Sir Rob Fenwick is an experienced businessman and company director with interests closely aligned to promoting sustainable development. He was knighted in 2016 for services to conservation and business, and inducted into the Business Hall of Fame in the same year. He has had a long association with Antarctica: for nine years until 2007 he was a Director and later Chairman of Landcare Research, one of several Crown Research Institutes involved in Antarctic research, a current director of Antarctica New Zealand, and a former chairman of the Antarctic Heritage Trust. In 2005 the New Zealand Geographic Society named the Fenwick Ice Piedmont in the Ross Sea for his work in Antarctica.
Phillip Melchior had an extensive career in journalism, both press and television, in New Zealand. He occupied senior management positions with Reuters in Asia before moving to London as global managing director for Reuters Media from 1996 to 2001. Since his retirement in 2002, Mr Melchior held governance roles with a number of international media companies in addition to chairman of Land Search and Rescue NZ (2007-2014) and director of Antarctica New Zealand (2011 – present).
Professor Sir David Skegg is one of New Zealand’s most distinguished scientists and is recognised internationally for his work in epidemiology. He was knighted in 2009 for services to medicine. Sir David is the President of the Royal Society of New Zealand. After graduating from Otago and Oxford universities, he was a lecturer in epidemiology at the University of Oxford. In 1980, he returned to New Zealand to take up the Chair of Preventive and Social Medicine at Otago. From 2004 to 2011 he was the Vice-Chancellor of the University. Sir David is a former Chair of the Health Research Council, the Public Health Commission, and the Universities New Zealand Research Committee. He was the foundation Chair of the New Zealand Science Board, and currently chairs a research committee for the World Health Organisation in Geneva.
Professor Mary O’Kane is the New South Wales Chief Scientist & Engineer and also a company director and Executive Chairman of Mary O’Kane & Associates Pty Ltd, a Sydney-based company that advises governments, universities and the private sector on innovation, research, education and development. She is also Chair of the Board of the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania, Chair of the Development Gateway based in Washington and the Development Gateway International based in Brussels, Chair of the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information, and a Director of Business Events Sydney, National ICT Australia Ltd, and the Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre. Mary was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Adelaide from 1996 to 2001.
Chuck Kennicutt is Professor Emeritus of Oceanography at Texas A&M University. He was a member of the U.S. Department of State delegation to the Antarctic Treaty from 2002-2007, US Delegate to the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) from 2003-2012 and ex officio member of the U.S. Polar Research Board from 1998-2014. He served as a Vice President (2004-2008) and President of SCAR (2008-2012) and led the first SCAR Antarctic and Southern Ocean Science Horizon Scan in 2014. Professor Kennicutt was named a National Associate of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences for life, awarded the Antarctic Service Medal of the U.S. Antarctic Program and a geographic feature was officially named Kennicutt Point in 2006.