Experts' profiles - Ian Kiernan
Ian Kiernan
Ian Kiernan is the founder and Chairman of Clean Up Australia and Clean Up the World - a community based organisation which aims to inspire and work with communities to clean up, fix up and conserve our environment.

Clean Up Australia voices community concerns on the state of the environment and the need for ongoing care, while facilitating the restoration of environmental assets and assisting communities to reduce their environmental footprint. It advocates practical community based solutions on issues such as extended producer responsibility, container deposit systems, resource re - use, electronics recycling and the adoption of widespread environmentally friendly practices.

Clean Up the World partners with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to inspire individuals and communities from every corner of the globe to make their environment a cleaner, healthier place to live. Clean Up the World mobilises an estimated 35 million volunteers from 120 countries annually.

In 1993, Ian was made a UNEP Global 500 Laureate for leadership in the local and global environment. The prestigious United Nations Environment Programme Sasakawa Environment Prize was awarded to Ian in 1998, while the World Association of Girl Guides nominated him for the 'Building World Citizenship award' in 1999.

In recognition of his leadership in the environment and the community both in Australia and internationally, Ian was named 1994 Australian of the Year. Ian was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) on Australia Day, 1995 and was awarded the prestigious Banksia Foundation Fellowship that year. He also holds the Order of Australia Medal (OAM). In 2003, Ian was awarded the Centenary Medal and in 2005 the children of Poland made Ian a Companion of the Order of the Smile.

2010 Ian was recognised by Readers Digest as the 3rd Most Trusted person in Australia.

As an avid sailor and Ambassador for the Great Barrier Reef Ian maintains his love for the sea as Patron of a number of sailing groups including ASPECT Sailors with Disabilities, SCEGGS Redlands and Scots College Youth Sailing Programs.
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