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Ian O'Hara is Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at Queensland University of Technology. Ian is widely recognised as a leading expert in policies, technologies and systems for developing the bioeconomy and producing bio-based products including biofuels, bioenergy and biomaterials. In addition to his academic role, Ian also represents the Queensland Government as the Biofutures Industry Envoy and acts as an ambassador for Queensland’s Biofutures industry and industrial biotechnology sector. As the Envoy, Ian provides strategic advice to government and assists in securing domestic and international investment to grow the Biofutures sector. Ian is on the International Advisory Committee of the Global Bioeconomy Summit and is a Senior Editor of EFB Bioeconomy Journal.


  • 2011 
    Queensland University of Technology, PhD
  • 1997 
    APESMA / Deakin University, Masters of Business Administration (Technology Management)
  • 1990 
    University of Queensland, Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical)