Dr Mehreen Faruqi


I am a proud NSW Greens MP and believe our community deserves representatives who advocate open, transparent and participatory democracy, and who have community say in decision-making at the heart of their policy and practice.

Dr Mehreen Faruqi joined the NSW Legislative Council in June 2013. Her portfolios include the Environment, Marine Environment and Fisheries, Transport, Healthy Lifestyles, Roads and Ports, Status of Women, Sexuality and Gender Identity, Multiculturalism, Animal Welfare, Healthy Lifestyles, and Young People.

Since migrating from Pakistan to Australia in 1992, with her young family, Mehreen’s work has focussed on developing real solutions to social and environmental challenges.

Mehreen has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, and a Master and PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of New South Wales (UNSW). She has worked in leadership positions in a number of diverse organisations both nationally and internationally, from local governments and consulting firms to multinationals and universities. This includes her role as Manager of Environment and Services for Mosman Council, Manager of Natural Resources and Catchments for Port Macquarie-Hastings Council, and as the Director of the Institute of Environmental Studies (UNSW) and an Associate Professor in Business and Sustainability (AGSM UNSW). Her publications include a co-authored book entitled ‘Environmental Decision-making – Exploring complexity and context.

Mehreen has delivered major projects such as stormwater reuse and recycling infrastructure, cycle ways, hydropower generation and rainforest rehabilitation as well as doing work for action on climate change and waste reduction. She has chaired a number of panels and committees on sustainability, water and waste management for industry, local, state and federal government.

She is a Fellow of the Institute on Engineers Australia and a member of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand.

Mehreen is a passionate activist on a range of issues, and has worked as a volunteer, campaigner, Convenor of the Greens NSW Women’s Group and candidate for the Greens NSW, including achieving a record 30% of the vote in the 2012 Heffron by-election.

In 2013, Mehreen received the UNSW Faculty of Engineering Award for Women in Leadership and was voted No.5 on Daily Life’s list of top 20 women for 2013 who made a difference and inspired Australians.  

On joining the Greens:

“I joined the Greens in 2004 because of the Greens’ principles and policies on the environment, climate change, education, social justice, grassroots democracy and strong stance on the rights of indigenous peoples and multiculturalism. These are closely aligned with my own values.

I believe our community deserves representatives who advocate open, transparent and participatory democracy, and who have community say in decision-making at the heart of their policy and practice. The Greens actually work to improve the lives and well-being of our communities, not for personal power, political advantage or for the benefit of vested interests”.

On Leadership in the 21st century

“Achieving sustainability is a process of transformational change, where traditional or entrenched norms and values have to be questioned and the status quo challenged. Creating and accepting change is never easy and effective leadership is critical to this change process.

An effective approach to leadership for an equal, just and sustainable society which is cognisant of the realities of complex and ‘wicked’ problems requires collaboration, negotiation, shared learning, adaptive management, persistence and resilience.

This is the shared and collective leadership approach I use to motivate, inspire and work alongside my colleagues and the community”.

Latest News


Greens NSW MPs are calling on Premier Gladys Berejiklian to come to the negotiating table with rail workers and the Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU). All Greens MPs in NSW have signed a statement in support of the RTBU’s right to take industrial action (attached).

Greens NSW MP and Transport Spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, has said the Government needs to engage in genuine and respectful negotiations with rail staff and their representatives.

Dr. Faruqi said: