Graeme Wood (businessman)

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Graeme Wood AMGraeme Wood (businessman)_header_cell_0_0_0
BornGraeme Wood (businessman)_header_cell_0_1_0 Graeme Thomas Wood

1947 (age 72–73) Rockhampton, Queensland, AustraliaGraeme Wood (businessman)_cell_0_1_1

Alma materGraeme Wood (businessman)_header_cell_0_2_0 University of Queensland (B.Ec, M.IS)Graeme Wood (businessman)_cell_0_2_1
OccupationGraeme Wood (businessman)_header_cell_0_3_0 EntrepreneurGraeme Wood (businessman)_cell_0_3_1

Graeme Thomas Wood AM (born 1947) is an Australian digital entrepreneur, philanthropist and environmentalist. Graeme Wood (businessman)_sentence_0

He is the founder of online travel site Wotif.com and has made investments in media, including backing The Guardian Australia and founding The Global Mail. Graeme Wood (businessman)_sentence_1

Career Graeme Wood (businessman)_section_0

In January 2013, Wood was named as a prominent backer of the digital arm of British newspaper The Guardian in Australia. Graeme Wood (businessman)_sentence_2

He said it would add quality and diversity to Australian media as well as fostering a closer interaction with the rest of the world. Graeme Wood (businessman)_sentence_3

Wood founded The Global Mail, a not-for-profit multimedia site for journalism in the public interest. Graeme Wood (businessman)_sentence_4

In July 2013 The Global Mail became the first institutional member of the Washington-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), as part of Wood's three-year, US$1.5 million grant to bolster cross-border investigative reporting. Graeme Wood (businessman)_sentence_5

Other businesses Wood has founded include Wotnews, which closed in 2012 after spawning We Are Hunted, a music recommendation website sold to Twitter in 2013. Graeme Wood (businessman)_sentence_6

In 2011, Wood acquired the Triabunna Woodchip Mill in Tasmania. Graeme Wood (businessman)_sentence_7

He submitted plans for the rejuvenation of the site, renamed Spring Bay Mill, in September 2016. Graeme Wood (businessman)_sentence_8

Activism Graeme Wood (businessman)_section_1

The Graeme Wood Foundation supports environmental sustainability, the Arts, Tertiary Education and improved Justice for Australia's indigenous community. Graeme Wood (businessman)_sentence_9

Wood founded Artology in 2011, an organisation focused on youth development and social change through the arts. Graeme Wood (businessman)_sentence_10

Wood also founded Wild Mob in 2008, a not-for-profit organisation that aims to protect Australia's most threatened species and ecosystems by giving young people the opportunity to participate in conservation work and environmental education while experiencing some of Australia's most iconic wilderness destinations. Graeme Wood (businessman)_sentence_11

Wood was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2012 Australia Day Honours. Graeme Wood (businessman)_sentence_12

He has been awarded Suncorp Queenslander of the Year, and received an Honorary Doctorate of Economics from the University of Queensland. Graeme Wood (businessman)_sentence_13

He has been a significant donor to the University of Queensland, the University of Tasmania and Melbourne University. Graeme Wood (businessman)_sentence_14

Political involvement Graeme Wood (businessman)_section_2

Wood gave a political donation of A$1.6 million, to The Greens in 2010. Graeme Wood (businessman)_sentence_15

In October 2016 leaked emails from the account of John Podesta included a claim by a public relations company, Fenton Communications, that Wood had pledged US$500,000 towards an advertising campaign to counter the climate change denial stance of media owned by Rupert Murdoch. Graeme Wood (businessman)_sentence_16

Wood has since stated "It sounded like a good idea at the time but in the end I didn’t proceed with any funding". Graeme Wood (businessman)_sentence_17


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