Katerina Kimmorley

Sydney NSW, Australia

Katerina Kimmorley, founder of Pollinate Energy & the Innovation Fund is a Cleantech expert, Venture Capitalist, social entrepreneur and advocate for women changing the world. 

Passionate about solving poverty and climate change, Katerina grew Pollinate Energy to become the largest provider of solar lighting to slum communities across India and Nepal. Katerina was also part of the founding team of the world’s largest Venture Capital Fund for Cleantech, the Innovation Fund, and is now launching the Impact Fund. The Impact Fund is a Cleantech Impact investment Venture Capital fund aiming to bring Australia’s net emissions to zero.

A leading voice in the development of Cleantech in Australia and Asia, she spoke at the UNFCCC COP 19 & 21 where Pollinate Energy won the Momentum for Change Award. She was also recognised by the Financial Review as one of Australia's 100 Women of Influence, the London School of Economics Entrepreneur of the Year and was awarded the Prince of Wales Young Sustainability Entrepreneur Prize.

Katerina has worked in Cleantech Private Equity & Venture Capital investing in the Asia Pacific region and as an advisor to the NSW Premier on Renewable Energy and Climate Change. The foundations of her experience are in management consulting, energy markets consulting and photovoltaic engineering.

Katerina is an economist by training and was awarded a Chevening and scholarship for her Masters & PhD in Environmental Economics and Climate Change at the London School of Economics (LSE).   

Key topics

  • Future of business, disruption, entrepreneurship – ‘the skills needed to outperform in the next 10 years’
  • Entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship – ‘How to build your dream career and a business that makes you and the world thrive’
  • Purpose driven business – ‘How to change the world, your finances and life’
  • Venture capital, private equity, banking and finance – ‘How money and money market are shaping the next 50yrs’
  • Motivational – ‘My story from dyslexic beaches girl to running the world largest impact venture capital fund in 10 years, what I learned and how you can live your craziest dreams’
  • Sustainability and climate change – ‘A positive outlook for a data driven transition to a clean energy future, ESG (Environmental & Social Governance)’
  • Global trends and Politics – ‘What’s happening form Silicon Valley to the UN and how does it shape the future of business’
  • Women and girls – ‘Women who move men, minds and money and are moving the world’
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) – ‘How tech skills will under right the best careers in the 21Century and beyond’
Katerina Kimmorley speaker

A massive thank you to you both for all your assistance from selecting to co-ordinating the speakers for our annual ProLoan conference. Feedback was that this year’s speakers where the best they had EVER heard at ANY event. So this is pretty amazing, because they do go to a lot of sessions like these.

Director of Network Relationships - Proloan (aust) pty ltd

Again this year you and your team have been fantastic and extremely helpful.  In regards to you Sharm, you have been an absolute star and phenomenal help with our speakers and presenters, a great communicator, wealth of knowledge and so prompt with responding and looking at ways to cater to our needs.

Event Manager Fitness Australia

I would recommend, without hesitation, the services of Jane Rowland Smith and Ovations. Jane answered a last minute call to arrange a guest speaker for our principals. Nothing was too much effort, all was arranged within hours, and went very smoothly. The guest speaker was exactly what we required and our brief was followed. Thank you Jane and the team at Ovations.

Executive Director of Schools Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta

All aspects of the process has always gone seamlessly with Ovations and we will continue to seek your assistance for the awards in the coming years.

Thank you again, your help has meant that our Awards are very professional and extremely well received by our members and guests.

Executive Assistant BSCAA NSW Division

Jane, I personally want to thank you for all of your support, advice, patience and all round kindness that you have given me over the last 3 or so years.  This event would not have been as successful without the valuable MC’s you have recommended and the support you provided me when it all just seemed too hard

Shona Dilley – Smart School Awards, Department of Education
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