Hugh S. Bradlow is Chief Scientist at Telstra Corporation in which capacity he acts as advisor to the CEO and the Board and other parts of the business on longer term technology directions and technology disruption. Prior to becoming Chief Scientist he was Chief Technology Officer and Head of Innovation, responsible for investigating the future technologies that will impact Telstra’s business. Before joining Telstra in September 1995, Professor Bradlow was Professor of Computer Engineering at the University of Wollongong in Australia and Professor of Electrical Engineering (Digital Systems) at the University of Cape Town. View more
Professor Bradlow is a graduate in electrical engineering from the University of Cape Town in 1973 and received the D.Phil. degree for research in experimental nuclear physics from the University of Oxford. He is a Fellow of and on the Board of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, an Emeritus Professor of the University of Wollongong, a Professorial Fellow of the University of Melbourne, and a recipient of a Centenary Medal from the Commonwealth of Australia. He was elected as the joint 2009 Australian Telecommunications Ambassador of the Year. He was listed in the 2010 and 2011 Global Telecom Business Power 100 rankings and was named by Smart Company as one of the 12 most influential people in Australian ICT.
Graham Brown, AM
Graham is an internist, infectious disease physician, public health physician and clinician scientist whose research has focussed particularly on human immunity to malaria, vaccines, antigenic variation, and pathology of malaria in pregnancy. He has other interests in surveillance of infectious diseases and low cost technology for health. Formerly the James Stewart Professor of Medicine at the University of Melbourne, and Foundation Director of the Nossal Institute for Global Health, he has also worked in Tanzania (as a Lecturer in the University of Dar Es Salaam) and Papua New Guinea (Health Department). View more
Graham has held a number of appointments advising the Tropical Disease Research Program of the World Health Organization and is Chair of the Scientific Consultants Group of the USAID Malaria Vaccine Development Program.
He served on the board of Roll Back Malaria, as Vice-Chair, and Chair of the Executive Committee.
Michelle Gallaher is a recognised champion of the Victorian lifesciences industry and a key opinion leader on social media and digital marketing in the sciences. Michelle is the co-founder and Creative Director of The Social Science, a specialist consultancy helping organisations and individuals unlock the value of social media in the science and innovation industries. Supporting gender equity initiatives and providing leadership for women in Australian STEMM industries is important to Michelle and she crystallised her commitment by co founding Women in Science Australia, an online national initiative of almost 10,000 members, in June 2014. Speaking about gender equity in the sciences and why the future of science and research depends on social technologies is Michelle’s passion. She is a sought after speaker and writer in Australia and overseas, delivered TED and TINA talks in Australia, and is a regular contributor to blogs, webinars, podcasts, conferences and frequently provides mainstream media commentary. View more
Michelle has over 25 years of experience in the Australian lifesciences industry, in teaching hospitals as an allied health professional at the beginning of her career through to pharmaceuticals sales and marketing, government affairs, market access, business development and capital raising. As CEO of BioMelbourne Network, Victoria’s peak body for biotechnology, Michelle spent six years as the state advocate for the commercialisation of research, clinical trials and increased investment in the sector before starting her own company.
Michelle has an undergraduate science degree in allied health (Orthoptics) from La Trobe University and postgraduate qualifications in business and marketing from RMIT and Mt Eliza Business School. She is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) as well as a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (FAIM). Michelle is currently a non executive director of Cancer Trials Australia, the ARC Training Centre in Biodevices at Swinburne University, Women in Science Australia and Avatar. Michelle has previous experience on local, state and federal government advisory boards, NFP advisory boards related to healthcare and medical research organisations as well as private companies.
Jonathan Grant is Director of the Policy Institute, Professor of Public Policy and Assistant Principal for Strategy at King’s College London. The aim of the Policy Institute is to improve evidence-informed policy and practice by facilitating mutual engagement between academic, business and policy communities around current and future policy needs in the UK and globally. His main research interests are on biomedical and health R&D policy, research impact assessment and the use of research and evidence in policy and decision making. Jonathan has significant international experience providing analytical support on the formulation and implementation of R&D strategies in, for example, the UK, Greece, Norway, Qatar, Oman, Australia, Canada and the USA. Jonathan co-founded the International School on Research Impact Assessment (http://www.theinternationalschoolonria.com/). View more
Recent studies that Jonathan has led include: an assessment of the impact case studied from the UK Research Excellence Framework (http://www.hefce.ac.uk/media/HEFCE,2014/Content/Pubs/Independentresearch/
2015/Analysis,of,REF,impact/Analysis_of_REF_impact.pdf) ; a project estimating the economic returns from cancer-related research in the UK (http://www.biomedcentral.com/1741-7015/12/99); and a study looking at the economic spillovers from public funded biomedical and health research (https://bmcmedicine.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12916-016-0564-z).
