The ACCR Team

ACCR has a large multidisciplinary team with expertise in strategy, equities and financial analysis, investment banking, climate science, research, legal risk and communications. We are skilled at supporting the company engagement activities of global institutional investors, both asset managers and asset owners

Our Team Includes:

Brynn O'Brien

Executive Director, Office bearer

Brynn is ACCR’s Executive Director and an experienced lawyer and strategist. Prior to joining ACCR in January 2017, she worked as a consultant and advisor on business and human rights projects and practised as a corporations and international lawyer. Brynn is an expert in corporate governance, active ownership, environmental, social and governance (ESG) materiality and international law. She has degrees in Medical Science and Law from the University of Technology Sydney, a Master of Laws from Columbia University and is a graduate of the Australian Institute for Company Directors (AICD).

James Fitzgerald

Legal Counsel / First Nations Engagement Lead

James is ACCR’s Legal Counsel and First Nations Engagement Lead. He is an experienced lawyer, negotiator and strategist and has been closely involved in the development of native title law and land use policy, working with Indigenous peoples, governments and industry peak bodies in state and Commonwealth land use policy and legislation development. James is currently a director of the Diplomacy Training Program Ltd and is also an adjunct associate professor at the Law School of the University of NSW.

Elisabeth Baraka

Chief Operations Officer

Elisabeth is ACCR’s Chief Operations Officer. She has over 20 years' experience as a public interest lawyer and non-profit manager. Prior to joining ACCR in September 2020, she worked internationally on human rights, corporate accountability, rule of law and sustainable development. Elisabeth has degrees in Arts (Psychology) and Law from the University of Sydney and a Master of International and Community Development from Deakin University, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute for Company Directors.

Harriet Kater

Strategic Adviser

Harriet is ACCR’s Strategic Adviser. Prior to joining ACCR in February 2021 she worked for nearly two decades across environmental NGOs and in the private sector consulting to ASX-listed clients in the oil and gas, mining, chemicals and retail industries on climate and energy strategies. She also worked with Indigenous Business Australia in a renewable energy portfolio management role.

Naomi Hogan

Company Strategy Lead

Naomi is the Company Strategy Lead at ACCR, bringing experience in research, campaigns and advocacy, particularly on the impacts of coal and gas projects. Naomi trained in science communication, climate science and natural resource management at the Australian National University. Over the past 15 years, Naomi has worked with investors, companies, regional communities, Traditional Owners, scientists and policy makers towards enhanced climate disclosures and environmental protections.

Dimitri Lafleur

Chief Scientist

Dimitri is ACCR’s Chief Scientist, providing rigorous assessments of company climate plans, GHG emissions, energy markets, and oil and gas value chains - contextualised with the latest climate science. After an 11 year career as a geoscientist in the oil and gas industry, working for Shell globally, Dimitri subsequently completed a PhD on climate change and energy transition. He holds bachelor and master of science degrees in geophysics and geology (University of Utrecht) and a PhD in climate and energy (University of Melbourne).

Gemma Yeates

Investor Engagement Lead

Gemma is ACCR’s Investor Engagement Lead, based in Australia. She has worked in financial markets for 15 years, in both investment banking (equity research sales) and funds management (investor relations and marketing). Gemma holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Business Management (University of Queensland) and a Business Sustainability Certificate from the Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership (CISL).

Martin Norman

Investor Engagement Lead

Martin is ACCR’s Investor Engagement Lead, and supports our work in the Northern Hemisphere and East Asia. Based in Norway, Martin has deep climate and energy experience, and has built extensive networks with the finance industry and investors in Europe, as well as parts of Asia and America. Martin has a background in anthropology, as well as sports training, having trained alpine sports teams at national level in Norway and Iceland.

Paul de Josselin

Companies Research Lead

Paul is ACCR’s Companies Research Lead, overseeing a large team of analysts and researchers. Prior to joining ACCR in December 2022, Paul worked at Templeton Global Equities, a premier international funds management organisation managing A$70bn of funds, specialising in global equities, with a focus on long-term bottom-up fundamental research. He has worked previously as a portfolio manager/research analyst across numerous sectors in Asia, Europe & ANZ, with experience in leveraging detailed financial analysis and modelling to drive alpha generation.

Paul is a Chartered Financial Analyst, with a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investments, Securities Institute of Australia, and a Bachelor of Commerce, major in Accounting, from Monash University.

Alex Hillman

Lead Analyst

Alex is ACCR’s Lead Analyst. He has degrees in Chemical Engineering and Finance. He spent over a decade working in oil and gas, including five years as Woodside's climate change advisor. Alex has a deep understanding of the energy transition, LNG business models and technology, asset and company forecasting, climate policy, and climate reporting.

Fiona Deutsch

Company Strategist / Lead Analyst

Fiona is an ACCR Company Strategist and Lead Analyst for our work on the diversified miners and steel decarbonisation. Fiona has worked as a researcher and campaigner for six years in both the union and climate movements. She holds a Master of Science and is completing a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Technology Sydney.

Bronwyn Adcock

Communications Lead

Bronwyn is ACCR’s Communications Lead. Prior to joining ACCR in 2022, she worked as a freelance communications consultant and as a journalist. Over her 25 year journalism career, Bronwyn worked as a radio current affairs reporter, documentary maker and foreign correspondent, and freelance writer. She has reported extensively on politics, human rights, war and conflict, and climate change. In 2022, Bronwyn won the Walkley Book Award for her book, “Currowan” - a non-fiction account of the 2019-2020 Australian Black Summer bushfires.

Eva Kiriakoff

Strategic Partnerships Lead

Eva is the Strategic Partnerships Lead at ACCR. She has worked in Australia and globally for not-for-profits, research institutions, social entrepreneurs and government. Eva holds a Master of Development Practice (International Political Development) and a Bachelor of Arts (Extended Major International Relations), both from The University of Queensland.

Alia Hutchison

Supporter Engagement Officer

Alia is the Supporter Engagement Officer responsible for maintaining close ties to our shareholder community and support in the filing of resolutions. Alia is an Indigenous woman with connections to Wongutha, Ngadju and Mirning language groups in Western Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Australian Indigenous Studies. Alia joined ACCR from a role at Rio Tinto in which she provided advocacy & support for Indigenous employees, facilitated the implementation of Native Title Agreements in collaboration with Traditional Owners, and supported the design, implementation and execution of Indigenous Ranger programs.