Professor John Cole OAM is Pro Vice-Chancellor Engagement at one of Australia’s leading regional universities, the University of Southern Queensland. He is member of the Institute for Resilient Regions at the University of Southern Queensland and an Honorary Professor at the UQ Business School, The University of Queensland. Previously, he was the founding director of the Australian Centre for Sustainable Business and Development at USQ and a leading adviser on sustainable development. He has held senior positions in all levels of government, industry and academia.  In the Queensland Government he served as head of the Office of Clean Energy and the Office of Multicultural Affairs and also as an Executive Director in the Environmental Protection Agency. In the 1990s he headed the Environment
Management Industry Association of Australia (EMIAA) and its export arm, AUSTEMEX.  Previously he worked in Canberra as a senior policy adviser.  He has a Ph D in historical demography from The University of Queensland and has written a number of history books.

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