Technology and innovation
Digitisation is changing almost every element of everyday life. We want Australia to stay at the forefront of this revolution.
Digitisation is changing almost every element of everyday life. We want Australia to stay at the forefront of this revolution.
Australia is uniquely positioned to share in the rapid rise of Asia, with our deep cultural, political and economic relationships. We want to strengthen these bonds.
Social entrepreneurship is fast becoming a distinctive part of the nation's social, economic and political fabric. We want Australia to keep drawing strength from this phenomenon.
In 2017, Westpac celebrated its 200th anniversary not by looking back, but by looking forward. They created a unique $100 million scholarship fund exclusively to benefit a new generation of brilliant young Australians to challenge, explore and set new benchmarks in innovation, research, and social change.
Not just for today. But for tomorrow too.
Now we’re investing in 100 new Westpac Scholars every year, forever. To actively contribute to a better, fairer and more inclusive Australia – for everyone.
Dave was the Chief Information Officer of the Westpac Group from 2014 to 2018, where he was responsible for technology strategy and its implementation across the Group.
Dave has 30 years of global experience, including proven expertise in IT and financial services and the implementation of large, complex projects. Before joining Westpac, Dave spent ten years in senior roles at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) and 16 years at Accenture, where he was a Partner, primarily consulting on financial services.
Dave has a deep commitment to cancer research and education, which is exemplified by his long-term involvement in the Tour de Cure charity organisation. He is also passionate about working with the government, industry and community to inspire the next generation of Australia’s technologists. Dave was appointed a Director of the Westpac Scholars Trust in 2015, and become Chair of the Trust in March 2019.
Susan has over 26 years’ experience in the financial services industry in Europe and Australia.
Susan joined Westpac in 1995 and has held senior roles in finance, treasury and business leadership across the Westpac Group.
From 2007-2012 Susan was the Chief Financial Officer of RAMS with responsibility for the IT, finance, legal and compliance functions.
In 2014 she was appointed CEO of the Westpac Scholars Trust. The Trust is a scholarship fund with an exclusive focus on the education of Australia’s next generation of leaders who will shape the social and economic progress of our nation in the areas of our relationship with Asia, technology and innovation and community leadership.
In 2018 Susan was appointed to also lead the Westpac Foundation where she works closely with Westpac, community groups, social entrepreneurs and the business sector to support new innovations in addressing the complex issues of homelessness, long-term unemployment, social inclusion for refugees and those living with issues of mental health in communities across Australia.
Prior to joining Westpac, Susan spent three years in investment banking in London and five years as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in Sydney, Solomon Islands and Paris.
Susan holds a Bachelor of Economics, is the Chair of the Business and Higher Education Roundtable and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Peter was appointed Acting Westpac Group Chief Executive Officer in December 2019. In his 25 years at Westpac Group, Peter has held senior finance roles including Chief Financial Officer since 2014 with responsibility for Westpac's Finance, Group Audit, Tax, Treasury and Investor Relations functions. Prior to this he was Deputy Chief Financial Officer for three years and held senior positions across the Group including in Group Finance, Business and Consumer Banking, Business and Technology Services, Treasury and Financial Markets.
Peter commenced his career at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu. He has a Bachelor of Economics from Sydney University and completed the Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. Peter was appointed a Director of the Westpac Scholars Trust in March 2019.
Professor Barney Glover AO assumed his position at Western Sydney University in January 2014. Professor Glover is currently the President of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences Trust and the Australian Government representative on the University of the South Pacific Grants Committee.
He is also a Board Member of the Australian American Fulbright Commission, the Committee for Sydney, and Westpac Scholars Ltd, and, Member of the NSW Innovation and Productivity Council and the NSW Arts and Culture Advisory Committee. Professor Glover is an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), a Fellow of the Royal Society of NSW (FRSN), and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD).
Professor Glover’s esteemed career includes significant expertise and experience at the most senior levels of university management and substantial business leadership credentials. He has also served on the boards of a range of corporate organisations and several state and national centres covering areas such as health and medical research, energy, mineral exploration, and telecommunications.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student Life), Deputy Provost and Honorary Professorial Fellow, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, Professor Kerri-Lee Krause is an experienced university executive who is recognised nationally and internationally for her contributions to higher education policy, research and practice.
