Mr John Sukkar

Research Director

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John leads Engineering and Design at CSIRO’s Data61. Data61 is the data and digital specialist arm of the CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency and are Australia’s leading data innovation group.

John has extensive experience delivering global scale enterprise and consumer products; and joined Data61 returning to Australia after 17 years working in the United States. He held numerous product development roles with Microsoft in their Windows, Office and Xbox business units; as well as having product development experience in the Life Sciences industry and enterprise modernization.

Data61’s Engineering and Design group sits in a unique place in the technology ecosystem, partnering with academia, government and industry to help bridge scientific research innovation and outcomes with technology that creates economic, environmental and social impact.

Current Roles

  • Director, Engineering and Design
    Leading strategic technology programs in open, privacy preserving data platforms for the benefit of Australia.

Professional Experiences

  • Sept 2010-Mar 2019

    Principal Lead Program Manager
    Microsoft Corp.

  • Feb 2006-Sept 2010

    Director, Program Management
    BioClinica Inc.

  • Sept 1998-Feb 2006

    Senior Technical Consultant
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