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Dr Marcus Zipper

Pronouns: he,him,his

Director CSIRO Manufacturing Business Unit


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For the last 20+ years, Dr Zipper has had senior leadership, commercial, business development and marketing roles primarily in scientific research organisations, including over 15 years in CSIRO.

This includes previous roles in four CSIRO research divisions / business units, two Cooperative Research Centres, the polymer industry and a professional services firm.

Currently Dr Zipper is Director CSIRO Manufacturing Business Unit. Prior to that he has held a number of different roles in CSIRO including the Director for the CSIRO Services Business Unit for five years.

He has experience in business management, research management, science leadership, research portfolio management, strategic capability planning, business development and commercialisation experience in research organisations.

He has experience in a range of research areas and sectors including chemicals, materials, mining and minerals processing, polymers / composites, metal production, manufacturing, service industries, packaging, aerospace and automotive.

He has an academic background in materials science and engineering with an emphasis on engineering materials, materials characterisation and materials processing. He has over 30 publications including national and international journal papers, conference papers, conference abstracts and chapters for books on materials science and engineering.

Current Roles

  • CSIRO Manufacturing Business Unit Director
    CSIRO Manufacturing

Academic Qualifications

  • 2000

    MBA - Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne

  • 1995

    PhD - Monash University, Clayton, Department of Materials Engineering

  • 1991

    Combined B.Sc. / B.E. Degrees - Monash University, Clayton (Physics / Materials Science & Materials Engineering)

Professional Experiences

  • February 2020-July 2020

    CSIRO Future Industries Executive Director (Acting)

  • April 2019-January 2020

    CSIRO Challenges and Digital Transformation - Director (secondment)

  • July 2014-April 2019

    CSIRO Services - Director

  • Jan 2014-June 2014

    CSIRO Process Science and Engineering - Chief

  • 2012-2014

    CSIRO Process Science and Engineering - Deputy Chief (Science and Commercial)

  • 2009-2012

    CSIRO Process Science and Engineering - Science Director

  • 2006-2009

    CSIRO Minerals - Strategic Business Development & Marketing Manager

  • 2003-2006

    Freehills - National Business Development Manager - Focus Groups

  • 2001-2003

    CSIRO Mathematical and Information Sciences - Business Development Manager

  • 2001-2001

    Food & Packaging Cooperative Research Centre - Commercialisation Manager
    Food & Packaging Cooperative Research Centre

  • 1997-1999

    Huntsman Chemical Company Australia - Product Development Manager / Senior Chemist (Technology Department)
    Huntsman Chemical Company Australia

  • 1995-1997

    Cooperative Research Centre for Polymers - Research Fellow Level B
    Cooperative Research Centre for Polymers

Achievements and Awards

  • 2006-2006

    CSIRO Strategic Excellence One-CSIRO Award

  • 2000-2000

    Egon Zehnder International Prize for top MBA student in Change and Organisations subject

  • 1999-1999

    Roberts Research Group MBA Scholarship

  • 1992-1995

    Australian Postgraduate Research Award for PhD

  • 1992-1995

    Sir Alexander Stewart Memorial Scholarship for PhD