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Zoe Piper

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australian National University, CSIRO, Ecolour Australia Pty Ltd


Zoe Piper has over 20 years’ experience across management consulting, technology, manufacturing and investment. Operating at the intersection of policy, practice and research, she is actively engaged in a broad range of roles and appointments. As the Partnerships Lead for Data61, Zoe is responsible for driving collaboration across industry, research and government. Here she leads the development of Expert Connect, a publicly available platform facilitating access to research expertise. Zoe also serves as a Director of the Canberra Innovation Network (CBRIN) and a mentor for CSIRO’s ON Prime pre-accelerator program. Zoe was recently seconded to the Office of Innovation and Science Australia where she was a member of the taskforce developing the 2030 Strategic Plan. Combining her interests in technology and sustainable business, in 2017 Zoe founded Ethitrade International. Through this she developed a farm-to-plate blockchain based food provenance platform that is being piloted in South-East Asia. In 2009 Zoe cofounded Ecolour, an Australian based manufacturer of premium quality, non-toxic paint that is distributed across the country. Zoe continues to serve as Director, with Ecolour now used by hotel chains, hospitals and leading developers. In 2015, Zoe was invited to tell the Ecolour story at the 2015 Shared Value Leadership Summit in New York where she outlined how the company is cleaning up the air we breathe inside and out. Zoe is a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders (formerly chairing the AIM ACT Regional Advisory Committee) and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has studied in the USA, Europe, and China, and her qualifications include an MBA, and Bachelor of Economics/Communication. Zoe is currently undertaking a PhD (Public Policy: cross-sector leaders) at the ANU. Follow on Instagram/Twitter: @zoe_piper