zero Emissions

Michael Lord

Lead Researcher

michael.lord@bze.org.au

Michael is the Lead Researcher of Beyond Zero Emissions and lead author of the Million Jobs Plan, an economic stimulus package to boost employment and reduce emissions. Michael has authored many of the organisation’s most important reports, including Electrifying Industry, Rethinking Cement and The 10 Gigawatt Vision – How renewable energy can power jobs and investment in the Northern Territory. Michael previously worked at the Energy Transition Hub at the University of Melbourne where he published Mining to Making: Australia’s Future in Zero Emissions Metal.

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Sanaya Khisty, Beyond Zero Emissions

Sanaya Khisty

Chief Strategy Officer

sanaya.khisty@bze.org.au

Sanaya is the Chief Strategy Officer of Beyond Zero Emissions. She leads the organisation’s strategy, fundraising, partnerships and advocacy work. She has a decade of experience in policy, federal politics, and consulting to governments. She previously worked for B Lab Australia and New Zealand where she designed and delivered a strategy to establish legal accountability for Certified B Corporations. Sanaya is on the Board of Climate for Change and is a mentor for Altiorem.

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Monica Tan, Beyond Zero Emissions

Monica Tan

Communications and Media Manager

monica.tan@bze.org.au

Monica is the Communications and Media Manager of Beyond Zero Emissions. She has over a decade of journalism and communications experience in media, politics and nonprofits. Her previous postings include Guardian Australia in Sydney and Greenpeace East Asia in Beijing. Before joining Beyond Zero Emissions, Monica ran the Repower NT campaign for the Environment Centre NT.

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Christian Keel, Beyond Zero Emissions

Christian Keel

Chief Operating Officer

christian.keel@bze.org.au

Christian is the Chief Operating Officer of Beyond Zero Emissions. Prior to that, Christian led both the Beyond Zero Emissions Investment Reference Group and 2020 Prebudget Submission to Treasury. He has a background in consultancy and change management, most recently as Managing Consultant with Escient, a digital and business advisory firm. Christian first joined Beyond Zero Emissions as a skilled volunteer in 2017.

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Sam Mella, Beyond Zero Emissions

Sam Mella

Hunter Engagement and Project Lead

sam.mella@bze.org.au

Sam Mella is the Engagement and Project Lead in the Hunter Valley and was lead author of the Hunter Case Study in the Million Jobs Plan. She has done pioneering work on renewable energy export since 2011, including project leader of the acclaimed prefeasibility study (2017) that investigated High Voltage Direct Current as a potential renewable energy export and diversification pathway for the Pilbara Region of WA. Sam is also a founder and director of Pilbara Solar Pty Ltd.

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Su Morley, Beyond Zero Emissions

Su Morley

Project Manager, Hunter Community Engagement

su.morley@bze.org.au

Su is a Project Manager for Hunter Engagement at Beyond Zero Emissions. Her role includes supporting local communities across the Hunter Valley to achieve zero emissions. She has an extensive background in natural resource project management and engagement, with local and state government, and the nonprofit sector. She is also a leading community advocate for renewable energy in her home town of Newcastle.

Imogen Jubb, Beyond Zero Emissions

Imogen Jubb

Project Manager, Zero Carbon Communities

imogen.jubb@bze.org.au

Imogen is the Project Manager of Zero Carbon Communities, supporting over 100 communities around Australia to achieve zero emissions. She has a background in climate change, education, science communication and sustainability, and has worked as a television presenter and script writer for the ABC. She led the development of the world-first Snapshot climate tool and published the Zero Carbon Communities Guide and the Local Government Climate Review. She has co-authored reports with some of Australia's leading climate change scientists and was elected Board Member of Climate for Change and the Australian Energy Foundation.

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Dr Heidi Edmonds, Beyond Zero Emissions

Dr Heidi Edmonds

Project Manager, Communities Investment Research

heidi.edmonds@bze.org.au

Heidi is a Project Manager at Beyond Zero Emissions, leading the community and regionally focused research for the Million Jobs Plan. Heidi is an environmental engineer and ecologist with a PhD in environmental science. She has published academic articles on freshwater ecology, environmental management and climate change, and with her expertise in spatial analysis has worked extensively in biodiversity assessment. A mother of two young children, Heidi also co-founded the Australian Parents for Climate Action.

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Lea Lewin, Beyond Zero Emissions

Lea Lewin

Project Manager

lea.lewin@bze.org.au

Lea is a Project Manager at Beyond Zero Emissions. She has a background in managing and growing some of Australia’s largest commercial solar portfolios, designing energy efficiency upgrade programs and across a broad range of sustainable practice solutions. She has previously worked at the Australian Energy Foundation, as a patent and trade-marks attorney, and as an intellectual property lawyer. She also runs her own sustainable events company Treecreds, focused on delivering creative carbon offset solutions to concert and festival organisers.

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Dr Chun Hin Ng, Beyond Zero Emissions

Dr Chun Hin Ng

Researcher

chun.hin.ng@bze.org.au

Dr Chun Hin Ng is a Researcher at Beyond Zero Emissions. He is an experienced scientist and pioneer of clean technology, having worked on the successful commercialisation of a high power, carbon-based energy storage device at the Monash University startup, SupraG Energy. He brings to Beyond Zero Emissions a deep understanding of hydrogen, technical expertise and an entrepreneurial mindset. He is a key contributor to initiatives such as the Renewable Energy Industrial Precinct.

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Imogen Butler, Beyond Zero Emissions

Imogen Butler

Researcher

imogen.butler@bze.org.au

Imogen is a Researcher at Beyond Zero Emissions. She graduated from the University of Oxford in 2019 with a MSc in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance, and a Bachelor of Environment and Society from RMIT University. She has over seven years experience in higher education learning management systems with RMIT University and a long history volunteering and interning with environmental organisations. Prior to her role as a researcher, she worked in communications, community and stakeholder engagement for Beyond Zero Emissions.

