Chief Executive Officer
Flourishing Oceans | Minderoo Foundation
Dr Tony Worby is the Chief Executive Officer of Flourishing Oceans at the Minderoo Foundation. He commenced in that role in July 2020 and is based in Perth, Western Australia.
Prior to this appointment, he was Director of Oceans and Atmosphere at Australia’s national research agency, CSIRO, where he led a team of 600+ scientists and technical staff.
Dr Worby completed a PhD studying sea ice physics and the role of Antarctic sea ice in the global climate system at the University of Tasmania (1998) and worked for 20+ years as a research scientist with the Australian Antarctic program. He has authored more than 60 peer-reviewed scientific papers. Dr Worby has visited Antarctica 17 times and participated in more than a dozen multi-disciplinary marine science programs in the sea ice zone. He was Voyage Leader or Chief Scientist on many of these voyages and has a deep understanding of marine science and maritime operations. He has served as Chair of Australia’s National Marine Science Committee, the Australian Academy of Science’s National Committee on Antarctic Research, and the Earth Systems and Climate Change Committee for Australia’s National Environmental Science Program.
He has served in an advisory capacity to State and Federal governments, and as co-Chair of the World Climate Research Program’s Cryosphere and Climate committee. Dr Worby was a Fulbright Scholar at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Centre in Washington DC in 2000. On his return to Australia he held the post of National President of the Fulbright Alumni Association for 5 years and was instrumental in the development of the Tasmanian Fulbright state scholarship program.