Turning ideas into jobs: NSW R&D Action Plan

Turning ideas into jobs: NSW R&D Action Plan

Mar 29
The NSW Government’s R&D Action Plan was launched in January. Join Trustees and key drivers of the project to learn how businesses can benefit.
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Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte, NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer
David Shein, Partner, Our Innovation Fund, Member, NSW R&D Advisory Council
The Hon. Gabrielle Upton MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the NSW Premier

Event Overview

In September 2020 CEDA was pleased to host a discussion with Gabrielle Upton and Hugh Durrant-Whyte facilitating an opportunity for members to give feedback on the NSW Government’s R&D Action Plan draft recommendations. On 25 January 2021, the NSW Premier launched the Turning ideas into jobs: the NSW R&D Action Plan which recommends the Government take the following five Priority Actions:

1. Launching a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program;
2. Boosting open data;
3. Turbocharging preci;ncts
4. Targeting strategic support for NSW universities; and
5. Establishing an online R&D matchmaking platform.

We are pleased to welcome back Gabrielle and Hugh, along with David Shein, to explore how the NSW Government will accelerate R&D through the Action Plan and the opportunities for business and industry.

This briefing is by invitation only to CEDA Trustees. Trustees are senior leaders nominated by CEDA member organisations. At CEDA boardroom briefings Trustees hear from an informed, expert guest speaker in a private, small group setting. Invitations to boardroom briefings are a valued benefit of CEDA membership. Chatham House Rule applies.


Meet the speakers

Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte
NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer

From 2016-18, Hugh was Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK Ministry of Defence. Previous roles have included Professor and ARC Federation Fellow at the University of Sydney; CEO of National ICT Australia; and Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Systems and of the Australian Centre for Field Robotics. Hugh is a world-leading authority on machine learning and robotics, and applications in areas including cargo handling, mining, and defence. He has published over 300 research papers, graduated over 70 PhD students, and has won numerous awards and prizes for his work, including being named 2010 NSW Scientist of the Year and 2008 Engineers Australia NSW Engineer of the Year.

David Shein
Partner, Our Innovation Fund, Member, NSW R&D Advisory Council

David is a founding partner of Our Innovation Fund and an Investment Committee member. He has founded, mentored and invested in numerous start-ups, leading many to successful exits. He is the Chairman of ASX-listed Montech Holdings. Previously, David founded and was the Managing Director of Com Tech Communications, which sold for over $1 billion. David also has extensive senior board experience.

The Hon. Gabrielle Upton MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the NSW Premier

Gabrielle was re-elected for a third term as the Member for Vaucluse at the March 2019 NSW Election and on 2 April 2019 was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the NSW Premier. She has previously served in a range of portfolios including Minister for the Environment, Local Government and Heritage, and served as the first female NSW Attorney General. Gabrielle’s career began as a banking and finance lawyer after being admitted as a Solicitor to the Supreme Court of NSW and the High Court of Australia in 1988. She then worked as a banker with Deutsche Bank and Toronto Dominion Bank in New York financing the energy sector. Gabrielle held the position of Deputy Chancellor of the UNSW; was Deputy Chair of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards in Australia; and a board member of Neuroscience Research Australia.

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