Dr Russel Norman
Executive Director, Greenpeace New Zealand
Russel Norman has been the Executive Director of Greenpeace Aotearoa New Zealand since November 2015. Before this he was a Member of the New Zealand Parliament and Co-leader of the Green Party from 2008-2015.
Russel co-led the Green Party during its period of growth leading up the 2014 election where the Party received 11% of the vote and 14 MPs, for the second election running. He was the Party Spokesperson on Economics and Environment and developed the Party’s economic policy. In the environmental space he was particularly focused on climate and freshwater issues. He served on numerous Parliamentary Committees, mostly the Finance and Expenditure Committee and the Intelligence and Security Committee.
Prior to entering Parliament he worked in a diverse range of industries including automobile manufacturing, sheetmetal fabrication, and viticulture.
He has PhD in political science from Macquarie University in Sydney.
His main area of expertise is in economics, climate, energy, and freshwater ecosystems.