John Thwaites is a Professorial Fellow, Monash University, and Chair of ClimateWorks Australia and the Monash Sustainable Development Institute.
John is the Chair of Melbourne Water, which is responsible for Melbourne’s water supply and sewerage treatment and the rivers and catchment around Melbourne. John also chairs the Australian Building Codes Board, which develops Australia’s building codes and standards. He also chairs the Peter Cullen Water and Environment Trust and has been President of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and a director of the Australian Green Building Council.
He is a Co-Chair of the Leadership Council of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (“SDSN”) launched by the Secretary General of the UN to provide expert advice and support to the development of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. In 2013, John was named as one of the 100 Global Sustainability Leaders by ABC Carbon Express.
From 2012-2013, John was Chair of the National Sustainability Council, an independent Council appointed by the Australian Government, which produced the Sustainable Australia Report in 2013. John has provided extensive advice to the Australian, state and local governments on climate, environmental and water issues and been appointed to many government advisory bodies.
In 2008-2010, John was a special adviser to the Timor-Leste Minister for Infrastructure and helped develop an Infrastructure Plan for Timor-Leste.
John Thwaites was Deputy Premier of Victoria from 1999 until his retirement in 2007. During this period he was Minister for Health, Minister for Planning, Minister for Environment, Minister for Water, Minister for Victorian Communities and 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.
Professorial Fellow, Monash University, and Chair of ClimateWorks Australia and the Monash Sustainable Development Institute
In July 2017 Melbourne will host the Ecocity World World Summit, with a focus on Changing Cities: Resilience and Transformations that highlights the need to deploy expert knowledge – academic, professional, civic – to make cities resilient in the face of rapid change. In the months leading up to the conference, we will be featuring all the inspiring keynote speakers that will participate alongside principal speaker Al Gore.