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Ms Katherine McConnell

Katherine McConnell is the Founder and CEO of Brighte, a sustainable homes platform helping Australians bring home the benefits of solar energy to accelerate the power shift to the home. 

Since launching in 2015, the company has processed over $1 billion of loan applications frmo more than 100,000 Australian homeowners and reduced household CO2 emissions each year by more than half a million tonnes. 

In 2018 and 2021 Katherine was named Australia’s Outstanding FinTech Leader of the Year, and in 2020 Brighte became the sixth-fastest growing technology company in Australia. 



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