Dianne McGrath is fast-becoming one of Australia’s premier authorities on creating sustainable food systems.
Her expertise, ingenuity and dedication to meeting the challenges of the future are just some of the qualities that have made her not only a sustainability expert, but also only one of seven Australians to be included in the remaining 100 astronaut candidates for the Mars One project, in which a few select citizens of the world will live permanently on Mars for the sake of research, exploration and a greater understanding of the universe and our role in it.
What makes Dianne a suitable astronaut candidate?
She is a team-oriented leader, a project manager and creative problem-solver. Her experience working in teams and managing them in a variety of industries provides her with a formidable platform for achieving team-oriented success.
Along with Dianne’s intelligence and leadership is a insatiable hunger for adventure. She’s sailed tall ships in the Southern Ocean, cycled extreme distances, jumped out of planes, ran marathons and and completed an ultra-marathon.
Dianne has translated her work experience and adventures into successful careers with the Australian Energy Regulator, Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). While at GSK she won a global marketing award and held several influential positions including a global marketing post based in Europe where she oversaw a $1 billion (AUD) brand portfolio.
Dianne leads a purposeful life that seeks to create better environmental solutions for our future. With this goal in mind, she is currently the Director of Food for Thought Consulting Australia, a sustainability and business consultancy.
Passionate about sustainable food systems, she is also a Director on the boards of three not-for-profit organisations that operate in the community food /food sustainability arena: Cultivating Community, 3000acres and the Open Food Network.
Dianne’s diverse background in leadership, sustainability and innovation make her a proficient public speaker who delivers captivating and dynamic presentations to a spectrum of audiences ranging from school children to corporate employees to space scientists/enthusiasts.
She believes nothing is insurmountable – not even creating sustainable food systems on Mars.
Dianne was engaging and thought provoking. Many people commented on why…? But we all realised we were listening to somebody who aspires to be more, and who strives to go on to inspire humanity.
ESS Support Services Worldwide
Dianne was great and everyone enjoyed her presentation and were very interested and keen to ask questions. Dianne had a great communication style and connection with the staff. Could’ve chatted on for hours at question time. Will be following Dianne’s journey through the process.
Dianne was fantastic, both on the day of the event and leading up to it. Dianne was also extremely approachable during the briefing process, which made our job so much easier. She was incredibly engaging and spoke exceptionally well, with guests entertained from start to finish.
An excellent presentation and summary of an inspiring journey which resonated with the team in terms of aspirations, goals, and breaking personal and professional boundaries. A truly formidable individual, whom is in many ways is already a winner.
AMP Growth Transformation Program
Dianne was a great speaker. She was engaging, knowledgeable and on brief. Feedback from attendees was very positive and they thoroughly enjoyed the presentation.
Animal Medicines Australia
An amazing person and very personable. Happy to stay and chat with delegates after her presentation. Great feedback.
Australian Hotel Associations - SA Branch
Dianne shares her intriguing journey with detail and intimacy … the audience was mesmerized .
City of Yarra
The feedback from our guests was extremely positive. Dianne stayed around for hours speaking with guests and answering questions.
Etihad Stadium Melbourne
Dianne’s willingness to tailor her content to our audience was first class.
Australian Football League
Dianne was fantastic to work with, she got in touch with me straight away to get a real sense of what we needed for our event. She had even researched our company and our values to ensure she linked her content to be relevant to our needs. She arrived early, was very patient and got engaged in our conference presentations. Dianne’s presentation itself was very thought provoking and engaging, she was incredibly candid in answering questions and a brilliant addition to our event.
Excellent. Extremely well prepared, passionate and very personable. Spoke to the audience on topic and gave a lot of her time after the keynote session.
Geography Teachers Association of Victoria Inc.
Dianne was very inspirational and great to deal with.
Association of School Administrators VIC