Professor John Cole, Director, Australian Centre for Sustainable Business and Development, University of Southern Queensland

Professor Cole is a leading strategic thinker and adviser in sustainable development.  An early proponent of triple bottom line thinking and business sustainability for competitive advantage, since 1989 he has been involved in industry, environment and community and development – variously as a company manager, industry lobbyist, government official and occasional university teacher.

Professor Cole is the founding Director of the Australian Centre for Sustainable Business and Development at The University of Southern Queensland.  Previously he held roles in the Queensland Government as head of the Office of Clean Energy (2008-09), head of the Office of Multicultural Affairs (2007) Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Agency’s non-regulatory divisions, Sustainable Industries and EPA Marketing (1998-2008).  He has been an Adjunct Professor in industry, organisational and community sustainability at three leading Queensland universities.