Ms Anna Skarbek
Anna has led ClimateWorks since its inception in 2009, guiding its independent research and advisory work analysing emissions reduction opportunities, and partnering with government and business to unblock barriers to implementation.
She brings considerable private and public sector knowledge to the role as an experienced non-executive director, investment banker, policy advisor and lawyer. Before joining ClimateWorks, Anna was vice-president, advisory, at Climate Change Capital in London, working as an investment advisor dedicated to raising and deploying capital for low-carbon activities.
Previously in Australia, she worked as senior policy advisor to the Victorian deputy premier and the minister for environment, water and climate change, and as an executive in Macquarie Bank's Investment Banking Group, and a solicitor with Malleson Stephen Jacques.
Anna has held board roles for two decades in conjunction with her executive career. She’s currently a director of the Centre for New Energy Technologies, the Green Building Council Australia, and the Sustainable Melbourne Fund. Anna was an inaugural director of Australia's green investment bank, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, for its first five years, and an inaugural director of the Carbon Market Institute.
She previously served on the board of Amnesty International Australia for six years in roles including national treasurer and Victorian president, and was a director of The Big Issue Australia and the Linking Melbourne Authority.
Anna also serves on numerous advisory panels. She’s a member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, the Grattan Institute’s Energy Program Reference Panel, and the Australian government's National Environmental-Economic Accounting Scientific Advisory Panel and Energy Industry Roundtable.
Her previous panel roles include the South Australian government’s Low Carbon Economy Expert Panel, the Victorian Climate Change Act Independent Review Committee, the Australian government’s Energy White Paper Reference Panel, and the former Australian Government Land Sector Carbon and Biodiversity Board and NGO Roundtable on Climate Change. She was also a member of UNSW-ACF's Leadership Forum for Energy Transition for Australia.
Anna holds first-class honours degrees in commerce and law from Monash University. She’s a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and has completed leadership studies at the Oxford University Said Business School and the University of Melbourne Business School. She was a double finalist in the 2014 Victorian Telstra Business Women’s Awards in the business innovation and community and government categories.
Under her leadership, ClimateWorks Australia has won the 2010 Eureka Prize for Innovation Solutions to Climate Change. In 2017, the Myer Foundation won Philanthropy Australia's Best Large Grant Award for the establishment of ClimateWorks Australia, acknowledging what it’s achieved to date.