Supporting science to save an Australian icon
Koala Life formerly known as The International Koala Centre of Excellence (IKCE) is a not-for-profit organisation, established through an Act of State Parliament for the purpose of conservation and research of koalas under the Minister of Environment and Water, South Australia.
The Koala Life Board was established in July 2019 and its first CEO – Chris Daniels was appointed in March 2020. Koala Life is a body corporate established as a subsidiary of the Minister for Environment and Water, the Hon David Speirs MP.
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BSc (Hons) PhD DSc FAICD
Chris holds adjunct professorships at University of Adelaide and University of South Australia. He has held senior leadership roles in a wide range of government and community organisations. Chris is actively involved with nature conservation and urban sustainability. Until taking the role of IKCE CEO, Chris had been the Director of Cleland Wildlife Park for almost two years. He is focused on conserving wildlife and connecting people with nature.
Ian Drummond is an entrepreneur and environmentalist who has a background in education and current business interests in tourism in the Northern Territory and South Australia.
Kristofer Helgen is a professor of biological sciences and deputy director of applied conservation at the University of Adelaide.
Executive Director, Strategy, Science and Corporate Services, and Chief Information Officer, at the Department for Environment and Water SA.
25 years experience as a Chief Executive in both the private and public sectors in Australia and has wide ranging experience in leading and managing successful organizations over that time.
Extensive experience in executive leadership and management. She has worked with local and state governments in the areas of business and economic development.
Yvonne is a professional non-executive company director with more than twenty years’ experience on boards and audit, governance and risk committees.