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Dirk Visser works as a Lecturer for the Monash Sustainable Development Institute’s Sustainable Development Education Program.

Dirk has a Masters degree in Futures Studies (cum laude) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Economics) from Stellenbosch University in South Africa. He was a co-founder and chairman of Brightest Young Minds, a non-profit organisation offering development opportunities to high potential young people in South Africa. He also co-founded the first co-working space in Cape Town and developed an accredited seminar series on climate change for built environment professionals.

Most recently Dirk worked as a Sustainability and Strategy Specialist at Nedbank, one of the main four banks in South Africa. In this role he developed and implemented a positive impact business strategy aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals. He also acted as subject matter expert on climate change, renewable energy and responsible investment for the bank. Prior to that he worked as a Senior Programme Manager at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership in South Africa. His responsibilities included developing and presenting executive education programmes, managing a CEO initiative on climate change action and advising numerous large companies on their sustainability strategy. He also guest lectured on several post-graduate courses at South African universities and wrote a quarterly sustainability outlook.

Dirk moved to Melbourne from Cape Town, South Africa, and has travelled to and attended conferences in various countries around the world.