Melissa is the Programme Director of the Food and Land Use Coalition, which aims to accelerate the sustainable transformation of our food and land use systems.  Prior to joining SYSTEMIQ, Melissa headed the Forests and Land Use Team in the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with responsibility for a large portfolio of climate finance investments, policy development and international engagement.  A dual national, Melissa has also worked for the Australian Government, beginning her career as a diplomat in China, covering climate and environment, and working on these issues throughout her career.

Melissa's mindset is geared to purposeful collaboration, and she's passionate about creating partnerships that will drive delivery of the SDGs. In her non-work time, Melissa hangs out with her husband and two children, and enjoys cooking healthy food, walking in the Buckinghamshire countryside, attending swimming galas and reading a good book with a cat on her lap.