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Mark Burrows AO

Mark Burrows

Adjunct Professor

The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia


Mark Burrows returned to investment banking after a short retirement in 2011. He is the Managing Director and Vice Chairman, Global Investment Banking Credit Suisse. Mark has also recently been appointed Senior Adviser to the London based Climate Bonds Initiative in a newly created honorary role, and he is Senior Advisor to the United Nations Environment Programme. In this role, he looks at financing sustainable growth. This has come after much work in relation to Green Bonds on the Forests Asia Summit in Jakarta in May 2014 and involvement in the African Forests Summit in June 2014.

Mark has a long and distinguished career starting as an Analyst for Barings in London in 1970 after the University in Sydney. He was Executive Chairman of the iconic investment advisory bank, Baring Brothers Burrows, in Sydney in 1999, and then Managing Director and Executive Deputy Chairman on ING Barings to 2004, before returning to Australia to start Lazard's advisory business.

During his long career, Mark was the principal advisor to some of the most significant and transformational corporate and government transactions in Australasia. His primary expertise is banking, media and mining, and he has advised governments and the IMF on sovereign debt reconstruction in emerging markets, principally in Argentina. He has served as a Non-Executive Director on a large number of companies in the United Kingdom, United States and Australasia, most notably as the Chairman/Deputy Chairman of Brambles, Fairfax Media and Telstra.

Mark has made a significant contribution to the advancement of public policy in Australia. He led the development of Australia's national uniform corporate law, which led to the creation of the Australian Securities Commission. He also co-authored the framework for the Australian system of compulsory superannuation. He has attended the B20 Summits in Toronto, Seoul, Cannes, Los Cabos and St Petersburg as a member of the Finance Taskforce. He was a member of the Australian B20 Leadership Group for the G20/B20 in Australia in 2014.

Mark is an author, dendrologist, environmentalist and gardener. He was awarded the Order of Australia for his contribution to public policy and also to the arts in Australia, particularly through his Chairmanship of the Sydney Theatre Company and the Museum of Contemporary Art during a time of fundamental change in those organisations.

Newsroom articles

  • Mark Burrows on ABC News 10 Jun 2016

    ABC News

    Adjunct Professor Mark Burrows was interviewed on ABC News about investment in green bonds and the most efficient way to channel capital into the "green economy".

  • Business emerges as the focal point for dealing with climate change 12 Dec 2015

    Australian Financial Review

    Mark Burrows AO authored a piece, published in the Australian Financial Review, on the need for business to not only act as facilitators of progress in the climate change response, but also accelerators of technical innovation and a driver for government action, following the Global Landscapes Forum held in Paris, December 2015.

  • In the business of ideas on climate, Australia has plenty to offer 04 Dec 2015

    Australian Financial Review

    Mark Burrows AO authored a piece, published in the Australian Financial Review, on what Australia can contribute to issues of climate change, in light of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris, November - December 2015.

  • Veteran investor pushes for private investment in green economy 03 Nov 2015

    ABC News The Business

    ABC News The Business interviewed Adjunct Professor Mark Burrows about his work to increase private sector involvement in the green economy.

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Mark Burrows, Managing Director and Vice Chairman, Global Investment Banking Credit Suisse, spoke at the 2015 Global Landscapes Forum Closing Plenary in Paris, France. Watch the high-level closing plenary session which took a closer look at some of the initiatives that emerged through the Forum, offering a space for tracking progress as well as outlining next steps. 2015 Global Landscapes Forum

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Mark Burrows (Managing Director and Vice Chairman, Global Investment Banking, Credit Suisse) delivers his keynote speech on 'Investing in sustainable landscapes'. From the second day of the Forests Asia Summit 2014.

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