Dr Charles Day

Dr Charles Day has been appointed chief executive of new federal body Innovation and Science Australia, following an international search.

Dr Day was previously program director for the University of Melbourne’s Carlton Connect initiative, a STEM innovation precinct that co-locates researchers from across the university’s academic disciplines with public and private sector organisations, increasing the innovation and impact of research outputs.

He also headed the university’s technology commercialisation company, Melbourne Ventures, from 2004–10 and was a co-founder of the Melbourne Accelerator Program, which supports start-ups at the University.

“I congratulate Dr Day on his appointment to this high profile position. I’m confident he will make a significant contribution to transforming Australia into a leading innovation nation, positioning us to seize the next wave of economic prosperity,” industry, innovation and science minister Greg Hunt said.

“He brings significant expertise in innovation, business development, technology commercialisation, venture capital and start-up creation.”

Innovation and Science Australia provides strategic advice on science, research and innovation matters to the federal government. This includes guidance on the government’s $10.1 billion investment in 2016–17 in innovation, science and research.