Dr Lena Aahbly (Chair)
Dr Lena Aahlby has over 25 year’s experience in developing, leading and coordinating global social change campaigns.
Lena has a proud history of working with Greenpeace on a range of issues, including climate change, ozone destruction, and nuclear in Washington, Stockholm, Amsterdam and Sydney. She has served as Campaign Director for both Greenpeace Sweden and Greenpeace Australia Pacific. Between 2003 and 2008 she held the position of International Issue Director and later International Program Director for Greenpeace International.
She has worked on a broad range of environmental and social justice issues including nature conservation, natural resource management, health, poverty reduction programs, animal welfare and women’s rights. She is currently director and founder of Strategy for Change, a strategy and training consultancy for NGOs.
Lena has held governance roles with Greenpeace Australia Pacific, The Wilderness Society and ActionAid Sweden. She is a member of the Steering Committee of the Climate Justice Programme and of the Advisory Council of “Stand Up For Your Rights”, a non-profit organisation that works to acknowledge and uphold human rights that are linked to a sustainable future of the people on earth.
Anita Mitchell is one of Australia’s most experienced sustainability practitioners. She was elected to the Board of Greenpeace Australia Pacific in 2010. She and also chairs the Board’s Finance and Audit Committee. She is also a member of the management committee of the Total Environment Centre.
Anita has over 20 years experience as an environmental scientist working in sustainability and environmental management. Her career spans the energy, water, waste, property and construction sectors. This includes working on programs for Australia’s largest water authority and the operator of Australia’s largest waste management network.
Currently, Anita leads the environmental and social sustainability strategy for Lend Lease’s $6 billion Barangaroo South development. As Sydney’s largest project since the 2000 Olympics, it is set to become Australia’s first large scale carbon neutral precinct. Her previous roles have covered environmental and sustainability programs for Integral Energy, Sydney Water and Waste Service NSW in Australia and Jones Lang LaSalle in Australia and Bovis Lend Lease across the Asia-Pacific region.
Anita’s work has been recognised by the NSW Division of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand who appointed her. She was made their youngest Fellow for her commitment to environmentalism and ethical business practices.
In 2008, Anita was listed in the Australian Financial Review’s Boss Magazine as a Young Executive of the Year and in 2012 she was named Australia’s Top Emerging Leader and MBA Scholar by AFR Boss and Sydney University. She continues to be a regular guest lecturer on sustainability at numerous universities.
In addition, Anita has worked on six Global Reporting Initiative compliant sustainability reports within three organisations. She was appointed as the independent expert Sustainability Advisor to Transport for NSW’s Safety, Health, Environment, Assurance and Risk Advisory Committee. She also continues to present guest lectures on sustainability at several universities.
Blair Palese has over 30 years experience as an environmental campaigner and project coordinator for a range of leading environment and social justice organisations. She is currently CEO of 350.org Australia, working to build a movement to address climate change and stop new coal and gas projects. She consults on global communications for the Antarctic Ocean Alliance in its efforts to establish large-scale marine protection in the Southern Ocean.
In Australia, Blair has worked with not-for-profit organisations, government agencies, associations and businesses on climate change, nuclear issues, habitat protection, sustainable development and green building design. She was previously editor–in-chief of Green Pages magazine and has worked as a freelance writer for a range of publications. She is a founding committee member for Human Rights Watch Australia and has been an Independent Chair for the Green Building Council of Australia since 2007.
In the late 1990s before moving to Australia, Blair was head of PR for The Body Shop internationally focused on the company’s Ogoni human rights and women’s body image campaigns.
Blair's commitment to Greenpeace has featured throughout her career. She first worked for Greenpeace in the US as a press officer in 1989, eventually becoming Communications Director. She moved to Greenpeace International as Chief Press Officer based in London in 1993 and became acting Communications Director in 1994.
Blair coordinated the Green Olympics campaign during the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney and consulted to Greenpeace China during the 2008 Olympic Games. She initiated the very first Greenpeace International website and worked on campaigns including stopping Shell from dumping of the Brent Spar oil platform, ending French nuclear testing in the Pacific and the establishment of a global ban on radioactive waste dumping at sea.
Prof Jim Falk
Jim Falk is a professor, author and activist who since gaining his PhD in 1974 has had a strong focus on environmental issues. He has collaborated with Greenpeace over the last 30 years (including member of the General Assembly (for 20 years), Director (for 14 years) and former Board Chair).
Jim holds positions in a range of academic organisations and institutions. He is currently Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Visiting Professor at the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies in Yokohama, Japan, and holds the life appointment of Emeritus Professor at the University of Wollongong.
