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Meg McDonald

Advisory Board Member


Meg McDonald is a member of TNC Australia’s Advisory Board © TNC

Areas of Expertise

environmental policy, philanthropy, international business

Board Term

since November 2016


Meg McDonald has extensive international career experience in business, and in government, as a senior career diplomat, in environmental policy and in philanthropy. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and on the Board of the Co-operative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living (CRCLCL). She also serves as a judge for the MacArthur Foundation #100andchange program.

Meg has had leadership roles in renewables and innovative clean energy financing as COO of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) and as CEO of Low Carbon Australia (LCAL). She previously had senior global roles with Alcoa as President of Alcoa Foundation and Director, Global Issues, Alcoa, in New York and General Manager, Corporate Affairs for Alcoa in Australia. Before joining Alcoa, she was a senior Australian career diplomat, including serving as Australia’s Deputy Ambassador to the United States and as Australia’s Ambassador for the Environment, as well as having been senior adviser in the offices of three Australian Government Cabinet ministers.

In 1997-98, Meg was Australia’s lead negotiator for the Kyoto Protocol and played a key role in shaping those negotiations and with responsibility for international environment and conservation issues.

Meg holds an Honours Degree in Applied Science from the University of NSW.

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