Mr James Deverell

Director, CSIRO Futures

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Biography

James is the Director of CSIRO Futures, the strategic advisory arm of Australia’s national science agency. He leads a team that builds on CSIRO’s deep research expertise to help clients create sustainable growth and competitive advantage by harnessing technology and innovation. He works with senior decision makers in some of Australia’s largest companies and government to develop evidence-based strategies to address significant long-term opportunities and challenges.

In this role, he also leads a number of national-scale initiatives, including the Australian National Outlook 2060, a multi-year project to identify the key drivers that will underpin a future with prosperous and globally competitive industries; inclusive and enabling communities; and sustainable natural resources. The Outlook combines quantitative insights from CSIRO’s integrated modelling framework with qualitative input from more than 50 senior leaders across a range of Australian companies, universities, and non-governmental organisations.

He has more than 20 years of experience working with government and Global 2000 commercial clients across four continents in a diverse range of industries including energy, resources, financial services, manufacturing, and high-tech. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.