Our people


Steering Committees

In both Australia and Germany, the College has a Steering Committee responsible for allocating PhD scholarships, and for admitting externally-funded PhD students as Associates. The Steering Committee is also responsible for the curriculum and management of the College, and its longer-term evolution.

Advisory Board

The performance control of the College itself will be managed by an external Advisory Board, meeting once a year. The Advisory Board will consist of academic and non-academic figures who are completely removed from PhD supervision, but represent key stakeholders interested in the success of the College - funding agencies, state and federal ministries and scientific personae. The Advisory Board will be formed upon the establishment of the College, with representatives of funding bodies at its core.

A/Prof Malte Meinshausen is Director of the Australian-German College at The University of Melbourne since 2012 and is affiliated with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany. He holds a PhD in "Climate Science & Policy", a Diploma in "Environmental Sciences" from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, and an MSc in "Environmental Change and Management" from the University of Oxford, UK. Before joining the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in 2006, he was a Post-Doc at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.

Michael Brear is the Director of the Melbourne Energy Institute at the University of Melbourne. He guides the Institute’s research on the technical, economic, environmental and social impacts of energy systems. His own research is collaborative with industry and government on the technical, economic and environmental analysis of transport and energy systems; systems with reciprocating engines and gas turbines; combustion of conventional and alternative fuels.

Adrian has extensive experience with developing international collaborations as a researcher, policy maker and program administrator. Adrian completed his PhD at James Cook University before leading several projects as a biologist for the Queensland Department of Primary Industries. He then joined the International Collaborations unit within the Queensland Department of the Premier and Cabinet, helping to establish a number of international agreements and programs in support of international research and collaboration.

Dr Roger Dargaville is a senior lecturer at Monash University. Roger was the Deputy Director of the Melbourne Energy Institute and Research Fellow in the School of Earth Sciences, The University of Melbourne. His fields of expertise are in modelling of integration of renewable energy technologies into large energy system and large-scale storage technologies including pumped hydro and liquid air energy storage. He was co-lead on the ARENA grant ‘Least Cost Carbon Abatement in the Australian Electricity Sector’ that attracted $1.4M in funding.

Ross Garnaut is an economist whose career has been built around the analysis of and practice of policy connected to development, economic policy and international relations in Australia, Asia and the Pacific. He was Distinguished Professor of Economics at The Australian National University and currently holds a part-time research position as Professorial Fellow in Economics at the University of Melbourne. He is the author of many influential economics books and papers.

Brendan Gleeson joined Melbourne University in January 2012 as Professor of Urban Policy Studies and then took on the directorship of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute in early 2013. Professor Gleeson came from the position of Deputy Director of the National University of Ireland’s National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis. Prior to that he set up the Urban Research Program at Griffith University and was its inaugural Director.

Fiona Haines is Professor of Criminology at the University of Melbourne. Her research, which encompasses work on society/industry relationships including grievances and multinational enterprises, centres on white collar and corporate crime, globalisation and regulation. Her most recent book is Regulatory Transformations: Rethinking Economy Society Interactions, Hart Publishing, 2015, co-edited with Bettina Lange and Dania Thomas.

Don Henry joined Melbourne University in May 2014 and is based in the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute as the Melbourne Enterprise Professor of Environmentalism. 

Professor Henry's role is to stimulate and enhance public debate and policy by working with researchers, government, civil society, global institutions, and business. He provides leadership and vision in the fields of environmental policy development and reform, climate change, and sustainability. 

Ken graduated from Cardiff University with a first class degree in applied chemistry before spending 20 years with BP globally.  His energy sector experience spans markets in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia/NZ across alternative energy, fuels, lubricants, biotech, global shared services, refining and corporate HQ. More recently Ken was MD of the private-equity owned hrl: technology group, a specialist engineering and testing business operating nationally and across SE Asia, before joining its board of directors in 2017.

Carmel has significant leadership experience in strategic and business development in International education. More recently she has lead the student recruitment and mobility teams to outcomes that are congruent with the strategic goals of the University. At the University of Melbourne, through the Chancellery, she is accountable for strategic, business and policy development to enhance international student program outcomes. She has been engaged in higher education for over 25 years and has an extensive network of International contacts.

Prof Rayner's main research activities focus on the estimation of surface sources and sinks of CO2.
He uses satellite and in-situ measurements with models to quantify and understand the patterns and mechanisms of CO2 release and uptake with a focus on the tropics and Southern Hemisphere.
In 2002, Prof Rayner was awarded the Priestley Medal of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, the major research award in this field within Australia.

Professor Justin Zobel is a Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor in the School of Computing and Information Systems and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Graduate and International Research). He received his PhD from the University of Melbourne and, prior to returning to Melbourne in 2008, worked at RMIT and NICTA. Prof Zobel is an associate editor of the International Journal of Information Retrieval and in 2008-9 was President of the CORE association of Australasian Departments & Schools of Computer Science.