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Keynote Speaker

Susan Brown-Shafii

Susan Brown-Shafii

Independent Trade Advisor and former Scientific Coordinator, Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research on Trade Regulation, World Trade Institute.

Susan’s a trade policy and global governance practitioner who has worked at the interface between the private sector, policy and academic communities for nearly 30 years, promoting sustainable economic integration.

An expert in the politics of international trade and strategic procurement, she has a PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics, an MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management in the Netherlands and a BA from the University of Michigan.

William Cullerne Bown

William Cullerne Bown

William Cullerne Bown is a journalist who has been writing about research, universities and politics all over the world for 30 years.

He is the founder of *Research, known to ARMS members for the *Research Professional funding and news service, a global service that includes dedicated coverage of Australia and New Zealand from Canberra.

Cornel de Ronde

Dr Cornel de Ronde

Principal Scientist, GNS Science, New Zealand

Dr Cornel de Ronde is a Principal Scientist at GNS Science, New Zealand. He leads a research group that focuses on seafloor hydrothermal systems and their associated mineral deposits related to submarine volcanoes, principally offshore New Zealand, but also elsewhere around the world.

Currently, his team has strong working relationships with collaborators in the US, Germany, Japan and Australia. He has received numerous international awards for his research and in 2010 was awarded the New Zealand Prime Minister’s Award for Science Communication.

Dr de Ronde is a sought-after speaker at international conferences and regularly appears on TV and radio in New Zealand and overseas, and has featured in numerous documentaries and newspaper and magazine articles.

Susan Gomes

Susan Gomes

Director of Research Development and Strategy, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

Ms Gomes is the founding Director of Research Development at Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard’s largest school, with over 800 faculty in two schools encompassing three divisions: science, social science, arts and humanities and the Harvard John A Paulsen School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Her role at Harvard has focused on creating an institutional infrastructure designed to advance and support the successful pursuit of sponsored funding. Under her leadership, the Research Development office provides catalytic support to help faculty grow and diversify their research portfolios.

Her current role draws on over 15 years of higher education experience in strategic leadership, project management, program development and large-scale proposal development. She also oversees efforts to foster relationships with external sponsors and work closely with faculty and administrators from across Harvard’s many schools.

Over the course of her career, she has contributed to major project proposals resulting in total project awards in excess of $63 million. She is currently a member of the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP) and chair of NORDP’s northeast regional organization.

Leanne Harvey

Leanne Harvey

Acting Chief Executive Officer Australian Research Council (ARC)

As Acting Chief Executive Officer, Ms Leanne Harvey manages the Australian Research Council (ARC) in line with the requirements of the PGPA Act and Public Service Act 1999.

Under the ARC Act, the CEO has the following functions:
• to make recommendations to the Minister in relation to which proposals should be approved for funding
• to administer financial assistance approved by the Minister for research programmes
• to provide advice to the Minister on research matters
• any other functions conferred on the CEO by this or any other Act.

Leanne played a pivotal leadership role in developing and delivering Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Demonstrating the quality of ERA in 2010, the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) recognised the exercise as ‘state-of-the-art’. Each ERA cycle continues to build on the utility and evidence base for research policy both for Australia and internationally.

The Engagement and Impact Assessment of Australian university research is also being led by Leanne and the pilot phase will be undertaken this year, which will test the details of the framework to be implemented in 2018. The national assessment will be undertaken as a companion to Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Ms Harvey joined the ARC in March 2008, after transferring from (the then) Department of Education, Science and Training due to Machinery of Government changes. Since then, she has led the ARC through a substantial reorganisation to better align the agency with current Government agendas.

Ms Harvey completed her education in regional New South Wales, graduating at the top of her school and holds a Bachelor of Business in Accounting from (the now) Charles Sturt University. She moved to providing policy analysis and advice regarding Australia’s research sector in 2004. Since joining the Australian Public Service in 1987, her career has seen her involved in social policy initiatives including leading publicly funded research, child support and taxation reforms.

Pete Hodgson

Hon Pete Hodgson

Chief Executive of Otago Innovation Ltd

Pete is currently the Chief Executive of Otago Innovation Ltd.

