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Sam Mackay is an expert in the area of sustainable development and climate change, where he has worked in over 10 countries throughout the Asia Pacific region, supporting Development Banks, Aid Programs, governments and NGOs to design and deliver climate change and sustainability related investments and actions. Within Australia, Sam has led a number of industry as well as local, state and national government climate change projects, and is currently Head of Practice for the Griffith Climate Action Beacon. While at Griffith, he has played a key role in establishing and managing a number of strategic and cross-group externally funded research partnerships valued at over $6M, including the DFAT funded Pacific iCLIM Program ($3.5M), Asian Development Bank Regional Consortium on Climate Change Knowledge ($300,000), Queensland Government Climate Ready Program ($700,000), Development of Climate Risk Framing for Councils in Queensland ($200,000) and Victorian Government Policy Advice for Regional Climate Action ($150,000). Examples of Sam’s broader professional experience includes drafting a major biodiversity report for the Queensland Premier’s Council on Climate Change, designing $20m in coastal and marine resource management investments for the Asian Sevelopment Bank, chairing Queensland Government’s whole-of-government climate risk working group and Monitoring and Evaluating the effectiveness of the Australian Government’s Governance Support Facility which supported the implementation of the $2.6B Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI). Sam is also a board member for Live and Learn International, which is an Environment and Sustainability NGO operating across 12 countries in the Asia Pacific. Sam has successfully published in and been an invited review for a number of leading academic journals in the area of climate change.
GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY APPOINTMENTS
- MemberEnvironmental Futures Research Institute2018