In 2013, he co-authored a book, ‘The Drugs Don’t Work’, on the global threat of antimicrobial resistance (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Drugs-Dont-Work-Penguin-Specials/dp/0241969190). The book, written in collaboration with the Chief Medical Office of England, Professor Dame Sally Davies, and an expert in infectious diseases, Prof Mike Catchpole, was serialized by The Sunday Times and featured in the New Statesman and The Scotsman.
Jonathan was President of RAND Europe between June 2006 and October 2012. Under his leadership Jonathan oversaw the doubling of RAND Europe’s activity in Europe, the founding of a vibrant and successful office in Brussels, and the establishment of the Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research, a joint venture with the University of Cambridge. Prior to joining RAND in 2002, Jonathan was Head of Policy at the Wellcome Trust.
Jonathan received his Ph.D from the Faculty of Medicine, University of London and his B.Sc. (Econ) from the London School of Economics.
Professor Hall is an accomplished researcher in the field of civil engineering, Professor Hall commenced as Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation) at the University of Newcastle in 2014. He has responsibilities for the University’s diverse and comprehensive research enterprise and acts as the University’s chief research officer. Professor Hall was previously Vice President (Research and External Partnerships) at the University of Guelph, Canada and prior to that held various roles at Queen’s University, Canada over a 20-year period, including the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada University Research Fellow, Department Head (Civil Engineering), Director of the Centre for Water and the Environment, and Chair of the Advisory Board for the Institute for Population and Public Health. View more
Professor Hall carries out transdisciplinary research across a number of major themes including water quality modeling, development of environmental monitoring and pathogen detection systems, syndromic surveillance, and water and health in marginalised communities. His research has been incorporated into Engineering Design Manuals both nationally and internationally.
Professor Hall is a current board member of Intersect (Australia), Newcastle Innovation (Australia) and the Hunter Medical Research Institute (Australia). He is a past board member of Bioconversion Network, TRIUMF (Canada’s national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics), C4 Network (Technology transfer consortium), Canadian Bovine Mastitis Network, Guelph-Waterloo Biotechnology Partnership, the Accelerator Centre, SHARCNET (high performance computing network), Allergen (Canadian Centre of Excellence), Pathogen Detection Systems (spin-off company) and the Lifestyle Research Network. Professor Hall is a member of a number of professional and learned engineering societies.
Ehsan Masood is a science journalist and since 2009 has been the Editor of the research funding-news service, *Research Professional. He is also tutor in science and innovation policy at Imperial College. Ehsan has worked as a writer and editor at Nature and New Scientist, and as communications director at LEAD International, one of the world’s largest nonprofit organisations focusing on leadership and sustainable development. He has written several books, most recently The Great Invention: The Story of GDP and the Making and Unmaking of the Modern World (Pegasus, 2016) and Science and Islam: A History (Icon, 2009), a tie-in for a major BBC television and radio series. He has made a number of documentaries for BBC radio, including Science: Right or Left, which explores the reasons why centre-right politicians are turning away from the scientific consensus and Scientists of the Subprime, a documentary on the role of scientists in the 2008 financial crisis.
Simon McKeon AO
Simon McKeon is the Chancellor of Monash University and was also the 2011 Australian of the Year. Simon served as the Chairman of CSIRO between 2010 and 2015. He was also Chairman of the Federal Government’s Panel which in February 2013 completed a Strategic Review of Health and Medical Research. Simon has been Chairman of In2Science, a science based mentoring program for schools, since 2013. He also Chairs the Group of Eight’s Industry and Innovation Board. He previously served as Chairman of AMP and the CSIRO and was Founding President of the Federal Government’s Australian Takeovers Panel, as well as its Point Nepean Community Trust. He served as Founding Chairman of MS Research Australia and Business for Millennium Development. View more
He retired from Macquarie Group in early 2014 after a 30 year career culminating in his position as Executive Chairman (Melbourne Office). He continues to be retained by Macquarie as a consultant. Simon is the helmsman of Macquarie Innovation which in March 2009 became the first sailboat in the world to sustain more than 50 knots and in so doing, peaked at a speed of 100 kmh (54 knots). He is also a Founding Patron of the Australian Olympic Sailing Team which won 3 gold and a silver medal (and was the leading sailing nation) at the 2012 London Olympics.
Professor Kathryn McPherson
Professor Kathryn McPherson became the Chief Executive at the HRC in 2015 (www.hrc.govt.nz). Kath has worked in the research field for over 20 years focusing on research that identifies new approaches to improving outcome, and quality of healthcare for people with long term disabling health conditions. Kath is author or co-author of more than 180 peer-reviewed journal articles and holds a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. Her clinical background is in nursing, midwifery and community health, with an academic background in psychology and rehabilitation. Kath’s most recent academic appointments have been at AUT University (NZ), University of Southampton (UK) and the University of Otago (NZ). Kath maintains an active involvement in research and publication although at a reduced level in view of her current appointment.
