Head of Program Delivery
At Climateworks, Michaela oversees the organisations’ System Leads in program development and delivery, ensuring excellence across the portfolio. She brings to this role more than decade’s international expertise as a climate change and ESG strategist, skilled in translating climate science and policy into tangible action.
Trained in political issue management in her native Germany, Michaela forged her career advising organisations on how to transition to net zero and build their climate resilience across both private and public sectors throughout the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Australia. Her roles spanned waste and resources management, climate change capacity building, as well as policy and corporate strategy advisory.
Previously, Michaela was integral to the work of low-carbon think tank DCCE, co-founded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), to harness the green growth potential of the region. She has managed a number of capacity building and engagement programs in the Middle East and worked in collaboration with organisations such as UNEP, C40, UNSDSN, CTCN, the World Energy Council, The Climate Group, WWF, and the World Economic Forum. Michaela was also part of the UAE’s delegation to the UNFCCC Conferences of Parties (COP), advising on carbon markets and sectorial abatement under various decarbonisation scenarios.
After relocating to Melbourne, Michaela joined Ndevr Environmental to work with clients in emissions intensive sectors such as agriculture, real estate, energy, as well as financial institutions, namely banks, asset managers, superannuation funds, and private equity firms.
An associate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), Michaela has been key to the organisation’s growth and strategic direction, leading day-to-day business development across specialist subjects including corporate climate change strategy and transition plans, ESG and GHG emissions performance and value chain / scope 3 accounting, net zero pathways and SBTs, climate change policy and voluntary carbon markets and offsets.
Michaela holds a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism and Law) and Master of Arts (Political Communication) both with Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Germany), as well as a Master of Environmental Science with Melbourne University.