Current national leadership roles include Deputy Chair and Higher Education Standards Panel. Recent leadership roles include Chair, Universities Australia Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) Committee, Chair, Ministerial Implementation Working Group for the Transparency of Higher Education Admissions and co-Chair, Universities Australia Executive Women’s Committee. Current Board Directorships include: Non-Executive Director, Education Services Australia; Non-Executive Director, Higher Education Services. Recent Directorships include: Non-Executive Director Edugrowth - Edtech Innovation Ecosystem (2018-2019), Non-Executive Director, National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (2013-2018).
Professor Krause has a track record of leading university-wide strategic change and organisational renewal. Experience includes outcomes driven strategy development and execution; systemic improvement of the student experience and outcomes; academic workforce strategy refresh to achieve research and academic priorities; academic program renewal; and faculty engagement and policy alignment.
International leadership in higher education quality enhancement has been recognised through such appointments as international reviewer for the Scottish Quality Assurance Agency. She is internationally recognised for research on the contemporary undergraduate student experience and implications for quality and standards in institutional settings. Professor Krause is a lifetime fellow of the international Society for Research in Higher Education (SRHE) and has published widely in the field of higher education policy and practice.
The National Selection Panel comprises senior industry and academic leaders responsible for the final selection of Westpac Research Fellows and Future Leader Scholars. Through the rigorous selection process, the Panel is dedicated to recruiting Australia's best and brightest leaders, innovators and pioneers from all walks of life.
Professor of Indigenous Research and Director of Research at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at the University of Technology – Academic category
Prof. Larissa Behrendt is a Eualeyai/Kamillaroi woman. She is the Professor of Law and Director of Research at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at the University of Technology, Sydney. She is admitted to the Supreme Court of the ACT and NSW as a barrister.
Larissa is a Land Commissioner at the Land and Environment Court and the Alternate Chair of the Serious Offenders Review Board, a member of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia and a founding member of the Australian Academy of Law. She is the Chair of the Humanities and Creative Arts panel of the Australian Research Council College of Experts.
She is the author of several books on Indigenous legal issues. She won the 2002 David Uniapon Award and a 2005 Commonwealth Writers Prize for her novel Home. Her latest novel, Legacy, is due for release in October this year. Larissa is a Board Member of the Museum of Contemporary Art, a Board Member of Tranby Aboriginal College and a Director of the Bangarra Dance Theatre. She was named as 2009 NAIDOC Person of the Year.
Provost and Senior Vice President, The University of Queensland
Professor Aidan Byrne was recently appointed Provost at the University of Queensland. He was previously the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Australian Research Council from 2012 to 2016. Prior to this, Professor Byrne was the the Dean of Science and the Director of the Australian National University (ANU) College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, He has a wealth of industry knowledge and expertise particularly in the Physical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering.
Professor Byrne completed a BSc and MSc degrees at the University of Auckland before commencing a PhD degree at the ANU in 1981. Following the completion of his degree at the Department of Nuclear Physics he held positions with the University of Melbourne and spent over two years in Bonn, Germany as a von Humboldt fellow. He returned to the ANU in 1989 as a Research Fellow and in 1991 commenced a joint appointment between the Department of Physics, in the Faculty of Science and the Department of Nuclear Physics, Research School of Physical Sciences and Engineering. He was Head of the Department of Physics from 2003 to 2007. His research interests involve the use of gamma-rays as probes to determine the structure of heavy nuclei and the examination of the atomic level structure of materials (especially semiconductors). He has published over 200 papers.
NED - Lendlease, Macquarie Group and Clean Energy Finance Corporation
Philip was appointed as the inaugural Chairman of the Westpac Scholars Trust in April 2014. He is currently an independent non-executive director of Lendlease, Macquarie Group and Clean Energy Finance Corporation. He retired from the role of Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Westpac Group in 2017 which he held since April 2014 with responsibility for overseeing Westpac’s contribution and response to the Federal Government’s Financial System Inquiry and supporting relationships with key stakeholders including industry groups, regulators, customers and government.
