Dr Mark Stafford Smith – Science Director, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)



Dr Mark Stafford Smith is the Science Director of CSIRO’s Climate Adaptation Flagship in Australia. He has over 30 years experience in drylands systems ecology, management and policy, including senior roles such as CEO of the Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre, before taking this experience more recently to focus on adaptation to climate change. His significant international roles include being past vice-chair of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme’s Scientific Committee, and co-chairing 2012′s major Planet Under Pressure: New Knowledge towards Solutions conference.

“In this epoch of the Anthropocene, we need all the innovation we can get as we seek solutions to the complex, interconnected sustainability problems that are challenging us at an ever-increasing frequency. Harnessing ingenuity into a global marketplace for vital ideas is an essential part of creating a global innovation system, that The International Green Awards™ can support. We need to leapfrog old technologies that have caused the problems we currently face in many spheres of endeavour, from energy, to agriculture, to urban design and even governance.”



CSIRO, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, is Australia’s national science agency and one of the largest and most diverse research agencies in the world.