Chief Executive Officer, Climate-Kick

Kirsten’s career spans academia, consulting, banking, insurance, strategy, design, innovation and leadership.
Kirsten joined EIT Climate-KIC in February 2017 from an Australian financial services conglomerate, Suncorp, a long-standing partner of Climate-KIC and a member of global climate risk information platform, OASIS. She is committed to shaping and placing innovation to catalyse profound systemic change, and is honoured to work with Climate-KIC’s world-class network of partners to support climate innovation across Europe and beyond.
Prior to roles in Second Road, KPMG and Suncorp in Australia, Kirsten worked in the UK and Italy for 15 years. In Italy, she led the Generali Group Innovation Academy for Assicurazioni Generali, pioneering proprietary thinking in the areas of Strategic Risk management, strategic innovation, strategic leadership development and cultural change. Her publications include a case study in The Routledge Companion to Strategic Risk Management, Routledge 2016.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101035497