Martin Haese


Lord Mayor, City of Adelaide

Panel discussion with mayors

Martin is a proud South Australian. As a city resident, business owner and educator, Martin is committed to serving the City of Adelaide’s residential, commercial and visitor communities.

At 27 years of age, Martin opened his first retail store in the City of Adelaide and over the next 12 years grew that business into a successful national enterprise with 220 employees. Martin went on to study an MBA and later became the General Manager of the Rundle Mall Management Authority.

Martin co-founded the Entrepreneurs’ Organisation in SA and has served on a number of boards including the South Australian Youth Arts Board, the Adelaide Convention Bureau, the Property Council’s Mainstreet Committee and the Bay to Birdwood. Martin was the national Chair of the Council of Capital City Lord Mayors in 2015.

He believes that technology will provide many of the solutions for today’s problems and opportunities. As Lord Mayor, Martin is focused on enhancing Adelaide’s reputation as a smart innovative city and being a ‘city where good things happen first’. His immediate goal is for the City of Adelaide to become an even greater place to live, learn, work, play, visit and invest. The ultimate goal is to become the world’s most livable city.