James is the Director of CSIRO Futures, the strategic advisory arm of Australia’s national science agency. He leads a team that builds on CSIRO’s deep research expertise to help clients create sustainable growth and competitive advantage by harnessing technology and innovation. He works with senior decision makers in some of Australia’s largest companies and government to develop evidence-based strategies to address significant opportunities and challenges.
In this role, he also leads a number of national-scale initiatives, including the Australian National Outlook 2019, a multi-year project that combines input from more than 50 senior Australian leaders with CSIRO’s integrated modelling to identify the key drivers that will underpin Australia’s future. He has also overseen the development of CSIRO’s industry roadmaps series, including the National Hydrogen Roadmap, the Space Industry Roadmap, and the Low Emissions Technology Roadmap.
He has more than 20 years of experience working with government and commercial clients across four continents in a diverse range of industries including energy, resources, financial services, manufacturing, and high-tech. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.