The Executive Team manages the operations and day-to-day activities of the Climate-KIC Group. The Executive Board is led by the CEO and the CFO, who are managing statutory directors.
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.
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.
Richard ZaltzmanChief Operating Officer
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.
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.
Chris HuttonDirector of Human Resources
Anna WhiteGeneral Counsel
Anna is responsible for Legal & Compliance at EIT Climate-KIC. Her expertise spans corporate (including governance) and commercial through to risk, regulatory and privacy/DPO arrangements. With 15 years of experience, Anna is a multi-jurisdictional specialist and quadruple qualified (Ireland, England & Wales, New York and NSW). She has a Master of Laws from Yale Law School, Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws from University of New South Wales.
Mary RitterInternational Ambassador
Mary Ritter was CEO of EIT Climate-KIC from 2010 to 2014 and has had extensive experience in senior management at Imperial College London where she is currently Emeritus Professor of Immunology. She held the posts of Pro-Rector for Postgraduate Affairs (2004-2005), Pro-Rector Postgraduate and International Affairs (2005-2007) and Pro-Rector for International Affairs (2007-2011).
Sira SaccaniTheme Director, Sustainable Production Systems
Sira and the Sustainable Production Systems team are building a new foundation for Europe’s industry, fostering innovation that decouples economic growth from unsustainable resource use and greenhouse gas emissions.
Previously, through her work at Siemens Gigaset and BMW Group Designworks, Sira developed expertise in innovation management, business development and environmental sustainability.
She holds a postgraduate Masters Degree in non-profit administration.
Sean LockieTheme Director, Urban Transitions
Sean is a surveyor by profession with a focus on sustainability. He was the Global Head of Sustainability at Atkins, one of the world’s leading design, engineering & project management consultancies. At Atkins, he managed a global network of 100 people. Sean joined Atkins from the Building Research Establishment (BRE) in 2001 where he had worked on the Energy Efficiency Best Practice Programme. He is a fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.
Daniel ZimmerTheme Director, Sustainable Land Use
Daniel Zimmer has a background in Agricultural Engineering and in Hydrology. He spent the first 15 years of his career at Cemagref, the French Agricultural and Environmental Engineering Research Centre (today IRSTEA). Daniel became the Director of the World Water Council for eight years, an international institution based in Marseilles, France. After a short period of work as a Consultant for the UN and other international institutions, he joined EIT Climate-KIC in 2010.
Tom BakkumDirector, Climate-KIC Benelux
Tom returned to Europe in 2011 with his family and worked with the Utrecht Sustainable Institute as senior cluster manager water and integrated projects, set up the European HQ of The Energy and Resources Institute with it global HQ in New Delhi. Tom decided in 2013 to join EIT Climate KIC where he became Director for the Benelux in July 2016. He is an avid sailor and adventurer.
Thanh-Tâm LeDirector, Climate-KIC France
A classical concert violinist, mathematician and engineer, Thanh-Tâm joined EIT Climate-KIC in 2013 as Director for France and, since 2016, for the Mediterranean. He had previously set up the Ecole Polytechnique’s Graduate School (Doctoral and Master’s Directorates, Careers, Internships & Academic counselling) and become its first Director. Prior experience includes a Ph.D. in 4D topology, followed with positions as Lecturer and Dean at SUPAERO (Toulouse).
Dr Andy KerrDirector, Climate-KIC UK & Ireland
Dr Andy Kerr joined EIT Climate-KIC in January 2019 from the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) at the University of Edinburgh, where he was the founding Executive Director. At ECCI, he built Scotland’s leading climate and low carbon innovation centre, bringing together public policy, city-region transformation and early stage business support. Prior to ECCI Andy worked in the private sector, helping develop emerging environmental markets, and advising organisations how to respond to the climate imperative.
Angelica MonacoDirector, Climate-KIC Italy
Angelica Monaco has been the Director of EIT Climate-KIC Italy since February 2016. With a degree in International Political Science and a Master in Entrepreneurship she has over twenty years of experience in the management of regional and international programs dedicated to innovative start-ups, technology transfer and enhancement of innovation in SMEs.
Meret BrotbekDirector, Scaling of Programmes
Meret joined EIT Climate-KIC in April 2016 from Unilever, where she worked in the Sustainable Procurement Team to transform smallholder farmer supply chains. Earlier in her career, she worked in Paris in the area of security and crisis management for Technip and the French Foreign Ministry. Meret holds an MBA from the University of St Gallen and a Master degree in Law and Political Science from the University Paris XI.
Caroline ReganHead of Business Planning & Grant Management
Caroline joined EIT Climate-KIC in March 2015. She is a key relationship contact with our main funder, EIT, and responsible for managing our annual EIT Business Plan and Reporting activities.
Caroline brings a unique range of experience in grant management, programme delivery and business development having worked at organisations including Forum for the Future, Energy Saving Trust and Clifford Chance. In 2016, she was awarded MSc Sustainable Development in Practice.
Felicity Creighton SporsHead of International Affairs
Prior to joining EIT Climate-KIC, Felicity was employed as Senior Carbon Finance Specialist with the Carbon Market and Innovation Group at the World Bank, where she led the work program on Results Based Climate Finance, managed knowledge dissemination and duplication for the $123 million Carbon Initiative for Development fund, and managed the offset and crediting activities under the Partnership for Market Readiness technical program.
Helen Spence-JacksonHead of EU Affairs
Helen Spence-Jackson is an EU Affairs specialist, with 20 years’ experience of building high impact relationships and initiatives in Brussels. Prior to joining EIT Climate-KIC in 2017, Helen worked for the EU office of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, EU Green Growth Platform and the EU Corporate Leaders Group. Earlier in her career she worked with regional and local government organisations.
Dominic HofstetterDirector of Capital and Investment
Dominic has worked on climate change for the past 10 years as an investor, entrepreneur and systems innovator. As a member of EIT Climate-KIC’s Executive Board, he is responsible for our strategic work around capital and investment. Prior to that, he served as our Interim COO and as the Geography Director of our DACH region. Dominic started his career in the financial services industry. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and an MSc from the University of Oxford.