FIONA has worked nationally and internationally as a science and innovation policy analyst and university lecturer.
As a policy analyst, she has advised government agencies and other organisations in Europe, Asia, North America and Australasia on the thorny question of how to better align taxpayer research investment with a broad range of stakeholder expectations. She has also provided advice on: the type of skills and mindsets needed for the global economy and how best to develop and nurture these; university research management; comparative higher education policies and funding; and the building of innovation and entrepreneurship capability through public/private sector partnerships.
As a teacher, she has delivered courses in universities in Australia, Hong Kong and Vietnam on globalisation, social issues and public policy; resource management in the public sector; organisational leadership and performance; and HR planning and development. And, through her teaching, she has had the pleasure of witnessing firsthand the power of education to transform lives.
Fiona’s current research focus is on the role of innovation and entrepreneurship in creating new businesses, more rewarding jobs, and ultimately a happier world.
And she is passionate about the importance of addressing these challenges through the building of genuine partnerships and common understandings between governments, businesses, NGOs and education systems.