Over the past 25 years I have been involved in developing, leading and coordinating campaigns across a range of sectors including environment, health, poverty reduction and social justice. My very first active campaigning was on women right’s in my native Sweden where I also became involved in anti-nuclear campaigning and eventually joined Greenpeace Sweden as their energy expert (I have a PhD in energy conservation from Chalmers University of Technology, hence my ‘expert’ status).
With time I moved away from being the issue expert myself, to leading and managing campaigns across a range of issues, and in doing this I discovered my passion for developing strategy and for building the capacity to deliver it. I have had the fortune to work closely with land owners in Papua New Guinea and in the Amazon in their fight against the logging industry that destroys their land and livelihood, with Pacific Islanders as they fend off the many distant water fishing nations who want to access their waters for fish, and with farmers in Africa who fight for land rights to prevent land grabbers from taking their land.
I have worked on the local, national and international level but over the past 10 years most of my work has focused on developing, leading and coordinating global campaigns aimed at creating social change, increasing public awareness and mobilizing support for the cause.
Between 2003 and 2008 I was Campaign Director for Greenpeace globally, based at the organisation’s head quarter in Amsterdam.
I am currently Board Chair for Greenpeace Australia Pacific, and am a member of the Management committee of the Climate Justice Programme. I have served on a number of other not-for-profit Boards in the past.
In my free time I am volunteering for WIRES, an NSW-based organization that is dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of native animals. This means that I usually have a few injured birds, baby Possums or other native wildlife that needs help around my house. After having bottle fed a baby Possum or a baby Wallaby 5-6 times per day (and night) for months, my reward is to see the animal being released back into the wild!