Rory Hunter is an environment and water resources specialist, with expertise in integrated assessments, governance, climate change and environmental projects. He holds a Master of Integrated Water Management from The University of Queensland and has over ten years’ experience implementing projects in the Indo Pacific region with the Mekong River Commission (MRC), Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Australian Water Partnership (AWP), World Bank, International Finance Corporation (IFC) and other organisations.
Rory is currently the AWP Myanmar Coordinator and played a key role in many Australia supported activities in Myanmar; Ayeyarwady State of Basin Assessment (SOBA), Basin Exploratory Scoping Study (BESS), Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the hydropower sector and Myanmar Healthy Rivers Initiative.
As a DFAT Senior Technical Advisor in 2015–16, Rory supported the Vietnamese government in implementing the ‘Study of the impacts of mainstream hydropower on the Mekong Delta’. Rory lead the preparation of the Regional Environmental Assessment (REA) for the World Bank Mekong Delta Integrated Climate Resilience and Sustainable Livelihoods (MDICRSL) project. From 2012–13, he worked in the DFAT climate change team and led the design and review of environmental safeguards and management for Australian Aid’s overseas development assistance (ODA) projects in water resources, transport, energy and rural development.
Rory worked with the Mekong River Commission (MRC) in Laos and Cambodia (2009–12 and 2014–15) in the navigation and hydropower sectors. He has worked on integrated management systems of water supply in Australia and has extensive experience in the inland shipping industry.