Professor Graeme Samuel AC – Chairman

Graeme Samuel AC (Master of Laws 1977) is a Professorial Fellow in Monash University’s Business School and School of Public Health and Preventative Medicine. He is also a Councillor of the Australian National University and Chair of its Finance Committee, President of Dementia Australia, Chair of the Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Research Foundation, Chair of the South Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network, Chair of Airlines for Australia and New Zealand (A4ANZ), Member of CEDA’s Council of Economic Policy, Council member of the National Health and Medical Research Council and Chair of its Health Innovation Advisory Committee and the National Institute for Dementia Research. He was a member of the APRA Panel to conduct a Prudential Inquiry into Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

He was Chair of the Commonwealth Government’s Panel of Review of Australia’s Independent Medical Research Institutes and advisor to the Commonwealth Department of Health in relation to its review of private health insurance. He was also a member of the Review Panel of Australia’s Wool Selling Systems.

Professor Samuel has held a number of roles in public life including former Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Associate Member of the Australian Communications and Media Authority, President of the National Competition Council, Chairman of the Melbourne and Olympic Parks Trust, Commissioner of the Australian Football League, President of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Chairman of Playbox Theatre Company and Opera Australia, Trustee of the Melbourne Cricket Ground Trust and Chairman of the Inner and Eastern Health Care Network. Until the early 1990s, when he moved into public service, Professor Samuel pursued a professional career in law and investment banking.

He was appointed a life member of the Australian Football League and an honorary life trustee of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia. He was awarded an Australian Sports Medal for services to sport, and a Centenary Medal in recognition of his service as president of the National Competition Council.

He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1998. In 2010 he was elevated to a Companion of the Order of Australia “for eminent service to public administration through contributions in the area of economic reform and competition law, and to the community through leadership roles with sporting and cultural organisations”.

Dr Andrew Pesce – Director

Andrew Pesce is an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in public and private practice in Sydney. He is Deputy Chairman of  MDASA Ltd and Medical Insurance Australia Pty Ltd and is a Board Member on Western Sydney Local Health District. A former Federal President of the AMA and current NSW AMA Councillor, he works on behalf of the profession on issues concerning medical indemnity and national disability.

Professor Christine Bennett AO – Director

Professor Christine Bennett is the Dean of the School of Medicine, at The University of Notre Dame in Sydney. Professor Bennett was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day 2014 Honours List recognising her distinguished service to medicine and health care leadership. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, the former Chair of the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission and the former Chief Medical Officer for Bupa Australia Group. Professor Bennett’s experience has included being Partner in Health and Life Sciences for KPMG Australia, CEO of Research Australia, CEO of Westmead Hospital, General Manager for the Royal Hospital for Women and Head of Planning in NSW Health. She is currently Chair of Research Australia – an alliance of over 170 member organisations promoting health and medical research in Australia; The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network in NSW; and the Bupa Health Foundation Steering Committee. She also sits on the boards of Obesity Australia, Bupa Health Dialog and the Integrated Clinical Oncology Network. Among her many other distinctions, Professor Bennett was selected in 2013 as a Finalist in NSW for Australian of the Year.

David Jonas – Founding Director

David Jonas is the Chief Operating & Commercial Officer of the CMCRC, heading the general management of the Centre as well as its commercialisation activities, including the founding of Lorica Health (formerly CMC Insurance Solutions). David also founded Australia’s largest privately held electronic commerce consulting firm, ETC Electronic Trading Concepts, which was sold in 2000. His ground breaking involvement in electronic commerce has seen him appointed to a range of Australian and European Union Government bodies.

Dr David Skellern AO – Director

David Skellern worked in radioastronomy for 10 years and taught electronics at Sydney and Macquarie Universities for 16 years before coming to prominence in the IT industry through Radiata, which he co-founded in 1997. Built on joint research conducted by Macquarie University and the CSIRO, the company demonstrated the world’s first chip-set implementation of the 54 Mbit/s IEEE 802.11a High-Speed WLAN standard. Radiata was subsequently sold to US giant Cisco Systems in 2001 for $565 million. Dr Skellern joined the Board of National ICT Australia in 2003 and became its Chief Executive Officer in 2005 and is currently Chairman of CMCRC. Dr Skellern was appointed to the Order of Australia in 2010.

Professor Michael Aitken AM – CEO and Managing Director

Mike Aitken is a successful entrepreneur and founder of both the CMCRC and its sister organisation SIRCA. These organisations connect the best that academia has to offer with critical industry research problems. He has a special interest in systems designed to detect fraud and measure the efficacy of market design. Examples of the former include his work establishing the SMARTS Group, a private Australian company that set the standard in real-time security market surveillance which he sold to NASDAQ in 2010. An example of the later was his work in initiating the development of the Thomson Reuters Tick History Service, a service providing tick data to the world’s academic and financial markets communities. Working across markets he is also well known for his path breaking work in the detection of fraud in health care markets, founding CMC Insurance Solutions, now Lorica Health. Mike has a PhD from the AGSM and first class honours and masters’ degrees from Massey University. In recognition of his contributions to business and academia in 1999 he was awarded the Business and Higher Education Roundtable Award for Outstanding Achievement in Collaboration in Education and Training. In 2010 he was named Ernst & Young ICT Entrepreneur of the Year, as well as NSW and Prime Minister Exporter of the Year for his work with SMARTS. In recognition of his significant service to the education, business and finance sectors of the nation, he was inducted as a member of the Order of Australia in 2014. In 2016 he was also awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation in Science.

Sean McCawley – Director

Sean is the CEO of Capital Markets Technologies, the commercialisation and investment arm of the Capital Markets CRC. He has been an executive and consultant with major banks and financial services companies with experience in strategy, M&A and business improvement, is an advisor to a number of startups, and was most recently the CEO of a digital fan engagement platform. Sean has an MBA (Exec) from the Australian Graduate School of Management, a B.Comm from Western Sydney University, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.