Rebecca Burdon


Climate Resource

Rebecca is the CEO of Climate Resource, a consultancy focused on physical climate risk and transition challenges and opportunities. She is also Senior Advisor to Melbourne Climate Futures, a new initiative at the University of Melbourne.
She has background in economics and over 20 years experience working on policy, regulation and climate change. She began working on climate related market design, policies and risk in 2002, developing one of the first mandatory emissions trading schemes in the world.
Rebecca has held senior management or board-level roles in university, government, commercial and not-for-profit entities. Until September 2020, she was the Managing Director, Australia, of the Energy Transition Hub, a collaboration of 13 leading research institutions and over 100 researchers across Australia and Germany. The Hub delivers leading research on the risks and opportunities in the transition to a net-zero emissions global economy.
Rebecca was General Manager at the Climate Change Authority in Australia until May 2014. She was also a member of the expert committee advising the Australian government on rules for creating carbon credits from the land sector under its emissions trading scheme. Rebecca was the Principal Economist at the Australian Communications and Media Authority from 2007-2012 leading work on auction design for high-value radiofrequency spectrum. Prior to that she worked at the New Zealand Treasury and as an economic consultant in Australia and the UK, delivering major projects in 10 countries. She has a Masters of Science in Economics from the London School of Economics.