Peter Baines OAM, developed his unique leadership style by leading international identification teams into Indonesia and Thailand following acts of terrorism and the 2004 South East Asian Tsunami. He went on to work in the counter terrorism area of Interpol, spent time with the United Nations Office of Drug and Crime, and also worked in Saudi Arabia and Japan after they experienced natural disasters. However, it was the work in Thailand that proved most affecting for Peter. After meeting the children left orphaned by the Boxing Day Tsunami, Peter felt compelled to act, and founded an Australian charity called Hands Across the Water which has gone on to create opportunities for hundreds of children across Thailand.
Today, Peter operates Peter Baines Consulting – a successful consulting business building engagement through corporate social responsibility – and presents to major corporations and governments across the globe on leadership. He is the author of two books; Hands Across the Water, and Doing Good by Doing Good which provides a blueprint for building experience led engagement programs with a focus on shared value.
In January 2014, Peter Baines was recognised in the Australia Day honours for his International humanitarian work and was awarded the Order of Australia Medal.