Chair, NSW Independent Planning Commission
Professor Mary O’Kane is the Chair of the NSW Independent Planning Commission, and also a company director and Executive Chairman of O’Kane Associates, a Sydney-based consulting practice specialising in government reviews and research and innovation advice to governments in Europe, Asia and Australasia.
She is Chair of the CRC for Spatial Information, the Space Environment Management CRC, and the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania and is a Director of the New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute, Innovative Manufacturing CRC, Capital Markets CRC and Business Events Sydney.
Professor O’Kane was NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer from 2008 until February 2018. She was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Adelaide from 1996-2001. She is a former Chair of the board of the Australian Centre for Renewable Energy and the Board of the Development Gateway, a former member of the Commonwealth’s Review of the National Innovation System, Australian Research Council and the Co-operative Research Centres (CRC) Committee, the board of FH Faulding & Co Ltd and the board of CSIRO. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and an Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia.
Mary will deliver The Ralph Slatyer Address on Science and Society at Collaborate | Innovate | 2018 on Monday 14 May.