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Who we are

We are a network of First Nations people, community organisations, land councils, unions, academics, industry groups, technical advisors, legal experts, renewables companies and others, working in partnership to ensure that First Nations communities  share in the benefits of the clean energy boom.

We are guided by a powerful Steering Group of cultural leaders who are specialists from the clean energy industry, law, investment, academia, unions, business and community sectors. 

Our Steering Group

Chris Croker, Managing Director, Impact Investment Partners
Chris Croker, Managing Director, Impact Investment Partners
Chris is a descendant of the Luritja people of the Central Desert. A mining engineer and senior business executive, he is the Managing Director of Impact Investment Partners, a specialist investment manager that applies social impact principles to large-scale investments to improve social and economic outcomes for Indigenous communities.
Tony Dreise, Director, Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR), ANU
Tony Dreise, Director, Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR), ANU
Tony descends from the Guumilroi people of north-west New South Wales and south-west Queensland. Professor of Indigenous Policy Research and Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR) at the ANU, Tony is nationally and internationally recognised as a First Nations leader in policy, evaluation and research in the field of education.
Ruby Heard, Director, Alinga Energy Consulting
Ruby Heard, Director, Alinga Energy Consulting
Ruby is a descendant of the Jaru people of the Eastern Kimberley region of WA. An electrical engineer, she runs Alinga Energy Consulting, providing renewable energy and microgrid consulting services including research, feasibility studies, design and implementation, with a focus on remote and off-grid applications.
Kara Keys, Director, KTL Collective
Kara Keys, Director, KTL Collective
Kara is a descendant of the Yiman and Gangulu peoples of central Queensland and is a Board Director of organisations in the superannuation, investments and energy sectors. She has worked in key strategic and leadership roles in the union movement and runs KTL Collective providing expert advice, guidance and analysis around campaigns, organisational goals, structures and aspirations and stakeholder engagement, to First Nations organisations, civil society and corporate organisations.
Ganur Maynard
Ganur Maynard
Ganur is a descendant of the Kamilaroi people from north west NSW and an Associate at the Federal Court of Australia. He was previously a lawyer in the environment and planning department of a top-tier law firm and a Lisa Wright Scholarship intern at the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research at ANU.
Thomas Mayor,  Maritime Union of Australia official
Thomas Mayor, Maritime Union of Australia official
Thomas is a Zenadth Kes man from the Torres Strait. He is a National Indigenous Officer and Honorary Deputy NT Branch Secretary at the MUA, President of the NT Trades & Labour Council and elected participant in the Uluru Convention.
Tony McAvoy SC
Tony McAvoy SC
Tony is a descendant of the Wangan and Jagalingou people in Central Queensland. Australia’s first Indigenous silk, he has a strong native title practice and has been an Acting Commissioner of the NSW Land and Environment Court. He is experienced in environmental, administrative, human rights and criminal law.
Kado Muir, Chair of the National Native Title Council
Kado Muir, Chair of the National Native Title Council
Kado is a Cultural and community leader and a land rights, cultural heritage, and environmental campaigner. He is also a Ngalia language speaker, researcher and educator, having helped develop Australian curriculum content incorporating Aboriginal knowledge with relevance and understanding for First nations students. He currently consults on First Nation perspectives in Environmental Social Governance (ESG) and Investment impact in Corporate Responsibility and Social Licenses. Kado is Chair of the National Native Title Council and co-Chair of the First Nations Heritage Protection Alliance, leading joint campaigns with the responsible investment sector to ensure protection of Aboriginal cultural heritage.
Karrina Nolan, Executive Director, Original Power
Karrina Nolan, Executive Director, Original Power
Karrina is a descendant of the Yorta Yorta people, an experienced manager and organiser of complex programs in Aboriginal communities. She has worked as a facilitator, trainer, researcher and strategist alongside First Nations communities for over 25 years. Most recently, Karrina has been building the capacity for self-determination in the context of economic development, climate change and clean energy. She dedicated an Atlantic Fellowship to determining how to best build clean energy projects by and for First Nations people. As a Churchill Fellow, Karrina worked with First Nations women in Canada, the USA and Australia collating lessons to grow women's leadership capacity and engagement in community and civic life.
Dr Anne Poelina, Academic
Dr Anne Poelina, Academic
Anne Poelina is a Nyikina Warrwa Traditional Custodian from the Mardoowarra, lower Fitzroy River, in WA. She is an Adjunct Professor and Senior Research Fellow at the Nulungu Research Institute at the University of Notre Dame, Chair of the Martuwarra Fitzroy River Council and Managing Director of the Indigenous not-for-profit organisation, Madjulla.