Dianne McGrath

Inspiring positive change - on this planet or another.

Dianne McGrath

Sustainability consultant, Mars One astronaut candidate, & science outreach educator

About Me

Dianne is one of seven Australian shortlisted Mars One astronaut candidates in the remaining Mars 100. The Mars One mission seeks to establish the first permanent human settlement on Mars. It is a one-way journey. What makes Dianne a suitable astronaut candidate? She is a leader, team player, project manager and creative problem solver. Her experience working in and managing teams in sales, marketing, emergency services and government provides her with a strong platform to work as a unit to deliver on outcomes.

She has a special interest and growing expertise in sustainable food systems, something that will be critical in a completely new environment for human habitation. Dianne’s work experience has also provided her with strong expertise in project management, marketing and government organisations in her time with the Australian Energy Regulator, Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).

Dianne leads a purposeful life that seeks to create better environmental outcomes. Towards this goal, she is currently the Director of the sustainability and business consultancy, Food for Thought Consulting Australia. Passionate about sustainable food systems, she is also a Director on the boards of a not-for-profit organisation that operates in the food sustainability/community food space: the Open Food Network.

Dianne’s sense of purpose, adventure, determination and fitness has seen her sail tall ships in the southern ocean, cycle extreme distances, jump from planes, and run marathons and an ultra-marathon. Dianne believes nothing is insurmountable.


PhD Environmental Engineering (current)
Grad Dip Sustainable Practice
Grad Dip Environmental Management
Grad Dip Marketing
Bachelor of Education (secondary - Maths & English)

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