Professor John Thwaites

Chair, Monash Sustainable Development Institute

Former Deputy Premier of Victoria and Co-Chair of the Leadership Council of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, John Thwaites currently serves as a Professorial Fellow, at Monash University, and Chair of the Monash Sustainable Development Institute, ClimateWorks Australia and BehaviourWorks Australia.

John is Chair of Melbourne Water and a Director of Fair Trade Australia New Zealand. He has been Chair of the Australian Building Codes Board, President of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and a director of the Australian Green Building Council.

John is the Chair of the National Sustainable Development Council, which has developed the Transforming Australia: SDGs Progress Report 2018. He was previously Chair of the National Sustainability Council an independent Council appointed by the Australian Government, which produced the Sustainable Australia Report in 2013.

John is the only Australian who has been appointed to The Lancet Covid-19 Commission. He has also been appointed to a number of government reviews and committee including the Victorian Government’s Independent Review of the Retail Energy Market and as Co-Chair of the Victorian Cladding Taskforce.

In 2013, John was named as one of the 100 Global Sustainability Leaders by ABC Carbon Express. In 2015, he was awarded the “Planning Champion” award by the Planning Institute of Australia and in 2016 was awarded the Richard J Evans Award for excellence in recognition of outstanding contributions to planning in Victoria.

John Thwaites was Deputy Premier of Victoria from 1999 until his retirement in 2007. During this period he held various Ministerial portfolios including Health, Planning, Environment, Water and was Victoria’s first Minister for Climate Change. In these portfolios he was responsible for major reforms in social policy, health, environment and water.

Prior to being elected to Parliament, he was a barrister and Mayor of South Melbourne.

He has degrees in Law (Honours) and Science from Monash University. He is a Fellow Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Are climate concerns set to re-shape university operations post COVID?

Remaking HE Zoom

Session 4 The world has been gripped by COVID-19 throughout 2020, but when that passes, will concern over climate change fill that gap? Sustainability has been treated as a ‘nice to have’ for years – but could take on dramatically increased significance in 2021, as universities seek new ways to trim bills and ensure they […]

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