Emeritus Professor Linda Kristjanson AO joins AURIN Management Board

Linda Kristjanson Welcome ost

We would like to extend a warm welcome to Emeritus Professor Linda Kristjanson AO, who joins AURIN’s Management Board. Linda brings a wealth of experience in governance, research strategy, and collaborative science to her role as an AURIN board member.

Linda is currently non-executive director of Seek, president of the National Stroke Foundation, and chair of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre. She is a member of the Australian Council for International Education and a non-executive director of Skalata Ventures, Education Australia, MinEx CRC, and Global Citizen Australia. She is a member of the Advisory Board for the AI Group Centre for Education and Training. Linda is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors as well as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering.

From 2011-2020, Linda served as vice chancellor of Swinburne University of Technology. Upon her retirement she was awarded an emeritus professorship. Prior to this role she was deputy vice chancellor, Research & Development at Curtin University. She has served as a member of the National Health and Medical Research Council from 2006 to 2009. Linda was the chair of AuScope and non-executive director on the Board of the Australian Synchrotron. She also served on the boards of AARNet and the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute.

In 2002, Linda was named Telstra’s Business Women of the Year in recognition of her entrepreneurial work in health and science. She was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, acknowledged for her distinguished service to tertiary education through leadership and governance roles, strategic and innovative university reforms, and contributions to cancer research, palliative care, and to women.

“AURIN has a vital role to play in supporting Australia’s social and economic prosperity. Our national investment in digital infrastructure, and the know-how to unlock the insights possible through trustworthy linked data analysis, will be increasingly important. I look forward to seeing the many ways that industry, governments, and local communities will benefit from the outcomes of AURIN’s innovative research,” Linda says.

Linda’s input will be significant as we work together to plan the next phase of growth at AURIN. Please join us in welcoming Linda to our board.