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Hurriyet Babacan

Interim Vice Chair

Dr Hurriyet Babacan joined the Board Directors at Cape York NRM in April 2022.

Hurriyet is passionate advocate for service to planet, people and environment. She has applied her philosophy in her personal life and in her career in senior roles as an academic, public servant, trainer and researcher.  She currently holds the position of professor of economic and policy development at the University of Queensland with a focus on regional/rural economic development.   She takes a holistic approach to economic development, one that is sustainable and inclusive.

Hurriyet has been involved in numerous projects relating to the environment in Australia and overseas. Her recent work includes gender, livelihoods and climate change, regional drought planning, water security, Reef governance and waste management. She has over 10 years in working in Cape York on numerous research and development projects including sustainability, livelihoods, digital connectivity, economic development and wellbeing. Hurriyet has extensive experience in cultural responsiveness.

Hurriyet has served on numerous Boards as Director over the last two decades. She has been recognised for her work through a number of awards including the Order of Australia (AM) in 2014, Bi-Centenary Medal awarded by the Prime Minister, Telstra Business Women’s Award and the Multicultural Services Award by the Premier of Queensland.  She is listed in the Australian Women’s Archives in recognition of women leaders who have contributed to Australia.

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