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Rob Gell

Rob Gell

Rob Gell spent many years presenting the weather on Channel 10 News. Now, Rob is an international authority on environmental issues, business and systems management. Rob is engaging and a thought leader in the area of sustainability sharing his wealth of knowledge and expertise with his audiences.

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On behalf of the Royal Children's Hospital Foundation Special Events Committee I would like to express my thanks for your generosity in giving your time to be the MC at the Great Australian Chefs Dinner at Sofitel Melbourne On Collins. It was wonderful to have you back on board as you do such a great job. The night was a great success and we have had lots of positive feed back..

Lillian Frank A.M.M.B.E, Chairman, Royal Children's Hospital Foundation Special Events Committee


I write to thank you for your involvement in the ECO-Buy Excellence in Green Purchasing event. The success of the night was down to those who participated in the evening and you played a key role in the event in terms of the way which you steered the awards sessions so professionally and engaged so well with the award winners.

Hugh Wareham, Chief Executive Officer, ECO-Buy


Rob was an absolute delight to work with. Extremely professional, well organized, engaging and was extremely knowledgeable on the matters that was discussed at the conference, he was much more than just an MC.

Linda Li, Expotrade


Thank you for your participation in the Flinders Positive Ageing Forum and Expo. Your participation made the event an enourmous success and from the feedback we have received, the event was enjoyed by all that attended.

Greg Hunt MP, Federal Member for Flinders


We were privileged to be exposed to the depth of your knowledge about climate change; global warming, water abuse and the lack of progress made by successive governments.You are a credit to your profession and we are in debt to your spirited and informative presentation to the Brotherhood group of business personnel, many of whom are highly influential in corporate Australia. I thank you personally for unconditionally accepting my request to join us on the day.

Peter Meehan, Corporate Communications


Rob was very professional with his delivery & his power point presentation was exceptional.  He also mixed with the delegates over morning tea and was a very friendly & easy person to talk to. All the delegates were very impressed.
Municipal Works Officers Association


Rob was very well prepared and the information was presented in a way that was understandable by all of the participants.

Rob was an outstanding speaker for the recent IBM Sustain & Gain Road show. His presentation was not only fascinating but very tailored to the event theme and each city of the road show giving the audience local insight to the environmental issues effecting all. Rob was very professional, flexible and a pleasure to work with and look forward to the opportunity to work with Rob in the future. Our clients at IBM were thrilled with Rob's presentation and the discussion created with their guests from the presentation.
George P Johnson

Rob Gell Travels from VIC
Fee Range: .Up to $5000

Rob Gell's Biography

Rob is an international authority on environmental issues and business and systems management; with over thirty years’ experience working with, and talking to, communities and business in order to improve our environmental impact.


Rob offers companies, organisations and community groups the opportunity to learn, listen and have fun. His wide repertoire of knowledge about environmental topics, the media, technology and sustainable business frameworks can deliver key insights and stimulate new paths of understanding.


Rob is a Director of World Wind Pty Ltd and director of his own companies Breakthrough Productions Pty Ltd and Gellignite Pty Ltd. He is also a director of a new mobile media and communications company bhive Group Pty Ltd and co-founder of ICES (International College of Environmental Sustainability).


Rob Gell is a geographer and specifically a coastal geomorphologist, specialising in the environmental processes that continually shape our coastlines. As such, he has an expert understanding of the Victorian coastline and its formation. Rob completed his Science Degree at Melbourne University in the early seventies. In his professional life today Rob works as an environmental and communications consultant.


Rob taught Environmental Science and Physical Geography at Melbourne State College and Melbourne University.  Rob is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and an Inaugural Fellow of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand. He is a member of the Victorian Coastal Council, Chairman of Wildlife Victoria, Chairman of the UNESCO Western Port Biosphere Mornington Peninsula and Westernport Biosphere Reserve Foundation, and a member of the Reference Group for the Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability, Victoria. Rob also serves on the boards of  WPC Group Ltd.

