With thanks to Miriam Heale, Allen & York www.allen-york.com

APPOINTMENT OF THE MONTH

Alison Rowe has been appointed CEO of the Moreland Energy Foundation (MEFL). She was formerly global executive director sustainability for Fujitsu. Based in Melbourne, Australia, MEFL is an independent not-for-profit organisation that works with communities, partners, and governments to implement sustainable energy projects.

Rowe joined the Royal Australian Navy when she was 18. “Being a country kid, there were limited career paths, so the Navy seemed like a great way to contribute and learn,” she explains.  

Thirteen years ago she attended a community leadership programme, where a full day was dedicated to the environment. “I have always been community-oriented,” she says. “Things lined up with my values and it was clear that I needed to shift the focus of my career immediately.” For the past 12 years she has been working in sustainability, first in the transport industry, where she developed the business case for a recycling initiative, and later for a carbon offset product. “Then at Fujitsu, I created the sustainability consulting practice and the business case for a global sustainability programme, with a true sustainability P&L,” she explains.

Rowe is currently chair of the Future Business Council and serves as a director for the Infrastructure Sustainability Council Australia, Bioregional Australia,...

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