Kiernan AO OAM
Ian Kiernan is the Founder and Chairman of Clean Up Australia and Clean Up the World – a community based organisation which aims to inspire and work with communities to clean up, fix up and conserve our environment.
Clean Up Australia voices community concerns on the state of the environment and actively promotes environmental repair. This includes advocating practical community based solutions on issues such as extended producer responsibility, container deposit systems, resource re-use, electronics recycling and the initiation of environmentally friendly practices
into the Australian psyche. Clean up the World partners with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to inspire individuals and communities from every corner of the globe to make their environment a cleaner, healthier place to live. Clean Up the World mobilises an estimated 35 million volunteers from 120 countries annually.
Ian holds Chairmanships with the Co-operative Research Centre (EBCRC) for Environmental Biotechnology and the Sydney Harbour Awards, is a Director of CVC Reef Ltd and International Innovations Limited. He is also Patron of the Enviro-Finance Association of Australia, Australasian Chapter of the International Erosion Control Association and the Sydney Agricultural, Rural and Public Land Trust, the Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre, Charles Sturt University Institute for Land, Water and Society and is a member of their Advisory Board. Ian is also a Council member of the Science Foundation for Physics, Sydney University and serves on the Advisory Board of Lend Lease Venture Capital. In 2008 Ian was selected as a member of the Australia 2020 Summit to contribute to the Population, Sustainability, Climate Change and Water discussions.
In recognition of his leadership in the environment and the community both in Australia and internationally, in March 2006 Ian was awarded a Doctor of Science Honoris Causa by the University of New South Wales. During that year he was also awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Trust of Australia (NSW) and their Conservation Build Heritage for Project under $1 million for his restoration work on an 1830s farmhouse Westham in Bathurst. In 2005 the children of Poland made Ian a Companion of the Order of the Smile. The Centenary Medal was awarded to Ian in 2003 and on Australia Day 1995 he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO). Ian was named the Australian of the Year in 1994 and also holds the Order of Australia Medal (OAM).
In 1993, Ian was made a UNEP Global 500 Laureate for leadership in the local and global environment. The prestigious United Nations Environment Programme Sasakawa Environment Prize was awarded to Ian in 1998 while the World Association of Girl Guides nominated him for the Building World Citizenship award in 1999.
As an avid sailor and Ambassador for the Great Barrier Reef Ian maintains his love for the sea as Patron of a number of sailing groups including ASPECT Sailors with Disabilities, SCEGGS Redlands and Scots College Youth Sailing Programs.
Client Comments for Ian Kiernan
Ian Kiernan travels from New South Wales Australia
- Ian was extremely friendly, accesible and joined in with the spirit of our field day at Griffith. He wasn't fazed by a dust storm (!) and made sure everyone who wanted to talk to him could do so. An all round good bloke.
Irrigated Farm Competition
- Thanks you for a terrific and engaging speech at the National Public Affairs Conference in Canberra last week. It's inspiring to see the enthusiasm with which you pursue your environmental agenda.
National Public Affairs Convention
- "Ian is a delightful person with a very easy going temperament and a great ability to engage others. his presentation was entertaining and relevant".
B.O.M.A. Victorian Division
- "Although Ian has a relaxed style, his message and credibility is very powerful".
The Illawarra Connection
- Excellent, though provoking session. Truly inspirational.
- I would like to thank you personally for your participation at our annual Veolia Australia management conference. Having a guest speaker with your convictions and passions really made sure that our management team left the conference reinvigorated with a sense of responsibility for the environment in Australia.
As was the case at our conference in January in Coolum, your speech ranked extremely highly on our participation feedback forms as well.
- I am writing to formally thank you for your Keynote Presentation at the RPA Professional Practice Seminar last week.
Presentations such as this are so important to inform and challenge nurses, especially so when presented by a successful individual from the corporate and volunteer sectors. Nurses will listen to your message.
Your presentation was very well received and quite inspirational. Your actions and achievements will influence many of the registered nurses and midwives in the audience to consider and reflect on their practice, career choices and personal development.
Again thank you for your generosity, I wish you continued success and happiness.
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
- Let me take this opportunity to thank you very much for your time and your opening speech at the conference. The feedback from the conference participants was very positive, because your talk had shown the real actions that can be taken by the community, which are quite different to the more scientific approaches of Life Cycle Engineering. So, both should go hand in hand to solve our environment problems...
The University of New South Wales
- Thank you very much for your participation in our conference and for your contribution to the conference theme through reference to your amazing personal experiences and achievements. The messages you conveyed on environmental sustainability and collaboration were very powerful. Your presentation was enthusiastically received and was referred to frequently in informal conversation throughout the remainder of the conference.
It was a pleasure to meet you. I hope that the conference was a pleasurable experience for you. Once again, thank you very much.
Australian Public Service Commission
- The audience commented on the enthusiastic and inspirational nature of the speaker.
Wyong Shire Council
- Ian took great interest in our company and in the nature of the event which we had invited him to address. We were impressed by his personal story as well as the way in which he was able to tie this into the theme of the evening. Ian also delighted us by taking the time to respond to audience questions and interacted with our guests with grace and thoughtfulness during the evening – he is a real Australian Gentleman.
Bitzer Australia Pty Ltd
- Why We Cannot Afford To Fail Our Environment
"Working with Trish, Tamie and the team is always a pleasure. I had a family crisis and everyone pulled together to help me with my events. Thanks so much!"
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