Robert Wood

Robert Wood 

Director, Centre For Ethical Leadership 

Robert Wood is a Professor at the Australian Graduate School of Management, Director of the Centre for Ethical Leadership and Honorary Professor at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience & Mental Health.

His prior appointments include Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Western Australia and visiting Professor at the Kellogg School, Northwestern University. Robert completed his PhD in organisational psychology at the University of Washington (Seattle) and undertook post-doctoral studies at Stanford University Psychology Department under one of the most famous architects of social cognitive theory, Al Bandura.

Robert has designed, developed and delivered programs for senior managers and provided advice in many Australian and overseas corporations, including for the Australian Defence Forces, Westpac Institutional Bank, Santos, PwC, Westfield, Newmont Mining, Saudi Aramco, Dow Chemical, Telstra, P&O Ports, and to the Hong Kong Government during the transition back to Chinese rule.

Robert is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences – Australia, the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management; the American Psychological Association (Division 14) and the International Association of Applied Psychologists. He currently sits on the Executive Boards of the Academy of Social Sciences Australia and the International Association of Applied Psychology.

Robert conducts research into problem solving and learning, unconscious bias, cognitive functions, leadership and diversity. He is interested in human brain plasticity and the malleable features of personality and intelligence, the highs and lows of ethical decision making in very senior leaders and creating and delivering programs in organisations that enhance cultural and gender diversity.