Philip was responsible for the Group’s strategy and mergers and acquisitions function. Prior to this appointment, Philip held the role of Chief Financial Officer from December 2005. Before this, he was Group Executive, Westpac Institutional Bank, having been appointed to that position in 2002. Philip first joined Westpac in 1996 as Head of Foreign Exchange.
He has extensive experience in financial markets, funds management and finance. He began his career at the Reserve Bank of Australia before moving to Citicorp and AIDC Limited. He has also held roles in the United Kingdom and New Zealand. Philip has an honours degree in Economics from the University of Adelaide and has completed the Executive Programme at Stanford University Business School.
Laboratory Head, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute
Professor Suzanne Cory is one of Australia's most distinguished molecular biologists. She was Director of The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute and Professor of Medical Biology of The University of Melbourne from 1996 to 2009. She is currently a Research Professor in the Molecular Genetics of Cancer Division at The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute and a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow of The University of Melbourne.
Suzanne Cory was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 1986, a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1992, a Foreign Member of the US National Academy of Sciences of the US in 1997, a Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2001, an Associate Foreign Member of the French Academy of Sciences in 2002 and an Academician of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in 2004 and an Associate Member of the European Molecular Biology Organization in 2007. In 2013 she was honoured through election as an Honorary Member of The Japan Academy and election as a Fellow of the Inaugural Class of the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) Academy. Her scientific achievements have attracted numerous honours and awards, including the Burnet Medal of the Australian Academy of Science in 1997, the Australia Prize (joint recipient) in 1998, the Charles S. Mott Prize (joint recipient) of the General Motors Cancer Research Foundation in 1998, a L'Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science Award in 2001, the Royal Medal of The Royal Society in 2002 and the Pearl Meister Greengard Prize in 2009. In 1999 she was appointed Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia and in 2009 she was awarded the French decoration of Chevalier de l’Ordre de la Légion d’Honneur.
In 2010 Suzanne Cory became President of the Australian Academy of Science – the first woman to be elected to the position that she held for four years to 2014. In July 2011 Suzanne Cory was awarded the 2011 Colin Thomson Medal for her contributions to cancer research. In August 2012 Suzanne Cory was awarded the Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science. Suzanne is currently a member of the ANU Council and is well recognised for work in both the university and industry sectors.
Warren Centre Chair for Engineering Innovation, Faculty of Engineering and IT, University of Sydney
Professor Andy Dong is the Warren Centre Chair for Engineering Innovation, a professorial chair established by the Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering Ltd. His research programme address the central activity of engineering: the transformation of ideas into valued products and services that support our quality of life. He develops foresight models and options generation methods informed by design thinking to provide a competitive advantage in selecting and resourcing technological innovations.
His Australian Research Council Future Fellowship, awarded in 2010, established new ways to evaluate the design of low-carbon technologies to gauge their rate of improvement and the necessary level of R&D spending to achieve the desired improvement. He is on the Editorial Board of the key journals in design research including Design Studies, Research in Engineering Design, and the Journal of Mechanical Design
Associate Dean, Development and Impact, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University
After graduating from the ANU in 2003 with First Class Honours and the University Medal, Nicholas completed his MPhil and DPhil at Balliol College, University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. As Associate Dean, Nicholas is responsible for College of Asia and the Pacific engagement with a range of government, business and civil society organisations. Nicholas has previously held other positions in the College, including as Deputy Director of the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, founding Director of the ANU Myanmar Research Centre and convenor of the PhB in Asia-Pacific Studies. His own research deals with political, economic and cultural change across Asia. Nicholas has published widely on Myanmar and Thailand, and the adjacent borderlands of Bangladesh, India and China. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In January 2020, Nicholas commences as Professor and Head of Social Sciences at the University of Tasmania.
Vice Chancellor and President, James Cook University
Professor Sandra Harding is a director of the Westpac Scholars Ltd Board. She took up her appointment as Vice Chancellor and President of James Cook University Australia in January 2007. In this role, she is responsible for ensuring clear and effective leadership and management of the University across all operating sites, including campuses in Townsville, Cairns and Singapore
Professor Harding is an economic sociologist with a keen scholarly interest in markets and how they work, and organisation survey methodology. She also has a keen professional interest in education policy and management.
