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UOQ: Powering a brighter future for remote Aboriginal communities

Without reliable electricity, remote Aboriginal communities will struggle to access clean water, health care and telecommunications. This prevents communities from thriving and hinders economic development.

Chris Croker (Bachelor of Engineering ’93) is the Managing Director of Impact Investment Partners and a proud Luritja man. Chris was born in Darwin and spent much of his formative years with family in Mparntwe (Alice Springs) and the desert communities around Watarrka (Kings Canyon) and Uluru.

After studying at UQ in the mid-1990s, Chris was recognised as the first Aboriginal person to graduate with a Mining Engineering degree. Chris was also one of the first Aboriginal men to complete an MBA at Melbourne Business School.

Following the completion of his Mining Engineering degree, Chris worked as a mine manager for many large mining companies across the NT and WA. Chris's progression through the ranks of the mining industry as a senior executive meant that he was able to develop and implement Indigenous training and employment initiatives in many towns and communities.

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