Simon McKeon

Simon McKeon is Executive Chairman of Macquarie Group’s Melbourne office and was the 2011 Australian of the Year.

He is also Chairman of CSIRO, Business for Millennium Development and the Federal Government’s Panel presently conducting a Strategic Review of Health and Medical Research. Simon is a Director of Vision Fund, World Vision International’s microcredit arm, Global Poverty Project and Red Dust Role Models. He is an Australia Day Ambassador for the Victorian Government and serves on the Federal Government’s Human Rights Grants Scheme Advisory Panel, the Federal Government’s Aus AID Business Engagement Steering Committee and the Victorian Government’s NDIS Implementation Task Force. He previously served as Founding
President of the Federal Government’s Australian Takeovers Panel, Founding Chairman of MS Research Australia and Founding President of the Federal Government’s Point Nepean Community Trust. Simon is the helmsman of Macquarie Innovation which in March 2009 became the first sailboat in the world to sustain more
than 50 knots and in so doing, peaked at a speed of 100 kmh (54 knots). He is also a Founding Patron of the Australian Olympic Sailing Team which won two gold and a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and three gold and a silver medal (and was the leading sailing nation) at the 2012 London Olympics.