Dermot has been a leader in sustainable development for over two decades across Australia, the Pacific, Asia, and Europe, including 15-years as CEO in the WWF offices of Australia, China and the Pacific. As a WWF CEO, Dermot has been responsible for delivering major conservation and sustainable development initiatives from those with significant global impact to tangible on ground results. Under Dermot’s leadership since 2010, WWF-Australia has undertaken a unique combination of on-the-ground field projects, strategic partnerships with business, and powerful advocacy campaigns. Dermot has a keen interest in the uptake of digital technologies for sustainable development and has recently overseen the development of a tuna traceability pilot using blockchain technology in the Pacific.

Dermot is the chairman of WWF’s Asia Pacific CEOs Growth Group, is on the Board of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), has previously led WWF’s Global Conservation Committee (2007-2010) was a member of the China Green entrepreneurs club (2008-2010), was on the 2014 Australian C20 Committee and a founder of the Australian (Business) Climate Roundtable.

Dermot has an MBA from IMD, Switzerland, a Master of Science from London School of Economics and degrees from University of London and Southern Cross University.

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