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Bradley Abraham is Chief Executive Officer and Director of The Royal Institution of Australia and is the driving force behind the development of Australia’s first free and open publishing platform for science stories, Australia’s Science Channel.
Specialising in change leadership, Bradley has had over 20 year’s senior management experience in the not-for-profit sector, including management and marketing roles at CPA Australia, Swimming SA, Scouts Australia and The Australian Institution of Management.
A Fellow of The Australian Institute of Company Directors, Bradley has served on many Boards and Committees of charitable and sporting bodies, including current positions as a Member of the CEDA State Advisory Council in South Australia and Board Member for the Australian Science Media Centre.
The Royal Institution of Australia is governed by a the following council members:
Peter Yates AM is Deputy Chairman of The Myer Family Investments Ltd and a Director of AIA Australia Limited. He is Chairman of the Royal Institution of Australia, the Australian Science Media Centre, the Faculty of Business and Economics at Melbourne University, the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Shared Value Project and the NHMRC Centre for Personalised Immunology at ANU and Deputy Chairman of Asialink.
Peter is a Director of the Royal Children’s Hospital, the Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology at UNSW, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Australian Research Council.
From 2004-2007 Peter was Managing Director of Oceania Capital Partners and held the position of Chief Executive Officer of Publishing and Broadcasting Limited from 2001-2004. Until 2001 he worked in the Investment Banking industry including 15 years with Macquarie Bank. He holds a Doctorate of the University from Murdoch University, a Masters degree from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a Commerce degree from University of Melbourne. He speaks Japanese, having studied at Keio University in Tokyo.
Peter has been a director of Publishing and Broadcasting, Crown Ltd, Foxtel Ltd, The Nine Network, Ninemsn, Ticketek, Veda Ltd, Oceania Capital Partners Ltd, the National Portrait Gallery, The Melbourne International Arts Festival, Centre for Independent Studies, MOKO.mobi and the Australia-Japan Foundation.
In the June 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours, Peter was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for service to education, to the financial services industry and to a range of arts, science and charitable organisations.
Professor Peter Andrews AO is an eminent scientist and bio-entrepreneur. He was appointed as Queensland’s first Chief Scientist in 2003, retiring in December 2010.
Professor Andrews completed his PhD in the pharmacological applications of quantum chemistry at the University of Melbourne in 1969. He has since led multidisciplinary scientific teams at several Australian universities, and has been at the forefront of the development of the Australian biotechnology industry as a founder or board member of more than 10 scientific companies. He is currently chairman of Implicit Bioscience, Vast Bioscience and the Advisory Board of the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine at Bond University.
In 2000, together with Professor John Mattick AO, Professor Andrews founded Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience – the first of several world-class biomedical research institutes established under the Queensland government’s Smart State Strategy.
Peter is passionate about the need to encourage young Australians to found and build their own entrepreneurial enterprises, and is the current chairman of bluebox, QUT’s commercialisation organisation. His book “Überpreneurs: how to create innovative global businesses and transform human societies”, co-authored with social scientist Dr Fiona Wood, was published in 2014.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2004 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia.
Professor Lyn Beazley AO is the Former Chief Scientist of Western Australia, Professor of Zoology at the University of Western Australia and the Sir Walter Murdoch Distinguished Professor of Science at Murdoch University. Professor Beazley built an internationally-renowned research team in Neuroscience that focused on recovery from brain damage.
Starting out as a reporter/producer for the ABC’s science unit, Will Berryman soon moved on to work in leading new media roles for Nickelodeon International and Fox Studios Australia. His career as a senior executive spans more than 20 years and he has extensive experience in both traditional and digital media. Will has headed up Hostworks – a subsidiary of BAI Communications – since 2013 and is a director of the peak industry body for the digital industry in Australia, AIMIA. Prior to Hostworks, Will worked in a number of roles including chief operating officer for companies Four Cross Media and Technicolour. He headed up technology and distribution for national Australian broadcaster SBS for more than five years from 2000. He is a Council member of The Royal Institution of Australia.
