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Ms Mariann Fee

Director, Business Development & Commercial, Manufacturing, Department of Defence Liaison, CSIRO

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Mariann is an experienced CEO and business development manager, people leader and team builder. She has led in areas of commercialisation of technologies, education and consulting services in the research and higher education sectors at the University of Melbourne, University of Tasmania and currently at CSIRO.

Mariann has held senior management positions in higher education organisations and associated commercial enterprises since 1988 including Director, Tasmania TAFE International, Chief Executive Officer, Unitas Consulting Ltd, Executive Dean, Melbourne Consulting and Custom Programs, University of Melbourne, Chief Executive Officer, UoM Commercial Ltd and Executive Director Commercialisation, The University of Melbourne.

Mariann is currently Director, Business Development and Commercialisation at CSIRO Manufacturing. As a member of the leadership team, she is responsible for both global impact and to achieve external revenues in excess of $30 million per annum. Mariann is the CSIRO/ Department of Defence Liaison.

She has extensive experience in large (e.g. Petronas) and small international and domestic project development, management and delivery; particularly at the interface between private and public sectors. Her particular skills include leadership, innovation, new product development, governance, problem solving and implementation in ambiguous environments. A proven leader, with experiences in various senior committees, Company and University Boards with significant success in envisioning, managing and producing outcomes at the ‘Industry/Higher Education/Research’ interface.