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September 27, 2023


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Roger D. Aines
Senior Advisor for Carbon Dioxide Removal
US Department of Energy

Roger is an internationally renowned leader on atmospheric carbon dioxide removal.

In his current role as Senior Advisor for Carbon Dioxide Removal at the US DOE, he oversees the Carbon Negative Initiative and provides technical advice and guidance to the Under Secretary for Energy and Innovation.

He is on secondment from his position as Energy Program Chief Scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Labs, where he developed and led the Carbon Initiative, one of the world’s largest primary research teams working on a broad cross-section of carbon dioxide removal technologies.

Greg Dipple
Head of Science and Co-founder

Greg is a global leader and pioneer in atmospheric carbon dioxide removal. He has led seminal research into accelerating the natural weathering and carbon mineralisation of ultramafic rock and mine tailings since 2005.

He is the Head of Science and Co-founder of Arca. Arca’s proprietary technologies combine CO₂ from the atmosphere with waste from metal mines, converting atmospheric CO2 into rocks and storing it for millennia.

He is also Professor of Geological Sciences at the University of British Columbia.

Will Howard
Lead Scientist
Australian Government Climate Change Authority

Will is the Lead Scientist at the Climate Change Authority (CCA), the statutory body that provides independent advice to the Australian Government on climate change.

Will leads the CCA’s work program across climate science and adaptation, climate policy, and negative emissions through atmospheric carbon dioxide removal.

He has advised the Australian Government on climate and science issues since 2014, working previously as Lead Climate Scientist for the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, and Head of Science for the Office of the Chief Scientist.

He is also a Visiting Fellow at ANU, researching marine climate change.

Samantha Langley
Principal Business Planning Climate Change, GHG Emissions Reduction and Sustainability
BHP Nickel West

Sam leads BHP Nickel West’s asset decarbonisation and net zero transition. She is the 2023 winner of the WA Women in Resources innovation award for a project she initiated and leads. The project explores scaling carbon dioxide removal by carbonation of mine waste, with a team of engineers, geochemists and policy and climate change experts from across BHP and international partners.

She has 20 years of carbon and environmental management experience in the mining industry, including at BHP’s Carbon desk and Kalgoorlie Nickel Smelter, and the KCGM and Paddington gold mines in Kalgoorlie.

Monica Richter
Senior Manager, Low Carbon Futures

Monica leads WWF Australia’s low carbon futures program, working across business, government and the NGO sector pursuing zero carbon and circular economy solutions.

She is also project director at both the Business Renewables Centre, and the Materials & Embodied Carbon Leaders’ Alliance (MECLA). 

She is an economist and social ecologist with over 20 years’ experience in climate-focussed corporate engagement, business development, policy and advocacy.

Prior to WWF, she held program, campaigning and policy roles at the ACF, Green Peace and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Jaime Painter
Chief of Staff
Loam Bio

Jaime leads the strategy for Loam Bio, one of Australia’s biggest climate tech start-ups. Loam harnesses unique microbes that convert organic matter into stable soil carbon to provide durable CO2 storage and improve agricultural outputs.

Originally trained as a humanitarian engineer, her roles prior to Loam include strategy and business development for the Perennial Foods Group working in Ethiopia on scaling regenerative agriculture, and management consulting with McKinsey in Australia

Alexa Dennett
Head of Marketing and Communications
Heirloom Carbon

Alexa is a senior executive at Heirloom Carbon, a leading second generation direct air capture company. Heirloom has recently been a major recipient of the multi-billion dollar direct air capture grant funding from the US DOE.

Alexa has over 13 years’ experience in Silicon Valley scaling high growth global technology companies including at Google X, Wing, and Dropbox.

She has also worked as a Solicitor for King & Wood Mallesons and a Management Consultant at Pacific Strategy Partners in Sydney

Sophia Hamblin Wang
Chief Operating Officer
MCi Carbon

Sophia is a carbon technologist and circular economy expert. As the COO of a globally leading climate tech company, Sophia is at the forefront of carbon innovation.

Since 2006, MCi have been on a journey to permanently lock CO2 into industrial materials for commercial use.

Sophia brings on the ground lessons on what it takes to build a successful early mover climate tech company, including pioneering technology, partnering with industry, creating markets and business models, advocating for an effective policy setting, and building a first-of-a-kind operation

Andrew Lenton
Director, Permanent Carbon Locking Future Science Platform (CarbonLock)

Andrew leads the CarbonLock FSP for CSIRO, a major primary research program focussed on developing innovative ways to remove and store carbon dioxide on permanent timescales.

He also leads Australia’s engagement in Mission Innovation – Carbon Dioxide Removal, was a co-author on the 5th and 6th IPCC Assessment Reports and led the Climate Change Authority’s recent report on Australia’s sequestration potential. 

He has more than 20 years of experience in global carbon cycles, climate and earth system modelling and exploring solutions beyond mitigation to address climate change.

