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Kylie
Walker

Disrupter, diversity champion and creator of Superstars of STEM

Profile

As CEO of Science & Technology Australia and co-Chair of the National Research and Innovation Alliance, Kylie Walker specialises in imagining futures and connecting and empowering people to elevate the role and impact of Australian science and technology.

Current Work

She is the current Chair of the Australian National Commission for UNESCO, leading experts in education, culture, science, and social science to steer Australia's membership of the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation and mobilise national and international networks to create positive change for the nation's most marginalised populations - and celebrate Australia's most significant cultural, creative, and environmental heritage.

She is a strong advocate for responsible and inclusive leadership, creating pathways to visibility for those whose voices have been diminished by sexism, homophobia, racism, domestic violence, life-threatening illness, and workplace harassment.

As the creator of the Superstars of STEM program, she’s a passionate campaigner for equity, diversity and inclusion and a change-maker for gender equity. Having played an instrumental role in building support for and access to the Domestic Violence Crisis Service in the ACT, Kylie was proud to join the steering committee for the new anti-workplace harassment agency NOW Australia.

Previous Experience

Awards and Accolades: The 2015 winner of the Australian Science Communicators' Unsung Hero of Science Communication award for her significant national contributions to science communication, she’s also a visiting Fellow at the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS).

Media
Expertise
Talking Points

From Sisters in Science to Superstars

Just a few years ago, just one in 10 scientific experts quoted in the Australian news media were women. Today, they’re one in three. That change has been almost single-handedly created by Kylie’s world-first program, the Superstars of STEM.

Hear how she’s changing the stereotype of ‘scientist’ and showing girls and young women from all walks of life that science is for them - while empowering an extraordinary and diverse range of women around the nation and the world to achieve the career success and public profile of their dreams.

Making the Future

With an astonishing depth of understanding across Australia’s broad innovation and research landscape and a deep enthusiasm for cutting-edge science and technology, Kylie is uniquely positioned to pose possible futures and the opportunities and challenges they’ll bring - for investment, the workforce, society, and the legislative and policy landscape.

Authenticity and Making Room

As a lesbian-identified leader who’s wrestled with (and won against) terminal illness, Kylie’s had more than her fair share of challenge. Her inspiring personal and professional story is one of resilience, authenticity, and an abiding drive to lead with purpose. She’s on a life-long quest to lift others through creating opportunities and empowering pathways to visibility for those whose voices have been diminished.
Topics

Business

  • Disruption

Innovation

  • Futurists
  • Science & Technology

Politics & Advocacy

  • Leadership
Feedback
At World of Drones Congress we created a brand new, global event from scratch to highlight Australia’s capability in emerging drone technologies and its business ecosystem. For our opening session we had International recognised and celebrated talent, and we needed an MC who could handle a potentially diverse array of questions and subject matter. Kylie is and was the perfect choice for such a challenge: professional, intelligent, accomplished, and calm under pressure. I highly recommend Kylie for your event as a source of inspiration and a very safe pair of hands. Thank you Kylie, we can’t wait to have you back again this year. World of Drones Congress
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