Dr Simon Longstaff AO

Dr Simon Longstaff AO

Ethicist, Philosopher

Simon's distinguished career includes being named as one of AFR Boss' True Leaders for the 21st century, with Carol Schwartz noting; "I don't know one CEO or chairman in corporate Australia who has not worked with Simon Longstaff". Simon Longstaff began his working life on Groote Eylandt (Anindilyakwa) in the Northern Territory where he worked in the Safety Department of the then BHP subsidiary, GEMCO. He is proud of his kinship ties with members of the island's Indigenous community. Following a period studying law in Sydney and a brief career teaching in Tasmania, Simon undertook postgraduate studies in philosophy as a Member of Magdalene College, Cambridge. Simon commenced his work as the first Executive Director of The Ethics Centre in 1991. Simon is a Fellow of CPA Australia and is an Honorary Professor at the Australian National University - based at the National Centre for Indigenous Studies. Formerly serving as the inaugural President of The Australian Association for Professional & Applied Ethics, Simon serves on a number of boards and committees across a broad spectrum of activities, including Our Community. He was formerly a Fellow of the World Economic Forum.

Simon will speak at the next Communities in Control conference in May 2018.

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Added 26 May 2014

Dr Simon Longstaff AO

The Luck of Fools

For while it is true that one is lucky if born in Australia - it is not true that this fortunate position is itself merely a product of luck.

Rather, modern Australia has been at its best when shaped by Fools - those courageous, subtle souls who speak truth to power.

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