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.

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.

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.

Prof Dr Anders Levermann is Co-chair of Research Domain III, Sustainable Solutions, at Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Professor of the Dynamics of the Climate System at the Physics Institute of Potsdam University. Since 2010 he is a lead author of the chapter on sea-level change for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Fifth Assessment Report. He is the head of PIK's flagship project TUMBLE, investigating the stability of the great ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica, the Asian Monsoon and Atlantic overturning circulation.

Jacyl Shaw

As Acting Director and Director of Engagement, Jacyl oversees the creation and delivery of a suite of programs and activities to foster a culture of innovation at CCI and leads the engagement strategies for current and prospective partners in community, government and industry.

John Wiseman

John Wiseman is a Professorial Fellow with the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute and with the School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne. He is also a Research Fellow with the Centre for Policy Development, Sydney.