Graeme Kelleher

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Graeme Kelleher is one of the OceanElders and he became the first Chairman and CEO of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority in 1979. He worked with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature [IUCN] and became the first Vice-Chairman, Marine of its World Commission on Protected Areas. He still works with those organizations and is Senior Advisor to parts of them.

He has designed systems of marine protected areas (MPAs) in several countries and is at present a member of the Scientific Council for MPAs in West Africa (RAMPAO).



Other positions he has held include Professor of Systems Engineering at James Cook University, project manager for various Marine Protected Area projects in various countries, and Co-Chairman of the Life Sciences Panel of the $650 million p.a. Australian Cooperative Research Centre program to encourage applied research. He has been on the Organizing Committee of the international program Religion, Science, and the Environment for many years.

He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering (ATSE), of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ) and of the Institution of Engineers, Australia(IEAust).


He has received many honors and awards, including Officer of the Order of Australia, Fred M Packard International Parks Merit Award, the Centenary Medal and investiture into the Hall of Fame, Institution of Engineers, Australia.


He has authored and edited several major books, including “Guidelines for Marine Protected Areas” for IUCN and “A Global Representative System of Marine Protected Areas” for the World Bank, IUCN and GBRMPA and has had many papers formally published and/or presented at conferences on natural resource management and engineering.


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