Ted O’Brien MP
Federal Member for Fairfax, Chair - House of Representatives Environment and Energy Committee
Ted O’Brien is a Member of the House of Representatives in the Australian Parliament where he represents the seat of Fairfax.
Appointed by the Prime Minister as Chairman of the Australian House of Representative’s Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy, he recently led an inquiry into nuclear energy in Australia.
He has since become a leading advocate in favour of Australia considering new and emerging nuclear tech – especially Small Modular Reactors – as part of its energy mix.
Ted is the personal representative of Prime Minister Scott Morrison for South East Queensland’s candidature for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games and he sits on the Leadership Group for the bid with the Prime Minister, Premier of Queensland, President of the AOC and others. He is also the lead negotiator on behalf of the Government on the South East Queensland City Deal.
Ted sits on a range of other committees including the House of Representative Standing Committee on Economics, the Standing Committee on Infrastructure, Transport and Cities and also, until just recently, chaired the Joint Standing Committee for Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade’s sub-committee for Trade.
Before entering parliament in 2016, Ted had a blue-chip commercial career with over 20 years mainly as a deal maker across the Asia Pacific in industries ranging from agriculture through to high technology. This included 12 years with Accenture – the world’s third largest technology services business – where he was Director of Growth and Strategy for the Asia Pacific and Emerging Markets based out of Beijing with responsibility for mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and the negotiation of large commercial agreements. He has also lived and worked in Taiwan and Hong Kong for several years and spent shorter periods in Singapore, Japan and South Korea.
Ted holds a range of qualifications that mainly relate to economics and commerce. He has a Bachelor of Economics and Politics from the University of Queensland, a Scholarship in Chinese Mandarin from the National Taiwan Normal University, a Master of Business Administration (International) with 1st Class Hons from the University of Melbourne and a Masters of Economics from the London School of Economics.
Ted entered Parliament over four years ago (2016) and was re-elected in May last year (2020).
His wife Sophia is a University Lecturer of Law and they are parents to 7 year old Alexandra and 2 year old Henry.
Keynote Presentation: The Politics of Nuclear Technology in Australia