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Professorial Fellow, Monash Sustainable Development Institute, Monash University

Professor Rob Skinner AM is a Professorial Fellow with MSDI Water.

He is also Chair of WaterAid Australia and Chair of WaterAid International; Deputy chair of the CRC for Water sensitive Cities; Deputy Chair of Yarra Valley Water; and Director of the International Centre of Excellence for Water Resources Management.

Rob is also Lead Chair of the Andrews Government’s new Metropolitan and Regional Water Forums which puts communities at the heart of storm and recycled water management for Victoria.

In 2019 Rob was recognised by UN-Water as the official Australian contact point for SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation).

Rob was Managing Director of Melbourne Water from 2005 to 2011. Prior to joining Melbourne Water, Rob was Chief Executive Officer of the Kingston Council – a large municipal council in metropolitan Melbourne – during which time he also held a number of key positions in the water sector as chairman or member of boards or government advisory committees.

He has been a Board member of the Water Services Association of Australia. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the International Water Association and Chair of the Association’s Cities of the Future Program.

Whilst at Melbourne Water Rob initiated a number of collaborative relationships between Melbourne Water and agencies in Singapore, UK, Israel and Timor Leste.


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    Professorial Fellow, Monash Sustainable Development Institute, Monash University