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Adam Fennessy PSM

EY Oceania Infrastructure Advisory Partner, Future Cities Leader

Public service expert. Infrastructure thought leader. Creating the cities of the future.

Adam is a partner in EY Oceania's Infrastructure Advisory practice, leading the Future Cities initiative. Prior to this, Adam has had over 20 years of public sector experience in leading government departments in state and federal levels, including 4 years at secretary (CEO) level in his roles as secretary of the Victorian Government's Department of Environment and Primary Industries, and later the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

Having led policy and change agendas across a broad range of areas, Adam is highly experienced in matters including water, built and natural environment, infrastructure, urban planning, regional development, climate change, energy, agriculture and emergency management. 

In his current role, Adam has successfully led projects focusing on value capture and creation for the Fishermans Bend,  Arden Macauley innovation precincts in Melbourne, the CSIRO smart precinct redevelopment in Ginninderra, review of the City of Melbourne Resilient Melbourne Framework, development of a Smart City strategy for Port Hedland and a roadmap for the infrastructure needs of Autonomous and Zero Emissions Vehicles in Victoria.

Adam is a fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia. In 2018, he received a Public Service Medal (PSM) for his service to the Australian government. 

How Adam is building a better working world

"I am a member of the Male Champions of Change 2015 National group, and led change to embed gender equity across the Victorian government. I was appointed to the inaugural board of Infrastructure Victoria, and served on the board of IPAA (Victoria).

I am currently serving on the advisory councils of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute and the Monash Sustainable Development Institute."