Karlene Maywald

Facilitator, Executive 3 & 5, Adelaide

Karlene MaywaldKarlene Maywald is Chair of the International Centre of Excellence for Water and Natural Resources (ICEWaRM), a Board Member with SA Water, Sturt Fleurieu Education and Training (GP training) and the Australian International Horse Trials and Advisory Council Member with the Flinders University New Venture Institute.

Karlene has also been appointed by the South Australian Government as Strategic Advisor on Water Opportunities focusing on the international market place and Local Recovery Coordinator for the Sampson Flat Bushfires.

Karlene is the Managing Director of Maywald Consultants Pty Ltd, providing water policy and government relations advisory services.   She is also a Partner in Tilkadene Vineyards and Equestrian.

She was a Member of the South Australian Parliament from October 1997 to March 2010 and was appointed as a Cabinet Minister from July 2004 until March 2010.  Her Portfolio responsibilities included The River Murray, Water Security, Small Business, Regional Development, Consumer Affairs, Science and Information Economy, and Assisting the Minister for Industry and Trade.

Karlene is most noted for her significant contribution to progressing national reforms to the management of the Murray Darling Basin and setting the direction for long term water security in South Australia including the construction of the Adelaide Desalination Plant.

Karlene is a Graduate of the AICD and a Fellow of the Academy of Technical Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) and is also the Patron/Ambassador for the Live in the Now Foundation, and a Champion of the Nature Foundation and Peter Cullen Trust.