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Get to know Industry Innovation and Science Australia’s (IISA) Board. Our members are high-profile entrepreneurs, investors, researchers and educators with extensive local and global experience.

Mr Andrew Stevens

Title: Chair

State: New South Wales

Expertise:

  • Experienced Non-executive Director.
  • Extensive background as an international leader in technology and professional services.
  • Expertise in change management, business and ICT program design, risk evaluation, governance and delivery, business transformation, regional and global expansion.
  • Formerly the Managing Director of IBM Australia and New Zealand, Chief Operating Officer at Price Waterhouse and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
  • Currently director or member of a number of boards including: MYOB Group Ltd, Stockland Group Ltd, Thorn Group Australia Ltd, Chief of the Australian Defence Force’s Gender Equality Advisory Board, Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA), Advisory Executive of the UNSW School of Business.
  • Chair of the Data Standards Body for Consumer Data Right implementation in Australia.
  • Member of the Male Champions of Change.
  • Read Mr Andrew Steven’s full biography on LinkedIn.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Commerce, University of New South Wales.
  • Master of Commerce, Marketing, University of New South Wales.
  • Fellow Chartered Accountant.

Dr Alan Finkel AO

Title: Deputy Chair

State: Victoria

Current position: Australia’s Chief Scientist

Expertise:

  • Extensive science background as an entrepreneur, engineer, neuroscientist and educator.
  • Former Chancellor of Monash University and President of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE).
  • Current directorships: Chair of the Prime Minister's Prizes Selection Committee.
  • Former directorships: Chair of the Australian Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO), Director of the ASX-listed diagnostics company Cogstate Limited, Executive Chair of the educational software company Stile Education, Chair of Manhattan Investment Group.
  • Founded Axon Instruments, a California-based ASX-listed company that made precision scientific instruments used in the discovery of new medicines.
  • Established the Australian course in Advanced Neuroscience to train early career neuroscientists.
  • Co-founded Cosmos Magazine, which operates as a magazine, and a secondary school’s science education program.
  • Read Dr Alan Finkel’s full biography on Australia’s Chief Scientist website.

Qualifications:

  • PhD in Electrical Engineering, Monash University.
  • Worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in neuroscience at the Australian National University (ANU).

Prof Elanor Huntington

State: Australian Capital Territory

Current position: Dean of Engineering and Computer Science, Australian National University

Expertise:

  • Extensive career leading academic engineering and computing organisations in Australia, with deep sector experience in defence, security and government.
  • Engineer and researcher interested in the control of quantum systems.
  • Program manager in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology.
  • Current Directorships and council memberships include: Advisory Council for Questacon, Significant Capital Ventures, National Security College
  • Read Prof Elanor Huntington’s full biography on the Australian National University website.

Qualifications:

  • PhD (ANU)
  • Masters in IT (ANU)
  • Grad Cert (Flinders)
  • BSc(Hons1) (ANU).

Prof Raoul Mortley AO

State: Queensland

Current positions:

  • Principal, Raoul Mortley Consulting
  • Chairman, Spee3D

Expertise:

  • Formerly Vice-Chancellor at Bond University and Newcastle University.
  • Extensive experience consulting in higher education and business.
  • Worked for the Australian Government and the World Bank/IFC.
  • Previous academic positions: Visiting International Professor in the Collège de France, Visiting Professor in the Sorbonne, Researcher and Director of Research in the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris, and nine Australian universities.
  • Current directorships: Chair of Effusiontech Pty Ltd, a start-up company in 3D printing of metals.
  • Former directorships: Chair of the NSW Vice-Chancellor's Committee, Chair of the Australian Education office in Washington, Chair of the AV-CC Intellectual Property and Copyright Committee, Chair of the Professional Standards Board for Trade Marks and Patent Attorneys, Chair of IMT Motors, a start-up company in electrical engineering.
  • Read Prof Raoul Mortley’s full biography on the Bond University website.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons), Classics and Philosophy, The University of Sydney.
  • Master of Arts, Monash University.
  • Research Doctorate and Doctorate of Letters, University of Strasbourg.
  • Honorary Doctorate of the University, The University of Newcastle.

Dr Christopher Roberts AO

State: New South Wales

Current position: Chair, OncoSil Medical Limited

Expertise:

  • Over 40 years of experience in international medical device businesses.
  • Former Chief Executive Officer/President of Cochlear Limited.
  • Served as ResMed's Executive Vice-President.
  • Current directorships: OncoSil Medical Limited (Chair), Clarity Pharmaceuticals Limited, O’Connell St Associates Pty Ltd, Cochlear Foundation, Jobs for NSW Board, Centenary Institute of Cancer Medicine and Cell Biology Board of Governors, Monash University Industry Council of Advisers.
  • Qualifications:
  • Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Chemical Engineering, UNSW.
  • Master Business Administration, Macquarie University.
  • PhD, UNSW.
  • Awarded Honorary Doctor of Science degrees from both Macquarie University and UNSW.
  • Plus Alliance Professor, across three universities: UNSW, King's College London and Arizona State University.