He is Patron of the Geography Teachers Association of Victoria, Life Education Victoria, Sustainability Street, and a supporter of Cool Melbourne. He is a Life Ambassador for Australia Day for the State of Victoria and was Environmental Ambassador to the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.


In 1979 Rob Gell’s Four Day Forecast revolutionised the way television weather information was presented. For thirty-one years he brought innovation, information, credibility, and authority to television news introducing satellite image sequences, integrated pressure analyses and explanation and accountability rather than simply a presentation of Weather Bureau forecasts by a personality. He presented on Eyewitness News from 1979, then National Nine News for sixteen years from 1988 and then with the Seven Network until 2009.


He is a published author and photographer. He has been a local government councillor and was a councillor of the Australian Conservation Foundation for almost a decade. Rob became a director of Greening Australia Victoria in 1997, was President from 2000 until 2008 and concluded three years as national President in 2011.


Rob Gell is a uniquely qualified individual who has the respect of government, business, environmental groups and the community for his approach to sustainable development. Importantly he is also an excellent communicator who can get the message across.

Speaking Topics Include

Welcome To the New World

Changing weather patterns, bigger droughts, fires and flood, issues around water availability, concern over the price of oil, human impacts on the natural world and concerns about the planet's capacity to support us are the conversations of the ‘New World'. This visually graphic presentation will challenge our conventional thinking and investigate the new opportunities we will need to both understand and operate to in coming years. The concept of sustainability is now part of everyday dialogue, but what does a sustainable future really mean? How far beyond "business as usual" will we need to move in order to leave a planetary inheritance we would be truly proud of?


Business As Usual Or Sustainable Business

Examines the three key sustainability issues facing us today; resource consumption, biodiversity loss and climate shift. Ecological footprint analysis shows that we are now living off nature's capital not nature's interest and that the unsustainable use of resources, continuing loss of biological diversity coupled with rapid climate change is putting economy-supporting ecosystems at risk. What are our options for future sustainable development?


Climate Shift - The Science, Current Impacts and Options For The Future

Is our climate really changing? Where's the evidence - how do we know? Aren't there two sides to this story - who's saying what? Will there be impacts on business - are there opportunities too? What are our options and how quickly should we respond? The Stern Report, Garnaut, CPRS and other targets for emissions reductions.


Natural Capital, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

These three concepts fundamentally underpin our economy and all are at risk. The State of the Environment Report suggests that there's a lot to be done. Vegetation management and landscape reconstruction programs must be developed at scale if we are to maintain our biological diversity in the face of climate change. Can we protect our environment and continue to enjoy our high quality of life?


Water, Energy & Waste: The Keys to Sustainable Development

The current drought has driven a new focus on water conservation in the home and in business. Should water be our focus? Is there enough? What are our prospects for supporting our growing population? What are our technological options in recycling and reuse? How is water linked to energy and waste? Where are the opportunities to develop smarter systems for water management.


Other recent speech titles:

Designing Towards Zero Carbon Environments (Arup Client Forum, London, November, 2006)
An examination of the built environment and the opportunities that exist in building construction and city planning to manage climate change. Tackles the question "is carbon neutral enough?"

Weather Report: 2050 (originally for the International Landcare Conference, Melbourne, October 2006 but updated for many other presentations.) A backcasting exercise which takes us to the year 2049, looks back at the first decades of this century and changes that occurred in our weather and climate and finally provides a forecast for the first months of 2050.

Sustainable 2050 (Keynote to Municipal Association Showcase Forum, Bendigo, August 2006)

Australia's Coast: 2050 ("Coast to Coast" -National Coastal Conference, Melbourne, May 2006)

Science, Communications and the Media (Annual Crosbie Morrison Lecture to Museum of Victoria 2005) Examines the role of the media in presenting the key issues facing the global community: sport, politics, economics and growth or science, technology, health and climate change.

Environmental Management for Schools - Australian School Bursars Association Annual Conference, Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre, October 2005

Water Sustainability for Industry - Plastics and Chemical Industry Association Annual Conference, Sydney, June 2005

Weather, Natural Disasters and Greenhouse Theory

Water: Issues and Opportunities

Sustainable Futures