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Susan Lucas Conwell - Executive Vice President

Susan Lucas-Conwell, Executive Vice President of CSIRO, Australia's pre-eminent national science organization, opened in 2017 the North American innovation center located in Silicon Valley. Leading companies, driving open innovation and corporate venturing initiatives in North America and Europe for two decades, Susan is a global business executive, independent Board Director and NACD Fellow recognized for her successful track record of driving innovation and accelerating revenue growth.

Susan is a Board of Director member on several private and not-for-profit Boards including Women in Sports Tech (WIST), Growth Resources, Inc. and Wharton Club of Northern America. She is also board advisor to REDT, Tiatros, StartX, Innovation Center Denmark, and an Independent Reviewer for SBIR Grants. Over the past two decades Susan has advised hundreds of early stage start-ups and founders in cleantech, IoT, and health tech; venture firms including Sapphire Ventures; and spoken on innovation at conferences including TedX and GCVI.

Susan has won numerous awards including Frost & Sullivan's "Innovator Spotlight", Watermark's "Women Who Made Their Mark" and Silicon Valley Business Journal's "Women of Influence". She earned a MBA in Marketing and International Business from the Wharton School of Business and a Master Degree in Economic History from The Johns Hopkins University.

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Margaret Donoghue - Director Strategic Partnerships

Margaret is recognised as an expert in trade and foreign investment. She joined CSIRO in 2017 as the Director of Strategic Partnerships following 7 years at Austrade.

Austrade is an arm of the Australian government responsible for encouraging the growth of Australian businesses into the US market and US investment into Australia.

At Austrade Margaret was Investment Director. She was responsible for identifying and facilitating investment and partnerships between Australia and the US.

She has also worked extensively in the field international relations leading and developing programs for the State Department across a diverse range of industries including emergency response and biotech.

Margaret is a Silicon Valley local. She has bachelor’s degree in History, studied French at the Sorbonne in Paris and has a Master’s degree in World History and Political Theory.

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Nicole M. Forrester - Counsellor, CSIRO Science Capability Embassy of Australia, Washington DC

Nicole is the first inaugural Counsellor for CSIRO at the Australian Embassy in Washington, D.C. As an Australian diplomat, industry adviser, international non-profit CEO, and Indigenous community advocate, Nicole brings to CSIRO over 15 years of diverse leadership experience in Australia, the U.S., and the Asia-Pacific. 

From 2014-2017, Nicole was the President and CEO of Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL), before which she was program director at Pacific Forum Center for Strategic and International Studies. She has been awarded the East-West Center's Asia-Pacific Leadership Fellowship, the Amanda and Natalie Ellis Women Leaders Scholarship Award, the WSD-Handa Research Fellowship and was recognised by the U.S. Congress for her leadership and contributions to cross-cultural relations, education in policy making, and facilitation of inter-generational dialogues.

In 2004, Nicole joined the Australian diplomatic service and was appointed Consul for Political and Economic Affairs in Los Angeles and later, Acting Director of the United Nations and Commonwealth Section in Canberra.

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Trista Acevedo - Executive Assistant/Office Manager

Trista has extensive management and administration experience spanning twenty years in sectors including medical research.

In her previous role as an Administrative Assistant at Earlens Corporation she supported the Operations, Quality and Clinical/Regulatory teams.  She also directed logistics for physician training programs. At Silk Road Medical, she worked closely with Clinical, Regulatory and Quality departments, maintaining clinical logs, proofing regulatory submissions and reviewing clinical records.

Trista has had extensive management experience, from co-ordinating complex domestic and international travel itineraries for corporate level travellers at her role with Peak Travel Group to leading a logistics team when Abbott Vascular pursued FDA approval for a first in class medical device.

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