He holds a Bachelor Veterinary Science and Master of Public Policy, with distinction. He has practised as a large and small animal veterinarian in NZ and the UK. He was a member of the New Zealand Parliament from 1990-2011, and was a senior Cabinet Minister within the New Zealand Government from 1999 –2008. He held numerous portfolios and Select Committee memberships in Parliament. His Cabinet portfolios included Climate change policy, Commerce, Economic development, Education (tertiary), Energy, Fishing, Forestry, Land information, Health, Science and innovation, and Transport.

Since leaving Parliament, Pete has held numerous positions including Director of Otago Innovation Ltd (OIL), Chair of Otago Innovation Advisory Committee, NZ independent chair of the Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching (ANZCCART) as well as various other trusteeships and associateships.

He is married to Anne, has two adult sons, two daughters-in-law, two grandsons, and a love for mountain biking.

Tricia Huang

Tricia Huang

Executive Director, National Medical Research Council, Ministry of Health, Singapore

Ms Huang received her Bachelor degree with Honours in Natural Sciences (Biological) and Masters from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom in 1995 and 1999 respectively. Her education was sponsored by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) under the GlaxoSmithKline-EDB Scholarship.

In her role as Executive Director in the National Medical Research Council, she manages research grants, talent awards as well as research policy to support translational and clinical research among the medical schools and healthcare institutions in Singapore. These are aimed at creating better health and wealth outcomes for Singapore through health research and innovation.

Prior to joining the Ministry of Health in 2015, Ms Huang worked at EDB for 11 years, and at the Agency for Science, Technology & Research (A*STAR) for 9 years. At EDB, she spent the majority of her time in the Biomedical Sciences cluster where she did investment promotion for the biotechnology sector and developed policies and plans for Singapore’s Biomedical Sciences initiative which was launched in 2000. She also spent one year on secondment to the Ministry of Trade & Industry. At A*STAR, she held appointments at the A*STAR Graduate Academy which manages scholarships and science outreach programs, the Biomedical Research Council which manages A*STAR’s 11 biomedical research institutes & consortia, and the Planning & Policy Department.

Ms Huang is a Training Fellow for the Australasian Research Management Society. She is also a Board member of the Singapore Science Centre, and serves on the School Advisory Committee of Tanjong Katong Girls’ secondary School.

Anne Kelso

Anne Kelso

Chief Executive Officer of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Professor Anne Kelso AO is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

Before joining the NHMRC in April 2015, Professor Kelso spent many years as a biomedical researcher in immunology alongside other roles, most recently as Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza at the Doherty Institute in Melbourne.

She is a member of several Government and international committees, including the Australian Medical Research Advisory Board (advising the Minister for Health on the strategy and priorities for the Medical Research Future Fund) and the Boards of the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases and the Human Frontier Science Program Organization.

Kathryn McPherson

Kathryn McPherson

Chief Executive, Health Research Council of New Zealand

Professor Kathryn McPherson became the Chief Executive at the HRC in 2015 ( 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.

Charles Royal

Charles Royal

Composer, researcher and teacher.

Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal is a composer, researcher and teacher and a passionate advocate for ‘indigenous creativity’. Through composing and performing music and through researching and teaching iwi histories and traditions and indigenous knowledge, Charles seeks to unlock the ‘creative potential’ of indigenous peoples and their knowledge. Charles composes for orchestra and chamber groups.

He also composes and performs mōteatea-chanted song poetry and popular song. Charles has written and/or edited six books, all on iwi histories and traditions and mātauranga Māori. Charles is also the founder and leader of an annual whare tapere – iwi based ‘houses’ of storytelling, dance, games, music and other entertainments – which takes place in Hauraki. Previously he was Director of Graduate Studies and Research at Te Wānanga-o-Raukawa, Ōtaki, and Professor of Indigenous Development and Director, Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, University of Auckland. Charles belongs to Marutūahu, Ngāti Raukawa and Ngā Puhi.

Charles is currently Director, Ngā Manu Atarau (Communities, Repatriation, Sector Development) at Te Papa Museum of New Zealand.

Clinton Watson

Mr Clinton Watson

Principal Advisor, Science, Innovation and International Branch, NZ Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Clinton Watson has been in his current position for three years, which has included leading a sector-wide, cross-government project on improving data on research, science and innovation in NZ.

