Mary O’Kane

Team Leader

Emeritus Professor Mary O’Kane AC
Mary is a consultant and company director. She is Executive Chairman of O’Kane Associates, advising governments and the private sector on innovation, research, education and development. She is also Chief Scientist & Engineer (3 days/week) for the Government of New South Wales. Mary was Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Adelaide (one of Australia’s most distinguished performers in agricultural and biological sciences research) from 1996- 2001 and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) from 1994-1996.
Before that she was Dean of the Faculty of Information Sciences and Engineering at the University of Canberra. Her research field was automatic speech recognition. Mary has served on several boards and committees in the public, private and community sectors, especially related to development, research, engineering, ICT, energy, and science. From 2009-15 she was Chair of the Development Gateway, ‘an international nonprofit delivering technology and information solutions for international development’ (
She is currently chair of the Boards of the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Spatial Information, the Space Environment Management CRC, and of the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania. She serves on the boards of Business Events Sydney Ltd, Queensland University of Technology, the New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute, the Development Gateway, the Capital Markets CRC and the Innovative Manufacturing CRC. She was Chair of the Australian Centre for Renewable Energy, a Director of FH Faulding & Co Ltd and was a Member of the Australian Research Council, the Cooperative Research Centres Committee and the Boards of the CSIRO and NICTA. Mary is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and an Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia. In January 2016 she was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia (AC), that country’s highest civilian honour.