Professor Rufus Black

Professor Rufus Black
  • Role: Professor, Ethicist, Strategic Advisor
  • Organisation: Ormond College

Professor Rufus Black is Vice Chancellor University of Tasmania.

Previously, Professor Black was Deputy Chancellor of Victoria University, President of Museums Victoria and co-founder of the Wade Institute for Entrepreneurship.

He brings together extensive private, public and social sector experience at both management and government levels. His private sector experience includes nine years at McKinsey & Company where he was a partner serving clients in Australia and Asia. He played leadership roles in the firm's Asia-Pacific Organisational Practice and Australia Public Sector Practice. He continues his commercial interests as a director of law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

Professor Black's public policy work has included working with Hospitals and Healthcare Reform Commissions in 2009, leading the Accountability and Governance Review of the Department of Defence (The Black Review) in 2010 and the Prime Minister's Indepedent Review of the Australian Intelligence Community in 2011.

He was Strategic Advisor to the Secretary for Education in Victoria from 2012 to 2014. He is Director of Innovation Science Australia, which advises government on innovation and science policy.

His social sector experience includes chairing the Teach for Australia Board and he is a Director Emeritus of the New York based Teach for All.

Professor Black is a Principal Fellow in the Department of Management and Marketing in the Faculty of Business and Economics and Principal Fellow in Philosophy at the University of Melbourne. he teaches in the University of Melbourne's Master of Entrepreneurship degree.

He holds degrees in law and politics from the University of Melbourne and degrees in moral theology from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.

Is there a place for ethical leadership in the modern business environment?

Ethics asks the questions, ‘what is the worthwhile thing my business does?’ and ’how do I do the right thing by staff, customers, suppliers and the community?’ Organisations that can answer these questions do well clarifying their purpose and their product or service, build loyalty and trust amongst staff and customers and ensure that their social licence to operate is strong