Mathew Davis - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Mathew Davis

Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science) 2004

Since graduating at USC in 2004, marine scientist Mathew Davis has worked in the world of environmental management, especially water quality monitoring, mostly in South East Queensland and beyond. In 2013 Mathew founded Australian Coastal and Marine Ecology (ACME) and has lead his team of qualified environmental professionals on a multitude of infrastructure projects, including a 7-year contract on the Moreton Bay Rail Link Project for the Department and Transport and Main Roads.

In 2017, Mathew won the Unitywater Moreton Bay Showcase Award for innovative education programs and fundraising efforts for important environmental projects under another company he founded, Coastal Protection Core. Some of these impacts include donating the equivalent of 140 days of education to disadvantaged children in Zimbabwe, 33,000 days of clean water to families in Cambodia, and 15,072 horticultural training sessions to children in India.

Since winning this award, Mat was a guest at Sir Richard Branson’s home with other entrepreneurs at Necker Island in the Caribbean. He has also been selected as a ‘Key Person of Influence in Climate Change and Global Environmental Challenges’ and will attend key events in London UK over a 12-month period with other influential people in the industry.

"We can all make a difference, but through educating our future generations about our most challenging environmental issues, and inspiring them to develop solutions, we can truly make a lasting impact".