Alex Kats

Policy and Projects Manager, Local Government Professionals Australia 2015 Melbourne Fellowship


To be able to make a positive difference in my community and in the world, leading from the front.

What was the most valuable thing you got out of CSL?

To question myself, but to believe in and trust myself, and to follow my passion

Why are you passionate about sustainability? What was the moment or event that made you decide to become a ‘change maker’ in your field?

Life for me wasn’t easy growing up, but through my family, my school and my community, I always knew that there were people who did it tougher than me, who had worse circumstances than me and who really didn’t have a hope. I had personal and family issues, but I was nonetheless growing up in prosperous Australia, and no matter what, there would always be a roof over my head and a safety net. Some people were not so lucky, and it is because of them that I decided I had to do something, change something. Sustainability for me is about making a genuine difference and ensuring in a tangible, practical and real way that the kids of tomorrow – in all facets – have it better than the kids of today.


How did CSL play a role in directing your current path or project?

With my current job due to end by the end of the year, I am now looking for my next role in a different way. I have always wanted to make a difference, but now I see things more clearly, and believe in myself more. And on that note, whilst I transition to a new role, I have a CSL project to keep me busy. If we can get that off the ground, then we genuinely believe it will fill a gap in the market and make life better and easier for some people.


In 25 words or less, tell us why leadership for sustainability is important.

To be able to make a positive difference in my community and in the world, leading from the front


What do you plan to do next on your sustainability journey?

I wish I knew! In a way, I thought participating in this Fellowship journey would give me answers. In reality, it has given me more questions, but questions that I am excited to attempt to answer. I don’t know where I’m going or even how I intend to get there, but I do inevitably have hope that I will find my way, will make a difference and will find my clarity.


What are three words you would use to describe the Fellowship Program?

Network. Friendships. Vision.

Alex can be contacted via Email: or Twitter: @alexkats613


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