our team.

Rebecca Burdon

Rebecca Burdon

Rebecca has a background in economics and over 20 years of experience in policy, regulation and climate change. She has held management or board positions in university, government, commercial and not-for-profit entities. She is a Senior Advisor to Melbourne Climate Futures at the University of Melbourne and was the Managing Director of the Energy Transition Hub in Australia until September 2020, also based at the University of Melbourne.

Rebecca was a General Manager at the Climate Change Authority and a member of the expert committee advising the Australian government on rules for creating carbon credits from the land sector under the Carbon Farming Initiative. Prior to that she was the Principal Economist at the Australian Communications and Media Authority, leading work on auction design for high-value radiofrequency spectrum. Rebecca has also worked at the New Zealand Treasury and as an economic consultant in Australia and the UK, delivering major projects in 10 countries. She has a Masters of Science in Economics from the London School of Economics.

A/Prof. Malte Meinshausen

A/Prof. Malte Meinshausen

Malte’s primary research interests and experiences relate to probabilistic climate change projections, the remaining carbon budget and international climate negotiations. Malte Meinshausen is Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne in Climate Science and Lead Author of the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report on the physical climate science, as well as part of the Core Writing Team of the IPCC Synthesis Report. Malte Meinshausen was founding Director of the Climate & Energy College at the University of Melbourne and Co-Director of the Energy Transition Hub. Malte Meinshausen has been the scientific advisor to the German Environmental Ministry, being part of the German negotiation team at international climate change negotiations for more than 10 years. In his scientific career, he received an Australian Research Council’s Future Fellowship Award and was ranked among the 50 most influential climate scientists in the world by Reuters.

Jared Lewis

Jared Lewis

Jared is an expert at developing solutions for processing and visualising large scientific datasets with more than 10 years of experience working with climate data. He was a member of the establishment team for Xerra (formerly the Centre for Space Science Technology) which was funded to develop Earth Observation products for the benefit of New Zealand and has worked with a number of start-up projects. Prior to that, he completed his BE(Mechatronics) and Masters of Engineering Management at the University of Canterbury.

Zebedee Nicholls

Zebedee Nicholls

Zebedee is a world-leading expert in reduced complexity climate model development. He is the only researcher to have contributed heavily to the development of both MAGICC and FaIR, the two reduced complexity climate models used for emissions scenario assessment in the IPCC’s Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C. Alongside Malte, he leads the Reduced Complexity Model Intercomparison Project (RCMIP), which performs standardised evaluation of reduced complexity climate models. He also led the development of a common resource for reduced complexity model calibration data based on ESM output (cmip6.science.unimelb.edu.au) and helped create the input greenhouse gas datasets for CMIP6’s future scenario experiments. Before his PhD, Zebedee completed his undergraduate Masters course in Physics at St. John’s College, University of Oxford. Beyond his PhD and Climate Resource work, Zebedee is also a Lead Author of the Chapter 7 Supplementary Material and Contributing Author to the Technical Summary, Chapters 1, 4, 5, 6, 7 and Annex III of Working Group 1 of the IPCC's Sixth Assessment Report.