Leonie Walsh was appointed to the inaugural role of Victorian Lead Scientist in mid-2013. In this capacity Leonie represents Victoria on the Forum of Australian Chief Scientists, sits on the Australian Science Media Board, the Science and Engineering Advisory Committee for the Environmental Protection Authority and a newly formed advisory committee for the Department of Health focusing on innovation in Health Services.
Complementary to the AIRG role Leonie Walsh has held the honorary role of President of the Australasian Industrial Research Group (AIRG) since 2011. In this role Leonie has established international collaborations through a new World Federation of Industrial Research Associations and as a partner of the Australian Governments SME to Researcher collaboration (CAESIE) between Australia and the European Union.
Prior to taking on these positions Leonie had accumulated more than 25 years of technology leadership experience in a broad range of industrial applications both locally and globally with a focus on the development and commercialization of technology.
Leonie Walsh has received a Bachelor of Science and an Master of Science from Swinburne University, an MBA (Exec) from the Australian Graduate School of Management and is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. Leonie recently received an Honorary Doctorate (HonDUniv) from Swinburne University of Technology.