Robert Purves is a businessman and an environmentalist. He is currently president of WWF Australia and is a former board member of WWF International. Robert is also a founding member of The Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, a director of Earth Hour Global, a director of Climate Council of Australia, a patron of the Lizard Island Research Station, and a governor of Australian Youth Climate Coalition.
Robert has a long career in public companies, including being chairman of a public listed company, DCA Group Limited.
In 2004 Robert established the Purves Environmental Fund, which funds numerous environmental initiatives.
In 2008 he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to conservation and the environment, and made an honorary fellow of the University of Sydney.