Andrew MacLeod - Emergency aid coordination in conflict and natural disaster
1st April, 2014
Guest Speaker - Andrew MacLeod
Andrew MacLeod (Ba/LLB (Tas), LLM (Soton), GDip International Law (Melb), GAICD) is a well-respected business leader and former high level UN official responsible for emergency aid coordination in conflict and natural disaster settings. He will speak to the club about his involvement with communities in Africa and his role with the investment banking sector in the past with the UN.
Andrew MacLeod (Ba/LLB (Tas), LLM (Soton), GDip International Law (Melb), GAICD) is a well-respected business leader and former high level UN official responsible for emergency aid coordination in conflict and natural disaster settings. He is a leading thinker in ‘Shared Value’ programs looking at ways to maximise shareholder and community returns by building partnerships between the for profit and not for profit sectors. MacLeod currently:
- sits on the board of New York based Cornerstone Capital,
- is a an advisor on Special projects for Gane Energy in Australia,
- is an advisor to London based Critical Resource,
- is an Affiliate Senior Associate to the Center for Strategic International Studies in Washington DC,
- sits on the Sustainable Accounting Advisory Board,
- sits on the steering committee of the World Economic Forum ‘Future of Civil Society’ project,
- sits on the UN’s Expert Group on Responsible Business and Investment in High-Risk Areas,
- sits on the King’s College Humanitarian Futures Program advisory board
- serves on the boards of numerous charities.
- maintains a Commission as an Officer in the Australian Army (now reserve).
MacLeod was previously General Manager Community, Communications and External Relations for global giant Rio Tinto, covering economies and communities as diverse as Mongolia, United States, South Africa, Australia, Peru, Chile and Indonesia. Prior, MacLeod was CEO of the Committee for Melbourne, a high level UN official and a Delegate of the International Committee of the Red Cross in conflict and natural disaster zones as diverse as Rwanda, Yugoslavia, Pakistan and others.
Working with partners at both the elite and grass roots levels, MacLeod led high level humanitarian teams under great pressure to deliver results in the most arduous of circumstances, crossing cultures, borders and front lines of battle, most notably acting as Chief of Operations to the United Nations response in the 2005 Pakistan Earthquake. He has a track record of building teams focussed to achieve goals in both for profit and not for profit organisations.
MacLeod has true global exposure and networks ranging from finance, mining, diplomacy, United Nations, not for profit and governments. He is a recognised thought leader in the sustainable investing and value preservation through risk reduction.
Author and communicator
MacLeod is the author of ‘A Life Half Lived’ published by New Holland Press. He is a sought after speaker on the speaking circuit and an experienced and competent commentator in the electronic and print media.
Andrew received the Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal by Australia for work in the Balkans and was awarded a second time for work in Rwanda. He received the Australian Defence Medal for service as an officer in the Australian Infantry. He was awarded the Silver Medal for Humanity from the Montenegrin Red Cross and was recognised by the Australian Government for his work in East Timor. MacLeod was also recognised with the Australian Davos Connection Leadership Award.
MacLeod was also a world-class swimmer having won a silver medal for the 200 meters Butterfly at the 2002 World Masters Games. He regularly volunteered to help national swimming teams in the developing countries.
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