CEO, Australian Carbon Trust
Former President of Alcoa Foundation & Former Director, Global Issues, Alcoa Inc.

Meg McDonald was appointed CEO of Australian Carbon Trust in February 2010. Australian Carbon Trust has been established by the Australian Government as an independent company with over $100 million initial funding to accelerate the move to a sustainable low carbon economy by providing finance and advice to Australian businesses and the wider community.

Previously, Meg spent eight years with Alcoa, as President of Alcoa Foundation and Director Global Issues, as well as General Manager, Corporate Affairs for Alcoa Australia. Meg had responsibility for Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation philanthropic and community investment in over 30 countries and for Alcoa’s stakeholder engagement and corporate social responsibility programs. She managed international and external public policy and strategy issues, including climate change, with involvement in USCAP and gave Congressional testimony.

Before joining Alcoa, Meg was a senior Australian diplomat.  As Australia’s Ambassador for the Environment, Meg was Australia’s lead negotiator for the Kyoto Protocol in 1997. During her diplomatic career, Meg served as Deputy Chief of Mission for Australia in Washington DC and in Geneva.  

Meg graduated from University of NSW. She is married to Dr John Hall and happily living in Brisbane where Australian Carbon Trust is headquartered.