Dermot is the Chief Executive Officer of the World Wide Fund for Nature, Australia (WWF-Australia). WWF, the world’s largest network of international conservation organisations, works across 100 countries and helps mobilise over 1 million supporters in Australia, and six million members worldwide.
Dermot has been a leader in sustainable development for over two decades across Australia, the Pacific, Asia, and Europe. As WWF-Australia’s CEO, Dermot leads efforts to protect our unique wildlife and ecosystems, address climate change and work with markets and business to reduce their impact on the planet. He does this by integrating science, innovation, field, and policy programs.
Dermot has driven innovation thinking within WWF, especially on digital technologies, overseeing the establishment of WWF Panda Labs and WWF’s first global joint venture, OpenSC.
Dermot is a Director of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), Co-founder and Chairman of OpenSC, a member of the Queensland Climate Advisory Committee, on the Australia’s Prime Ministers National Bushfire Peak Group (sic) and the Australia’s COVID19 National Charities Cabinet. He has previously Chairman of the WWF Asia Pacific CEOs Growth Group (2015-2018), Chair of WWF’s Global Conservation Committee (2007-2010) was a member of the China Green entrepreneurs club (2008-2010), was on the 2014 Australian C20 Committee and a founder of the Australian (Business) Climate Roundtable.