Professor Emeritus Mark Wainwright AM was the Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of New South Wales from 2002 to 2004. Following his retirement, he held the position of Executive Director, International Engagement. Previous positions include Acting Vice-Chancellor, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and International) and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of New South Wales.
In 2006 he was appointed Chair of the Australia-China Council for a period of five years. In the same year, he was appointed Chair of the New South Wales General Sir John Monash Awards Panel. In 2007 he was appointed Chair of the National Computational Infrastructure Steering Committee. Other former appointments include Chair of INTERSECT, a not-for-profit e-research company, and Chair of The New Horizons Project at Monash University, member of the Queensland University of Technology Council, Chair of the National Institute for the Promotion of ICT in Health, Chair of the UNSW Faculty of Science Advisory Committee and a member of the board of Engineering Aid Australia.
Mark holds an Honours Degree in Applied Chemistry and a Master of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Adelaide, a PhD in Chemical Engineering from McMaster University in Canada and a DSc for his research into skeletal catalysts from the University of South Australia. In 2007 he was awarded a Doctor of Science (honoris causa) by the University of New South Wales.
He is an Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia, a Fellow of the Australia Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.
In 2000 Mark was awarded the Centenary Medal for service to Australian society, and in 2004, was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his service to chemical engineering.