Dr Gregory Clark is a world-renowned scientist, technologist and businessman. He has received a number of international awards and fellowships in recognition of his contributions to technology and society. He was on the Australian Prime Minister’s Science and Technology Committee from 1990 to 1998. Dr Clark has a PhD in physics from the ANU and is a Visiting Fellow at ANU. He spent 15 years with the IBM Research Division in New York. Subsequently, as President of News Technology Group and a member of the News Corporation Executive Committee, Dr Clark oversaw all technology within News Corporation and companies within the Group, including all internet and satellite pay-TV companies. He was responsible for News Corporation’s transformation of its media assets from an analogue platform into a digital platform. Dr Clark was then President and Chief Operating Officer of Loral Space and Communications in New York. This company is the world’s largest commercial satellite manufacturer and, at that time, the world’s second-largest satellite operator. During his time at Loral, he oversaw the development and manufacture of satellites, their launch and commercial operation.
Tony Clark is an Emmy Award-winning Cinematographer as well as co-founder and Director of Rising Sun Pictures. His credits as a VFX Supervisor for RSP include Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, The Last Mimzy, The Core and Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire. He is a 2010 recipient of an Academy Award for Scientific & Technical Achievement as creator of the remote collaboration tool cineSync. His deep understanding of digital film became the foundation for the technology spin- off Rising Sun Research (now Cospective). He has served as a board member on the South Australian Film Corporation, is currently on the boards of Ausfilm and ASX listed Telecommunications Provider Superloop, and is an active member of both AMPAS and VES.
Sir Rod Eddington is one of Australia’s most experienced and accomplished business leaders. Educated as an engineer at the University of Western Australia and then Oxford University as Western Australia’s 1974 Rhodes Scholar, he has demonstrated his acumen and expertise on the national, regional, and international stages.
Sir Rod’s career began in transport and aviation in 1979 when he joined the Swire Group. He worked with Cathay Pacific Airways in Hong Kong, Korea and Japan in a variety of roles, before being appointed MD and CEO in 1992. In 1997, he was appointed executive chairman of Ansett Airlines, a position he held until 2000, when News Corporation sold its 50 per cent interest in Ansett. Most recently, he returned to Australia after serving for five years as CEO of British Airways, where he successfully led the airline’s turnaround during one of the industry’s most turbulent periods. In 2005, Sir Rod was awarded a Knighthood by the British Government for services to civil aviation. In December 2006, he completed a study for the British Government on the links between transport and the economy.
Today, numerous companies benefit from his time and talents. He is non-executive chairman (Australia & New Zealand) of JPMorgan, in addition to maintaining non-executive roles with News Corporation, CLP (China Light & Power) Holdings and John Swire & Sons Pty Ltd. Sir Rod also serves as Chairman of Victorian Major Events Company and Infrastructure Australia and as a Non-Executive Chairman and Independent Non–Executive Director of Lion. Sir Rod is also a President of Australia Japan Business Cooperation Committee.
Baroness Professor Susan Greenfield was both an undergraduate and graduate at Oxford University, taking a DPhil in the Department of Pharmacology in 1977. She subsequently held research fellowships in the Department of Physiology Oxford, the College de France Paris, and NYU Medical Center New York. In 1985 she was appointed University Lecturer in Synaptic Pharmacology, and Fellow and Tutor in Medicine, Lincoln College, Oxford, before receiving a University Professorship in 1996. From 1998 to 2010 she served as Director of the Royal Institution of Great Britain, a post held jointly with her chair in Oxford. She currently is founder and CEO of a biotech company (www.neuro-bio.com) that is developing a novel anti-Alzheimer drug based on her research exploring novel brain mechanisms linked to neurodegeneration.
Baroness Greenfield has been awarded 32 Honorary Degrees from British and foreign universities and in 2000 was elected to an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians. Further international recognition of her work has included the ‘Golden Plate Award’ (2003) from the Academy of Achievement, Washington, the L’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur (2003), from the French Government, and the 2010 Australian Medical Research Society Medal. She was awarded a CBE in the Millennium New Year’s Honours List, and was granted a non-political Life Peerage in 2001. In 2004 and 2005, she was ‘Thinker in Residence’ in Adelaide, reporting to the Premier of South Australia on applications of science for wealth creation. She served as Chancellor of Heriot Watt University 2005-2012, and in 2007 was elected into the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Since 2014 she has held an annual Visiting Professor at the Medical School, University of Melbourne.
