An Interview with HFH AUSTRALIA CEO George Macdonald (14.5 MB)
...Chief Executive Officer: George Macdonald
...George Macdonald (CEO)Mr Macdonald
, dob 18 October 1959, commenced his
executive tenure with Habitat
in September 2005.He lives in Sydney has a long history of involvement with Habitat for Humanity initially as a volunteer when studying in New York City, and later helping found the South Australian affiliate in the late 1980s and serving as Chairman of Habitat for Humanity NSW in the early 1990s.Mr Macdonald holds degrees in Law and Commerce from the University of New South Wales, complimented by a Masters in Business Administration, majoring in Finance and International Business from Columbia University in New York, where he was a Dean's Scholar.Mr Macdonald commenced his professional career as a commercial lawyer with the national law firm, Mallesons, and subsequently worked as a lawyer in New York, where he was admitted as a member of the New York Bar.
Returning to Australia in 1989, he
followed pursued a career in finance with Whitlam Turnbull and subsequently as company secretary and corporate lawyer for The Adelaide Steamship Group/Industrial Equity Ltd.He held various key financial and management roles during the multi billion dollar financial reorganisation and work out of this Group of companies in the early 1990s.In 1994, Mr Macdonald became Managing Director of Anaconda Nickel and served as executive director through the period of the raising via debt and equity of over $1 billion for the Murrin Murrin Nickel project, in some the most innovative project financing seen in Australia.
For the last 5 years he
has chosen to work in natural resource development companies.He served as Managing Director of Compass Resources until 2002, developing the Browns resource in the Northern Territory.Among other projects, Mr Macdonald reconstructed and remains Chairman of Biogreen Limited, a major supplier of both branded and industrial carbon products to the Australian garden industry and agriculture.He also retains an executive role with an agricultural biotechnology company called Grotech Australia Pty Ltd, which has licensed technology in 31 countries.