About Us

As a for-profit-purpose, social enterprise, our whole reason for exsiting is to inspire action on climate change and create environmental impact. We are also passionate about social impact and work with several NFP Community Service Organisations to deliver BillBuddy, an app that helps low income households and those experiencing financial stress to reduce their utility bills and save money. We also put 10% of our profits toward supporting disadvantaged communities to implement sustainable and low carbon initiatives.

"Our team may be small, but we have a big vision! We believe we can create a safe climate, and a bright, low carbon future. Our mission is to create a network of climate champions in our communities that are leading the way in climate action."

Our Founders

  • Dr Vanessa Rauland

    Founder and CEO

    Dr Vanessa Rauland is an entrepreneur, academic, author and public speaker. She is the founder and CEO of ClimateClever and has led the startup through two rounds of impact investment. She is also an Adjunct Research Fellow at Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute, where she worked as a researcher and lecturer in climate change and sustainability for 10 years and continues to be involved in research activities. She has a keen interest in innovation, STEM, social impact and entrepreneurship and is passionate about tackling climate change. Vanessa is also a Founding Board Director and co-chair of WA Social Enterprise Council (WASEC). She is a carbon nerd, a yoga junkie, an outdoor enthusiast and an eternal optimist.

  • Alexander Karan

    Co-Founder and CTO

    Alexander is the co-founder and CTO at ClimateClever. He is full-stack developer with over ten years experience. His current tech stack is Node.js, Express.js, Mongo.DB, AWS and React. Alexander has previously run an App development agency, where he managed a variety of teams both in Australia and abroad and has helped to scale numerous startups. His strengths are in system architecture design and being able to communicate complicated tech in a simple and accessible way. He has been featured on the Jamstack podcast and will soon be giving a talk at TEDx Youth Perth. He is devastated by the state of the world, loves a good political spout, enjoys blogging and can often be found ranting at no-one in particular.

Our Team

  • Tess Nicholls

    Program and Partnerships Coordinator

  • Sam Nelson

    Environmental Accountant/Advisor

  • Ryan Forte

    Fullstack Software Engineer

  • Luke Vanderzeil

    Outreach Officer

  • Kathy Anketell

    Schools Sustainability Program Manager

  • Ellie Salimi

    Junior Fullstack Software Engineer

  • Clayton Herbst

    Junior Fullstack Software Engineer

  • Camilla Tilly

    Business Support Officer

Our Board

  • Dr Vanessa Rauland

    Founder and CEO

    Dr Vanessa Rauland is an entrepreneur, academic, author and public speaker. She is the founder and CEO of ClimateClever and has led the startup through two rounds of impact investment. She is also an Adjunct Research Fellow at Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute, where she worked as a researcher and lecturer in climate change and sustainability for 10 years and continues to be involved in research activities. She has a keen interest in innovation, STEM, social impact and entrepreneurship and is passionate about tackling climate change. Vanessa is also a Founding Board Director and co-chair of WA Social Enterprise Council (WASEC). She is a carbon nerd, a yoga junkie, an outdoor enthusiast and an eternal optimist.

  • Peter Newman

    Peter Newman is the Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University in Perth, Australia. Peter is an academic who has written 20 books and over 350 papers on sustainable cities with a global reputation and has worked to deliver his ideas in all levels of government. Peter has worked in local government as an elected councillor in Fremantle, in Western Australia’s State Government as an advisor to three Premiers and in the Australian Government on the Board of Infrastructure Australia and the Prime Minister’s Cities Reference Group. He is the Co-ordinating Lead Author for the UN’s IPCC on Transport. In 2014 he was awarded an Order of Australia for his contributions to urban design and sustainable transport particularly for his work in saving and rebuilding Perth’s rail system. In 2018/19 he was the WA Scientist of the Year. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Springer journal Sustainable Earth.

  • Peta Scorer

    Peta is a passionate environmentalist and educator. She currently works at a large government secondary school in Fremantle, Wester Australia. She is also the Science Outreach for the Department of Education Teacher Development School in STEM and belongs to the Science Teachers Associations of Western Australia and the Australian Association of Environmental Educators. She has always had a love of nature and the environment, and growing up in country Western Australia gave her the perfect opportunity to immerse herself in the natural world. After completing a Bachelor of Science at Curtin University she worked as a medical scientist before she found her calling as an educator and retrained as a secondary science teacher. Peta, through her school, has participated in ClimateClever’s program since their first school pilot in 2016. Peta provides critical, strategic input to the design and development of the ClimateClever program from an educational perspective.

  • Aidan Flynn

    Aidan has over 20 years of corporate experience and is an executive, passionate about renewable energy, sustainability, and technology. Aidan has previously been a CFO in the renewable energy and sustainability industry for over 10 years and is currently CFO of ASX technology company FBR Ltd. His extensive experience in CFO roles in rapidly growing companies has given him expertise across finance, corporate compliance & governance, technology commercialisation, investor relations and capital raising. He has also devised, implemented and managed complex financial structures and managed significant Australian research and development tax refunds over multiple periods. Aidan has a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting & Finance) and Science (Physics) from The University of Melbourne, is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA), he has a Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance for the Governance Institute and has a Post Graduate Diploma in Renewable Energy from Murdoch University.

Our Beginnings

The idea for ClimateClever was born after its Founder, Dr Vanessa Rauland, helped to certify the first Carbon Neutral School in Australia in 2012, while she was doing her PhD. She was utterly inspired by what the school managed to achieve: they saved hundreds of thousands of dollars of savings on utility bills, significantly reduced their carbon footprint, educated their students around sustainability, climate change and resource efficiency, and engaged their community in the process. Vanessa and her colleague, Dr Samantha Hall, were determined to help more schools achieve the ambitious aim!

In 2016, the team delivered a two-year ‘Low Carbon School’s Pilot Program’ through their first startup ‘SimplyCarbon’, in collaboration with the City of Fremantle, Curtin University and the CRC for Low Carbon Living (LCL). A total of 15 primary and secondary schools across metropolitan Perth participated in the pilot. Despite only using excel spreadsheets and google docs to manage the program, this ‘low tech’ pilot successfully proved the concept and delivered fantastic results. You can see the pilot’s final report below.

Thanks to the generous support from the CRC LCL, a PhD student, (now Dr!) Portia Odell was able to document the pilot in depth, examining the barriers and enablers, as well as exploring the role of youth in creating intergenerational change. For more inspiration, check out her thesis below.

With schools across the country eager to join the program, Dr Rauland began building the first version of the online platform in late 2017 and ClimateClever was formally launched nationally in January 2018. Kathy Anketell, who helped lead the two year pilot program, remained as the Schools Sustainability Program Manager.

In early 2019, ClimateClever raised their first round of impact investment, which led Dr Rauland to leave the university and dive into ClimateClever full time as CEO and Managing Director. In April 2019, she hired her CTO, Alexander Karan, who became her co-founder. Sam Nelson also joined as their Environmental and Carbon Accountant and Advisor. Ryan Forte joined the software development team in June 2019, and Tess Nicholls joined in Nov 2019 as Program and Partnerships Coordinator, based in Sydney. In May 2020, Clayton Herbst and Ellie Salimi joined the software engineering team and Luke Vanderzeil joined as Outreach Officer in the Sydney office. Camilla Tilly then joined us in Oct 2020 as an intern helping with our Business Clients.

Our Research

You can check out some of the research reports, books and articles underpinning our App below!

Our Pitch

Check out our Founder and CEO in this 5 min pitch at Tech23.

Our Extended Family

  • RamondoMedia
  • Elevate
  • Pleiades
  • Merinda Designs
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