Advisory Council

The Advisory Council provides guidance and support to the GCCW team. They offer advice on a range of matters, including fundraising, communication, organisation, and marketing.

Stephen photo headshotStephen Bygrave is the CEO of climate change think tank Beyond Zero Emissions. He has worked on renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable transport, emissions trading and climate change for over 20 years. His experience covers village scale renewable energy projects in Fiji, Solomon Islands and Kiribati, domestic climate policy as a senior executive in the Australian government, and international climate policy with the OECD in Paris, France.  Stephen worked on the design of Australia’s mandatory renewable energy target in the late 1990s, and the design of Australia’s carbon pricing mechanism between 2007 and 2012. Stephen is Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Environmental Studies at University of New South Wales, Visiting Fellow at the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University, Associate at Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute and Co-Founder of the Energy Freedom Alliance.


Clive Hamilton is an Australian academic and the author of a number of books, including Growth Fetish, Requiem for a Species: Why We Resist the Truth About Climate Change and, most recently, Earthmasters: The Dawn of the Age of Climate Engineering. He is currently writing a book on the larger meaning of the Anthropocene.

Clive was the founder and, for 14 years until 2008, executive director of the Australia Institute, the nation’s leading progressive think tank. He is currently Professor of Public Ethics at Charles Sturt University in Canberra. He has held various visiting academic positions, including at Yale University, Sciences Po and the University of Oxford.


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Katharine Hayhoe is an accomplished atmospheric scientist who studies climate change and why it matters to us here and now. She is also a remarkable communicator: in 2014, she was recognized by Time Magazine as one of the top 100 Most Influential People in the world and by Foreign Policy as one of the top 100 Global Thinkers; her work was featured on the Emmy award-winning documentary series, The Years of Living Dangerously; and she won the American Geophysical Union’s award for climate communication. She was a lead author for the Second and Third National Climate Assessments and has served on the panels for the National Academy of Science, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and many other professional organizations devoted to understanding and communicating climate change. Katharine is currently an associate professor and directs the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University. She has a B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Toronto and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from the University of Illinois.

john-hewson_1Dr John Hewson is an economic and financial expert with experience in academia, business, government, media and the financial system. He has worked as an economist for the Australian Treasury, the Reserve Bank, the International Monetary Fund and as an advisor to two successive Federal Treasurers and the Prime Minister. His academic career included 11 years as the Professor of Economics and four years as the head of the School of Economics at the University of New South Wales and, more recently two years as Dean of Macquarie Graduate School of Management at Macquarie University. He is currently a Professor and holds a Chair in the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute at Crawford School, Australian National University. His business career before entering politics in 1987, was as a company director and business consultant and included roles as Foundation Executive Director, Macquarie Bank Limited and as a Trustee of the IBM Superannuation Fund. John’s political career included seven years as a ministerial advisor and a further eight years as the Federal Member for Wentworth in the Federal Parliament. He was Shadow Finance Minister, Shadow Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Industry and Commerce, then Leader of the Liberal Party and Federal Coalition in Opposition for four years.

Gen in office2Genevieve Kelly (formerly Rankin) AM in the Order of Australia (2004), for service to the community, in particular the areas of conservation and the environment, reconciliation, local government, social justice and education.

Genevieve is currently New South Wales Division Secretary of the National Tertiary Education Union.  She was formerly a Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Western Sydney.  Genevieve has a long history of community service in social justice and environment campaigns. She served as an elected councillor on Sutherland Shire council for 12 years including one term as Mayor.  She was a director of the National Roads and Motorists’ Association board and associated companies and member of the Motorists Action Group.

Genevieve was a leading member of the community campaign to make the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation at Lucas Heights more accountable to the community, and campaigned for many years against the establishment of a new nuclear research reactor in Australia.

Rayfuse web pictureRosemary Rayfuse (LLB, Queen’s; LLM, Cambridge; PhD, Utrecht; Dr h.c., Lund) is a Professor of International Law in the Law Faculty at University of New South Wales Australia and holds a conjoint appointment as Professor in the Faculty of Law at Lund University, Sweden. Professor Rayfuse researches and teaches in the area of Public International Law in general and more specifically in the Law of the Sea and International Environmental Law. In particular, her research focuses on oceans governance, high seas fisheries, protection of the marine environment in areas beyond national jurisdiction, the regulation of climate engineering and the normative effects of climate change on international law. She is the author of numerous books, journal articles, book chapters, conference and seminar papers in these and other areas of international law and is on the editorial or advisory boards of a number of international law journals. She is a member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law, Co-Chair of its Sub-Working Group on High Seas Governance and a member of its Arctic Task Force and regularly advises governments, inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations.

Gavin_1Gavin Schmidt is a climate scientist and Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. He works on understanding past, present and future climate change and on the development and evaluations of coupled climate models. He received a BA (Hons) in Mathematics from Oxford University and a PhD in Applied Mathematics from University College London. He has worked on Education and Outreach with the American Museum of Natural History, the College de France and the New York Academy of Sciences. He has over 100 peer-reviewed publications and is the co-author with Josh Wolfe of “Climate Change: Picturing the Science” (W. W. Norton, 2009), a collaboration between climate scientists and photographers. He was awarded the inaugural AGU Climate Communications Prize and was the EarthSky Science communicator of the year in 2011. He tweets at @ClimateOfGavin. Website:

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