Professor Pauline Nestor
Professor Pauline Nestor is Vice-Provost (Research) at Monash University. She is responsible for research strategy, maintaining and improving the University's competitive research performance, driving new research initiatives, research policy, compliance and quality. Pauline has previously served as Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Arts, as well as serving as Academic Adviser to the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research). Pauline was educated in Australia and England. After a BA (Hons) at Melbourne University, she attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and completed her Masters and Doctorate degrees in nineteenth-century English literature and culture. She was a foundation board member of the Victorian Registration and Qualification Authority and a member of the Victorian Higher Education Accreditation Committee, and has been a member of the ARC College of Experts.
Leonie Walsh is an experienced leader and adviser in technological innovation with a background that spans more than 25 years of experience in the areas technology development and commercialisation both locally and internationally across a diverse range of industries and applications. More recently Leonie completed a 3 year term as Victoria's inaugural Lead Scientist. In this capacity Leonie was a contributing member on the the Future Industries Ministerial Advisory Council, provided contributions to the Education State activities and STEM plan via the Tech Schools STEM Future Industries Advisory Panel and the STEM advisory committee, represented Victoria on the Forum of Australian Chief Scientists and participated on a range of advisory committees and funding assessment panels spanning innovation, education and advanced manufacturing. Leonie continues to focus on strategic science and technology issues including innovation efficiency, technology commercialisation, the future skilled workforce and women in science through a range of related boards, advisory and advocacy activities. View more
Additional honorary board appointments include Chairman and President of the Fight Cancer Foundation, Non-Executive Director of the Australian Bone Marrow Donor Register and Co-Chair of the Patient Advocacy and Advisory Committee for the World Network of Blood and Marrow Transplantation.
Leonie Walsh has received a BSc and an MSc from Swinburne University, an MBA (Exec) from the Australian Graduate School of Management and is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. In 2014 Leonie received an Honorary Doctorate (HonDUniv) from Swinburne University of Technology for contributions and leadership in scientific enterprises, innovation and the community.
Mr. Zhang Xiaoyuan now serves as Director General (DG) of Resources Management and Allocation, the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), P. R. China. DG Zhang is in charge of the reform of project management for national scientific and technological (S&T) programs. Previously, Zhang took a series of important positions in MOST as DDG of Policy, Regulations and Reform, DG of Evaluation Center, and DG of Facilities and Financial Support. View more
For years, DG Zhang has been dedicated to the study and top-level design on the reform of national S&T system, especially on allocation of S&T resources and management of research projects. He was one of the major drafters of a few guiding documents, e.g. The Scheme on Deepening the Reform of Central Budget-Funded S&T Programs (Major Projects and Funds) and The Guidelines on Strengthening the Reform of Central Budget-Funded Research Grants and Projects. He is indeed a chief designer and facilitator of the ongoing reform of national S&T research programs.
Susan Zimmerman is the Executive Director of the Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research in Ottawa. SRCR is responsible for the implementation of the Tri-Agency Framework on Responsible Conduct of Research on behalf of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). The Secretariat is also responsible for the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans. View more
She is a lawyer whose career has focused on health law and public policy. A native of Montreal, Susan received her undergraduate degree from Bryn Mawr College, civil law and common law degrees from McGill University, and a Master of Laws from the University of Toronto. Her professional experience includes positions as a senior research associate at the Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law at McGill University, Director of Legislation and Law Reform at the Canadian Bar Association, legal counsel at Health Canada and Director of Research for the Law Commission of Canada. Prior to her appointment to the Secretariat in September, 2007, Ms Zimmerman was a member of the Health Law Group at the Toronto office of a national law firm, where she represented health care institutions and a variety of health care professionals.
Ms Zimmerman has also been a university lecturer in health law and ethics and a member of research ethics boards.
Dr Marcus Zipper
For the last 17 years, Dr Zipper has had senior leadership, commercial, business development and marketing roles primarily in scientific research organisations, including over 12 years in CSIRO. This includes previous roles in two CSIRO research divisions, two Cooperative Research Centres, the polymer industry and a professional services firm. Currently Dr Zipper leads the CSIRO Services business unit which comprises CSIRO Education & Outreach, CSIRO Publishing, Infrastructure Technologies, SME Connect and CSIRO Futures. View more
He has experience in business management, research management, science leadership, research portfolio management, strategic capability planning, business development and commercialisation experience in research organisations.
He has experience in a range of research areas and sectors including chemicals, materials, mining and minerals processing, polymers / composites, metal production, manufacturing, service industries, packaging, aerospace and automotive.
He has an academic background in materials science and engineering with an emphasis on engineering materials, materials characterisation and materials processing. He has over 30 publications including national and international journal papers, conference papers, conference abstracts and chapters for books on materials science and engineering.