Gerda is a chemical engineer with 30 years experience working for a broad range of industries including oil & gas processing, metal smelting, research & development, government agencies, and environmental consulting in Australasia.
Gerda was employed by NIWA for nine years as an air quality researcher and as the Principal Scientist/Group Manager for the Urban Air Quality/Climate team. In 2004, Gerda moved to the Auckland Regional Council where she worked as a senior technical specialist in Air Quality Policy before setting up the Environmental Sustainability team to coordinate Auckland’s response to climate change and energy issues. In 2008 Gerda set up Emission Impossible Ltd with Jayne Metcalfe.
Gerda is a past President of the Clean Air Society of Australia and New Zealand and has published more 300 technical papers and general articles on air quality and environmental sustainability.