Dr Adrian Vaida
Partner, Corporate Sustainability

Chief Sustainability Officer, Director of ESG, Advisor / Board Member, Head of Special Projects

About Adrian

Adrian is a passionate business sustainability professional, with more than 20 years of activity in the field. He is focused on guiding organisations towards maximising the return on their sustainability spend and on future proofing their business. Prior to this, Adrian worked in energy, operations and technical leadership roles in the heavy industry in Australia and Eastern Europe.

Starting with an engineering degree, his passion for sustainability led him to a PhD in corporate sustainability. He practically applied this knowledge in the industry, publishing sustainability reports, helping release lower carbon footprint products, significantly reducing emissions and fossil fuel consumption, implementing environmental performance improvement strategies and so on.

Further to Adrian’s extensive qualifications, most recently, he completed business sustainability programs with the business schools of Cambridge, Oxford, Yale and MIT, on topics such as sustainability strategies, circular economy, leading sustainable corporations and sustainable finance.

Influential Work

  • Adrian implemented an energy cost reduction initiative across multiple manufacturing facilities, resulting in savings of over $4M each year.
  • He transformed a business unit’s operating model and extinguished the Enterprise Business Agreement, achieving ongoing saving over $1M each year.
  • Adrian has abstracted and published a model for integrating sustainability in organisations, based on the strategies of 95 companies across 25 industries and in 27 countries.

Key Capabilities

Adrian understands business and risks around ESG, alongside the new standards and changing reporting requirements. Through his deep knowledge of this space, he can outline actions to reduce risk and identify opportunities that may not otherwise be seen to achieve business sustainability.

A strategic thinker, connecting partnership opportunities, Adrian brings rare value that is hard to find with this depth of experience in the ESG space. He helps identify relevant and key performance areas that meet legislative requirements and presents advantages that improve business reputation, address areas of responsibility and achieve real outcomes.

Key roles include:

  • CSO (Chief Sustainability Officer)

  • Director of ESG

  • Board and Advisory Board Member

  • Head of Special Projects

  • Strategic Support

Key sectors include:

  • Mining and Energy

  • Construction

  • Manufacturing & Distribution

  • Retail & Packaging


  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD Business Sustainability)

  • Master of Business Administration

  • Bachelor of Engineering


Outside of FifthEagle:

  • Mentor UQ MBA Program and MBA Industry Engagement Capstone

  • The Wharton School Global Consulting Practicum

  • QLD Leaders

  • Advisory Board Centre

In his spare time:

  • Live Music and Musicals

  • Family Time and Travel with His Sons

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