Executive team

Director, Advanced Engineering Biology Future Science Platform

  • Dr Robert Speight is Director of the Advanced Engineering Biology (AEB) Future Science Platform (FSP) at CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency. CSIRO solves the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. A highly experienced leader in synthetic biology and deep tech commercialisation, Robert is recognised in Australia and across the UK and Europe for his work in driving the development of an industrial biotechnology and synthetic biology industry. As Director of the AEB FSP, Robert is passionate about fostering a collaborative science and technology ecosystem to unlock opportunities for the environment, society and the economy. The AEB FSP is delivering new innovative tools to fast track the development of biotechnological solutions and new industries in Australia. Robert joined CSIRO in 2022 and has extensive networks across industry, government and the Australian engineering biology ecosystem. He has held a number of leadership roles in academia, having formerly acted as Head of School – Biology and Environmental Science at QUT. Robert received his PhD from the University of Cambridge and undertook a Postdoc at the University of Edinburgh.

Science Strategy Lead, CSIRO Environment Business Unit

Theme Leader, Interdisciplinary Decision-Making

Theme Leader, Data-driven molecular design

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Theme Leader, Innovative Bioproduction Platforms

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Integration Specialist, Interdisciplinary Decision-Making

Director, CSIRO BioFoundry

Director, CSIRO Synthetic Biology Cross-Cutting Capability

Business Development Manager, CSIRO Environment Business Unit

Brenda Tuckwood

Finance Coordinator, CSIRO Environment Business Unit

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Amy Nicholson

Legal & Contracts Advisor, CSIRO Commercial

Kerry Fluhr

Intellectual Property Team Leader, CSIRO Commercial

Communications Advisor, CSIRO Environment Business Unit