About us

Mary O'Kane AC

... is the company's Executive Chairman, and leads all projects undertaken by the company. As a computer engineer undertaking pioneering research in artificial intelligence, a former university vice-chancellor, a member or chair of many Government and private sector boards and committees, an active consultant and public speaker,   part-time Chief Scientist and Engineer for the State of New South Wales  2008-2018, and current part-time Chair of the NSW Independent Planning Commission, Professor O'Kane has an extraordinary breadth and depth of experience in the innovation, research, higher education, energy, ICT, public policy and development spheres. She also has extensive national and international networks reflecting this expertise.

 In the innovation sphere, Professor O'Kane serves on the NSW Innovation and Productivity Council, is a reviewer for VINNOVA, the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems, and   is frequently invited to give keynote speeches on productivity and innovation. She was Chair of the 2008 Review of the Co-operative Research Centres Program and currently chairs the CRC for Spatial Information, the Space Environment Management CRC and the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania. She is a director of the Capital Markets CRC and the Innovative Manufacturing CRC.  

In the higher education sphere, Professor O'Kane was Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Adelaide from 1996-2001 and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) from 1994-96. Before that, she was Dean of the Faculty of Information Sciences and Engineering at the University of Canberra. Through O'Kane Associates she advises many universities in Australia and the region. She is a member of the Council of Charles Darwin University and of the International Advisory Board of Universiti Tun Abdul Razak.

In the energy sphere, Professor O'Kane is a director of KUTh Ltd. She was  Chair of the Board of the Australian Centre for Renewable Energy, the Australian Government's former main body for overseeing commercial adoption of renewable energy technologies, throughout its existence. She is also Chair of the NSW Renewable Energy Taskforce.

In the development sphere, Professor O'Kane is Chair of the Development Gateway based in Washington, and the Development Gateway International based in Brussels. She was formerly a member of the Australian Aid Advisory Council and was Senior Advisor to the Australian Government on the Virtual Colombo Plan from 2001-2007.