The Victorian Division invites Fellows to attend the 2019 Commencement Dinner
Guest speaker: Dr Megan Clark AC FTSE, Head of the Australian Space Agency
Thursday 7 February 2019
6.45pm for 7.30pm start
RACV City Club
501 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Cost: $90 per person, including drinks
The Australian Space Agency has progressed from its initial start-up phase and is maturing in its development and engagement, domestically and internationally. The Agency is now seen as a major player with a strong reputation as a credible and responsible organisation.
The presentation will cover both the achievements and challenges of the young Agency and how the shape of the space industry will change moving forward. Dr Megan Clark will provide insights and a forward work program.
Dr Clark began her career as a mine geologist and subsequently worked in mineral exploration, mine geology, R&D management, venture capital and technical strategy areas with Western Mining Corporation
She was a director of N M Rothschild & Sons (Australia) and Vice-president Technology and subsequently Vice-president Health, Safety, Environment, Community and Sustainability with BHP Billiton from 2003 to 2008.
In 2009 she was appointed Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), making her its first female chief executive. Under her leadership CSIRO was credited for a number of new ventures, including wireless research.
Since 2014 she has been a non-executive director of Rio Tinto Limited. As a Rio Tinto board member she began serving as chair of the Sustainability Committee in May 2016, and became a member of the Remuneration Committee with effect from 1 May 2016.
On 14 May 2018 it was announced that she would head the Australian Space Agency, after leading the 2017 review into Australia’s space capabilities.
Dr Clark was a member of the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council as well as the Prime Minister’s Taskforce on Manufacturing. She is also a commissioner on the Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.