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Dr Stefan Hajkowicz, PhD
Senior Principal Scientist and Team Leader

Dr Stefan Hajkowicz holds expertise in the fields of strategic foresight, geography, economics and decision theory. Stefan has delivered over 100 research and advisory projects to government, industry and community clients in Australia and internationally, including topics such as the future of work, health, education, agriculture, tourism, manufacturing, mining technology, sport, food security, digital infrastructure, intellectual property, retail and government service delivery.

 

 

 

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Dr Lucy Cameron
Senior Research Consultant

Dr Lucy Cameron’s expertise lies in policy development in innovation and digital transformation. Prior to taking up her role with Data61 Lucy was Principal Policy Officer and Manager in Digital Economy and Productivity, ICT Industry Development, and Innovation in the Queensland Government (2006-2016). Lucy has also undertaken research and gained funding for universities and regional development organisations, and was an Australian Civil Society representative at the World Summit for the Information Society (WSIS) in Geneva in 2005.

 

 

 

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Dr Claire Naughtin
Senior Research Consultant

Dr Claire Naughtin specialises in future-focused, strategic foresight projects for government and industry clients. She has previously delivered research and advisory projects on a range of topics including youth wellbeing, intellectual property and employment. Her most recent work has explored the opportunities for Queensland to expand and grow its economy over the next decade. Claire has a PhD from The University of Queensland, specialising in behavioural psychology, human factors and neuroscience.

 

 

 

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Dr George Quezada
Research Scientist

Dr George Quezada’s research spans digital disruption and technological innovation, and how government policies, organisational and industry structures, and related institutions shape essential service provision. He recently led a scenario planning process on the future of Australian business and economy, and established CSIRO’s Urban Living Lab initiative, which is identifying and developing special purpose innovation zones in new urban development areas.

 

 

 

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Dr Alexandra Bratanova
Research Scientist

Dr Alexandra Bratanova holds a PhD in Economics from The University of Queensland and tertiary qualifications in Finance from the Moscow City Government University of Management. Her PhD developed and applied techniques of multiple criteria analysis and cost effectiveness analysis to resolve complex policy dilemmas within the Russian energy sector. Prior to Data61, Alexandra worked as a researcher at the UQ School of Economics investigating the public financing of Australian higher education and other industry sectors.

 

 

 

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Dr Hien Thu Pham
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr Hien Pham holds a PhD in Economics from The University of Queensland and tertiary qualifications in International Economics from the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in Japan. Prior to Data61, she worked as a lecturer at the UQ School of Economics, specialising in macroeconomics and international trade. Pham worked in the public sector for 8 years, focusing on Official Development Assistance management and strategy development.

 

 

 

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Dr Kelly Trinh
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr Kelly Trinh specialises in econometric modelling and developing statistical inferences for economic models with high dimensional data in Bayesian framework. She has strong programming skills on MATLAB, C++ and R. Kelly has on a range of projects associated with measuring impacts of monetary policy on an economy, forecasting macro-economic variables and financial time series. Kelly’s most recent work has focuses on modelling labour market changes for Queensland’s future workforce and exploring the impacts of task automation.

 

 

 

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Dr Wen Wu
Research Analyst

Dr Wen Wu specialises in strategic foresight for evaluating future risks and opportunities associated with digital and economic disruptions, and has been involved in multiple consulting, training and advisory projects for government and industry clients. She completed her PhD at the University of Queensland in the area of human learning and memory. Her research background includes examining how we develop expertise when dealing with the complexities of our everyday environment, without necessarily being able to articulate the basis for our decisions. Wen is motivated to provide evidence-based explanations for human behaviour, and has presented topics relating to judgement and decision making to large audiences both here in Australia and overseas.

 

 

 

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Joanna Horton
Research Analyst

Joanna Horton has a background in social science and a specialisation in anthropology. She has a Master of Arts from the University of Chicago, and has conducted and contributed to anthropological research projects in Chile, Australia, and the United States. Joanna’s most recent work at CSIRO has involved leading and delivering research projects relating to emerging industries within the ASEAN region, and the future of workplace health and safety.

 

 

 

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Jessica Atherton
Research Analyst

Jessica Atherton holds a Bachelor of Psychology (First Class Honours) from Griffith University. Prior to Data61, she worked as a Research Assistant for Griffith University where she conducted research on e-learning. This work used learning analytics to understand how student engagement with online learning tools predicts student academic performance. This work was presented at the Australian Psychology Learning and Teaching conference and has been prepared for publication in an academic journal.

 

 

 

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Michael Evans
Research Analyst

Michael Evans has a background in economics, finance and strategy, and has worked with public and private organisations to reimagine and reshape strategic opportunities in the digital age. Prior to joining Data61, Michael focused on Artificial Intelligence strategy, innovation and policy. His current work at Data61 includes crafting Australia’s National Artificial Intelligence Roadmap.

 

 

 

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Emma Schleiger
Research Analyst

Dr Emma Schleiger holds a PhD in Neuroscience from The University of Queensland, her research primarily focussed on predicting cognitive outcomes following stroke. Prior to her work at Data61 she handled research ethics at the Queensland Brain Institute. Her most recent work with Data61 has included the development of an ethical framework for the use of artificial intelligence in Australia.

 

 

 

 

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Dave Dawson
Report Writer

Dave Dawson has over a decade of experience as a journalist operating out of Australia and China, and has written extensively on the history of startup ecosystems and technological development in Beijing. He has covered legal and social issues for publications such as Foreign Policy, the Diplomat and China Radio International. He helped manage long-form international feature article coverage as Deputy Editor at the World of Chinese Magazine, worked as an editorial consultant to the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and held a senior editor role at China’s key political tabloid, the Global Times. He is fascinated with technological development and how it can change the ways people interact and in turn affect the trajectory of broader societal development.

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