The Innovation Papers: Meet our full list of expert authors

James Riley
Editorial Director

Forty policy thinkers from across the Australian tech and innovation ecosystems have contributed more than 70,000 words to The Innovation Papers projects to be published in a newspaper format on August 4.

The Innovation Papers brings together leaders from across the full spectrum of the economy, from manufacturing to biotech, from space to agriculture and defence, to mining and renewables.

This is a collection of policy papers that aim to aim to capitalise on a renewed federal interest in industrial policy as a driver of economic growth.

A selection of these important contributions will be presented at The Innovation Papers [Live] forum and networking lunch on August 4 at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. Limited seating is available at the Live forum. You can book your place here.

Fresh thinking and new ideas

The Innovation Papers deliberately draws together leading voices from the broadest array of industry verticals, along with horizontal capabilities like manufacturing and software development, and institutional research.

The full list of authors of The Innovation Papers are:

Opening Paper

  • Professor Roy Green, Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Hub and Port of Newcastle, Innovation and industry policy in a changing world

Chapter One – Our People, Our culture

  • Kate Fielding, A New Approach, Art, culture and opportunities for the innovation community
  • Associate Professor Ellen Broad, School of Cybernetics, ANU, AI and government service delivery
  • David Masters, Atlassian, The art of executing effective tech policy
  • Dr Lesley Seebeck, ANU, Moving beyond (just) delivery
  • Kate Pounder, The Tech Council, Skilling up Australia, getting to 1.2 million tech workers by 2030
  • Marcus Powe, James Cook University, Are we funding the wrong end of the entrepreneurship equation?
  • Kate McGeoch, ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science, Funding models that foster cultural change in research – industry relationships
  • Sally Hussey, Granicus, Improving trust in governments with online engagement and AI
  • Marie Johnson, Centre for Digital Business, Delivering the NDIS eMarket: The missing piece in the NDIS nation-building project
  • Luli Adeyemo, Best Case Scenario, How diverse and inclusive thinking contributes to growing the tech workforce

Chapter Two – Connected Nation

  • Dr Julian Hick, Highland Medical, Putting patients at the centre of healthcare using cloud based analytics
  • Dr Amanda Lawrence, RMIT, Building an Australian social data observatory
  • Justin Warren, PivotNine, Designing policy for tech safety that include removal of harmful systems
  • Steve Hoy, Andiron Group, Energy traceability is key to accessing accurate generation and consumption data
  • Junye Li, UNSW, Mandated WiFi sensing for critical applications
  • Marina Yastreboff, Australian Society for Computers and the Law, Rules as Code – Challenges and opportunities for lawmakers
  • Aryan Sharma, UNSW, Informed Consent for Public WiFi Sensing Systems
  • Jason Mingo, Water Services Association of Australia, An agency to foster innovation ecosystems
  • Dr Peter Woodgate, SmartSat CRC, Where are we going? A 2030 roadmap for space and spatial technology
  • Dr Mirjana Prica, Food Innovation Australia Ltd (FIAL growth centre), A manufacturers’ paradise? Building our food and agribusiness sector
  • Megan O’Connor, Kantara Consulting, Changes needed for biotech and medtech grant funding to improve commercialisation

Chapter Three – Powering the Economy

  • Catherine Thompson, Hypereal, The digital marketplace and procurement reform
  • Adrian Beer, METS Ignited industry growth centre, Releasing stranded technology to grow Australian industry
  • Jens Goennemann, Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre, Manufacturing is a capability; Here’s what we need
  • Dr Hasnain Zaheer, Business school academic, Towards the Startup Nation: Policies for Digital Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Associate Prof David Noble, Southern Cross University, NSW pathway to a national startup concierge service
  • Professor Michael Biercuk, Q-CTRL, Policy prescriptions for a robust quantum sector
  • Beth Webster, Swinburne University of Technology, Clusters are the key to high growth companies
  • David McKeague, Curious Thing AI, Toward an alignment of industry policy and venture capital
  • Sally-Ann Williams, Cicada Innovations, The Innovation Imperative
  • Paul Levins, Evercase, We need a Market Network to drive innovation

Chapter Four – Sovereignty and Resilience

  • Adam Gilmour, Gilmour Space Technologies, Why we need Australian primes
  • Jessica Glenn, AIM Group, Collaboration and conflict
  • Adrian Turner, Minderoo Fire and Flood Resilience, Generational Change: From response to resilience
  • Rupert Taylor-Price, Vault Cloud, Sovereign capability and information supply chains

“The change of government in Canberra has fired a renewed enthusiasm for industry policy as a driver of economic growth,” said publisher Corrie McLeod.

“Big ideas and fresh thinking is important for the evolution of government policy. But often these big ideas don’t cut through typical media cycles. Our goal with The Innovation Papers project is to provide the space and the format to engage our best thinkers, and to give a platform for ideas that address the nation’s biggest opportunities,” she said.

“We are immensely grateful to all of the authors for putting their hands up and contributing more than 70,000 words worth of policy thinking to The Innovation Papers – and we look forward to the presentations at the live forum at The National Gallery of Australia in Canberra on August 4.

Seats are limited to this one-off event. You can reserve your place here.

Do you know more? Contact James Riley via Email.

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