The Richard Pratt- Banksia CEO Award
Ravi Naidu, “Leadership for a Cleaner Planet”
Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment, SA
Professor Ravi Naidu is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CRC CARE) – a centre that he initiated. His work focuses on the remediation of contaminated soil, water and air, and the potential impacts of contaminants upon environmental and human health at local, national and global levels. Ravi has helped revolutionise contamination science by leading the move to a risk-based approach to managing contaminated sites. By demonstrating that contaminants only pose a risk if they can be taken up by humans, animals, plants and other biota with adverse effects, he has helped pioneer a more rational, effective and affordable approach to contamination science and actual clean-up, which has been adopted in Australia and worldwide. He has also been a leader in the shift to in situ remediation ñ cleaning up contamination where it lies, rather than the traditional ‘dig and dump’ approach. Together, these approaches potentially save industry millions, if not billions, of dollars annually and make clean-up far more feasible and attractive. Through his teaching and mentorship, Ravi has also helped foster the next generation of Australian clean-up scientists.
Comments from Judges
The Judges found Professor Naidu has clearly demonstrated outstanding leadership in a specific discipline area of science making a recognisable contribution to both his discipline and the adoption of improved environmental management practices both nationally and internationally.