Martin Carl Albrecht AC, FTSE, FIE Aust, FAICD, FAIM, is a prominent Australian businessman, best known for his service as Chairman, previously CEO (1985–2000), of Thiess Pty Ltd. In June 2002 he was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia "For service to the construction industry, to the development of export markets, to the engineering profession, and to the community in the areas of education, corporate social responsibility and industrial safety."[1]

Education and qualifications

  • B.Tech (Civil)[2]

Directorships and Board positions

  • 1985-2000 CEO, Thiess Pty Ltd
  • 2001-2008 Chairman, Thiess Pty Ltd
  • Chairman, National Trunk Rail (NTR)
  • Chairman, Exergen[3]
  • Director, International RiverFoundation
  • 1999-2003 Nonexecutive Director, Cliffs Asia Pacific Iron Ore Holdings Pty Ltd[2]
  • 2001-2010 (Founding) Chairman Emeritus, Geodynamics[2][4]
  • 2001-2008 Nonexecutive Director, Leighton Holdings Ltd[4]
  • 2003-2010 Founding Chairman, International RiverFoundation [4]
  • 2004-2013 Chairman, Wesley Research Institute (now Patron) [5]
  • Former, Board of Governors, Committee for Economic Development of Australia (ceda)[4]
  • Former Member, Federal Government Construction Industry Dev. Authority
  • Former Director, Portman Limited
  • Former Director, Siemens Australia Advisory Board
  • Former Director, Queensland Gas Company
  • Former Director, Australian Prospectors & Miners Hall of Fame
  • Former Chairman, Lifestream Foundation
  • Former Director, 2001 Goodwill Games Board
  • Former Chairman, Queensland Government Landmark Building Taskforce
  • Former Member, Queensland Premier's Business Round Table
  • Former Member, Queensland Government Vocational Education Training Commission

Honours and awards

  • 2002 Companion of the Order of Australia[1]
  • 2001 Centenary Medal[6]
  • 2000 Service "Cross of the Order of Merit - First Class" - Federal Republic of Germany
  • 2001 Australian Constructors Association, Services to Construction Award[4]
  • 2003 QUT Distinguished Constructors Award[4]
  • Honorary Doctorate, University of Queensland[4]
  • Honorary Doctorate, QUT[4]
  • Honorary Doctorate, Griffith University
  • Honorary Doctorate, University of SA[4]
  • Honorary Fellow, Engineers Australia[4]
  • 2006 Inducted Hall of Fame - Engineers Australia (Qld) Division - Gold Medal
  • 2008 EPA Queensland - Inaugural Premier's Award for Leadership in Business Sustainability


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