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"I always wanted to travel, meet different people, learn different languages, see how different cultures react and how they cooperate. Those international experiences shaped who I am.
I believe that because of travelling and experiencing those different cultures, I managed to be more flexible and more adaptable."


BART KOLODZIEJCZYK

Chief Scientist at Fortescue Metals Group Ltd

Bartlomiej (Bart) Kolodziejczyk is a casually confident international innovator, engineer and advisor who brings together many diverse interests to create a better environment and future.

He was awarded the 2020 Advance Award for Sustainability for his work in creating hydrogen from solar energy and water and has also been named MIT’s Innovator Under 35 and World Energy Council’s Future Leader. He is the founder of two not-for-profits – Scientists in Residence as well as the Annual Indigenous Sustainability Forum, which showcases Indigenous communities’ employment of highly effective, nature-based, sustainability practices. 

It is this connection between sustainability and community that best sums up Bart’s focus on bringing about change at a more significant level. He does this in an advising capacity with intergovernmental organisations such as the United Nations (UN), The Group of Twenty (G20), North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), broadly across the European Union (EU) and more, on science, technology, sustainability, innovation and policy.

He is currently the Chief Scientist at Fortescue Metals Group Ltd and is helping steer the company towards a new focus on renewable energy – particularly green iron and steel but also green hydrogen, and green ammonia.


  • Advisor to the UN, NATO, G20, OECD and the European Commission on science, technology, innovation and policy
  • Appeared in Forbes Magazine, Business Insider, BBC, as well as many in newspapers, on television and on radio programs in the USA, Australia, Poland and more
  • Active member of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and the Royal Society of Chemistry. Alumni of the Global Young Academy (GYA), Australian Nanotechnology Network (ANN), International Association for Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) 
  • Chartered Environmentalist
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Linnean Society of London, the Explorers Club, Royal Geographical Society, Institute of Engineering and Technology
  • Founder of two not-for-profits: Annual Indigenous Sustainability Forum, and Scientists in Residence 
  • 6 Masters across mechanical engineering, renewable energy science and European studies
  • 2 PhDs: one in materials engineering from Monash and one on microelectronics from France
  • Post doctorate studies as a Research Fellow at Carnegie Melon University in Pittsburgh, USA


  • Named as one of MIT Technology Review’s Innovator Under 35 for his conductive polymers, which reduce the cost of solar panels and are applied in medicine and bio-sensing
  • Named Future Leader by the World Forum on Ecosystem Governance 
  • Featured as one of the 100 Visionary Leaders by Real Leaders Magazine
  • 2020 Advance Award for Sustainability
  • 2014 International Student of the Year – Research, and 2017 International Alumni of the Year by Victorian Government
  • Victoria Fellow by Victorian Government
  • Victorian Young Tall Poppy, Young Tall Poppy Science Awards, Australian Institute of
  • Policy and Science
  • Mars Fellowship, Mars Incorporated
  • Selected to attend 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting,
  • Jagajaga Australia Day Awards, Parliament of Australia
  • Austrade – Australia China Alumni Award for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Australia China Alumni Awards by Austrade and Australia China Alumni Association
  • Monash Global Leader by Monash University
  • 2018 Premier’s Volunteer Champions Awards, Leadership category, Victorian Government
  • Future Energy Leader (FEL-100), World Energy Council

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