Prof David Karoly (Chief Research Scientist at CSIRO)

Prof David Karoly

Chief Research Scientist at CSIRO

David Karoly is a Chief Research Scientist in the CSIRO Climate Science Centre. He is also an honorary Professor at the University of Melbourne. He is an internationally recognised expert on climate change and climate variability, heavily involved with communication on climate change to business, government and communities. David was Leader of the Earth Systems and Climate Change Hub in the Australian Government’s National Environmental Science Program, based in CSIRO, from 2018 until it closed in June 2021. He was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2019. He has been involved in the Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2001, 2007, 2014 and 2021 in several different roles.
Professor Karoly was the Leader of the Earth Systems and Climate Change Hub in the Australian Government’s National Environmental Science Program, based in CSIRO, until the Hub closed at the end of June 2021.

He was a member of the National Climate Science Advisory Committee during 2018-19. During 2012-2017, he was a member of the Climate Change Authority, which provides advice to the Australian government on responding to climate change, including targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. He was involved in the Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2001, 2007 and 2014 in several different roles. He is also a member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists. He was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2019. He was awarded the 2015 Royal Society of Victoria Medal for Scientific Excellence in Earth Sciences.

From 2007 to February 2018, David Karoly was Professor of Atmospheric Science at the University of Melbourne and in the A.R.C. Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science. From 2003 to 2007, he held the Williams Chair in the School of Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma.

Zoe Von Batenburg (Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA))

Zoe Von Batenburg

Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)

Zoe von Batenburg is an Investment Director in the Transactions and Business Development team with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and specialises in the identification and execution of investment opportunities. Zoe leads ARENA’s low emissions metals investment focus area. Prior to joining ARENA, Zoe specialised in providing valuations and transaction advice in the financial services sector.

Joshua Edmunds (Manager of Operations and Member Services at Responsible Investment Association Australasia)

Joshua Edmunds

Manager of Operations and Member Services at Responsible Investment Association Australasia

As RIAA’s Manager of Operations and Member Services, Josh works across all areas of RIAA, back and front office. Josh is often the first point of contact for members and he provides support on many areas of RIAA's work plan, in particular working closely with RIAA’s financial adviser members. Josh holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Laws and a Diploma in Financial Planning.

Karen McLeod (Certified Financial Planner at Ethical Investment Advisers)

Karen McLeod

Certified Financial Planner at Ethical Investment Advisers

As an Authorised Representative of Ethical Investment Advisers, Karen McLeod holds the highest level of accreditation in Australia as a Certified Financial Planner TM (CFP). She also holds a Bachelor of Business (with Distinction). She is accredited by the Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA) as a Certified Financial Adviser. Karen has served 6 years as a Board Member of RIAA and to the RIAA Certification Committee. Additionally, Karen is a member of the Ethical Advisers’ Co-operative and served as the Chairperson in 2014. She is also a member of the peak industry association in Australia, the Financial Planning Association (FPA). In 2009, the Australian Financial Review’s ‘Smart Investor’ magazine awarded Karen McLeod a place in their Master Class Top 50 Honour Roll (Australia wide). This achievement is based on her technical expertise. She has loved running her own practice in Brisbane for over 12 years.

Dave Rae (Financial Planner at Federation Financial Services)

Dave Rae

Financial Planner at Federation Financial Services

Dave has been an adviser for 19 years and specialises in working with professionals and small business owners who are highly motivated to achieve their own definition of success. He guides his clients to achieve what is important to them and to live the life of their dreams.