Dorte Ekelund is an experienced urban and regional planner who has worked at all levels of government and across various jurisdictions. She is a Fellow, PIA and holds an MBA from University of Canberra.
She most recently held the position of Director-General with the ACT Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate [2013-2017] where she had responsibility for strategic land use and transport planning; development approvals; and environment, water, energy and climate change portfolios. Here Dorte oversaw the ACT's ambitious climate action agenda, including contractual commitments for 100% renewable electricity by 2020.
In May 2017, Dorte commences as Principal Advisor - Smart Cities with SMEC where she will particularly draw upon her previous role as head of the Major Cities Unit in the Australian Government, a role that she held from 2008-2013.