Joan Ko

Joan Ko


  • Australasia Climate and Sustainability Leader
  • Australasia Biodiversity and Environment Leader
  • Australasia Environmental Consulting Leader

As climate and sustainability leader for Australasia, Joan directs Arup’s services in decarbonisation, sustainability, social value, adaptation and resilience, environment and biodiversity, and the circular economy.

Joan focuses on finding solutions that work and then systematises the methods and processes to benefit clients all over Australasia. 

Examples include turning decarbonisation strategies into action or measuring social impact and resilience as sources of value for decision making. Joan highlights social impact and equity as opportunities for immediate impact and a necessary part of long-term sustainability throughout her work. Joan is particularly interested in strengthening engagement with First Nations knowledge.

With her city scale and precinct-level planning skills, Joan helps senior decision makers understand technical material and critical issues. Joan embraces digital transformation as the basis for new climate and sustainability services, so that clients have immediate access to relevant and targeted data for decision making.