Rob Gell AM

Coastal Geomorphologist, Environmental Science Keynote Speaker

Rob Gell is an environmental geoscientist, former academic and television weather presenter with extensive experience with non-profit, government and private organisations in sustainable business strategy consulting, environmental communications and marketing and project design for the emerging green economy. Rob is actively engaged in a range of projects and solutions, identifying opportunities for transformation to a sustainable society.

In his professional life he works as an environmental and communications consultant and is an Executive Director and Founder of ReThink Sustainability Pty Ltd. He is also a director of Attentis® Pty Ltd and advanced, realtime, sensor and intelligence network technology company, Circular Things Pty Ltd and Sustainability Advisor at Solar Recovery Corporation.

Rob completed his Science Degree at Melbourne University in the early seventies and taught Environmental Science and Physical Geography at Melbourne State College and Melbourne University. For thirty-one years after that he presented television weather in parallel with a career as an environmental consultant.

ReThink Sustainability Pty Ltd now consolidates Rob’s business activities with a focus on business strategy and sustainable development project design, communications and marketing, 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.

In May 2021 Rob became President of the Royal Society of Victoria. In previous roles he has been 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 a local government councillor and was a councillor of the Australian Conservation Foundation through the 1990s. He is a published author and photographer.

In 1979 Rob Gell’s Four Day Forecast revolutionised the way television weather information was presented. For twenty-five years he brought innovation, information, credibility, and authority to television news introducing satellite image sequences, integrated pressure analyses and explanation and accountability rather than simply a presentation of Weather Bureau forecasts by a personality. He presented on National Nine News for sixteen years from 1988 and previously on Eyewitness News and until 2011 with the Seven Network.

Rob Gell is a uniquely qualified individual who has the respect of government, business, environmental groups and the community for his approach to sustainable development. Importantly he is also an excellent communicator who can get the message across.

On Australia Day 2014 he was made a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for significant service to conservation, to the protection of coastal and marine environments, and to the community.

Rob Gell talks about:

• Climate shift – the science, current impacts and options for the future
• Natural capital, biodiversity and ecosystem services
• Water, energy and waste: the keys to sustainable development
• Business as usual or sustainable business.

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