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Miss Jennifer Kelly

Senior Innovation Systems Broker


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As a Senior Innovation Systems Broker with the Catalysing Innovation and Impact team, in CSIROs Agriculture and Food Sustainability Research Program, I design and experiment with different agriculture innovation processes, policies and practices for enhanced impact. Specifically, I focus on facilitating and enabling collaborations with a variety of innovation system actors in Australia, Southeast Asia, the Pacific and East Africa to explore how agri-food systems innovation research and practice can work together to accelerate and scale the impact of agricultural research.

I am an accredited Partnership Broker with expertise in innovation systems, capacity building and program planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning.

Currently I am working on projects that explore the conditions that enable and constrain research and private sector collaboration, agribusiness-led innovation, transformational innovation in agri-food systems, resilient agri-food systems, and the adoption of knowledge and technology in both Australia and developing countries.

Prior to this I have held positions in Local Governments in Australia, United Nations Women in Timor Leste and the Australian Government collaborative partnership titled Food Systems Innovation.

Current Roles

  • Senior Innovation Systems Broker
    Facilitating agri-food systems innovation in Australia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

Professional Experiences

  • 2015-now

    Senior Innovation Systems Broker

  • 2014-2016

    Food Systems Innovation Capacity Building Coordinator

  • 2012-2014

    Senior Advisor Performance and Evaluation

  • 2009-2012

    Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant
    UNWomen (formerly UNIFEM)

  • 2004-2008

    Corporate Performance Management Coordinator
    Gold Coast City Council

  • 2001-2004

    Corporate Research Officer
    Tweed Shire Council

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2018-now

    Crawford Fund ACT Committee Member

  • 2016-now

    Partnership Brokering Association (PBA)

  • 2012-2021

    Australasian Evaluation Society (AES) member

  • March 2017-July 2017

    Research for Development Impact (RDI) Partnerships Steering Group

  • June 2020-June 2021

    Research for Development Impact (RDI) Development Futures Project Steering Group