David Ritter

CEO of Greenpeace Australia Pacific

Hi, I’m David Ritter. It is my privilege to lead the team at Greenpeace Australia Pacific, where we are campaigning for a green and peaceful future for all. On this page you can connect with me and find out about what I’m doing in my role as Chief Executive Officer.

I was born in Perth, WA and I’m married with two beaut daughters.  In the past, I’ve worked as a lawyer and an academic, before spending five years with Greenpeace UK.  In July 2012 I came back to Australia to head up Greenpeace Australia Pacific, determined to make our campaigns as effective as possible.

I often write and speak about issues that I care deeply about.  I’ll keep a record of where I am speaking and what I am writing here and you can read a selection of my opinion pieces below. You can also refer to my catalogue at Global Policy, Griffith Review, The Huffington Post and The Drum. It would be great to hear from you, so please let me know if you have any feedback by emailing or by reaching out to me on Facebook and Twitter.

All the best,


March Australia, 31 August 2014, Melbourne.

David will be speaking at March Australia in Melbourne.

"Our climate and the beautiful places we love like the Great Barrier Reef are under threat, as is our fair go society. On 31st August let's March together for a better and brighter vision for Australia."

Blogs, articles and publications

The latest updates


Best of Times, Worst of Times and End Times: Eight Books about Australia's Past,...

Standard Page | 23 October, 2013 at 17:30

A review of eight books about Australian politics, written by David Ritter and Jessica Panegyres.

The High Court Decides: The Tasmanian Dams Judgment 398-404

Standard Page | 9 September, 2013 at 12:05

Telling Stories explores the interaction between literary culture and the public sphere in Australia, in a series of informative, witty, intelligent and thought-provoking essays. In doing so it unearths the fascinating and changing role that...

Australia, land of market domination

Standard Page | 27 August, 2013 at 10:22

Power remains highly concentrated in many sectors, from banking to the retail food industry. This aggregation of control should be scrutinised.

Book: Contesting Native Title

Standard Page | 23 April, 2013 at 16:52

A comprehensive account of the native title system in Australia, and a balanced assessment of the extent to which it has fulfilled the hopes of Aboriginal communities for land rights.

Book: The Native Title Market

Standard Page | 26 April, 2013 at 12:14

The Native Title Market describes and critically analyses the world of native title agreements between Aboriginal groups and developers that has emerged since the Native Title Act was passed in 1994.

Book: Making Australian History: Perspectives on the Past Since 1788

Standard Page | 26 April, 2013 at 12:18

An in-depth mult-authored collection of articles, documents and original short essays structured around the major themes in Australian History.

A market for a nation: Beyond the neoliberal grind

Standard Page | 16 July, 2013 at 17:21

Griffith Review, Edition 36: Some Provocations, Winter 2012

Queensland a one-party state: Greenpeace

Standard Page | 31 July, 2013 at 14:41

GREENPEACE says Queensland is effectively a one-party state and the LNP government is trying to silence democratic debate.

WA lawyer David Ritter is new head of Greenpeace

Standard Page | 31 July, 2013 at 14:38

A WA-born native title lawyer turned activist has become the new head of Greenpeace.