Professor Harding has extensive academic and academic leadership experience. An economic sociologist by training, her areas of enduring academic interest include work, organisation and markets and how they work. She also has a keen interest in public policy in two areas: education policy and related areas; the global Tropics, northern Australia and economic development. In addition, she has undertaken a wide variety of senior university-aligned roles as well as memberships/directorships of a variety of local, national and international Boards and Councils.
In 2003, Professor Harding was recognised as North Carolina State University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences Distinguished Alumna for that year. In 2010, she received an Honorary Doctorate for services to education from Japan’s Josai International University and in 2012, she was recognized as an Honorary Fellow of the Australian College of Educators (ACE) and was named the ACE 2012 Queensland Medallist “… in recognition of her leadership of education in the tropics that has seen a new academic emphasis on life and the people of the tropics.
Professor Harding is an Honorary Fellow of the Australian College of Educators, Fellow of the Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.
Provost and Senior Vice President, The University of Queensland
Professor G.Q. Max Lu is the standing deputy to the Vice-Chancellor and President of The University of Queensland, providing leadership for the University’s overall strategic planning, academic quality, budget and infrastructure management.
After completing his PhD, Professor Lu spent three years in Singapore as Lecturer at Nanyang Technological University. Since 1994, he had held positions of Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor, Professor and Chair of Nanotechnology in Chemical Engineering at UQ. He won the prestigious ARC Federation Fellowship twice (2003 and 2008).
Professor Lu has served on numerous government committees and advisory boards including those under the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council (2004, 2005 and 2009) and ARC College of Experts (2002-2004). He is the past Chairman of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Australia Board and former Director of the Board of Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE). His other previous board memberships include Australian Synchrotron, Uniseed, National Emerging Technologies Forum, Research Data Storage Infrastructure, Queensland China Council, Stem Cells Australia, and Translational Research Institute. He is currently a member of the Brisbane Lord Mayor’s Economic Development Steering Committee, and the International Scientific Advisory Committee of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.
Professor Lu’s research expertise is in the fields of materials chemistry and nanotechnology. He has made seminal contributions to science and innovation in nanomaterials and their applications in clean energy and environmental technologies. With over 500 journal publications in high impact journals including Nature, J. Am. Chem. Soc., Angew. Chem., Adv. Materials, he is also co-inventor of more than 20 international patents. Professor Lu is a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher in both Materials Science and Chemistry (with over 30,000 citations and h-index of 89). He has received numerous awards nationally and internationally including the China International Science and Technology Award, Orica Award, RK Murphy Medal, Le Fevre Prize, ExxonMobil Award, Chemeca Medal, and Top 100 Most Influential Engineers in Australia. He was named as a Queensland Great in 2013, and won the inaugural Australia-China Achievement Award (Education) in 2014.
Professor Lu is an elected Fellow of Australian Academy of Science, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, IChemE, Engineers Australia and the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Director, Westpac Scholars Trust
Helen is one of the founding directors of the Westpac Scholars Trust, and has been involved with Westpac for almost all of her career since 1959, when she joined the staff of the Bank of New South Wales at Charleville Branch. Over this time her roles have included senior executive, Non-Executive-Director, Chairman of the Westpac Foundation and Chairman of the Westpac Staff Superannuation Fund.
In addition to Westpac Banking Corporation, Helen has served as a Non-Executive Director of the following public listed companies; Coles Myer Limited, OPSM Group (Chairman), Pacific Brands Limited (Deputy Chairman) and Southcorp Limited.
She has always been committed to the community, and has served as a director of a number of arts, charitable and government organisations.
Helen is a former Chairman of each of The Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Funds SA, as well as being a founding member and former President of Chief Executive Women.
Her other current pro bono activities include Council of Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Advisory Board of Playwriting Australia.
In 1994, Helen was awarded as a Member of The Order of Australia for services to the banking and finance industry. In 2003 she was awarded The Centenary Medal for her contribution to business leadership and to the community, and in 2005 Griffith University conferred an honorary Doctorate, D. Uni (Griffith).
