Adam Edwards: Profile Page

Mr Adam Edwards

ANU College of Law
Australian National University

Canberra  ACT  0200

Mobile: +61 (0)43 115 0827


Career Statement

Adam is an experienced business manager, with legal, financial and marketing experience and a proven track record of success within business to business, mining, government and commercial market sectors. He has strong strategic leadership and management skills; with business planning and development experience. He is results orientated and quality focused, with excellent relationship management and has a can-do attitude.

He is also a geologist with significant minerals industry experience; including exploration, mine geology, geological mapping, remote sensing, drilling, explosives, and the supply & service industries into the sector.

Adam has a genuine concern for the environment and sustainable development.

Adam is currently undertaking legal research into the Coal Seam Gas industry in NSW

I commenced my career in 1998 as an exploration and mining geologist in Western Australia, after which I moved into the demonstration and sale of large mining rock drilling equipment based in NSW and later in Queensland where I was responsible for marketing this high value equipment to mining and quarrying companies across Australia and the Asia Pacific. Then taking up the role of Commercial Manager for the world’s largest commercial explosives company, responsible for commercial management; including pricing and contractual issues in the sale of explosives to the mining industry throughout Australia. This was followed with a short contract as the strategic account manager of BHP Billiton for a global electrical engineering company. Each of these positions has provided me with invaluable hands on exposure to the Australian resources industry and access to most of Australia’s mining operations.

Relocating to Europe in 2003, I initially spent time in Germany exposed to environmental protection through the management of early detection forest fire surveillance systems, and then to the United Kingdom responsible for the marketing and promotion of both the commercial and public good activities of the Natural Environment Research Council’s British Geological Survey (BGS). Also serving as the BGS representative on the UK’s Environmental Industries Commission, and undertaking consultancies for the UK Department for International Development in Sierra Leone. Then before returning to Australia I enjoyed two years at the University of Leicester managing an EU funded project undertaking remote sensing and the utilisation of satellite technologies.

Returning to Australia in 2010, I was engaged in research management at the Australian National University, responsible for the day-to-day operations of an Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence across seven Australian institutions and international collaborators.


  • PhD Candidate (current),  Australian National University,  Australia
  • LLB(Hons) Bachelor of Laws (2009),  Nottingham Trent University,  United Kingdom
  • Human Rights Law (summer school 2008),  ECHR, Council of Europe, EU,  Strasburg, France
  • International Trade Law (summer school 2006),  International University Audentes,  Estonia
  • Master Applied Finance (2001),  Charles Sturt University,  Australia
  • Graduate Diploma Marketing (1993),  University of Western Sydney,  Australia
  • Bachelor of Science (Geology) (1988),  University of Wollongong,  Australia

Professional Memberships

  • Member – Australian Capital Territory Law Society
  • Member – Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
  • Member – Geological Society of Australia
  • Member – American Association for the Advancement of Science

Career Experiences

2010 – 2012          Chief Operating Officer (Research School of Physics & Engineering): Australian National University.
2009 – 2010          Program Manager (Earth observation science): University of Leicester, United Kingdom.
2004 – 2008          Senior Scientific Officer: British Geological Survey. Nottingham, United Kingdom.
2003 – 2004          Product Manager (Forest fire surveillance technologies): IQ Wireless GmbH. Germany.
2002 – 2003          Strategic Account Manager (BHP-Billiton): ABB Australia Ltd. Australia.
1995 – 2002          Commercial Manager (Explosives): Dyno Nobel Asia Pacific Ltd. Australia.
1990 – 1994          Product Manager (Exploration & blast hole drilling rigs): Reedrill (Aust) Pty Ltd. Australia.
1988 – 1990          Mine and Exploration Geologist: Mount Edon Gold Mine Ltd. Australia.

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