The Network

The Network

The European Union – Australian Climate Business Network provides a platform for industry sectors with an interest in sustainability to harness international co-operation and build momentum and scale in the transition to a net zero economy.

With free trade negotiations between Australia (AUS) and the European Union (EU) generating increased interest in trade and investment with Europe, the Network provides a forum for the Australian business community to keep up to date about EU climate and trade and sustainable development policies and initiatives.

Working with Australian and European industry associations across a wide range of sectors including renewable energy, finance, infrastructure, agriculture and food production and waste management, the Network engages with EU and Australian policymakers, diplomatic and trade representatives of Member State diplomatic missions and chambers of commerce, the Delegation of the European Union to Australia and European companies operating in Australia.

The Network is financially supported by the European Commission under its Partnership Instrument “Strategic Program for the Implementation of the Paris Agreement’.

Climate-KIC Australia, with its linkages to the EU through its sister organisation EIT Climate-KIC, is the delivery partner for the Network. Climate-KIC is a knowledge and innovation community (KIC) which works with public and private partners to catalyse system level climate action.

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This website was created with the financial support of the European Union’s Partnership Instrument. Its contents are the sole responsibility of Climate-KIC Australia and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.

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Who We Are

Who We Are

Marian Schoen

National Director

Marian has a background in managing multi-stakeholder partnerships and experience leading substantial management functions and business operations across federal and state government and the higher education sectors. Her experience in public diplomacy and external relations includes fostering dialogue and collaboration between EU and AUS researchers, policymakers and practitioners on shared challenges of climate and energy, regional governance and innovation; representing Australian Go8 higher education institutions in Europe, and as part of a Victorian initiative to develop a smart specialisation strategy for the Gippsland region, based on the European Union ‘place based’ approach to regional innovation and development.

Her experience in constitutional review and public administration spans senior roles at the National Native Title Tribunal; Constitutional Centenary Foundation; the Constitutional Commission, Ombudsman Commission of Papua New Guinea and NSW Ministry for the Arts. She is admitted as a barrister and/or solicitor in Tasmania, NSW and PNG, and holds post graduate qualifications in both law and tertiary education management (University of Melbourne), arts administration (UNSW Arts and Design) and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Kathy Verheyen

Project Manager

Kathy is responsible for managing projects which aim to further strategic partnerships to implement the Paris Agreement. With experience working for a senior lawmaker in Germany’s parliament and international development agencies in Asia, Kathy is passionate about shaping social and environmental policy.

Maryanne Coffey

Communications and Event Manager

Maryanne is the EU AUS Communication and Events Manager working initially on furthering our Events Program, focusing on association relationships to help us increase our impact in key sectors.

Maryanne is a highly experienced communicator and connector in the renewables industry with extensive experience in policy and relationship management. Maryanne has experience working for global financial services firms, both in Australia and the UK and recently completed Women in Leadership, Australia’s intensive leadership development program designed to equip leaders with the insights, skills and confidence to accelerate their own progression as they simultaneously strengthen the performance of their team.

Acknowledgement of Country

Acknowledgement of Country

European Union – Australian Climate Business Network acknowledges and pays respect to the past, present and emerging Traditional Custodians and Elders of this nation. We also respect the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.