Baroness Greenfield also studies the physical basis of the mind: in 1995 she published her own theory of consciousness Journey to the Centres of the Mind (1995), which was developed substantially in The Private Life of the Brain (2000). Meanwhile, her book The Human Brain: A Guided Tour (1997) ranked in the British best-seller lists, and is still in print as a popular introduction to the brain for non-specialists. It was followed by Tomorrow’s People: How 21st Century technology is changing the way we think and feel (2003), which explored human nature and its potential vulnerability in an age of technology. These ideas were expanded in her later book, ID: The Quest for Identity in the 21st Century (2009). In addition she has written a novel ‘2121: A Tale form the Next Century’, published in 2013, which describes a dystopia century ahead in the future The theme of unprecedented changes to contemporary human cognition, arguably comparable in its significance to Climate Change, was briefly explored in a monograph You and Me (2011), and has now been developed further in an in-depth exploration of the impact of technology on the brain in ‘Mind Change: How 21st Century Technology is leaving its mark on the brain’ published in 2014 by Random House. Her latest book ‘A Day in the Life of the Brain: Consciousness from Dawn ‘til Dusk’ was published by Penguin in October 2016.
As a result of her original background in classics, Baroness Greenfield held the Presidency of the Classical Association for 2003 – 2004 and in 2010 was elected to a Fellowship of the Science Museum and from 2000 was a Forum Fellow at the World Economic Conference at Davos for ten years. In 2002 she authored the Greenfield Report SET Fair: A Report on the Retention and Recruitment of Women in Science, Engineering, and Technology. Greenfield has been profiled in a wide range of papers and magazines, voted one of the 100 most influential women in Britain by the Daily Mail in 2003, and ‘Woman of the Year’ by the Observer in 2000. In 2014 she was included in Debretts ‘Top 500’ of the most influential people in Britain today.
David Knox is an oil and gas industry executive and former Managing Director and CEO of Santos Limited from 2008 -2015. Previously David was Managing Director for BP Developments in Australasia from 2003 to 2007. He has worked for BP in the United Kingdom and Pakistan, and has held management and engineering positions at ARCO and Shell in the USA, Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Norway. David is originally from Edinburgh, Scotland and has a BSc Hons in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA. He is a fellow of ATSE, and Engineers Australia. David is a member of the Commonwealth Science Council, a director of the CSIRO and was formerly Chair of the CSIRO Energy Advisory Board. He is also a board member for the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, the Adelaide Festival and the Migration Council.
Emeritus Professor John Yovich AM is Executive Chairman of Student Edge and a Director of Racing and Wagering Western Australia. He was Vice Chancellor and President of Murdoch University from 2002-2011. He was instrumental in the formation of and Chaired the Innovative Research Universities Australia (IRUA) group. John was a board member of the not-for-profit organisation the Australian Science Media Centre (AusSMC) and a member of the board of directors of the Australian-American Fulbright Commission (AAFC). He is also was an inaugural Trustee of both the Murdoch University Veterinary Trust and Chairman of the Murdoch University Foundation. Prior to his appointment as Vice Chancellor, Professor Yovich was the inaugural Executive Dean for Murdoch University’s Division of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, during which time he concurrently served a period as Pro Vice Chancellor (Research).
He has been a member of the National Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation Equine Research Advisory Committee; deputy chair of the Western Australian Totalisator Agency Boar; a member of the Racecourse Development Trust; a member of the Australian Veterinary Boards Council; vice-chairman of the Western Australian Turf Club; a member of the Consultative Group for the Federal Review of Rural VeterinaryService; a member of the board of Future Directions International; vice-president and a member of the Audit and Finance Committees of IDP Education Australia Limited; and a member of the Business-Industry-Higher Education Collaboration Council. John was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2001 for service through veterinary science and university administration and Member of Order of Australia in 2006 for service to tertiary education, veterinary science and the community. He is an Emeritus Professor of Murdoch University, Zhejiang University of Technology, China and Guangdong University of Business Studies, China. John has international specialist veterinary qualifications.