Megan Clark

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Megan Elizabeth Clark AC is an Australian scientist, who has been Chief Executive of the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) since January 2009. The CSIRO is Australia’s national science agency and one of the top 10 applied research organisations in the world. CSIRO is a mission-directed, multidisciplinary research and development organisation. She is also a principal of the Global Research Alliance, of which CSIRO is a founding member.

Clark was awarded a BSc(Hons) in Economic Geology at the University of Western Australia in 1981, and a Doctorate in Economic Geology at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario in 1987. She began her career as a mine geologist and subsequently worked in mineral exploration, mine geology, R&D management, venture capital and technical strategy areas with Western Mining Corporation. She became Vice President Technology with BHP Billiton, followed by Vice President, Health, Safety, Environment, Community and Sustainability.

Dr Clark is a member of the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council, as well as the Prime Minister’s Taskforce on Manufacturing. She is also a Commissioner on the International Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.[1][2]

In the 2014 Queen's Birthday Honours List, Clark was appointed as a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC), for "eminent service to scientific research and development through fostering innovation, to science administration through strategic leadership roles, and to the development of public policy for technological sciences".[3]


  1. ^ Ryan, Siobhain (4 September 2008). "CSIRO discovers its new chief at BHP". The Australian. Retrieved 3 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "DIISR Website". Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Companion (AC) in the General Division of the Order of Australia". 8 June 2014. Retrieved 8 June 2014.