Innovation Advisory Council (IAC)

The Innovation Advisory Council (IAC) was established to champion innovation, connect ecosystem stakeholders, attract investment and build the resource base for accelerating innovation through entrepreneurial action, across Queensland, for better community and economic outcomes

IAC principles

  • Give before you get – how can we help?
  • Everyone is welcome – welcoming and inclusive of all
  • Impact – action, outcomes and benefits for Queensland
  • Long term focus – building for the future

2022 focus areas

  • Existing industries
  • Emerging industries
  • Regional inclusion
  • Brisbane 2032

The Queensland Chief Entrepreneur, Wayne Gerard will chair the Innovation Advisory Council. Together they will focus on maximising the support available to help open doors to the expertise and networks our innovation community needs to succeed in the new economy.

Council members have been appointed for up to two years and their positions on the council are unpaid. 

The first four members to the Innovation Advisory Council have been appointed. 

Professor Rowena Barrett

Professor Barrett is currently Pro Vice-Chancellor – Entrepreneurship at the Queensland University of Technology and has spent years researching entrepreneurship and small business. Her knowledge will be priceless as the council strives to accelerate innovation in Queensland. 

Mr Aaron Birkby

Aaron Birkby is currently Entrepreneur in Residence at the Queensland University of Technology and Co-founder of Peak Persona. He brings more than  20 years of business experience, has created award-winning tech products for many industries, and led numerous startup missions to Silicon Valley, London, Berlin and Israel. 

Ms Monica Bradley

Monica Bradley is the Director of Purposeful Capital and has significant experience working in corporate organisations around the world. Her experience, global connections, and deep networks will be invaluable to the council. 

Professor Bronwyn Harch

Professor Harch brings an in-depth understanding of what it takes to commercialise research. She is the former Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research and Innovation) at The University of Queensland and is highly regarded for driving industry–research collaborations and helping to establish regional innovation hubs and accelerator programs that support farmers and agtech startups.