Eco Innovator November 2011
New Innovation Board Members
Innovation Australia, the independent
body that advices the Government with its innovation programs, has appointed
three new board members - Dr Nicholas Gruen, Richard Shaddick and Innes
Innovation minister Senator
Kim Carr said the new appointees will help to increase innovation activity
in industry and improve its commercial success.
Dr Gruen, is an economist,
entrepreneur and commentator and is involved in public policy issues in
industry and innovation. He has established several businesses and has
experience with start-ups. Dr Gruen is chief executive of Lateral Economics,
a public policy consultancy, and chairman of the Australian Centre for
In April this year he authored
The BERD in the Hand: Supporting Business Development in Research and
Development. He was also on the expert panel behind the 2008 report -
Venturous Australia, Building Strength in Innovation - commissioned by
the Review of the National Innovation System.
Mr Shaddick is a chartered
accountant and has specialised in international taxation, dealing with
outbound and inbound investment. He will chair the R&D Incentives
Committee which has been renamed from the Tax Concession Committee to
reflect its role in administering the new R&D Tax Incentive.
Mr Willox is director (International
and Government Relations) of the Australian Industry Group, with responsibility
for government relations, trade and defence policy. He is a member of
the Defence Industry Innovation Board and the Defence Industry Skilling
Taskforce. He was previously consul-general of Australia in Los Angeles.