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Professor Rob Vertessy has led a distinguished career in water research, serving as Chief Executive of the Cooperative Research Centre for Catchment Hydrology (2002-2004) and then Chief of CSIRO’s Land and Water Division (2004-2007).
In 2006, Rob was seconded to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet to design a national water information strategy. He then joined the Bureau of Meteorology (in 2007) to oversee its implementation as a new Bureau service.
Rob served as CEO of the Bureau of Meteorology (2011-2016) and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE). After retiring from the Australian Public Service in 2016, Rob took up a part-time role at the University of Melbourne as an Enterprise Professor in Water Resources. Rob heads Global Change Advisory, a consulting company focused on environmental intelligence. In this capacity he has recently advised governments from around the world on water reform and information.