Mars explorer. Sustainability pioneer. Dianne McGrath wants to leave our planet to make this world a better place. She is one of only 100 remaining candidates worldwide from the initial 202,586 applicants for the Mars One mission in 2031. And the ‘one’ doesn’t just mean it’s the first mission. It also stands for ‘one way’. Dianne won’t be coming back. Dianne’s goal is to prove that we can live as a united humanity in a completely sustainable world. One where we survive and thrive in a closed-loop food system, where 100% of our energy is renewable and where we produce our own water and oxygen. This is why Dianne is one of Australia’s leading sustainability experts and is a Director on the board of the Open Food Network, a not-for-profit organisation in the food sustainability and community food space. Her current research, Watch My Waste, focuses on the tremendous food waste in the hospitality sector, including cafes, restaurants, pubs, catering and take away. You will sit in awe as Dianne inspires you to be something bigger than you think possible and do what really matters in life. See her now… while you still can. © ICMI Speakers & Entertainers
- Dianne is down to the last 100 candidates worldwide for Mars One, a project to set up the first human colony on Mars.
- An expert on sustainability, Dianne is a Director on the board of the Open Food Network, a not-for-profit organisation in the food sustainability / community food space.
- Dianne’s research focuses on the tremendous food waste in the hospitality sector, including cafes, restaurants, pubs, catering and take away.
- With expertise in environmental management, sustainable practice, food sustainability and food security, as well as policy development, marketing, retail, hospitality and tourism, Dianne sees the issue from all sides.
- Dianne is one of Australia’s few biohackers, self-experimenters, and researchers. She applies leading edge thinking and technology to transform her health and life for a future where she will be the best version of herself possible: Dianne 2.0. She has reversed vision impairment, improved bone mass, turned back the ageing process, increased cognitive function, healed ‘unhealable’ wounds, and guided others on their own self-optimisation journeys.
- Other keynotes cover: social license to operate (e.g., values/ethics in decision-making; risk management; establishing business culture; upskilling oneself and the organization; trust, integrity and leadership).
- Dianne is also a Masters program lecturer, PhD researcher, blogger and Director.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
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
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