Professor of Japanese History, School of Culture, History and Language, Australian National University
Professor Morris-Suzuki is a historian of modern Japan and Korea. She is Distinguished Professor and Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow in the School of Culture, History and Language, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU. She is also a coordinator of an open access journal AsiaRights, and has served as president of the Asian Studies Association of Australia. She was the winner of the Academic Prize of the Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize in 2013.
Tessa was awarded her PhD in Economic History, focusing on Japan’s relations with Indonesia, from the University of Bath, United Kingdom in 1980. She lectured at The University of New England before taking up an appointment at The Australian National University in 1992.
Tessa is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and has been the International Secretary of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and President of the Asian Studies Association of Australia.
Her research has incorporated issues of citizenship, human rights, frontiers and historical memory and helped to transform understandings of the modern social history of Japan and the Northeast Asian region.
President Australian Academy of Science, Professor of Medicine and Professor of Molecular Biology, University of NSW, and Chairman, CSL Limited
Professor Shine was appointed to the CSL Board in June 2006 and became Chairman in October 2011. He retired from this position in October 2018. He is Professor of Molecular Biology and Professor of Medicine at the University of NSW, and a Director of many scientific research and medical bodies throughout Australia. Professor Shine was formerly President of the Museum of Applied Arts and Science (Powerhouse Museum and Sydney Observatory) and also Executive Director of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. He was also formerly Chairman of the National Health and Medical Research Council and a Member of the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council. In November 2010, he was awarded the 2010 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science. In 2018, Professor Shine was appointed President of the Australian Academy of Science.
Chairman, CSIRO and Chair of Jobs NSW
David is Chairman of CSIRO; a five year term, commencing October 2015. He is also Chair of Jobs NSW, tasked with creating another 150,000 jobs in NSW over the next 4 years. Previously, David was Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Executive Director of Telstra from May 2009 to April 2015.
David joined Telstra in April 2001 as Group Managing Director of Telstra Mobiles and in 2002 was appointed Group Managing Director Telstra Enterprise and Government. In this role, he was responsible for the company's corporate, government and large business customers in Australia and internationally. Before joining Telstra, David’s 22 year career at IBM comprised a number of senior marketing and sales positions including Chief Executive Officer of IBM Australia/New Zealand.
He is an experienced board chairman and director. In January 2013, David joined the Board of the GSM Association, the global body of carriers and related companies that supports the standardisation and deployment of mobile technology around the world. Former board memberships include co-chair of the Infrastructure and Investment Taskforce of the B20 leadership group, and Chairman of IBM ANZ, TelstraClear, Information Technology (IT) Skills Hub, Industry Groups and Basketball Australia.
David has extensive information and communications technology (ICT), digital business and data services experience. ICT and digital services are relevant to enabling all the Industry Growth Centres. David’s over 20 years’ experience working in Asia is pertinent to both CSIRO and the Industry Growth Centres.
David holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and English from Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand. He attended the Kellogg School of Management postgraduate General Management Program at Northwestern University in Chicago, USA. He has taken part in a number of Harvard Education programs and IBM Executive Education program.
Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship Program Ambassador
Angie undertook her PhD in the field of artificial vision systems, then moved onto developing robotics to improve safety and efficiency in mining. This work has led to the development of the engineering control system, “Rocklogic” - which has been deployed in mining, and has won numerous innovation awards.
Angie is a passionate advocate for science. Angie graduated from University of Western Australia (UWA) in 2001, with a double degree in Science and Engineering. During her undergraduate years, she was awarded a number of prizes and scholarships including:
Following graduation, Angie completed her PhD doctorate at UWA, and enjoyed extended stints at both Oxford and the Australian National University (ANU).
Angie spent a few years working in genetic epidemiology (disease origin and spread), before returning to the field of robotics. She led a team to develop rock breaking mining robots - robots as large as 16m in length. These robots make mining safer and have won numerous technology and innovation awards. She headed up the technological development of the robots as well as the marketing, sales and business development. Throughout her career, Angie has been passionate about science communication. She is a ScienceNetwork WA Ambassador for Science, and was a theatre presenter at Scitech, where she performed the "High Voltage" show every Sunday morning for four years. Angie has two young daughters and now consults to Transmin – continuing to provide strategic vision and supporting the implementation of the systems required to scale Rocklogic internationally.
