Dianne McGrath

Dianne McGrath

Dianne McGrath has a unique perspective on life. She is an astronaut candidate, sustainability consultant, Masters program lecturer, PhD researcher, biohacker, blogger, self-experimenter and director. She is one of Australia’s leading sustainability experts and one of only 100 remaining candidates from the initial 202,586 applicants for the Mars One mission. As a presenter with over 20 years’ experience, Dianne’s keynotes are both inspirational and fascinating.

Key Points


  • Dianne is down to the last 100 candidates for Mars One, a project to set up the first human colony on Mars.
  • An expert on sustainability, Dianne is Director on the board of the Open Food Network, a not-for-profit organisation in the food sustainability / community food space.
  • Mars One related appearances include: ABC 24 The World, TEDxMelbourne, Studio 10, Sunrise, SpaceUp Australia conference, Women Say Something, Future Crunch, Mars Lab at Powerhouse Museum, The Project, Channel 7 News, Huddle Design Week and The Wheeler Centre, in addition to featuring in numerous radio, print and online articles around the world, as well as in four documentaries. The primary documentary is Mars Calling by 5&A films.
  • Sustainability and Watch My Waste related public appearances include Transitions Film Festival, Phenomenom, and War on Waste. Dianne has also featured in numerous radio, print and online articles related to her food waste research work, and sustainability expertise.

Biography

Dianne McGrath is many things.

She is one of seven Australian shortlisted Mars One astronaut candidates in the remaining Mars 100. She is also one of Australia’s most highly regarded experts on sustainability. Dianne is a Masters program lecturer, PhD researcher, biohacker, blogger, self-experimenter and director. She has a special interest in sustainable food systems, something that will be critical in a completely new environment for human habitation.

She holds four university degrees and is currently completing her PhD at RMIT University where she is conducting a first-of-its-kind food waste research project, Watch My Waste. She is also the Director of the sustainability and business consultancy, Food for Thought Consulting Australia, and Chaired the Australian Government’s Retail and Foodservice Advisory Board in the development of the National Food Waste Strategy.

Dianne’s work experience has provided her with strong expertise in project management, marketing and government organisations in her time 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 numerous positions, including a global marketing position based in Europe where she was responsible for a $1billion (AUD) brand portfolio, and won a global marketing award.

Dianne is a leader, team player, project manager and creative problem solver. Her experience working in and managing teams in sales, marketing, emergency services and government provides her with a strong platform to work as a unit to deliver on outcomes.

Her sense of adventure, curiosity, determination and fitness has seen her sail tall ships in the Southern Ocean, cycle extreme distances, jump from planes, run marathons and an ultra-marathon, and design and implement numerous self-experimentation projects.

Whether it is being part of the one-way journey of the Mars One mission, or following her passion on sustainable food systems, Dianne is nothing short of amazing.

Presentation Topics
  • Sustainability in your world
    Sustainability is about ensuring today’s resources are available for future use – no matter what they are. This empowering talk brings sustainability into the everyday through the use of case studies, examples and interaction with participants – personally and for their business.
  • The Mars One journey
    An engaging and inspiring talk about Dianne's journey to Mars. The talk touches on her history, the Mars One mission, why she signed up, how it's affecting her life, and the lessons she has learnt.
  • It's all about perspective: ordinary people, extraordinary goals
    A motivational talk that examines courage, how we are all courageous in different ways, setting goals and having a sense of purpose or a vision, and how to take those first steps.
  • Test it, don't guess it
    A stimulating talk showing how embracing self-experimentation can teach us about ourselves and our businesses, and how to find innovative ‘hacks’ to create quantum leaps forward in health, mindset and all aspects of personal and professional life.
Testimonials

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.  
Maverick

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.
Dimplecare Management

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

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