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STA announces incoming CEO

Science & Technology Australia has appointed Misha Schubert as its new Chief Executive.

Building on a distinguished career in higher education, communications, advocacy and journalism, Ms Schubert will head STA from March 2020.

STA President Dr Jeremy Brownlie said Ms Schubert's passion, leadership and talent would be an asset to STA and Australia’s STEM sector.

“Misha was selected for the role after an extremely competitive selection process and from a strong field of candidates. I am delighted to welcome her as STA’s new CEO,” Dr Brownlie said.

“Misha is a highly impressive talent and an outstanding leader, and her appointment marks an exciting new chapter for STA.

“We can expect her to lead STA in many new endeavours, have a positive impact on Australian science, and be a powerful voice for the 80,000 scientists and technologists that STA represents.

“Together with my colleagues, I very much look forward to working with Misha as Chief Executive.”

Ms Schubert joins STA following her roles at Universities Australia, as Director of Strategic Communications; Communications Director for the RECOGNISE movement, campaigning for recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian constitution; and a long and successful career as a senior journalist.

Ms Schubert said she was excited to take up the role – and deeply honoured to have been appointed to it.

“I’m thrilled to join STA because science and technology are pivotal to help us identify clever solutions to some of the world’s most complex challenges. I was drawn to STA because of the profound ways that science can make a difference to people’s lives and to the world.

“I look forward to contributing thoughtfully to public debate and ensuring all Australians benefit from scientific advances and expertise. I want to enhance the role of science in policy-making to help Australia navigate our future challenges wisely and well,” Ms Schubert said.

Taken from STA media release December 2019

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