Dr Andrew Forrest AO

Chairman and Founder of Fortescue Metals Group, Fortescue Future Industries, Minderoo Foundation, and Tattarang

Dr Andrew Forrest has led Fortescue from inception to a US$60 billion listed natural resources company that’s invested US$40+ billion developing some of the world’s most efficient infrastructure. Fortescue is Australia’s highest growth company over the last two decades, and has devoted its future to leading the decarbonisation of the world’s heavy industry. In 2021, Fortescue announced its commitment to become zero-emissions by 2030, and created Fortescue Future Industries (FFI), a developer, financier, and operator of a global portfolio of renewable energy resources to produce green energy at a scale equal to the oil and gas super-majors.

In 2001, Andrew co-founded Minderoo Foundation with his wife Nicola. To date, they’ve donated more than AUD$2 billion supporting 300+ initiatives addressing modern slavery, ocean health, cancer, indigenous disparity, childhood development, AI, disaster resilience, and plastic waste. 

Dr Forrest’s commercial business, Tattarang, is backing renewable green energy projects including WindLab and SunCable. and expanding sustainable and carbon-neutral agri-business practices within Harvest Road. 

Dr Forrest has a PhD in Marine Ecology from the University of Western Australia, and serves as an IUCN Patron of Nature, and a World Economic Forum Friend of Ocean Action.

In 2017, Dr Forrest was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to philanthropy, mining, employment, and sustainable foreign investment.