Get to know our CEO: Amanda McKenzie

26.09.23 By

Amanda is a prominent Australian environmental leader and one of the best known public commentators on the climate crisis in Australia.

Back in 2013, she worked with Professor Tim Flannery at the Climate Commission. With support from some of Australia’s leading scientists, she co-founded the 100% independent and people-backed Climate Council. It was Australia’s largest crowdfunding campaign at the time. Amanda has led the organisation as its CEO for the last 10 years. 

She also co-founded the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and has served on renewable energy expert panels for the Queensland and Northern Territory Governments. 

Amanda was the founding Chair of the Centre for Australian Progress and is a former Board Director at Plan International Australia and the Whitlam Institute. She holds an Honours degree in Law from Monash University and an Arts Degree from Melbourne University. 

Amanda has won numerous awards including being recognised as one of Westpac’s 100 Women of Influence and a finalist in the Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year Awards.

She lives in Melbourne with her young son and daughter and her partner, Sam.

Listen to Amanda’s discussion on SpinProof podcast:

Hear Amanda on The Briefing Podcast discussing why our decisions matter here:

Hear Amanda’s latest discussion with Dr Susan Carland on Monash Uni’s “What Happens Next?” podcast:

Listen to Amanda’s interview on the ChangeMakers podcast:

Find more on Amanda’s work at the Climate Council here.

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A photo of Amanda McKenzie snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef in 2016

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