Dr Elizabeth Eastland

Dr Elizabeth Eastland
Dr Elizabeth Eastland

General Manager, Strategy, Market Vision and Innovation, CSIRO

CSIRO’s Collaboration Hub initiative

Dr Elizabeth Eastland is currently General Manager, Strategy, Market Vision and Innovation at CSIRO. In this role Elizabeth is guiding CSIRO’s strategic direction, understanding and defining CSIRO’s national and global market roadmaps, and leading CSIRO’s Innovation and Entrepreneurial Program, which is aimed at developing a pipeline of new investable ventures.

Prior to this, she founded and headed up iAccelerate, raising $16.5M from the state government to build the iAccelerate Centre holding 280 entrepreneurs. She initiated several support programs for female entrepreneurs which culminated in 47% of the companies in iAccelerate having female cofounders. Prior to this she was the Vice President, Strategy and Business Development with the Optics Group, Alcatel HQ, Paris, and before this General Manager, Space & Strategic Marketing with Alcatel Australia.

Elizabeth has thirty years’ experience in Innovation, Research and Development, Technical Management, Business Development, M&A and Strategic Planning, and during that time has held Senior Executive roles with CSIRO, UOW, Alcatel, Optus, Optus Vision, GEC Plessey and NorTel Australia and research roles at Bell Northern Research in Research Triangle Park, USA and Nun’s Island, Canada.

Elizabeth has a BA in Computer Science and Creative Writing, with Distinction from Concordia University, Montreal, and received her Executive MBA at the Australian Graduate School of Management, UNSW, winning both the Alumni Scholarship and Alumni Prize. She has been the recipient of a number of awards including being Alcatel Corporate Executive in 2001 and 2002, Top 100 business women in Australia, Business Class Magazine, Dec/Jan 1999, recipient of the AGSM Alumni Prize in 1999 and the AGSM Alumni Scholarship 1998 from UNSW. In 2012 she was named one of Australia’s 100 most influential women by AFR/Westpac.

In 2015, Under the supervision of Ross Gibson, she was awarded her PhD from University of Sydney. Her PhD thesis, entitled ‘Telling Stories Out of School’, examined the reinterpretation of scientific investigative processes through personal narrative. Underpinned by a framework of narrative and complexity theories, her film installation consisted of film portraits of female scientists whose accounts of their discovery experiences revealed profound insights into the scientific discovery process, illuminating its accidental and often serendipitous nature.

Elizabeth is an original, passionate and creative thinker, with strengths in strategy, leadership, innovation, entrepreneurship and the arts.

Elizabeth will be a keynote speaker at Collaborate | Innovate | 2017 on Wednesday 24 May.