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A passion for innovation.


Mal Bryce is a highly regarded Australian orator, innovator, technology strategist, Internet pioneer, chairman and writer. His professional roles in the last 30 years have included cabinet minister, company director, corporate manager, management consultant and project leader.

Mal's passion for innovation provides inspiration for business leaders, start-up entrepreneurs, students of management and managers of government agencies.

Current work

He is a Senior Associate of the Australian Centre for Innovation, Adjunct Professor of Public Policy at Curtin University, a member of the Australian eResearch Infrastructure Council, and admitted as a Foundation Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 1990.

Previous experience

Tech: During the 1980s Mal established Australia's most successful technology park at Bentley in Western Australia, the Western Australian Small Business Development Corporation, the Western Australian SciTech Discovery Centre, Australia's first government department of computing and information technology, the Institute for Science and Technology Policy, the Chair of Biotechnology at Murdoch University, and the public policy that revolutionised Regional Development in WA.

Author: Throughout the 1990s Mal Bryce was a leading Australian pioneer in the development of the Internet industry and the application of the Internet to business, government agencies and communities. He was the architect of Australia's first online community in Ipswich, Queensland, and he led the team that implemented Australia's first community driven e-commerce project. His book on this subject - titled Switched On and published in 2010 - is a major case study in innovation and regional economic development. He was also the Director of the project team which established a new contemporary campus of the University of Queensland in Ipswich.

Governement: He is a former Deputy Premier of Western Australia, Director of Bank West, Executive Chairman of the Australian Centre for Innovation and International Competitiveness (Sydney), Chairman/Director of six science and technology companies in Australia and the USA, a Member of the Prime Minister's Science and Engineering Council, a Management Consultant with Deloitte Ross Tohmatsu, the Foundation Co-Chairman of the Australian Greenhouse Information Service (Melbourne), Chairman of the Western Australian Technology and Industry Advisory Council and a Director of Yilgarn Infrastructure Ltd.

Chairman: As Chairman of the iVEC Joint Venture from 2003 to 2013 and Chair of the Pawsey Project Steering Group, Mal led the team which has developed a world class petaflop scale supercomputing centre in Perth to service the needs of radio astronomy, geoscience and nanotechnology research.

Awards: In August 2012 Mal was awarded the Pearcey National Medal and admitted to the Australian ICT Industry Hall of Fame in recognition of a distinguished lifetime contribution to the development and growth of the Australian information and communications technology industry.

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