Advisory Panel

Sense-T has an Advisory Panel to oversee its strategic direction to support it achieving its goal and outcomes.

Brian Pink

Brian Pink

Advisory Panel Chairperson

Brian Pink has been Australian Statistician since 2007 following a long career in both Australia and New Zealand since 1966. He was Chair of the OECD Committee on Statistics from 2008-2012, Chair of the Statistics Committee of ESCAP and Australia's Head of Delegation to the United Nations Statistical Commission. He is an ex officio member of the Australian Statistics Advisory Council and an Australian Electoral Commissioner. Brian is passionate about open access to official statistics in society and has championed a transformation information management program to prepare the ABS, the NSS and the international statistical community to meet the challenges of providing information to policy makers, government and businesses in the future.

Dr Michael Brünig

Dr Michael Brünig

Dr Michael Brünig is the Director of the Digital Productivity Flagship at CSIRO. Michael has experience in R&D in academia, industry and government agencies, working in high tech areas in Europe, the USA and Australia. Michael obtained his Ph.D. from RWTH Aachen University in Germany. His research interests include autonomous systems, sensor networks, computer vision, human computer interaction and computational intelligence. Within CSIRO, Michael has previously led major initiatives in the areas of autonomous systems and sensor networks. Prior to his engagement with CSIRO, Michael was with Robert Bosch Corporation R&D, USA. Michael is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland, a senior member of the IEEE and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Chris Vein

Chris Vein

Described by FedInsider as “innovating innovation itself,” Chris Vein is the Chief Innovation Officer for Global Technology Development at the World Bank. In this capacity, Chris leads the implementation of the World Bank’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Strategy, ICT policy and engagement dialogue with internal and external clients, and global ICT knowledge and expertise with client countries. Prior to joining the World Bank, Chris was the Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer for Government Innovation in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. In that role, Chris focused on making government more open, entrepreneurial, and lean; creating new and innovative opportunities for delivering government products, services and processes; and incubating innovation capacity in the civic, technology and civic society arenas.

Bob Rutherford

Bob Rutherford

Bob Rutherford is currently Deputy Secretary of Industry and Business Development in the Department of State Growth. Prior to this he was Deputy Secretary for the former Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources and Premier and Cabinet, and Director of Energy Planning. He has also held the statutory positions of Electricity Regulator and Transport Commissioner. Bob was Economic Advisor to Premier Michael Field from 1990-1992, playing a significant advisory role on public finance, microeconomic reform and other major policy decisions. Prior to this he was an academic economist at the University of Tasmania.