Professor (HonD) Leslie (Phil) Duncan, a distinguished member of the Gomeroi Nation from Moree, New South Wales, brings over forty years of experience to the Nature Positive Economy CRC Bid Advisory Committee. His extensive background encompasses work with Aboriginal communities, government bodies, and various organisations to enhance the recognition and integration of Aboriginal culture, land rights, and educational opportunities.

Phil has made significant contributions across multiple domains, including education, reconciliation action, natural resource management, freshwater river management, and water rights. His work is driven by a deep passion for fostering partnerships and collaborations that prioritise two-way knowledge exchanges and elevate the voices of Traditional Owners in environmental management. Phil advocates for the integration of Cultural Science with Western scientific methods, aiming to create a more inclusive and respectful approach to land and water stewardship.

His industry affiliations and leadership roles include:

  • Galambany Professorial Fellow at the University of Canberra’s Centre of Applied Water Science,

  • Industry Adjunct Fellow at Griffith University’s Australian Rivers Institute, where he also received the Doctor of the University award,

  • CEO of Economic Participation for Indigenous Communities,

  • The first Indigenous Chair of the Murray Darling Basin Authority’s Basin Community Committee (2018 – 2024),

  • First Indigenous Board Member of the NSW Natural Resource Access Regulator,

  • Board Member of Reconciliation Australia,

  • National Indigenous Executive at the Australian Freshwater Science Society,

  • Indigenous Member of the Watertrust Australia Ltd’s Influencing Advisory Committee.

Phil’s leadership and expertise are invaluable to the Nature Positive Economy CRC, where his commitment to cultural integrity, environmental sustainability, and community engagement will play a crucial role in guiding the collaborative efforts towards a sustainable and inclusive future.