Dr André Taylor
Leadership Specialist at the International WaterCentre
André is an environmental and social scientist. In 1991 he began working as an environmental manager. In the mid 1990s he specialised in urban water and waterway management. In the mid 2000s he became a specialist in institutional capacity building and leadership development.
He currently works as the International WaterCentre’s Leadership Specialist and directs his own consulting business. He also coordinates and teaches a Masters level leadership course (Leadership in a Complex Environment) for the University of NSW (Australian Graduate School of Management).
He is currently the Chair of the Integrated Urban Water Management Scientific Expert Panel for Healthy Waterways Ltd (SEQ), and Chair of the Research Advisory Subcommittee (Adoption Pathways) for the national Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities.
He has previously held positions within Monash University, Ecological Engineering, the WA Water and Rivers Commission, Brisbane City Council, Woodward Clyde Pty Ltd, and the Tasmanian Department of Environment.
André undertook his PhD on emergent leaders (‘champions’) in the sustainable urban water industry. His leadership-related experience includes:
- Designing, delivering and evaluating numerous leadership development programs that have been customised through local research.
- US trained: The ASTD’s Creating Leadership Development Programs Certificate (2008).
- Trained coach and mentor: The AIM’s Coaching and Mentoring Program (2009).
- Keynote conference speaker and published author on water and sustainability leadership.
- Active member of Toastmasters International since 2000 (level: Distinguished Toastmaster).
André won the 2014 Facilitator Award for Teaching Excellence in an Online Environment, awarded by the Australian Graduate School of Management from the University of New South Wales.
Bachelor of Science (Hons Class 1) – University of Tasmania
Master of Environmental Management – University of Queensland
PhD – Monash University