Global Innovation Chairs

Our Global Innovation Chairs are responsible for leading the development of research and evidence-based translational practice and policy across the University and within faculties and schools.

All Chairs have a strong record of:

  • attracting competitive funding
  • generating and translating excellent research outcomes
  • developing strong working relationships with Government, the community and industry sectors

Contact any of our Global Innovation Chairs to learn more about potential collaborations and partnerships:

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Professor Penny Jane Burke

Director, Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education and Global Innovation Chair of Equity
Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Ed

Professor Julie Byles

Global Innovation Chair in Responsive Transitions in Health and Ageing
School of Medicine and Public Health

Professor Ravi Naidu

Laureate Professor and Director
Global Centre for Environmental Remediation

Professor Brett Neilan

Professor and Global Innovation Chair (Biotechnology)
School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Professor Michael Nilsson

Global Innovation Chair of Rehabilitation Medicine
College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing

Professor Ray Siemens

Global Innovation Chair - Digital Humanities
Office PVC - Human and Social Futures

Professor Vijay Varadharajan

Global Innovation Chair in Cybersecurity
College of Engineering, Science and Environment

Professor Ajayan Vinu

Global Innovation Chair for Nanomaterials and Director
School of Engineering

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