Professor Leonie Walsh
Leonie Walsh is an experienced leader and adviser in technological innovation with a background that spans more than 30 years of experience in the Corporate sector both locally and internationally across a diverse range of industries and applications. Leonie continues to focus on strategic science and technology issues including collaboration models, innovation efficiency and technology commercialisation across industry, government and academia.
Leonie Walsh has received a BSc and an MSc from Swinburne University, an MBA (Exec) from the Australian Graduate School of Management and is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. In 2014 Leonie received an Honorary Doctorate (HonDUniv) from Swinburne University of Technology for contributions and leadership in scientific enterprises, innovation and the community.
More recently Leonie completed a 3-year term as Victoria's inaugural Lead Scientist. In this capacity Leonie was a contributing member on the Future Industries Ministerial Advisory Council, provided contributions to the Education State activities and STEM plan via the Tech Schools STEM Future Industries Advisory Panel and the STEM advisory committee, represented Victoria on the Forum of Australian Chief Scientists and participated on a range of advisory committees and funding assessment panels spanning innovation, education, renewable energy and advanced manufacturing.
Leonie also holds the honorary roles of President and Chairman of the Fight Cancer Foundation, Non-Executive Director on the Australian Bone Marrow Donor Register and Co-Chair of the Patient Advisory and Advocacy Committee for the Worldwide Network of Blood and Marrow Transplantation. Leonie is also a strong advocate for attracting more women into science and technology and was the inaugural Ambassador for Women's in STEMM Australia.