Tim Flannery is the Graduate Institute’s Fondation Segré Distinguished Visiting Professor.
He is one of the world’s most prominent environmentalists. Currently professor at Melbourne University Sustainability Institute, Professor Flannery has taught at Harvard University and has advised governments both in Australia and Canada. In 2007 he established and co-chaired the Copenhagen Climate Council, and in 2011 was appointed Australia’s first Climate Commissioner.
Tim Flannery has published over 140 peer-reviewed scientific papers and has named 25 living and 50 fossil mammal species. His 32 books include the award winning The Future Eaters and The Weather Makers, which has been translated into over 20 languages. He has made numerous documentaries and regularly writes for the New York Review of Books. He speaks Bahasa Indonesia and Melanesian Pigeon, and has over 20 years of experience as an explorer and biologist in New Guinea and surrounding countries, and has extensive knowledge of the region. His most recent book, which deals with carbon negative technologies, is Atmosphere of Hope: Searching for solutions to the climate crisis.
Professor Flannery has served on the board of WWF International, as an advisor to the National Geographic Society, and the Prince of Monaco Foundation. He has also been on Siemens’ International Sustainability Advisory Board and The Climate Group (Australia). He currently serves on the Sustainability Advisory Board of Tata Power (India’s largest privately owned energy company), as scientific advisor to Magaldi Solar (Italy) and the Fondation Segre (Switzerland).
In 2007 he was named ‘Australian of the Year’, arguably Australia’s highest honour. He delivered the 2002 Australia Day Address to the nation. In 2011 he was made a Chevalier of the Order of St Charles, and in 2015 received the Jack Blayney Award for Dialog from Simon Fraser University, Canada. In 2013 he founded, and is now chief councilor, of the Australian Climate Council, Australia’s largest and most successful crowdfunded organisation.