Australia Day

26 January 2015

281 days to go

Dr Peter Ellyard

Dr Peter Ellyard is a futurist, strategist, speaker and author who lives in Melbourne.

Peter is a graduate of Sydney University (BSc.Agr) and of Cornell University (MS, PhD). He works to assist individuals, companies, communities and nations to develop pathways to success in the emerging 21st century interdependent global society.

He is currently Chairman of the Preferred Futures institute and the Preferred Futures Group, which he founded in 1991. He also chairs Foundation 2050.

Peter is a former Executive Director for the Australian Commission for the Future.  He held CEO positions in a number of public sector organizations over 15 years including two associated with Environment and Planning, and one with Industry and Technology, and was also Chief of Staff of an Environment Minister in Canberra for 3 years. He is an Adjunct Professor in the Curtin University Business School, and is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators, the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand ,and the Australian Institute of Management.

Dr Ellyard has been a Senior Adviser to the United Nations system for more than 30 years including to the 1992 Earth Summit where he was a senior advisor on both the climate change and the biodiversity conventions.  In this he was the only Australian and one of only 20 globally.  At other times he has been a senior consultant to the UNEP, UNDP and UNESCO. He is the author of the best selling book ‘Ideas for the New Millennium ‘(1998,2001), ‘Designing 2050: Pathways to sustinable prosperity on Spaceship Earth’ (2008) and’ Destination 2050: Concepts bank and Toolkit ‘(2011).