Bill Ferris AC is a 45-year veteran of private equity in Australasia, founding Australia’s first venture capital firm in 1970. He has held numerous of directorships, including as chairman, in range of public sector and private sectors organisations, including: Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Accolade Wines Australia and UK, Austar United Communications, Bradken Resources, and Australian Trade Commission.
Mr Ferris was appointed Chair of the Innovation and Science Australia (ISA) Board in November 2015. ISA is an independent board responsible for providing strategic whole-of-government advice on all science, research and innovation matters. In January 2018 ISA released Australia 2030: Prosperity through Innovation, a national roadmap for action to strengthen Australia’s innovation performance and help put Australia on track to be a top-tier innovation nation by 2030.
Mr Ferris holds an honours degree in Economics from the University of Sydney and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School where he graduated as a Baker Scholar in 1970. He is the author of three books: Really Making a Difference (1993), Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained (2000), and Inside Private Equity (2013).