General Manager Land and Environment, The Gainsdale Group
Ben O’Hara has more than 20 years of experience in the finance and property industry. He has worked in management, client management and origination roles with local and international institutions that saw him develop skills in project analysis and assessment, investment analysis and execution, relationship management, strategic planning, instigation and ongoing review and business development. In 2012 Ben began working in the environmental sector as General Manager for the Queensland Trust for Nature where he oversaw the extraction of QTFN from the Qld state government, engage with practical work in establishing wildlife corridors, ecological restoration and biodiversity offsets within QTFN the revolving fund. Ben joined Gainsdale in March 2016 to assist develop the Turner Foundation, the ecological vehicle of Graham and Jude Turner. The Turner Foundation is currently developing the Hidden Vale UQ Wildlife Centre and the Little Liverpool Range Initiative, a community led wildlife and ecological corridor.
Conservation driving tourism success
As the world’s population grows, nations and their populations become more affluent, the challenges for conservation grow and become more challenging. Greater reliance and use of natural resources, increased land clearing and more efficient aquatic harvesting have placed the 21st century at the forefront of ecosystem and species decline. Can tourism drive conservation outcomes? And […]
Debate Chair – James Forbes Affirmative Team– Penelope Figgis, Jennifer Morris, Ben O’Hara Negative Team– Prof Jamie Kirkpatrick, Marla Edwards, Atticus Flemming