Mr Graeme Samuel AC

Mr Graeme Samuel AC (LLM 1977)

Graeme Samuel AC (LLM 1977) is the former Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) - a role he held from 2003-2011.

He now holds the position of Managing Director of Greenhill Caliburn Pty Ltd, a leading independent investment bank and subsidiary of Greenhill and Co, Inc. He is also a council member at The Australian National University and an Adjunct Professor in Monash University's Faculty of Business and Economics.

Prior to working at the ACCC, Mr Samuel was president of the National Competition Council, chairman of the Melbourne and Olympic Parks Trust, a commissioner of the Australian Football League, a member of the Board of the Docklands Authority and a director of Thakral Holdings Limited.

Mr Samuel is past president of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a past chairman of Playbox Theatre Company and Opera Australia, a former trustee of the Melbourne Cricket Ground Trust and former chairman of the Inner and Eastern Health Care Network. He is also a former associate member of the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

Until the early 1990s Mr Samuel pursued a professional career in law and investment banking. He was a partner of the law firm Phillips Fox & Masel from 1972 to 1980, executive director of Hill Samuel Australia Limited (and subsequently Macquarie Bank Limited) from 1981 to 1986 and co-founder of corporate advisors Grant Samuel & Associates in 1988.

In 1995 he was elected a life member of the Australian Football League.

In 2000 Mr Samuel was awarded an Australian Sports Medal for services to sport. In the same year, he was appointed an honorary fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

In 2003, he received a Centenary Medal in recognition of his service as president of the National Competition Council. In the same year, he was appointed an honorary life trustee of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia.

In 2010 he was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia "for eminent service to public administration through contributions in the area of economic reform and competition law, and to the community through leadership roles with sporting and cultural organisations".

He was previously appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1998 "for service to the community within arts, business, education, health, sport and community organisations".

Mr Samuel holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Laws from Monash University.