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Mark Burrows AO

Mark Burrows

Adjunct Professor

The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia


Mark Burrows returned to investment banking as a Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Global Investment Banking at Credit Suisse in 2012.

Mark is the Senior Advisor to UNEP (United Nations Environmental Programme) and UNEPFI. In this role, Mark has been working on developing work around financing sustainable growth. This follows his work in relation to Green Bonds (Mark is the Senior Advisor to the London based Climate Bonds Initiative), starting at the Forests Asia Summit in Jakarta and involvement in the African Forests Summit in 2014/15. Mark has also been a leading force in initiatives within the B20 in getting Green Finance onto the agenda at the G20 and working with UNEP around the recently announced G20 Green Finance Initiative. He is a regular speaker on Green Finance and the environment at events around the IMF WB and other international forums. Mark has been working with CIFOR (the world leading forestry group) and is a keynote speaker at their Global Landscapes Forums held in London, Paris and Marrakech. More recently, Mark has been working with Credit Suisse and a number of leading global financial institutions to accelerate Green Finance into the mainstream. Mark refers to Green Finance as “a future Ten Trillion Dollar Asset Class”.

Mark has a long and distinguished career in investment banking, commencing with Barings in London after graduating from Sydney University. Mark was the Executive Chairman of the iconic Investment Advisory Bank, Baring Brothers Burrows, in Australia from 1985 until the late 90’s when he sold his interest to ING Bank. Mark then moved to London as the Executive Deputy Chairman of ING Barings. In 2005 he resigned to become a Partner of Lazard in London prior to returning as Lazard Australia’s Chairman.

During his Investment Banking career, Mark has been the principal advisor to some of the most significant and transformational corporate and government transactions in Australasia. In London he advised governments and institutions on sovereign debt and the Argentinian default.

Mark has served as a Non-Executive Director on a number of significant public companies in the UK and Australasia, most notably as the Chairman / Deputy Chairman of Brambles, Fairfax Media and Telstra.

Mark has made a major 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 (ASIC). He has been widely recognised as the co-author of the Report on the framework for what is now the two trillion dollar Australian system of compulsory superannuation. He was awarded the Order of Australia (AO) for his contribution to public policy and also to the arts in Australia.

Mark has attended all B20 Summits since the B20 emerged at the Toronto G20 as a member of the Finance Taskforce. He was originally appointed as the Australian Treasury nominee.

He is an author, occasional contributor to the Australian Financial Review, and the Adjunct Professor of Finance at Sydney University, and lectures at the Business School.

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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