He has previously worked at the OECD and the evaluation office of UNESCO in Paris. He was awarded the James Bertram scholarship in 2012 to study a Master of Public Policy at Peking University and a Master of International Relations at Victoria University of Wellington. This follows undergrad studies in Economics, Japanese and Linguistics at the University of Canterbury.

Clinton is particularly interested in economic history, science and innovation policy, linked data infrastructures and the Chinese innovation system.

Prue Williams

Prue Williams

General Manager, Science System Investment and Performance
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Prue Williams is General Manager, Science System Investment & Performance for the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE). She has responsibility for making and managing scientific investments that are focussed on science excellence and contributing to New Zealand’s economic, social and environmental goals.

Prue has a PhD in soil science and a research career aimed at developing sustainable land management practices. She moved into research management when she was appointed as General Manager Research for one of the Crown Research Institutes. Prior to joining MBIE she was Chief Science Advisor to the Foundation for Research, Science & Technology and the Ministry of Science & Innovation.

Invited Speaker

Bronwyn Carlson

Professor Bronwyn Carlson

Head of Department of Indigenous Studies, Macquarie University

Professor Bronwyn Carlson, is the Head of Department of Indigenous Studies, Macquarie University. She is an Aboriginal woman who was born on and lives on D'harawal Country in NSW Australia. Bronwyn's research interests include Indigenous identities, Digital Indigenous Humanities and Global Indigeneity. She is the recipient of the 2013 Stanner award administered by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies for her Doctoral thesis on the politics of Indigenous identity. She has been awarded two consecutive solo Australian Research Council Discovery Indigenous grants focussing on Indigenous identity and community online on social media. She is the founding and managing editor of the Journal of Global Indigeneity. Aboriginal Studies Press has recently published her book, The politics of identity: who counts as Aboriginal today?

Kevin Cullen

Dr Kevin Cullen

CEO UNSW Innovations

Kevin was appointed CEO of UNSW Innovations at UNSW Australia in 2011. He is responsible for developing the UNSW model for knowledge exchange and commercialisation, with particular emphasis on supporting the translation of the university’s excellent research outputs into use by society.

Kevin brings extensive international experience to this position, having been active at board level in the leading Technology Transfer (TT) Associations like Praxisunico, ASTP, AUTM and ATTP, he also has a long-standing interest in economic development, spin-out companies, and developing the University interface with SMEs.

Kevin has developed new approaches to improve knowledge exchange. He is well known as the architect of the Knowledge Transfer Metrics system used for the assessment of Knowledge and TT performance of UK universities. Kevin led the launch of the Easy Access IP initiative, designed to significantly increase the flow of knowledge from the university into the economy and society.

Kevin has worked for Procter & Gamble, in the fields of technical brand management, product development, and technology development, covering Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East and acted as an external expert and consultant in international projects, particularly focused on TT.

Michael Khor

Professor Michael Khor

Director of Research Support Office and Bibliometrics Analysis in Nanyang Technological University Singapore (NTU)

Professor K A Khor received his PhD degree from Monash University, is currently the Director of Research Support Office and Bibliometrics Analysis in Nanyang Technological University Singapore (NTU).

Before joining NTU, he worked as an Experimental Scientist at CSIRO in Melbourne. He was also the Deputy Director, Singapore-MIT Alliance, Singapore Office; Director (Projects) at the National Research Foundation of Singapore; Associate Provost (Research), President’s Office, NTU and President, Institute of Materials, East Asia.

His research comprises of bibliometrics analysis, bioengineering materials and thin films, spark plasma sintering, thermal spraying, thermal barrier coatings and solid oxide fuel cells.

Peter Whiteford

Peter Whiteford

Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Research, Victoria University

Peter Whiteford is a graduate of Victoria (Wellington) and Oxford Universities and has been working at Victoria University since 1991.

His academic home is in English literature; he is a Professor in the English programme and has published widely on medieval literature, New Zealand literature and on the Victorian poet Gerard Manley Hopkins.

Over the last ten years, he has held a number of managerial roles within the University and is currently Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Research.

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