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Announcing the 2021 recipients: Chloe Munro Scholarship for Transformational Leadership.

The Clean Energy Council is proud to announce the 15 recipients of the 2021 Chloe Munro Scholarship for Transformational Leadership.

With over 200 submissions, each of the applications were reviewed by a scholarship committee and selected based on their demonstrated excellence in their field, commitment to the clean energy industry and leadership potential. Due to additional Partner interest and such a high demonstration of leadership potential we were thrilled to allocate one extra placement in the Leading Edge course recipient list.

Each recipient will receive a fully funded scholarship to undertake one of two courses offered by Education Provider, Women & Leadership Australia. Four recipients will undertake the Executive Ready course, a seven-month development program for middle to senior leaders, and eleven recipients will undertake the Leading Edge course, a four-month development program for early career leaders and managers.

The high number and quality of applications made the selection process very competitive. We would like to thank all applicants for their interest in the scholarship and for taking the time required to complete the application process.

The next round of scholarships will open in mid 2022.




Introducing the four recipients who will undertake the Executive Ready course, a seven-month development program for middle to senior leaders.

Maja Barnett, Development Portfolio Manager, Tilt Renewables
"I seek to not only encourage those in their early careers, but to take my learnings from almost 20 years in the renewables industry and engage with and influence those in more senior roles to create an environment that fosters creativity and learning."

Anna Boustead, Coordinator, Indigenous Carbon Industry Network
"I am strongly committed to generating better outcomes through encouraging greater action on climate change and creating more opportunities for Indigenous people through supporting better Indigenous engagement and recognition of Indigenous experience in the carbon industry."

Dr Penelope Crossley, Associate Professor of Energy Law, The University Of Sydney Law School
"I envision a world where the global energy transition and the adoption of new energy technologies and innovations are supported, rather than impeded, by national energy laws."

Margarida Pimentel, Group Manager Victorian Connections, AEMO
"Applying my experience and collaborative style to lead significant cultural change within our challenged industry and improve communication across industry, through actionable and delivered outcomes."



Introducing the 11 recipients who will undertake the Leading Edge course, a four-month development program for early career leaders and managers.

Dr Marzi Barghamadi, Research Scientist, CSIRO Manufacturing
"While I have developed national and international reputation as a successful early career female in renewable energy storage devices area, I trust this study mission will provide me excellent networking opportunity and will equip me with required knowledge and skills to pursue my career goal of becoming a capable and confident female leader in Australian renewable energy sector."

Georgia Cox, Project Officer, Carbon Market Institute
"I intend to provide platforms to marginalised and under-represented groups, ensuring that environmental and social outcomes are indivisible and at the forefront of climate action."

Gabriella Hartig-Franc, Health And Safety Advisor, Ausgrid
"I have a strong desire to lead others and have attempted to hone these skills through my involvement in additional working groups at work. I support other safety leads in my team with regular check ins and have been identified as a high performer and future leader within the business."

Astrid Herber, Operation Manager, Symmetry Solar
"I believe people like myself, unwaveringly committed to this industry, self-development, lifetime learning, ethical leadership & gender balance for those that come after us are the people this scholarship was designed for."

Daena Ho, Engineer, AEMO
"My dedication to clean energy has strengthened my desire to lead others, because it is the incredible leaders and mentors I work with who have inspired me to continue building a better energy future."

Dr Adeline Klotz, Senior Consultant, Energetics
"I believe a transition to a more sustainable energy future in Australia can only be achieved through a large network of leaders who individually utilise their own strengths and collectively collaborate with each other to achieve a common goal."

Riley McAuliffe, Senior Manager, Scaleup Program, Energylab
"I am motivated to be amongst the next generation of female leaders, and this scholarship will shape me into a confident, capable, and compassionate renewable energy sector leader."

Dr Kira Rundel, Commercial Manager, Raygen Resources
"I believe my passion, expertise and willingness to learn and develop professionally will enable me to successfully complete the Leading Edge course, and I look forward to harnessing and applying the leadership skills I will learn to drive RayGen’s deployment of next-generation solar-plus-storage power plants, both in Australia and globally."

Kelly Seo, Senior Associate – Legal, CEFC
"I intend on using the skills to lead negotiations and engage more effectively with both internal and external stakeholders to drive value for the CEFC and deliver on investments."

Gina Zheng, Project Manager, NEOEN

"I believe the most important skill is the ability to understand and empower all constituents on a project. Creating a culture that motivates project delivery partners, consultants and community and government stakeholders is critical to ensuring that largescale clean energy projects can become something real."

Jessica Zickar, Environmental Scientist / Planner, AECOM
"It is my greatest wish that as an industry, we lead by example, by truly and transparently investing in and securing a diverse and talented workforce, as I strongly believe diversity is the key to our collective success."

Meet Winners

We will be profiling all the incredible recipients here in early 2022, and we can't wait to share their excellence with you.

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In recognition of the enormous legacy of the late Chloe Munro AO, the Clean Energy Council and a coalition of organisations have established the Chloe Munro Scholarship for Transformational Leadership. The scholarship honours Chloe’s legacy and supports the next wave of female leaders.

The scholarship is open to emerging and mid-level female leaders in the fields of renewable energy, energy management and carbon abatement. Successful applicants will receive a fully funded scholarship to undertake one of two courses offered by Education Provider, Women & Leadership Australia.

The women selected to undertake the courses will be encouraged to establish a strong network to support each other and further build their leadership capability and drive collaboration to continue to change the Australian energy system.

Further information

If you would like more information, please email [email protected]

Scholarship partners

The scholarship is made possible by the generous support of our partners.

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Chloe Munro AO Commemoration

Chloe Munro AO was a leader and pioneer of the clean energy industry. Throughout her lifetime, she played an integral role in accelerating Australia’s transition to renewable energy and served as an inspiration to many – especially women working in the sector.

On 25 August 2021, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning hosted a commemoration of Chloe’s exceptional career and life achievements. The video of the commemoration can be viewed below.