Meet our campaigners
Kate Smolski is the Program Director at Greenpeace Australia Pacific.
Kate Smolski is an environmental advocate with over eighteen years of experience in grassroots organising, campaign strategy, media relations, policy and lobbying. As a grassroots organiser, campaigner and director Kate has worked for several leading US environmental non-profits including Green Corps, the Sierra Club, USCAN and Greenpeace US. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biology from the University of Rhode Island.
Kate moved to Sydney in 2012 to work as the Campaigns Director and then Chief Executive Officer of the Nature Conservation Council (NCC) of NSW. During this time, she co-founded the Community Organising Fellowship; an initiative that gives community leaders the skills needed to be successful in grassroots organising.
Kate Smolski is available to speak about climate change and its impacts, clean energy, wildlife protection and biodiversity.
Nikola Casule is the Head of Research & Investigations at Greenpeace Australia Pacific.
Prior to joining Greenpeace, Nikola was an academic and has lectured at the University of Oxford, the Australian National University, and Sydney University. An Australian national of Macedonian extraction, he holds a PhD from the University of Oxford, where he was a Clarendon Scholar, and a BA (Hons) from Macquarie University.
Nikola currently leads Greenpeace Australia Pacific’s research unit, where he directs all aspects of investigations strategy, including stakeholder engagement and staff management. He is Greenpeace’s lead spokesperson on priority campaigns for print, radio and television media outlets.
Nikola Casule is available to speak about a variety of campaign areas, energy subsidies and renewable regulations and the climate change and energy policies of the major political parties in Australia.
Nelli Stevenson is the Head of Communications at Greenpeace Australia Pacific.
With over fifteen years’ experience working in media and communications, Nelli has contributed to the success of countless environmental advocacy campaigns; addressing complex issues such as climate and energy, ocean conservation, and illegal fishing. Before leading Greenpeace’s strategic communications, Nelli worked as the Acting Global Media Director for Sea Shepherd Global and as the Digital Communications Manager at the Climate Council. She also worked extensively as a photographer and documentary filmmaker before commencing her career in strategic environmental communications.
Nelli’s dynamic career has taken her all over the world: from South-East Asia, to Africa, to Europe. At home in Melbourne, Victoria, Nelli was instrumental in the success of keeping Big Oil out of the Great Australian Bight — working tirelessly with prominent organisations such as Sea Shepherd, The Wilderness Society and Greenpeace. With a highly creative background, Nelli believes in the power of storytelling to communicate complex environmental issues. She believes that we need swift, decisive climate action to maintain Earth’s capacity to nurture life in all its magnificent diversity.
With a high level of scientific literacy and a deep understanding of climate impacts and solutions, Nelli Stevenson is available to speak about ocean conservation, climate impacts, extreme weather, as well as climate and energy policy.
Joseph Moeono-Kolio is the Head of Pacific at Greenpeace Australia Pacific.
As Greenpeace’s Head of Pacific, Joseph Moeono-Kolio campaigns for climate justice on behalf of twenty-four Pacific Island nations and territories – including his native country of Samoa. Joseph is also a Consultant Trainer at the Commonwealth Youth Climate Change Network (CYCN), where he empowers young people from climate-vulnerable nations to engage with global climate change policy debates and negotiations effectively. Prior to working with Greenpeace and CYCN, he worked as a Project Manager for the Wellington Pacific Climate Warriors.
Through Joseph’s invaluable work at Greenpeace, he is able to actively encourage quality engagement with Pacific Island stakeholders, manage the development and implementation of Greenpeace campaign initiatives, and ensure clear and consistent public communications.
Joseph Moeono-Kolio is available to speak about issues pertaining to Pacific Islands; including climate justice, climate policy, campaign strategies, and the unique impacts of climate change upon the Pacific region.
Lindsay Soutar is Campaign Director of Greenpeace Australia Pacific’s REenergise campaign
Lindsay leads Greenpeace Australia Pacific’s REenergise campaign to shift large energy users, including some of Australia’s biggest brands to 100 percent renewable energy by 2025. Lindsay has a long history as a renewable energy campaigner in Australia’s climate movement. She previously worked for the Climate Action Network Australia, and is the founder, former National Director and current board chair of Solar Citizens, a people-powered movement of solar owners and supporters across Australia.
Lindsay is available to speak about the REnergise campaign, renewable energy, corporate power purchase agreements and the clean energy transition.
Martin Zavan is a communications and campaign officer with Greenpeace Australia Pacific. He joined the organisation as a media campaigner in late 2017 after a decade-long career in journalism.
During his time at Greenpeace, Martin has worked to help expedite the inevitable transition from fossil fuels to clean and reliable energy sources like wind and solar. His advocacy for clean air for the residents of Port Augusta, South Australia led to the expansion of a Federal Senate inquiry into coal mine rehabilitation to include coal-burning power stations.
Martin also played a key role in helping protect the Great Australian Bight from deepsea oil drilling that would have threatened the fishing and tourism industries and further exacerbated the climate crisis.
He has represented Greenpeace at the UNFCCC Conference of Parties in Bonn and Madrid and helped train a new generation of climate activists in the Pacific.
He has worked on campaigns to reduce air pollution from coal-burning power stations, ban nuclear weapons and speed up the transition to renewable energy among many others.
Before joining Greenpeace, Martin spent a decade as a journalist and editor at Australian Associated Press (AAP) and Nine.
He continues to blog intermittently on politics and environmental issues.
Martin can speak about the renewable energy transition, coal and oil drilling in the Great Australian Bight.
Sophia Fowler is a Climate Campaigner at Greenpeace Australia Pacific.
Sophia Fowler is an expert project manager and media coordinator. For the past three years, Sophia has contributed her invaluable skills to Greenpeace Australia Pacific as a Climate Campaigner, External Relationships Manager, Impact Campaigner, and Associate to the CEO. In 2016, she obtained a Master’s Degree in Globalisation and International Development at Netherland’s Maastricht University. She has also completed a Bachelor of Political Science and Government at the University of Sydney.
Before her involvement with Greenpeace, Sophia worked as a Media Coordinator and Executive at Ansible Australia and volunteered extensively with TEDX Conferences and Amnesty International. She has worked successfully on various Greenpeace campaigns such as Dirty Power, REenergise, and protecting the Great Australian Bight from oil drilling.
Sophia is available to speak about the REnergise campaign and renewable energy more broadly.