Mr Graeme Wise
Mr Graeme Wise joined BHP as a commercial trainee directly from school and undertook his Bachelor of Economics Degree at Monash University.
Mr Wise joined Alcoa Australia as a Sales Engineer from Monash University and completed his degree part time with them. He spent 15 years with Alcoa in Sales and Marketing, both in Australia and in the United Kingdom, where he lived between 1970 and 1977.
On leaving Alcoa in 1981, Mr Wise joined Myer Pty Ltd as General Manager of their franchise division.
With the closure of the franchise division in 1983, he was granted the Head Franchise for the Body Shop Australasia. Mr Wise operated the business for 31 years and it became the foundation for the Adidem group of companies, which comprised The Body Shop, Children’s Centre, D’fine Creative, Sensaura Day Spa, Affirm Press Publishing, Recluse Home Automation, TickBox computer solutions, Water Source Australia and the Wise Foundation.
Mr Wise is the Founder and Patron of The Big Issue street newspaper, a past director of The Hudson Institute of Medical Research, and past board member of Indigenous Enterprise Partnerships, the Brotherhood of St Laurence, Prahran Mission and Philanthropy Australia.
Mr Wise’s business philosophies revolve around the humanising of business, which extends to ensuring that each business has a responsibility to put back into the society in which it operates.
The social projects that the Adidem group of companies operate revolve around principles of self-help and building of business skills that will provide ongoing generation of economic opportunities for marginalised people and communities.
Mr Wise was awarded a Fellowship of Monash University in 2014.