What do you do?

Regional Coordinator for Climate-KIC Australia and Principal Policy Officer for State Government Climate Change

What is your background?

Environmental Science.

Tell us a little about what you are working on right now:

I am working for both State Government on Climate Change Policies and Climate-KIC Australia; a Knowledge, Innovation Community, that strives to link research, business, entrepreneurs, investors and government to facilitate systemic change which addresses the challenges and harnesses the opportunities of climate change.

What inspired this idea?

I have a history of working on riverine recovery and fresh and marine water environmental improvement projects. I have recently made the transition to climate change as this has always been a passion of mine; looking into systematic change across Australia and World. Climate Change is a complex challenge but also a vast opportunity.

What is the most challenging thing about this project?

Climate Change has so many unique challenges such as the vast amount of linkages, significant lag times in climate systems and human response systems and the fact that climate change adaptation and mitigation is a global-scale effort.

What is your favourite part of your job?

My favorite part of this job is getting to share my time between State Government and Climate-KIC Australia and the relationships I get to build. This is a very exciting space to work in, we are making progress in leaps and bounds on a daily basis. There are so many incredibly talented entrepreneurs working in the climate change space, and connecting them to research and policy makers is challenging but also incredible.

What is your biggest accomplishment?

Hmmm, this is a good question and quiet difficult for me to answer. I don’t have any huge accomplishments, I just live everyday as it comes. Sometime I have to pinch myself when I think about all the amazing projects I have already got be a part of so early into my career. Also, accomplishing my yoga training outside of work has been really exciting.

Do you have any advice for women wanting to enter this industry?

I guess my best advice would be to work hard and be passionate about what you do, happiness in the workplace is contagious. It is also really important to find balance, find what works for you and keep true to that.

Who inspires you the most?

I look up to so many inspiring people, both men and women. I have always loved watching what Richard Branson is up on and his latest development/ventures. Most recently I am inspired by Elon Musk and his bold business endeavors. The most inspiring women in my life are Sarah Marquis, Christiana Figueres, Dr Kirsten Dunlop. However, my absolute biggest inspirations are my three sisters Abby, Eliza and Kelsey.

What motivates you to keep going?

Simple, I love what I do. It can be tough at times, stressful, crazy and chaotic but through all of it, I love what I do and I still bounce out of bed everyday ready to try and make a difference.

How do you create balance in your life?

I practice yoga, a lot. Yoga has become a huge part of my life, not only does it keep you fit and healthy but it teaches you discipline and mindfulness – and you can do it absolutely anywhere. I also try to keep a healthy social life, there’s nothing I love more than spending time laughing with my friends and family and I love my down-time with my dog, Bug.

According to you, what is the definition of success?

Happiness. If you are happy and can make others around you happy, it doesn’t matter where you are or what you do.

What is your opinion on eco-friendly brands?

I am so delighted to be living in a time where eco-friendly brands are evolving so quickly. We have so many amazing brands, some that are fully ‘eco’ and some that are still developing their brand or education/awareness of ‘eco’ and sustainability, but the movement as a whole is very exciting to be a part of and it should be celebrated.

Best beauty advice/tip:

I try to keep it all simple, what you put in you will get out, whether that’s food, beauty product or fitness.

Words to live by:

Be crazy, be stupid, be silly, be weird, be whatever, because life is too short to be anything but happy.

Where to find Jaimi: 

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