Anitra Cowan Rechner

School of Public and International Affairs
Class of 2022

Anitra has worked on climate change mitigation policy for nearly fifteen years. After completing degrees in science and law, Anitra jointed the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and served in London and Beirut. From 2008-2012 she represented Australia in the United Nations climate negotiations – including through the Copenhagen conference and its aftermath. During this time, she also contributed to the design of two carbon pricing mechanisms, including negotiations on how to link the Australian scheme to the EU Emissions Trading System. From 2012 to 2016, Anitra led review work for the Australian Climate Change Authority – an independent body established to provide expert advice to the Australian Government on climate targets and actions. Anitra now works for the State Government of Victoria developing emissions reduction policies and – most recently – advising on how to align pandemic recovery packages with the State’s climate objectives.