Lauren Stafford

Title: Director

State: Western Australia

Expertise:

  • Extensive background in technology development and commercialisation in global resources market
  • Expertise in portfolio strategy, technology and business development, corporate structure, governance and operating models and intellectual property and data strategies.
  • Currently Manager of Open Innovation at Woodside Energy Limited. Formerly the Head of Innovation Partnerships at BHP, Business Manager and Company Secretary of CRC ORE Ltd.
  • Currently member of Industry Advisory Board of Quantum Technology Exchange. Formerly member of Mining Education Australia Board.
  • Read Lauren Stafford’s full biography at LinkedIn

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Hons), The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Education, The University of Queensland

Mr Patrick Houlihan

State:  Victoria

Current position:  Chairman and CEO, DuluxGroup Limited

Expertise:

  • Extensive experience in science, manufacturing and business during 32 years with DuluxGroup – including 9 years in R&D (polymer chemistry) and 14 years as CEO (9 years as ASX listed company CEO). 
  • Experience in both global multinational (ICI Plc originally and now Nippon Paint) and Australian ASX listed (Orica Limited and DuluxGroup Limited) contexts.
  • Chairman Elect of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (Board member since 2014).
  • Member of the St. Mary’s College Council, The University of Melbourne (Council member since 2010).
  • Member of Manufacturing Australia
  • Member of the Business Council of Australia
  • Read Mr Patrick Houlihan’s biography on the DuluxGroup website 

Qualifications:

  • Master of Business Administration, Monash University
  • Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours – Chemistry), The University of Melbourne

Scott Farrell

Current position: Partner, King & Wood Mallesons

Expertise:

  • Extensive career in legal, regulatory and technological systems and infrastructures relating to data, markets, payments and finance.
  • Experienced in design, implementation, competition and policy issues relating to fintech, particularly data portability, open banking, smart contracts, blockchain and distributed ledger technologies.
  • Led the open banking review and the inquiry into the future of the consumer data right for the Australian Treasury.
  • Co-chair of Australian Government’s FinTech Advisory Group.

Qualifications:

  • LLB (Hons) (USyd)
  • BEc (USyd)

Read Scott Farrell's longer CV here.

Sarah Nolet

Sarah Nolet is an internationally recognised food systems innovation expert, the CEO and Founder of AgThentic, a global food and agriculture strategy firm, and co-founder of Tenacious Ventures, Australia’s first dedicated agrifood tech VC firm. Sarah has been instrumental in building the early stage agtech ecosystem in Australia - from advising dozens of startups, designing accelerator programs and consulting to established agribusinesses, to helping industry, universities and government develop and implement forward-looking initiatives in food system innovation.

Sarah is also the host of the 'AgTech...So What?' podcast, and co-founder of Farmers2Founders, a national innovation program that supports Australian primary producers to commercialize inventions and new businesses, as well as gain early access to emerging technologies.

Sarah holds a Masters in System Design and Management from MIT, and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Human Factors Engineering from Tufts University.

Dr Alex Grant

State: South Australia

Current Position: CEO Myriota Pty Ltd

Expertise:

  • Engineer, researcher and entrepreneur in the area of wireless communications, connected vehicles and space technologies.
  • Co-founded Myriota, provider of global internet of things connectivity via low earth orbit satellite
  • Co-founded Cohda Wireless, supplier of software and technology for connected autonomous vehicles and smart cities
  • Formerly Professor of Information Theory, and Director of the Institute for Telecommunications Research at University of South Australia
  • Current Directorships and Advisory Roles include: Director, Myriota, Australian Space Agency Space Industry Leaders Forum, Smartsat CRC Industry Advisory Board
  • Former Directorships and Advisory roles include: Director, Intelligent Transport Systems Australia, Australian Research Council College of Experts, Australian Computer Society Telecommunications Board, IEEE Information Theory Society Board of Governors.

Qualifications:

  • PhD (University of South Australia)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Hons1) (University of South Australia)
  • Worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich.

Board member terms of appointment

Current members of Industry Innovation and Science Australia as at 7 October 2020.

Member

State

1st Term

2nd Term

Mr Andrew Stevens - Chair

NSW

20/12/2018 - 19/12/2021

NA

Dr Alan Finkel AO - Deputy Chair

VIC

10/03/2016 - 24/01/2019

25/01/2019 - 31/12/2020

Professor Elanor Huntington

ACT

20/12/2018 - 19/12/2021

NA

Professor Raoul Mortley

QLD

20/12/2018 - 19/12/2021

NA

Dr Christopher Roberts

NSW

10/03/2016 - 24/01/2019

13/03/2019 - 12/03/2021

Ms Lauren Stafford

WA

07/10/2020 - 06/10/2023

NA

Mr Patrick Houlihan VIC

07/10/2020 - 06/10/2023

NA
Mr Scott Farrell NSW

07/10/2020 - 06/10/2022

NA

Ms Sarah Nolet

NSW

07/10/2020 - 06/10/2022

NA
Dr Alexander (Alex) Grant SA

07/10/2020 - 06/10/2022

NA

Mr David Fredericks PSM

ACT

Ongoing
Ex-officio Member

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Last updated: 12 November 2020

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