Secretary of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, Australian Government
Dr Heather Smith was appointed Secretary of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science in September 2017. Heather has had 18 years’ experience in the Australian Public Service at senior levels, with responsibility for a number of significant government policies and programs covering economic, foreign affairs and intelligence matters. Prior to her current appointment Heather was Secretary of the Department of Communications and the Arts (2016-2017). She has served as Deputy Secretary in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (2013-2016) and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (2010-2013). In October 2013 she was appointed by Prime Minister Abbott as Australia’s G20 Sherpa, a role she held during Australia’s Presidency.
Heather has also held senior roles with the Office of National Assessments (Deputy Director-General, 2005-2010) and (2000-2003) and the Australian Treasury (2003-2005). Before joining the public service Heather was an academic working on North Asia at the Australian National University (1994-2000). She also worked at the Reserve Bank of Australia (1988-1990). Heather was awarded a Public Service Medal in the Queen’s Birthday 2015 Honours for her outstanding public service as Australia’s G20 Sherpa in 2014.
Heather holds a Bachelor of Economics (First Class Honours) from the University of Queensland and a Masters and PhD in Economics from the Australian National University. She has been a visiting scholar at the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C. In 2012, Heather completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School. She was the recipient of the University of Queensland's Colleges' Alumni Award in 2016. Heather is a member of the United States Studies Centre Board of Directors and a member of Chief Executive Women.
Director, Westpac Scholars Trust
Jon is Chair of the Westpac Foundation and a member of the board of the Westpac Scholars Trust. As well, he holds non-executive director positions on the boards of IAG, Cape York Partnership and QuintessenceLabs. In his executive career, Jon held senior positions in banking and finance, including being the Chief Strategy Officer at Westpac and a senior partner at Boston Consulting Group. Earlier in his career, Jon worked in the Commonwealth Government, including holding the position of Senior Private Secretary to the Prime Minister (then, Bob Hawke).
Former Provost and Senior Vice-President, Monash University
Professor Edwina Cornish AO FTSE obtained her PhD for research undertaken in the Biochemistry and Microbiology departments of the University of Melbourne. After working as a post-doctoral fellow in the Botany School of the University of Melbourne she joined the newly established plant biotechnology company Calgene Pacific (later named Florigene). She spent 11 years with the company in various leadership roles including Research Director and Managing Director. Over this period the company developed and commercialised the world’s first genetically engineered flowers.
In 2000 Edwina moved to the University of Adelaide as Deputy Vice Chancellor Research and in 2004 she was appointed to the same role at Monash University. In 2012 Edwina was appointed Monash’s inaugural Provost and Senior Vice-President a position she held until her retirement in 2016.
Edwina has extensive experience at the interface between government, research, industry and the higher education sector, and has held numerous board positions. She is currently a member of the Board of CSIRO, the Council of La Trobe University and is a Director of the Biosciences Research Centre. In 2018, The University of Melbourne awarded Edwina an Honorary Doctor of Science (honoris causa) in recognition of her achievements
Deputy Vice Chancellor Research and Innovation, University of South Australia
Professor Tanya Monro took up the role of Deputy Vice Chancellor Research and Innovation in November 2014.
The ARC Georgina Sweet Laureate Fellow at the University of South Australia, Prof Monro was the inaugural Director of the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) from 2008 to 2014 and was also the inaugural Director for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) at the University of Adelaide. Her research is in the field of photonics, with a focus on sensing, lasers and new classes of optical fibres.
Professor Monro obtained her PhD in physics in 1998 from The University of Sydney, for which she was awarded the Bragg Gold Medal. In 2000, she received a Royal Society University Research Fellowship at the Optoelectronics Research Centre at the University of Southampton.
Prof Monro is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (AAS) the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), the Optical Society of America (OSA) and the Australian Institute of Physics. She is a member of the Prime Minister’s Commonwealth Science Council (CSC), and a Board Member of the Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), the South Australian Defence Advisory Board, and the South Australian Economic Development Board.
