Centenary Oration Series

22 November, 2010 - 18:15
UQ Centre (Building 27A) Union Road St Lucia, Brisbane QLD

UQ alumnus, Dr Andrew Liveris is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Dow Chemical Company, a $45 billion global specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics company based in Midland, Michigan.

Andrew Liveris will speak from his unique experience as an Australian, a University of Queensland graduate, and a global business leader. He will look at Australia’s proud past and consider its future from a global perspective, highlighting the country’s ties and assets - commercial and intellectual - to the rest of the world.

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Dr Andrew Liveris

Andrew Liveris' 34-year Dow career has spanned manufacturing, engineering, sales, marketing, and business and general management. He has spent the bulk of his career in Asia, where he was general manager for the company's operations in Thailand, and later President of all Asia-Pacific operations. He began his Dow career in 1976 in Australia.

He has been a member of Dow's Board of Directors since February 2004, CEO since November 2004 and was elected as Chairman of the Board effective April 1, 2006.

Andrew was born in Darwin and attended The University of Queensland, graduating with a bachelors degree (first-class honors) in Chemical Engineering. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in science by UQ as well as being named Alumnus of the Year for 2005. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of The Institute of Chemical Engineers, as well as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

Andrew serves on the board of directors of IBM and Citigroup. He is president of the International Council of Chemical Associations, vice chairman of the US Business Council, a member of the executive committee of the US Business Roundtable, a member of the US President’s Export Council, the US-India CEO Forum, the Peterson Institute for International Economics, the American Australian Association, and a trustee of Tufts University.