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Dr Stefan Hajkowicz


Chief Research Consultant


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Stefan Hajkowicz is a principal scientist in strategy and foresight at CSIRO. This role involves translational research which bridges the gap between scientific knowledge and its application in industry. Stefan also works as the Data61 Sector Lead for Digital Services. This sector is concerned with supporting data driven decision making, supporting the growth and development of the digital economy in cities and regions. During his CSIRO career he has delivered hundreds of research and consulting projects to industry and government clients. In recent times he led the development of Australia's national artificial intelligence roadmap and ethics framework. Stefan has a doctorate in geography from the University of Queensland and a graduate diploma in economics from the University of New England. He has been appointed to professional foresight groups at the OECD and World Economic Forum. He is a world leading expert on multiple criteria decision analysis and has authored many research papers on the topic. His book “Global Megatrends” is a CSIRO Publishing best-seller. He has over 5,100 citations on Google Scholar, and over 100 publications, in the fields of foresight, strategy, decision theory and economic geography.

Current Roles

  • Senior Principal Scientist
    Data driven strategy and foresight

  • Sector Lead
    Digital services

Academic Qualifications

  • 2003

    Postgraduate Diploma in Economics
    The University of New England

  • 2000

    Doctor of Philosophy in Geography
    The University of Queensland

  • 1996

    Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours)
    The University of Queensland

Professional Experiences

  • 1999-2002

    Post doctoral research scientist
    CSIRO Land and Water

  • 2002-2005

    Research scientist
    CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems

  • 2007-2008

    Research Group Leader
    CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems

  • 2008-2009

    Principal Research Scientist
    CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems

  • 2008-2009

    Theme Leader, Sustainable Regional Development
    CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems

  • 2009-2012

    Alliance Director, Human Services Delivery Research Alliance (Centrelink and CSIRO)
    CSIRO Mathematics and Information Sciences

  • 2012-2014

    Theme Leader - CSIRO Futures
    CSIRO Mathematics and Information Sciences

  • 2014-2015

    Associate, Melbourne Business School, Mt Eliza Executive Education
    University of Melbourne

  • 2015-2016

    Senior Principal Research Scientist
    CSIRO Digital Productivity

  • 2016-2022

    Research Group Leader - Strategic Insights
    CSIRO Data61

  • 2022-Ongoing

    Sector Lead - Digital Services
    CSIRO Data61