Tanya’s awards include: Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research, the Bragg Gold Medal (best Physics PhD in Australia), South Australia’s “Australian of the Year”, Scopus Young Researcher of the Year, South Australian Scientist of the Year, and the Prime Minister’s Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year.
Chairman BAI Communications
Deena is the Chairman of global wireless infrastructure company, BAI Communications. Deena is also a non executive director on the board of Appen (ASX:APX) and the Citadel Group (ASX: CGL); a director on the board of Infrastructure Australia; the Chairman of a Co-operative Research Centre into sleep health; the Chairman of the Sydney Writers’ Festival and on the board of Opera Australia. For nearly 25 years prior to becoming a full time non executive director in 2013, Deena was a senior executive in the telecommunications industry. At Telstra, Deena ran Regulatory Affairs, and then as Group Managing Director, managed the Wholesale Division, then the Business Division and was the founding CEO of Telstra’s corporate venture capital arm, Telstra Ventures. This executive career was punctuated by a period in the 1990s when she was a partner at law firm Mallesons Stephen Jacques.
Previous board directorships include: Australia’s export credit agency, EFIC; the rail operator, Freightcorp; Telstra Clear NZ, and a number of venture capital backed technology companies. In 2015 -16, Deena chaired the Australian Government’s Regional Telecommunications Independent Review Committee. She has also served on the NSW Government Digital Economy Task Force and works pro bono for Indigenous Business Australia, advising on infrastructure investment in remote Australia.
Deena has a B.Sc (Econ)Hons from the London School of Economics and a B.A.(Law)Hons from the University of Cambridge. She was admitted to the English Bar before returning to Australia to practise law and work for the Australian Government in Canberra. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation – University of Wollongong
Professor Judy Raper joined the University of Wollongong in 2008 with extensive management and research administration experience in other Australian and American universities. She has served on the ARC Engineering and Earth Sciences Professor Judy Raper joined the University of Wollongong in 2008 with extensive management and research administration experience in other Australian and American universities. She has served on the ARC Engineering and Earth Sciences Panel at the University of New South Wales, and was Division Director for Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems at the National Science Foundation in Washington, DC.
Professor Raper is a chemical engineer of 40 years standing with expertise in air and water pollution control, particle technology, research and education.
Professor Raper followed her undergraduate and PhD degrees from the University of New South Wales with postdoctoral research at the University of Cambridge in the UK, working at the Atomic Energy Research Establishment at Harwell. She taught at both the University of Newcastle and the University of New South Wales before joining the University of Sydney as Dean of Engineering where she revolutionised the undergraduate engineering programs.
Recognition of Judy's achievements includes the Shedden Pacific Award for the Young Chemical Engineer of the Year (1992), the EA Professional Engineer of the Year (1997) and the Avon Spirit of Achievement Award for Science (1998). She was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and as an Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia in 2003. In 2013, Professor Raper was listed as one of Australia's most influential women, and as one of Australia's most influential engineers for three consecutive years (2013-2015). In 2017, she won the Chemeca Medal for distinguished service to the practice of Chemical Engineering.
Vice-Provost (Research & Research Infrastructure), Monash University
Ian is Vice-Provost (Research & Research Infrastructure) at Monash University, playing a University-wide leadership role.
Previously at Monash University, Professor Smith was a National Health and Medical Research Council-funded Professorial Fellow in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Deputy Dean (Research) for the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.
Ian is an accomplished medical researcher and is recognized as a leader in his field. This research has resulted in over 250 publications and many patents. Ian receives regular invitations to speak at international meetings, many as a plenary speaker. His research has had a direct impact on human health and has led to changes in clinical practice.
Ian was a co-founder of a proteomics-based, publicly listed, biotechnology company and he continues to collaborate and consult widely with the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. Ian serves on six international editorial boards and over the years he has held office-bearing positions in a number of national and international societies and has had an active involvement in the organisation of numerous national and international scientific meetings. Finally, he has held and continues to hold, a variety of national and international senior government and non- government advisory board/committee memberships.
