The Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, has announced today the appointment of Carlton Connect Initiative Project Director Dr Charlie Day as the inaugural CEO of the Office of Innovation and Science Australia.
In his new role, Charlie will lead and support national long-term initiatives to boost innovation and science. He and his team will work closely with the Innovation and Science Australia Board, including Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel, to provide strategic, whole-of-government advice on all science, research and innovation matters to the Commonwealth.
We congratulate Charlie on his appointment and wish him all the best in his new role. We also thank him for his leadership and support during his time here at the Carlton Connect Initiative.
University of Melbourne media statement:
The University of Melbourne proudly welcomes the announcement today by the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science of the appointment of Carlton Connect Initiative Project Director, Dr Charles Day to the position of CEO of the Office of Innovation and Science Australia (OISA).
Since 2011 Dr Day pioneered the development of the Carlton Connect Initiative (CCI), Australia’s premier STEM innovation precinct located at the University of Melbourne. In his new role Dr Day will lead and support national long-term initiatives to boost innovation and science.
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne, Professor Glyn Davis commented ‘It is a tribute to Charlie’s skills that he has been asked to lead the development of Australia’s conversation and actions on innovation. While at the University of Melbourne Charlie took the concept of an innovation precinct and made into today’s reality of an inspiring hub of innovation, that brings industry and the public sector together with world leading academic research and entrepreneurial activity. We are proud that Charlie has been selected to help lead in driving Australia’s innovation agenda, we look forward to working closely with Innovation and Science Australia and wish Charlie well in this exciting role.’
Commenting Dr Charlie Day stated ‘It has been a wonderful experience to work at the intersection between industry, the public sector and world leading academic research at the University of Melbourne. It has been a privilege to be part of the Carlton Connect Initiative journey and I am both honoured and excited to take on this role at Innovation and Science Australia.’
At the Carlton Connect Initiative, Dr Day attracted major multinational partners to deepen their relationship with the University. Working with academic colleagues Dr Day co-founded the Melbourne Accelerator Program, named the eight best entrepreneurial accelerator in the world in 2015. In 2015 the University of Melbourne announced that Science Gallery Melbourne, part of the acclaimed Global Science Gallery Network, would be located at the University’s innovation precinct.