The Management Team consists of 12 members representing different functions at EIT Climate-KIC. It carries out the statutory duties, coordinates strategy execution and manages overall operations for the people, partners and stakeholders who we are in service of.
Elizabeth DirthStrategic Programmes Orchestrator
Elizabeth Dirth is a Strategic Programmes Orchestrator at EIT Climate-KIC, where she leads the delivery of EIT Climate-KIC’s long-standing climate innovation and system transformation summer school, the Journey and leading strategy across EIT Climate-KIC’s Strategic Programmes. She has been working on climate change and sustainable development for almost a decade, prior to joining EIT Climate-KIC, with time spent in research and education, in advocacy, and supporting the public sector.
Dr Kirsten DunlopChief Executive Officer
Dr Kirsten Dunlop joined EIT Climate-KIC in January 2017, from Suncorp Australia, where she was Executive General Manager Strategic Innovation.
At Suncorp Kirsten founded and led a bespoke division focused on managing and responding to strategic risk through innovation, transforming core business and industry models from within.
Prior to roles in Second Road, KPMG and Suncorp, Kirsten worked in the UK and Italy for 15 years.
Alethea GollanDeep Demonstrations Orchestrator
Alethea Gollan is a strategic, multidisciplinary leader with enthusiasm for a complex operating environment. She is passionate about connecting innovation networks to build a resilient future. She has worked across areas of strategic innovation and strategic risk management, business process outsourcing, project and change management with extraordinary energy and dedication in a situation where creativity and innovation are encouraged.
Cliona HowieHead of Circular Economy
Cliona Howie is the Head of Circular Economy development and transition for EIT Climate-KIC. She has held roles such as championing sustainable business in SMEs as the Chairman for the Environment Sector Group for the European Commission’s Enterprise Europe Network for several years, as well as sitting on the Circular Economy Expert Finance Group and the EU Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform. Coordination Group.
Regine KreitzDirector of Marketing and Communications
Regine Kreitz moved to EIT Climate-KIC from the Hertie School in Berlin, an international public policy school, where she led communications and marketing from 2010 to 2020. She is also president of BdKom, the largest association of communications professionals in Germany.
Ulrike LinnigInnovation Lead
Ulrike Linnig has been leading on innovation work at EIT Climate-KIC in Germany since 2018 and is now responsible for our European innovation portfolio. She previously worked as a management consultant in both Berlin and London, with a focus on smart city and smart energy solutions. Ulrike holds an MA from the University of Bonn and an MSc from the London School of Economics, and speaks German, English, French and Japanese.
Tom MitchellChief Strategy Officer
With 15 years’ experience of working on climate change policy and research, Dr. Tom Mitchell has a PhD in climate and disaster risk management and has published widely on climate resilience. Before joining EIT Climate-KIC, Tom led the climate change team at the Overseas Development Institute, supported UN policy on disaster risk reduction and served as a coordinating lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Jo PassinghamChief Financial Officer
Jo is a focused, results-oriented Finance Executive with extensive leadership experience at EMEA and Global level, across both the commercial and not for profit sectors.
Jo joins us having recently completed an interim role at the Science Museum Group, prior roles were with the National Citizens Service, The Princes Trust, Sitel and Williams Lea Group.
Annalisa SpalazziDeveloper, Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS)
Annalisa is responsible for strategic design, policy engagement and ecosystem development in southern and southeastern European countries in the EIT Regional Innovation Scheme. Her background is in tourism economics and management. She has previous work experience in cohesion policy and macroregional strategies, European structural funds and regional innovation in Southern Europe. She is committed to climate action and is an enthusiast participant of the EIT Climate-KIC Alumni network.
Anna WhiteGeneral Counsel
Anna is responsible for legal, procurement and risk at EIT Climate-KIC. Her strategic leadership and expertise spans the private and charitable landscape, ranging from corporate, commercial, technology, privacy, employment and disputes. Anna is a multi-jurisdictional specialist and quadruple qualified – Ireland (EU), England and Wales (UK), New York (USA) and New South Wales (Australia). She is published in the field of corporate governance and is an education board trustee.