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Ms Catriona Jackson

Chief Executive
Universities Australia

Catriona Jackson is the CEO of Universities Australia, the peak body representing Australia’s university sector.

Catriona is a highly experienced advocate for higher education and has deep experience of the policy making process. Prior to her appointment as CEO, she served as Universities Australia’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer and gave evidence to Parliamentary inquiries, briefed key decision makers and played a key role in lobbying the government on behalf of the sector.

She is the former CEO of Science and Technology Australia and has also served as Director of Communication and External Liaison in the Office of the Vice-Chancellor at ANU, and as a senior journalist and Ministerial advisor.

Catriona is the Chair of the Advisory Board for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale Biophotonics, a founding member of the peak body for not-for-profit science groups, the Science Sector Group (SSG), and co-founded the National Research Alliance within the Australian Academy of Science.

Catriona is an outstanding communicator who is held in strong regard in higher education, politics and the media.