Previously Jim was Foundation Director of the Australian Centre for Science, Innovation and Society at the University of Melbourne and before that, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Victoria University and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at the University of Western Sydney, Nepean.
Over the last 35 years Jim has specialised in the study of the nature, impact and management of science and technology in their social contexts. His publications, lectures and media interviews range over global politics, energy policy, nuclear weapons proliferation and environmental issues with a particular emphasis on climate change.
As a grassroots activist, Jim has organised and contributed to a wide range of environmental and peace rallies, workshops and other activities. In the first few years after completing his Doctoral Thesis in theoretical quantum physics, Jim served as Convenor of the Movement Against Uranium Mining, while teaching Built Environmental Studied at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in his spare time.
Jim has also contributed to the development of the governance of Greenpeace International, Including the shaping of the current balance of responsibilities between boards and management, and leading the “One Greenpeace” process which helped establish how Greenpeace should operate as a coherent global campaigning organisation in an integrating world.
Tim was inspired from young age to forge a career in environmental protection, which he suspects is something to do with his passion for David Attenborough documentaries.
He has become a highly respected strategic campaigner and communicator, working as Communications Director for the Australian Greens, Media Adviser to Christine Milne, Climate Change Communications Officer at Greenpeace Australia Pacific, and recently starting his own NGO – Green Music Australia.
He studied environmental law, politics and theatre during his undergraduate degree, and went on to complete a Masters of Environmental Law in 2006. Shortly after completing his undergraduate studies, Tim held a number of volunteer roles before taking up his first professional role with the Nature Conservation Council of NSW, working on climate change policy and campaigns.
Tim departed from his most recent role February 2013 to spend more time with his family and to focus on Green Music Australia, an organisation to ‘green up’ Australia’s music industry and use its leadership to drive social and behavioural change. He is also a freelance communications consultant, working for Lock the Gate, Lawyers for the Forests, the Green Institute and 350.org, organising Bill McKibben’s Australian Do The Maths tour in 2013.
Tim is also a well-known musician, playing with FourPlay String Quartet, and is becoming a sought-after commentator, with regular media appearances on ABC24 and Sky News.
Alex has been an advocate for environmental and climate action for many years.
He is currently the national key partnership advisor for a major national law firm... His role encompasses strategic thinking, tactical oversight of campaigns and relationship development with major clients.
He specialises in marketing, fundraising and development for non-profit organisations. He has served as Development and Marketing Manager of Victoria’s oldest disability charity, Inclusion Melbourne, and has held numerous campaign and marketing roles with leading trade unions. He has also been a member of the Committee of Management for The Wilderness Society (Victoria).
In 2012, Alex worked full time as an Organising Fellow for the Obama for America (Massachusetts) campaign. Based in Boston, he gained frontline experience in large-scale movement building, and coordination with and coordination with unions and environment organisations.
Alex holds a Masters of Public Policy and Management focusing on climate change and water policy. From 2008-12 he served as the inaugural national secretary of the Labor Environment Action Network. During this time, he took part in policy negotiations with federal and state ministers on a range of climate, energy and conservation matters.
Alex is active in the climate policy debate in Australia. His opinion pieces have been published by New Matilda, The Drum and the Centre for Policy Development. In 2013 he joined The Guardian UK as an Environment Columnist.
Sonia Caton was appointed to the position of Director of the Greenpeace Australia Pacific board in 2014.
Sonia’s commitment to non-violent protest, education campaigns and access to justice as means for achieving environmental protection crystallised during the Franklin Dam campaign. As a young law/political science student she observed how vital all three actions were to conservation protection. She was a foundation member of the ANU Conservation Society and joined the protest (at Cowie Bay) against the construction of the Bloomfield road through the Daintree rainforest.
Sonia now brings 30 years of practice in criminal and administrative law to the board - as a solicitor in community legal centres and private practice; a principal policy officer in government and as a decision maker on Commonwealth Tribunals. This expertise reflects a commitment to human rights and fairness; she has both challenged and made determinations about the lawfulness of government decisions, as well as crafted government policy and led campaigns for reform. Under her leadership, the Refugee and Immigration Legal Service in Brisbane was the recipient of a Human Rights Commission Award for ‘Community Organisation’.
Sonia brings significant strategic, legal and organisational experience having previously served on the boards of two community legal centres. She is an Advisory Panel member of Green Cross Australia and currently sits on two other NFP boards (including the Refugee Council of Australia), serving on Governance, Finance and Policy Committees across those boards.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts/Laws from the Australian National University, and is currently completing a Masters of International Law.
“Ultimately I want a more equitable, humane and sustainable world for my children. I will keep working for that goal in the face of continuing challenges for as long as am able.”