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Hon Mal Bryce AO

Hon Mal Bryce AO

Having spent most of his working career engaging and developing companies, businesses and communities to harness the power of new technology, Dr Mal Bryce is highly regarded and an inspiration to many.

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Hon Mal Bryce AO's Biography

Mal Bryce’s professional roles in the last 30 years have included cabinet minister, company director, corporate manager, management consultant and project leader.


During the 1980s Mal established Australia's most successful technology park at Bentley in Western Australia, the Western Australian Small Business Development Corporation, the Western Australian SciTech Discovery Centre, Australia's first government department of computing and information technology, the Institute for Science and Technology Policy, the Chair of Biotechnology at Murdoch University, and the public policy that revolutionised Regional Development in WA.


Throughout the 1990s Mal Bryce was a leading Australian pioneer in the development of the Internet industry and the application of the Internet to business, government agencies and communities. He was the architect of Australia's first online community in Ipswich, Queensland, and he led the team that implemented Australia's first community driven e-commerce project. His book on this subject - titled Switched On and published in 2010 - is a major case study in innovation and regional economic development. He was also the Director of the project team which established a new contemporary campus of the University of Queensland in Ipswich.


He is a former Deputy Premier of Western Australia, Director of Bank West, Executive Chairman of the Australian Centre for Innovation and International Competitiveness (Sydney), Chairman/Director of six science and technology companies in Australia and the USA, a Member of the Prime Minister's Science and Engineering Council, a Management Consultant with Deloitte Ross Tohmatsu, the Foundation Co-Chairman of the Australian Greenhouse Information Service (Melbourne), Chairman of the Western Australian Technology and Industry Advisory Council and a Director of Yilgarn Infrastructure Ltd.


He is a Senior Associate of the Australian Centre for Innovation, Adjunct Professor of Public Policy at Curtin University, a member of the Australian eResearch Infrastructure Council, and admitted as a Foundation Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 1990.

As Chairman of the iVEC Joint Venture from 2003 to 2013 and Chair of the Pawsey Project Steering Group, Mal led the team which has developed a world class petaflop scale supercomputing centre in Perth to service the needs of radio astronomy, geoscience and nanotechnology research.


In August 2012 Mal was awarded the Pearcey National Medal and admitted to the Australian ICT Industry Hall of Fame in recognition of a distinguished lifetime contribution to the development and growth of the Australian information and communications technology industry.


Mal's passion for innovation provides inspiration for business leaders, start-up entrepreneurs, students of management and managers of government agencies.



Speaking Topics Include

  • Australia's window of opportunity: 2010 to 2020
  • Australian business in the digital era
  • Innovation: A national imperative for Australia
  • Leadership for creativity and innovation
  • Megatrends that will shape the next 30 years for Australian business
  • Navigating through uncertain times
  • New growth opportunities for the Australian economy
  • The transformation of the Australian workforce
  • The undeniable links between connectivity, innovation, productivity and prosperity