Stephen Summerhayes

Director - Renewables in Agriculture Centre of Excellence, Innovation and Impact Lead - Food Agility

Stephen recognises that building a resilient and regenerative future requires new and smart ideas and so thrives on helping others develop scalable business models that deliver both commercial and sustainability outcomes.  To do so, he leverages the power of people, their ingenuity and his experience across sectors and countries.

Stephen has driven innovation initiatives both in Australia and abroad. He has assisted climate-affected communities in Latin America, supported coastal and catchment resilience initiatives, operationalised climate change and energy efficiency research, designed and delivered entrepreneurship training and, most recently, assisted government agencies, corporate and university clients create innovative solutions to complex challenges.

Underpinning his work, Stephen holds academic qualifications in law, science, environmental science, and international studies, and vocational qualifications in leadership and management, project management, and training and assessment.

Stephen has acted as a member of the NPWS Regional Advisory Committee, taught ethics to primary school students and tutored adult literacy and worked as the pro bono lawyer for an AIDS charity.  He has written a chapter in a published book addressing wild law and indigenous justice and continues to mentor teams in an Australian climate change technology business ideas competition.

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