Chris Turney
Pro-Vice Chancellor of Research
University of Technology Sydney

Chris Turney is Pro-Vice Chancellor of Research at the University of Sydney. He conducts transdisciplinary research into the carbon cycle, focussing on reducing uncertainties over climate impacts and climate-carbon feedback.

Chris is also a founding Director and Scientific Advisor with CarbonScape, the first company to create technology for sustainable, high-quality biographite made from renewable materials.

Chris is also a talented science communicator. His new podcast, “Unfking the Future” is taking listeners on a journey to understand common-sense climate solutions

Henry Adams
Common Capital

Henry is the Co-founder and Director of Common Capital, a policy and strategy consultancy specialising in catalytic funding mechanisms for the net zero transition.

He has 18 years’ experience in the design, implementation and reform of market-based environment protection and climate mitigation policies.

This includes leading a series of flagship carbon dioxide removal policy and economics projects for state and commonwealth agencies.

He a co-founding Director of the Climate Recovery Institute.

He has previously worked in climate policy for the NSW Government, as a Ministerial Advisor and as a Management Consultant at IBM.

Alana Hollestelle
Associate Director
Common Capital

Alana leads Common Capital’s deep decarbonisation policy and strategy research on issues including atmospheric carbon dioxide removal and agrifood.

She is also a co-founding Director of the Climate Recovery Institute.

Alana was the lead author and project manager of a flagship carbon dioxide removal opportunity study for the NSW Government. It combined detailed qualitative and technoeconomic research and analysis on the sequestration potential, pathways, barriers and policy priorities for building a geographically specific carbon dioxide removal industry at a 1.5 degree-aligned scale.

Victoria Mendes Da Costa
Permitting Director
CarbonNet Project

Victoria is senior executive at the CarbonNet, a flagship Victorian Government-led project to establish a commercial scale geological carbon storage hub in Gippsland.

She is responsible for helping navigate a complex set of emerging, state, national and international regulatory frameworks and ensuring the Australian first-of-a-kind geo-sequestration project delivers strong environmental and community outcomes.

She has over 25 years’ public and private experience in providing strategic policy, issue management and regulatory advice.

Philip Boyd
ARC Laureate Fellow and Professor at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies
University of Tasmania

Philip is an internationally renowned expert on ocean-based carbon dioxide removal and reliable sequestration. He is the Co-chair of UN Cross Agency GESAMP (joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection) Ocean Interventions for Climate Change Mitigation working group.

Philip conducts transdisciplinary research across ocean biogeochemistry, phytoplankton processes, open ocean ecosystems, marine approaches to climate intervention and the development of research governance.

Philip is a founding member of the CRI Advisory Network.

Deanna D’Alessandro
ARC Future Fellow, School of Chemistry
University of Sydney

Deanna is a highly awarded Professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, and Scientific Advisor to the Australian direct air capture start-up, Southern Green Gas.

She has decades of experience in capturing and storing carbon dioxide and leads a climate-focussed advanced material lab developing cutting edge materials (known as metal organic frameworks (MOFs)) to capture carbon at a molecular scale.

She has previously held an ARC future fellowship at Sydney University and research fellowship at UC Berkley.

Jan McDonald
Faculty of Law
University of Tasmania

Jan is a Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Tasmania. She is a governance expert conducting research into the legal and policy dimensions of climate change responses, including carbon dioxide removal.

Jan is also a Lead Councillor with the Biodiversity Council and serves on the Board of the Tasmanian Land Conservancy.

Jan is a founding member of the CRI Advisory Network.

Justin Borevitz
College of Science
Australian National University

Justin is a Professor at the Australian National University in the Research School of Biology where he leads the Borevitz Group on plant genomics for climate adaption.

He is an expert in land-use impacts of carbon dioxide removal technologies and methods to support climate resilience and carbon drawdown in agroecological landscapes.

He is on the board for Soils for Life and a scientific advisor to a number of regenerative agriculture and climate resilience-focussed start-ups and not-for-profits.

Justin is a founding member of the CRI Advisory Network.

Michael Ellwood
Research School of Earth Sciences
Australian National University

Michael is a Professor at the Australian National University Research School of Earth Sciences. His deep understanding of marine chemistry, geochemistry and carbonate chemistry is informing his research in using the ocean for long-term chemical sequestration, using a range of pilot studies.

Michael is a founding member of the CRI Advisory Network.

Peter Ralph
Executive Director of the Climate Change Cluster
University of Technology Sydney

Peter is the Executive Director of the Climate Change Cluster (C3), an institute that through science and discovery is delivering new insights into the environmental response to climate change and transforming these into innovative solutions to mitigate or prevent further ecosystem damage. 

He has extensive experience with industry-based algal carbon capture and manufacture technology, working across the following sectors; food and beverage, energy, wastewater, bioplastics, pharmaceuticals, and platform chemicals and mining (remediation and bioextraction).

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