Dr Leonie Walsh FTSE was appointed as Women in STEMM Australia’s inaugural Ambassador in 2016. As Victoria’s first Lead Scientist (2013-2016), Dr Walsh is an outstanding advocate for early career researchers and women in STEMM across all professional sectors.
Dr Walsh has accumulated more than 25 years of technology leadership experience in a broad range of industrial applications both locally and globally. She has worked in companies such as Dow Chemical, Henkel and Visy with a focus on the development and commercialisation of technology.
Dr Walsh says, “During my time as Lead Scientist it became clear to me that as a country we need to do a better job of attracting women into science careers and allowing the scientific talent we have to reach their full potential. It is imperative for our economy and society that we continue to focus on these key issue. I see my role as continuing to use my experience and networks to improve education on STEMM careers for women and help break down barriers limiting the development of our science talent pool from early career researchers to senior leaders in the STEMM community.”
Dr Walsh holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) and a Masters of Science (MSc) from Swinburne University, a Masters in Business Administration (MBA Exec) from the Australian Graduate School of Management and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. Dr Walsh also received an Honorary Doctorate (HonDUniv) from Swinburne University of Technology.