Désirée Lucchese

Urban Scholar

  • Sustainability Advisory – Strategy, Climate Risk, Ecosystem Services, Corporate Governance
  • Responsible Investment – Integrated ESG and Impact Investing
  • Facilitation and Capacity Building

Désirée is an environmental scientist, sustainability advisor and responsible investment specialist who has worked internationally across both public and private sectors advising on corporate sustainability strategies, government programmes and policy advocacy.  In late 2015, as technical manager for the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB), she was appointed by Directorate-General (DG) Environment (European Commission) as a peer reviewer for the Product and Organisational Environmental Footprint (PEF/OEF) Pilot Phase. Désirée has advised on corporate social responsibility programs, sustainable agricultural practices, ethical sourcing, integrated reporting, green real estate and precinct-scale infrastructure. In investment, she has worked on integrated investment analyses and industry insights.  She particularly thrives when creating commercial synergies and facilitating multi-stakeholder collaborations.

The critical challenges global cities face to accommodate a growing population, adapt to a changing climate and create vibrant & cohesive spaces are at the heart of the most complex transformation humanity is undergoing. Désirée believes cities should be considered as ‘sanctuaries’ for the new low carbon paradigm.

She is also a former Al Gore Climate Ambassador and a member of the Responsible Investment Association of Australasia (RIAA).