Chairman of Carnival Australia
Ann is one of Australia's leading business executives with a career that spans Government, Banking and Cruise Tourism.
She is currently the Chairman of Carnival Australia, the largest cruise ship operator in Australasia and a division of Carnival Corporation & Plc. After joining as Chief Executive Officer in 2007, she has transformed the industry and growth has been in double digits each year since.
Ann is the Chair of UNICEF Australia, a Council Member of Philanthropy Australia and currently holds non-executive roles with National Australia Bank, Sydney Airport, Palladium Group, Rugby Australia, Cape York Partnerships, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and Infrastructure Victoria.
Beginning working life as a radiographer, Ann became First Assistant Secretary of the Office of the Status of Women in Canberra before moving to the banking sector initially in HR roles, then in CEO roles with Westpac NZ and the Bank of Melbourne.
The Australian Government awarded Ann the Centenary Medal in 2001 and in 2004 she was awarded an Order of Australia. In 2015, Ann was named as the overall winner of the Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Award.
Ann devotes considerable energy to her passion for women’s rights, currently convening the MCC STEM group, opportunity for Indigenous communities, philanthropy and to the arts.
Professor of History, the Australian National University
Marnie Hughes-Warrington is professor of history theory at the Australian National University, and will be the DVC Research and Enterprise at the University of South Australia from 2020. She held the position of Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic at ANU from 2012 to 2018. She is the fifth, and first woman, to be the Australian secretary for the Rhodes Scholarships, and was foundation chair of the Tuckwell Scholarships, from 2013–8.
Founding Director of the Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT) at UNSW
Australian Research Council (ARC) Laureate Professor Veena Sahajwalla is an internationally recognised materials scientist, engineer and inventor revolutionising recycling science. She is renowned for pioneering the high temperature transformation of waste in the production of a new generation of ‘green materials.’ In 2018 Veena launched the world's first e-waste microfactory. As the founding Director of the Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT) at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, she is producing a new generation of green materials and products made entirely, or primarily, from waste. Veena also heads the ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub for ‘green manufacturing’, a leading national research centre that works in collaboration with industry to ensure new recycling science is translated into real world environmental and economic benefits. In 2019 she was appointed inaugural Director of the Circular Economy Innovation Network by the NSW Government through its Office of Chief Scientist and Engineer. In 2018 she was elected as Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science. In 2016, Veena was named one of Australia’s Most Innovative Engineers and in 2015, Veena named Australia’s 100 Most Influential Engineers, both by Engineers Australia. In 2013, Veena received the ‘Howe Memorial Lecture Award’, Pittsburgh, USA in appreciation for her lecture on ‘The Power of Steelmaking – harnessing high temperature reactions to transform waste into raw material resources’.
2016 Westpac Research Fellow, University of Sydney
A/Prof. Elizabeth (Liz) New studied and worked in Australia, the UK and the USA before taking up an academic position at the University of Sydney in 2012, holding an ARC DECRA from 2012-2014, and a Westpac Research Fellowship from 2016-2019. Her research focusses on the development of small molecule chemical sensors, based on fluorescence or MRI. Her awards for research and teaching including the 2018 Edgeworth David Medal, 2018 Eureka 3M Emerging Leader Prize, and the 2016 RACI Chemistry Educator of the Year. Liz also won the Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year (2019), one of the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science, which are Australia’s most prestigious awards for outstanding achievements in scientific research and research-based innovation.
Chairman, Westpac Scholars Trust
Dave was the Chief Information Officer of the Westpac Group from 2014 to 2018, where he was responsible for technology strategy and its implementation across the Group. Dave has 30 years of global experience, including proven expertise in IT and financial services and the implementation of large, complex projects. Before joining Westpac, Dave spent ten years in senior roles at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) and 16 years at Accenture, where he was a Partner, primarily consulting on financial services. Dave has a deep commitment to cancer research and education, which is exemplified by his long-term involvement in the Tour de Cure charity organisation. He is also passionate about working with the government, industry and community to inspire the next generation of Australia’s technologists. Dave was appointed as a Trustee of the Westpac Scholars Trust in 2015 and was appointed Chairman in April 2019.
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