Peter Rae AO - Independent Chairman
BA, LLB (Hons), FAIE, FAICD, AADM
Peter has had a distinguished national and international career as a champion for sustainability and reform.
After a successful legal career and prominent member of the legal fraternity, he was elected to the Australian Senate where he served for 19 years. After retiring from the Senate, he served a further 3 years in the Tasmanian House of Assembly. Throughout this period in parliament he was a strong supporter of institutional law reform and was involved in drafting a wide variety of legislation. Among many achievements he chaired the Senate Committee on Securities and Exchange, which produced the "Rae Report". This report led to the establishment of what is now the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC - Australia's corporate regulator) and Australia's single Corporations Law. He was also leader of several of the Australian delegations to the European Parliament, the Council of Europe and NATO.
Since retiring from politics in 1989, he has been a tireless champion for the development of balanced and sustainable renewable energy, both nationally and internationally. He was the Chairman of Hydro Tasmania for 11 years until 2004 and under his leadership Hydro Tasmania developed a reputation for excellence and innovation. Its sustainability guidelines and protocols have been adopted by hydro schemes around the world.
Peter has also had numerous international leadership roles and is currently the President of the World Wind Energy Association (Vice President 2003-2015 and President since 2015) and the Honorary Chairman of the International Renewable Energy Alliance (REN Alliance) since it was formed in 2004. He has been an adviser to the World Bank and was also a member of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Expert Group.
His honors include the University of Tasmania's Distinguished Alumni of the Year 2005, a member of the 5-person international jury and founding member for the Energy Globe Awards for Sustainable Development. He was also the Vice Chairman of REN21 for 5 years.
In 1999 he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for services to business and commerce, to the federal and state parliaments, and to the Aboriginal community of Flinders Island.