Professor Tilbury is a academic leader and change-maker in Sustainable Development credited with having developed the initial frameworks for this area of learning. She has acted as an advisor to governments in China, Japan, Latin America, Europe and Oceania as well as travelled extensively in Africa to evaluate the impact of sustainability programmes.
Prof Tilbury was a member of the Board of WWF Australia that created Earth Hour and is involved in international initiatives that inspire transitions towards sustainability. In 2021 she established Futures Forward Academy seeking to rewire leadership and support young change-makers.
Before becoming Gibraltar’s Commissioner for Sustainable Development and Future Generations, she was the inaugural President and CEO of the University of Gibraltar, an institution that embeds sustainability at its core. Previously, she held numerous research leadership positions in Hong Kong, Australia and the UK. She was Dean and Chair of Sustainability at the University of Gloucestershire for 8 years establishing it as the most sustainable university in the UK (Green League).
During her career she has gained 34 large research and development grants and has over 100 international publications to her name. In 2009, Prof Tilbury was recognised by the European Commission with a Marie Curie International Fellowship and funded to broker interdisciplinary dialogues and build inter-professional capability in sustainability research.
Prof Tilbury is the UK government’s representative on UNECE on matters relating to education and sustainable development. She holds numerous expert and advisory roles serving NGOs concerned with global governance and change for sustainable development as well as research agencies seeking to advance sustainable futures.
Between 1995-2019 she Chaired several UN Committees and was commissioned to develop expert reviews, policy advice and sector evaluations. Daniellacontinues to be involved in international meetings on climate change and sustainable development informing texts and dialogues.
Recently, Daniella was recognised with an Hon. Fellowship by St Catharine’s College, Cambridge University and a Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Girona.