Andrew MacLeod

Andrew MacLeod

It takes a gifted leader to be able to negotiate with terrorists, coordinate with military dictators, manage the fates of millions of lives during a natural catastrophe and cultivate a deep understanding of today’s changing geo-politics and what it means for people, businesses and governments. It takes a leader named Andrew MacLeod. As an experienced Chairman and Board Director in the UK, US and Australia, he has fundamental insights into today’s business trends. As a respected academic at King’s College, Professor Andrew MacLeod has his finger on the proverbial pulse of everything happening in the world. He can speak with intimate knowledge on the interface between corporations, government and communities and unearth ways to solve large-scale challenges. Leadership has taken Andrew to great heights. He’s been a high-level humanitarian official with the International Committee of the Red Cross and helped the United Nations through wars and natural disasters, giving him a unique perspective, few can match. Predicting Brexit and the rise of Trump, he has exceptional intuition for discovering ‘what’s next’. He believes the change we are living through right now is the most fundamental time of human change since the fall of the Roman Empire. How will you lead your organisation through it? There’s only one way to find out... follow the leader. © ICMI Speakers & Entertainers

Key Points

  • Andrew MacLeod is Chairman of Griffin Law, Global Chairman of Foundation for a Smoke Free World, Professor at Kings College London; former Managing Director of an Australian based Superannuation fund; non-Executive Director for New York based Cornerstone Capital and was the CEO of the Committee for Melbourne.
  • He was previously General Manager Community, Communications and External Relations for Rio Tinto (Copper), an Affiliate Senior Associate to the Center for Strategic International Studies in Washington D.C. and a Senior United Nations and International Committee for the Red Cross humanitarian official.
  • He provides deep insight into the mindset of terrorist organisations and their impact on the globe. Six wars and numerous natural disasters, Andrew has had to deal with them all. From negotiating with terrorists, to coordinating with military dictators.
  • He was Chief of Operations to the UN’s Emergency Operation Center in Pakistan in 2005 in the wake of the devastating earthquakes and his team lead the South Asian relief and reconstruction operation for two and a half years across Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran.
  • Andrew received the Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal by Australia for work in the Balkans and a second time for work in Rwanda. He received the Australian Defence Medal for service as an officer in the Australian Infantry, was awarded the Silver Medal for Humanity from the Montenegrin Red Cross and was recognised by the Australian Government for his work in East Timor.
  • Opportunity not fear - TEDx Melbourne 2015



Andrew MacLeod is an accomplished organisational leader, global Chairman and multi-national corporate Board Director. He brings a practical, experienced analysis to the link between sovereign and community risks and the valuation of major assets particularly in developing economies.

Andrew is the former Managing Director of an Australian based Superannuation fund, a Non Executive Director for New York based Cornerstone Capital and a Senior Adviser to Homestrings plc in London. He is an Affiliate Senior Associate to the Center for Strategic International Studies in Washington DC, an adjunct Professor at Kings College London, an adjunct Senior Lecturer at University of Tasmania and sits on the Sustainable Accounting Standards Board.

He assists numerous charities including The Big Issue (Australia), Swags for the Homeless and the Victorian Youth Mentoring Alliance. He maintains a Commission as an Australian Army Officer (reserve). He is the author of A Life Half Lived (New Holland Press) and is a recipient of the Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal (twice) and the Australian Defence Medal.

Presentation Topics
  • Corporate Leadership & Finance
    Andrew brings a unique knowledge set as a provider of capital through the superannuation fund he manages and the US based bank he is a director of, combined with his part experiences as an aid and community worker. He like few others, is well placed to chart a course through the delicate path of profitability and licence to operate. The world of finance is changing. Increased transparency both by community advocacy groups and the providers of capital put more and more pressure on companies to understand and adjust their business practices for greater external expectations around community behaviour and social risk. As an experienced business advisor, former member of Shared Value leadership council at Harvard University, a Visiting Professor at Kings College London and a provider of capital, Andrew can give direction to companies on how to maximise both community performance and profitability.

  • Leadership and life
    Six wars and numerous natural disasters - Andrew MacLeod has had to deal with them all. From negotiating with terrorists, to coordinating with military dictators. MacLeod has faced life and death situations for him and for many thousands of people. Learn how he dealt with the circumstances and what lessons can be applied to business and to life.

  • Future Vision - Challenges that are confronting us in the future
    What is happening to the world today? Risk confronts us from war to terrorism with Islamic State now managing to reach deep into the suburbs of Australia to recruit their new front line. Andrew has negotiated with terrorists and generals, he understands the motivation, methodology and modus operandi of these groups. He also understands the threats and ways for us to defeat the threat. If you want to understand where the world is at and how to map a path way forward, Andrew is your man.

  • General
    Andrew is a dynamic and engaging speaker who works closely with conference organisers to ensure that his keynote is designed and tailored specifically for the audience and to meet the expectations of conference organisers. Andrew does not deliver a standard stump speech, rather each one is tailored for your audiences' needs.

Andrew MacLeod came to Wollongong to speak for me at the Students 4 Students Leadership Conference. Andrew was very easy to deal with and was excellent in the follow up for the event. Andrew sat on a Q&A panel at my event, and was provocative and engaging on what he said. Following on from his talk, Andrew, spent a lot of time mingling with students and answering all of their questions. I have now collated the feedback about the Conference, and many people have listed him as their favourite speaker of the Conference. Andrew is definitely a speaker that I would look at getting back to speak and comes recommended in the highest possible terms.
Program Coordinator - Leadership
Centre for Student Engagement
University of Wollongong

Andrew is an impressive and inspirational speaker on leadership, as well as a highly respected leader in his own right. When he has presented on leadership, audiences have consistently rated him highly on delivery and practical advice. His motivating style and progressive thinking are impressive aspects of his delivery. With a wealth of knowledge and experience from a highly successful track record of taking teams forward and delivering results, Andrew understands what is necessary to motivate people, and equally is able to impart this knowledge to his audience.
Rotary Australia

Andrew MacLeod is a leading thinker and pioneer in driving partnerships that are profitable for both business and the community. He is a compelling speaker with a commanding approach that had our entire audience engaged and inspired to shift their thinking and take initiative toward a much smarter way of operating. Andrew was a pleasure to work with and his professional manner and interest in meeting client expectations and delivering a high quality result stood out as a real point of difference. Andrew has the courage to ask the hard questions and challenge people to work at a higher level of meaning and purpose! 
The Facult and CPO Forum

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