An international campaign, initiated in the United States, is seeking to persuade universities to drop their investments in companies engaged in fossil fuel production and processing. Many universities in Australia have been targeted recently by this campaign. Universities are academic institutions whose missions span knowledge creation, education and thought leadership. The principal purpose of universities’ investments or so called endowments, which are mostly the gifts of generous donors, should be to support these academic goals. Can and should the investment decisions be used to advance political or other advocacy agendas, or should public education and research institutions, as most in Australia are, actively and positively engage with fossil fuel industry, to solve large and complex societal challenges?


Craig Hook

Craig Hook graduated in 1984 with Bachelor of Engineering (Mining Honours) and embarked on an international career including tackling unionism in the Pilbara, -40C temperatures in northern Canada before returning to Brisbane working as a consultant. Next was a move to Melbourne when CRA and RTZ joined to become Rio Tinto in the technical services group. After completing a Master of Business Administration at Melbourne Business School (1997) Craig travelled to California to manage a major operational disruption and improvement project. Four years later he returned to Australia as an independent consultant and was head hunted to run the Macraes gold mine in NZ for three years.

For the past nine years Craig has settled in Perth, first as a Principal for a boutique management consultancy and more recently is now an independent business adviser and executive coach. Craig's focus is on operational improvement for mining and mining services companies including high performing team development and coaching. He has been a Councillor on the MBS Alumni Council for the past seven years and mentor through the Australian Institute of Management.


Jac Fourie

Jac Fourie is Vice President Projects in BHP Billiton’s Iron Ore division. Currently based in Perth, Jac’s career in the mining sector has spanned five continents, several commodities and a variety of disciplines including operations, engineering, business development, marketing and management systems. He holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Pretoria as well as an MBA from Wharton.

Interested in the role that large companies play in society and how companies can be a force for good, Jac seeks to understand how senior business leaders can contribute to improving society by running companies well. He believes companies exist to create value for society (not just shareholders) and that all stakeholders must benefit from the value a company creates before that organisation can claim to be operating sustainably.  

Professor Chris Greig

Professor Chris Greig leads the UQ Energy Initiative, a University-wide initiative to showcase UQ’s energy research capabilities across all faculties and institutes. Chris is a UQ alumnus having obtained his BE, Masters and PhD in Chemical Engineering at UQ. As a graduate he was the cofounder and Managing Director of a successful company that commercialised innovative sugar processing technology internationally for over 10 years. He has since held senior executive and project director roles in construction, mining and clean energy industries both in Australia and abroad over a career spanning 25 years. Prior to joining UQ, Chris was Project Director and CEO of ZeroGen, which conducted one of the world’s most comprehensive studies on the potential of a large scale, low emissions coal fired power project incorporating carbon capture and storage. The project also undertook Australia’s largest onshore carbon storage investigation and exploration program.  

Professor John Quiggin

Professor John Quiggin has regularly been ranked as Australia’s most productive and highly-cited economist. In addition to theoretical analysis in economics, he has worked on a wide range of issues in political economy and economic aspects of political philosophy. Recent contributions include joint work with Stephen Bell on asset price inflation and water policy, analysis of changes to industrial relations law, and a comparative assessment of economic reform policies in Australia and New Zealand.









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