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 Ministerial Advisory Council for the Future Industries initiatives.
Complementary to the AIRG role Leonie Walsh has held the honorary role of President of the Australasian Industrial Research Group (AIRG) since 2011 with the recent transition to Immediate Past President. 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 in companies such as Dow Chemical, Henkel and Visy with a focus on the development and commercialization of technology.
Leonie Walsh has received a BSc and an MSc 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.