Our next Sustainability Drinks event is on Wednesday 3rd of July, 6:00pm – 8:00pm.

Speaker: Professor David McInnes, PSM.

davidDavid McInnes is a widely experienced senior executive and currently CEO of Earthwatch Institute (Australia), an organisation formed in 1971 by scientists from the Smithsonian Institute. Earthwatch involves volunteers in scientific research projects engaging them and their communities in activities directed towards achieving a more sustainable planet.

David has tertiary qualifications in Finance, Education and Sustainability. In 2010 he completed Postgraduate studies in Sustainable Business at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. He has been Director/CEO of one of Victoria’s largest TAFE Colleges and for 12 years was General Manager of the Australian Automotive Research Centre, a specialist automotive research and development organisation. A former senior executive with Linfox Pty Ltd for 15 years, David managed a diverse range of activities in this transport and logistics company, across the Asia Pacific region.

In 2009 David was trained by Al Gore as one of his Climate Project Presenters in Australia. This is part of an international network of advocates who believe that significant change from our current carbon based economy is required if global and catastrophic climate change is to be avoided In 2006, David designed and implemented a Carbon Emissions Reduction programme within Linfox Pty Ltd that delivered, over a six year period a 38% reduction, in the rate of Greenhouse Gas Emissions. This achievement has been recognised as leading industry practice by contemporaries, industry associations, the press and the Federal Minister for the Environment.

David is a Professorial Fellow at Monash Sustainability Institute and is a holder of the Australian Public Service Medal awarded for services to industry and a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators.