Governance and IP

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Governance

The Nature Positive Economy CRC will be a not-for-profit, incorporated company, limited by guarantee. As such, it will operate under the Corporations Act and adopt the governance principles of the Australian Stock Exchange Corporate Governance Council.

The CRC will establish a skills-based Board of Directors, with an independent Chair and a majority of independent members. The Board will oversee CRC activities, performance, and strategic direction. Management of the CRC will be led by a Chief Executive Officer, supported by a small operational and administrative team employed by the CRC. Program Leaders will be appointed to lead Programs. A Research and Commercialisation Committee will oversee project reviews and milestone reports and explore, facilitate and promote commercialisation outcomes from CRC activities.

IP and Commercialisation

The CRC will develop and deliver a portfolio of projects for industry partners. Every project will be governed by a project agreement which will consider the following:

  • Intellectual property will be generated and held at the project level. Project agreements must specify how Project IP will be managed and must contain an initial plan for the intended commercialisation of that IP. This plan will aim to maximise the possibility of utilisation by the industry partners and benefit to Australia.
  • Background IP must be documented in the project agreement before any project starts. Ownership of background IP stays with the party that provides it.
  • The primary path to utilisation for project IP will be through the industry partner/s in the project.
  • Specific details of the ownership and access to IP from a project will be negotiated by the project partners at the beginning of each project.

The bid development team bring a wide range of capabilities and financial and environmental credentials. Their goal is to ensure the proposed products, services and pathways to be developed in this CRC not only support positive economic change but result in significant environmental outcomes.

Bid Advisory Committee

Daisy Mallett

Daisy Mallett

Lawyer / International Abitrator

Ian Overton

Ian Overton

Principal, Natural Economy Consulting

Professor Hugh Possingham

Professor Hugh Possingham

University of Queensland

Nicki Hutley

Nicki Hutley

Climate Council

Cheryl Hayman

Cheryl Hayman

Beston Global Food Company

Robert Waterworth

Robert Waterworth

FLINTPro

Kate Andrews

Kate Andrews

NRM Australia

Tim King

Tim King

Melior Investment Management

Peter Boyd

Peter Boyd

Rozetta Institute

David Shelmerdine

David Shelmerdine

ClimateWorks

Wendy Mackay

Wendy Mackay

Pollination Group

Tim Jarvis

Tim Jarvis

Fauna & Flora International

Jody Gunn

Jody Gunn

Australian Land Conservation Alliance

Joshua Bishop

Joshua Bishop

University of Sydney

Phil Duncan

Phil Duncan

University of Canberra

Bid Executive Team

Professor Andrew Lowe

Professor Andrew Lowe

Interim CEO

Damia Ettakadoumi

Damia Ettakadoumi

Bid Manager, Communications

Dr. Chris Matthews

Dr. Chris Matthews

Industry Engagement

Dr. Paul Dalby

Dr. Paul Dalby

Rozetta Project Director

Bid Team

Steph Manefield

Steph Manefield

Bid Strategist

Jo Tuck

Jo Tuck

Research Coordinator

Dr. Tim Moore

Dr. Tim Moore

Industry Engagement

Professor Tina Soliman Hunter

Professor Tina Soliman Hunter

Research Program 2 Advisor

Professor Jodie Conduit

Professor Jodie Conduit

Research Program 3 Advisor

Emma Pink

Emma Pink

Grant & Copy Writer

Cherie Gauci

Cherie Gauci

Business Administrator

Hannah Dalby

Hannah Dalby

Website & Social Media

Alisa Becker

Alisa Becker

Industry Engagement

Professor Chris Fleming

Professor Chris Fleming

Education & Training Director

Program Leads

Professor Eve McDonald-Madden

Professor Eve McDonald-Madden

Program 1

Professor McDonald-Madden is a founding member of The Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science at the University of Queensland and heads the Complex Environmental Decisions Group within the School of Environment. Eve is internationally renowned for her research adapting innovative methods from economics, engineering, and operations research, to unravel the complexity of environmental systems and identify robust management solutions to conservation and sustainability challenges. Her research pioneers how we deal with the complexity of environmental systems and better informs investment of scarce resources in environmental decisions and sustainability policy. By building linkages between fields and working with end-users her work has fundamentally influenced the delivery and impact of environmental decisions both nationally and internationally. For her outstanding research excellence and impact, I was nominated by her peers as the inaugural Director of the international Environmental Decisions Alliance and received in 2021 was awarded the Australian Academy of Science Fenner Medal for Outstanding Research in Biology.

Professor Alan Anderson

Professor Alan Anderson

Program 2

Prof Andersen is Professorial Fellow, Research Excellence and Impact, at Charles Darwin University. He was previously a Chief Research Scientist with CSIRO Land & Water, and head of CSIRO’s Tropical Ecosystems Research Centre in Darwin for 20 years. He is an internationally recognised expert in the ecology of tropical savannas and arid ecosystems. He has a particular research interest in the ecology of ant communities and their use as bioindicators in nature assessment and repair. He has developed the first guidelines for assessing faunal restoration more generally. Prof Andersen is on the governing Council of the Australian Academy of Science and is Chair of the Academy’s National Committee for Ecology, Evolution and Conservation. He is on the ABC Science Show’s list of Australia’s Hottest 100 scientists.

Associate Professor Abhay Singh

Associate Professor Abhay Singh

Program 3

A/Prof. Abhay Kumar Singh is the Director of the Centre for Corporate Sustainability & Environmental Finance (CCSEF) and an Associate Professor of Applied Finance at the Macquarie University Business School. As the director of CCSEF, he leads various projects on the applications of data analytics and financial analytics to solve real-world problems and emerging issues in the ESG space. Abhay’s primary research focuses on Financial Risk Modelling, Investment Analysis, and Asset Pricing. He also leads interdisciplinary research projects in data science with a strong focus on data and financial analytics. His current projects span green and sustainable investing, Machine Learning in FinTech, Multivariate Analysis and Econometric-based Financial Risk Modelling, Social Media Analytics, and Text Mining. He also collaborates with researchers in other fields, such as marketing, education and biomedical sciences, to support their research with his expertise in statistical modelling and data analytics.

Associate Professor Nicki Mitchell

Associate Professor Nicki Mitchell

Program 4

A/Prof Mitchell is Deputy Director of the Ocean’s Institute at The University of Western Australia, and heads a Conservation Physiology lab in UWA’s School of Biological Sciences. She is also a lead councillor in the Biodiversity Council and a former member of the Commonwealth Threatened Species Scientific Committee. An expert on amphibians, mammals and reptiles, including sea turtles, her research focuses on anticipating and mitigating the impacts of climate change on threatened species. She leads a world-first project on assisted colonisation of a Critically Endangered freshwater turtle poleward into higher rainfall zones, and transdicsplinary research on Endangered peatland ecosystems harbouring unique species and significant carbon stores. She has a strong interest in optimising outcomes of fauna translocations.

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