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Nicole Lloyd, Beyond Zero Emissions

Nicole Lloyd

Senior Communications Advisor

nicole.lloyd@bze.org.au

Nicole is a Senior Communications Advisor at Beyond Zero Emissions. An experienced communications specialist, she has over 15 years of commercial marketing experience, predominantly in the financial service and retail industries. Nicole is skilled in integrated marketing, brand strategy and direct customer marketing, and has worked for and helped build some of Australia’s most influential brands.

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Kelvin Wicks, Beyond Zero Emissions

Kelvin Wicks

Graduate Researcher

kelvin.wicks@bze.org.au

Kelvin is a Graduate Researcher at Beyond Zero Emissions, specialising in large-scale home retrofits. Inspired by the Beyond Zero Emissions's Stationary Energy Plan, and our ambitious climate solutions when he was a first year undergraduate, Kelvin joined as a volunteer before becoming a Research Assistant in 2020. Kelvin graduated from the University of Melbourne in both environmental engineering and building energy efficiency. He brings an interdisciplinary approach to designing practical built environment and climate solutions.

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Madeline Townsend, Beyond Zero Emissions

Madeline Townsend

People and Culture Manager

madeline.townsend@bze.org.au

Madeline is the People and Culture Manager of Beyond Zero Emissions, as well as a leader in volunteer engagement. She has worked in volunteer management and policy roles since 1989 across Australia and New Zealand, focusing on the environment sector. She has strong links in the volunteer sector locally and internationally, and also works in community engagement at the state’s peak body, Volunteering Victoria. Madeline is a regular volunteer for environmental, social and arts causes in Ballarat, including as a board member with Ballarat Renewable Energy and Zero Emissions, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Community Directors Australia.

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Tara Bergin, Beyond Zero Emissions

Tara Bergin

Communications Support

tara.bergin@bze.org.au

Tara works in Communications Support at Beyond Zero Emissions. She is also a Bachelor of Global Studies student who is passionate about the environment, having volunteered for organisations such as the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria from a young age. She initially joined Beyond Zero Emissions as an intern in 2019, and takes pride in supporting the Communications and Zero Carbon Communities teams as she develops her professional skills.

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Bob Hale, Beyond Zero Emissions

Bob Hale

Office Manager

info@bze.org.au

Bob is the Office Manager of Beyond Zero Emissions. He is passionate about climate change and has dedicated his life to taking climate action. He has filled many roles at Beyond Zero Emissions, including managing the release of several major reports. He currently oversees activities relating to operations, financial management, receiving donations and payroll. He has an extensive background as a Senior Project Manager, and is adept at financial tracking, scheduling, risk management, issue management and people management.

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Our board

Eytan Lenko, Beyond Zero Emissions

Eytan Lenko

Chair

eytan.lenko@bze

Eytan Lenko has a successful business and entrepreneurship background and is a long running advocate for strong action on climate change. He was a founder of Outware Mobile, one of Australia’s fastest growing tech companies which was acquired in 2017. He also co-founded Infrastructure Access Managers, a fund manager that invests in private infrastructure. Eytan is a director of the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network and is actively involved in the Australian startup ecosystem both as an investor and a mentor.

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Elisa de Wit, Beyond Zero Emissions

Elisa de Wit

Board Member

Elisa de Wit is a Partner of Norton Rose Fulbright and heads the firm’s Climate Change and Sustainability practice. She is one of Australia’s preeminent climate change lawyers and advises clients on policy, regulation and compliance issues. Elisa is also the Chair of the Carbon Market Institute and a Director at both GWM Water and the Australian Legal Sector Alliance. Elisa has been a Non-Executive Director of Beyond Zero Emissions since 2017.

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Phil Vernon, Beyond Zero Emissions

Phil Vernon

Board Member

Phil Vernon has more than 30 years experience in financial services, including 10 years as Managing Director and Chief Executive of Australian Ethical Investment. He is a Director of the Environmental Defender’s Office, consultant to the Board of Futurity Investment Group and member of the Steering Committee for the Australian Sustainable Finance Initiative. Phil has been a Non-Executive Director since 2014.

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Cristina Talacko, Beyond Zero Emissions

Cristina Talacko

Board Member

Cristina Talacko is a director of the Export Council of Australia, Chair of the Coalition for Conservation and Vice-President of the Australian-Brazil Chamber of Commerce. She is an award-winning entrepreneur and experienced director, lending her expertise to organisations such as One Meal and the Council on Australia Latin America Relations. Cristina is also on the Customer & Stakeholder Consultative Council of Endeavour Energy, and a member of the Advisory Board at Multicultural NSW. Cristina has been a Non-Executive Director of Beyond Zero Emissions since 2019.

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Tom Quinn, Beyond Zero Emissions

Tom Quinn

Board Member

Tom Quinn is a strategist, communicator and advocate for future business opportunities, with expertise in senior government and corporate roles. Tom has been a Non-Executive Director since 2014.

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Colin Irving, Beyond Zero Emissions

Colin Irving

Treasurer

Colin Irving has more than 20 years experience in business leadership, consultancy, product development and project delivery. He has worked at Schneider Electric since 2012 and heads the Project Management Office for the company’s Energy Management Business in the Asia Pacific. Colin has been a Non-Executive Director of Beyond Zero Emissions since 2016.

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Dr Anne Hellstedt, Beyond Zero Emissions

Dr Anne Hellstedt

Board Member

Dr Anne Hellstedt is a strategic leader with experience across a broad range of sectors, including construction, consulting and academia. Anne has been a Non-Executive Director since 2018.

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