About us

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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Chief Executive Officer

Professor Chris Daniels

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.

Board members

Ian Drummond (Chair)

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.

Professor Kris Helgen (Deputy Chair)

Kristofer Helgen is a professor of biological sciences and deputy director of applied conservation at the University of Adelaide.

Sandy Carruthers

Executive Director, Strategy, Science and Corporate Services, and Chief Information Officer, at the Department for Environment and Water SA.

Brian Cunningham

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.

Reports & documents

View our reports and documents here.