Women leading and influencing

Clarissa and Valerie and Rikki

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Clarissa Jeremiah

Master of Governance and Public Policy
University of Queensland, QLD

As CEO of the Nauru Rehabilitation Corporation, Clarissa has proved she is a committed community leader. Through her current studies, she plans to break through the glass ceiling and play a significant role in Nauru's rehabilitation policy and decision-making processes. Clarissa is the first woman CEO appointed by Cabinet to manage a State Owned Enterprise.

Clarissa aims to use her voice to advocate for more robust capacity development programs, and to work with Nauruan landowners and owners of phosphate mines on land rehabilitation. She plans to be part of leading Nauru towards a sustainable and viable future, beyond reliance on the phosphate mining industry and regional processing centres.

Valerie Bares and Rikki Pieters

ESC Consulting

Valerie and Rikki founded ESC Consulting as a partnership between specialists in environmental management, sustainability and community planning consultancy. They work with Queensland’s development, government and not-for-profit sectors.

Valerie is a qualified Environmental Manager who has worked at the Urban Development Institute of Australia (QLD) as the National EnviroDevelopment Manager, at PLACE Design Group on property development projects, and on the Aberdeen Bypass Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in Scotland.

Rikki is an Environmental Planner with experience in environmental assessment and ecological reporting. She is experienced in the multi-tiered legislative framework that regulates environmental management issues within Queensland. She also has worked on koala-sensitive projects, an intertidal restoration project on the Coomera River, and has 15 years’ experience in the social and affordable housing sector.