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Asian Investment Conference 2021

Andrew Forrest AO

Chairman, Fortescue Metals Group

Andrew Forrest AO

Andrew Forrest AO is Chairman of Fortescue Metals Group. He is Australia’s most active philanthropist and one of the most effective business leaders of his generation.

As Fortescue’s Founder and Chairman, he has led the company from inception to its current Top 20 status in the Australian economy. Fortescue has invested more than US$25 billion in the resources sector.

In 2001, Dr. Forrest co-founded the Minderoo Foundation with his wife Nicola, supporting over 300 initiatives across Australia and internationally. In April 2020, the Forrests announced one of Australia’s largest private philanthropic donations of AU$520 million, and have continued giving, with their total philanthropic donations exceeding AU$2 billion.

Dr. Forrest recently completed a Ph.D. degree in Marine Ecology and was awarded an honorary doctorate by The University of Western Australia. He is an adjunct professor at the Central South University in China, and a lifetime Fellow of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

He is an International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Patron of Nature and a member of the United Nations (UN) Environment Programme Scientific Advisory Committee on the Assessment on Marine Litter and Microplastics.

He is Co-Chairman of the Senior Business Leaders' Forum, the leading formal dialogue for China and Australia's most senior business leaders.

In 2017, Dr Forrest was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the mining sector, to the development of employment and business opportunities as a supporter of sustainable foreign investment, and to philanthropy.

He was Councillor of the Global Citizen Commission, charged by the UN to modernize the Universal Declaration of Human Rights presented to the UN Secretary General in 2016. Dr. Forrest was appointed by the Prime Minister and Cabinet of Australia, to chair the Review of Indigenous Training and Employment Programmes, to end Indigenous disparity through employment.

He was Western Australia’s 2017 Australian of the Year for his outstanding contribution to the community. In 2018, Dr Forrest was inducted into the Australian Prospectors & Miners' Hall of Fame and was the inaugural winner of the EY Global Entrepreneur of the Year Social Impact Award.