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Rob Gell

Rob is a coastal geomorphologist by training; he taught Environmental Science and Physical Geography at tertiary level, then for thirty years has presented television weather. In his professional life he works as an environmental and communications consultant and is a Director of World Wind Pty Ltd. He is also a published author and a photographer.

World Wind Pty Ltd consolidates Rob’s business activities with a focus on communications and marketing, business strategy and sustainable development project design and responds to the need for business to be informed about new issues and actively develop new development plans and programs to ensure an understanding of changing markets, the emerging green economy and the need for a positive and accountable contribution on behalf of shareholders and stakeholders alike.

He is the national President of Greening Australia Limited, Chairman of the Mornington Peninsula and Westernport Biosphere Reserve Foundation Ltd. and a member of the Victorian Coastal Council. Rob is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and an Inaugural Fellow of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand. He was Environment Ambassador to the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Rob has been involved in previous VCCCAR events, having facilitated the Centre’s "Climate change adaptation and mitigation in Victorian dry lands" Think Tank held in Horsham in April 2010.


Mike Hulme

Professor Mike Hulme was the Founding Director (2000-2007) of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, UK, which is headquartered in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia (UEA). He has authored over 120 published peer-reviewed journal papers, 3 books and over 30 book chapters on climate change topics, together with over 240 reports and popular articles and is currently Editor-in-Chief of the journal Wiley’s Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change.

Professor Hulme has prepared climate scenarios and reports for the UK Government (including the UKCIP98 and UKCIP02 scenarios), the European Commission, UNEP, UNDP, WWF-International and the IPCC. I was co-ordinating Lead Author for the chapter on ‘Climate scenario development’ for the Third Assessment Report of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, as well as a contributing author for several other chapters.

Professor Hulme is a frequent speaker about climate change at academic, professional and public events, and for the media.


Will Steffen

Professor Will Steffen is Executive Director of the ANU Climate Change Institute at the Australian National University (ANU), Canberra, and is also Science Adviser to the federal Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency. From 1998 to mid-2004, he served as Executive Director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, based in Stockholm, Sweden. His research interests span a broad range within the fields of climate change and Earth System science, with an emphasis on incorporation of human processes in Earth System modelling and analysis; and on sustainability, climate change and the Earth System.




Neville Nicholls

Professor Neville Nicholls spent 35 years in climate research in the Bureau of Meteorology before joining Monash University in 2006 where he is an Australian Research Council Professorial Fellow.

He has published over 115 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals. His research has included using the El Niño – Southern Oscillation to predict climate variations such as droughts and seasonal tropical cyclone activity, examining climate and weather impacts on agriculture, ecosystems, and human health, and developing and analysing data sets for monitoring climate variations and change.

Neville is President of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society.


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