Chief Executive Officer, Monash University

Dr Megan Clark is Chief Executive of CSIRO, Australia’s national research agency and one of the
leading mission-directed, multi-disciplinary applied research organisations in the world. CSIRO aims
to deliver profound impact for industry, the community and for a sustainable future from its science
and is well known for developing the wireless LAN now in over 4 billion devices world-wide.

Prior to CSIRO, Dr Clark led BHP Billiton’s global efforts in Health, Safety and Environment and
Community Engagement after heading BHP Billiton’s Global Technology unit.

Prior to joining BHP Billiton Dr Clark led a small high-tech venture capital fund with NM Rothschild
and Sons Australia and worked in a corporate venture fund with Advent International in Boston.

Dr Clark is currently Chair of the Mining for Development Advisory Board for AusAid and a principal
in the Global Research Alliance which brings together nine global applied research peers to support
inclusive innovation for the world’s most disadvantaged. She is on the Prime Minister’s Science,
Industry and Engineering Council, Minister Combet’s Manufacturing Leaders’ Group, Member of
National Precincts Board, Member of Council on Strategy and Innovation and is a member of the
Advisory Board of the Bank of Merrill Lynch in Australia.

Megan is a geochemist with a BSc (Hons) and PhD from Queen’s University Canada and began her
career as a mine and exploration geologist.


  • –present
    Chief Executive, CSIRO


  • 1987 
    Queen's University, Doctor of Philosophy in Economic Geology