AusOcean was founded by Alan Noble in 2017. Alan is an electrical and electronics engineer by training who has spent his entire career working with computers and software technology, having lived and worked on several continents and founded software companies in Silicon Valley and Australia. He is passionate about our oceans and spends every available moment in or on the water. Alan's goal in founding AusOcean is to develop and apply technology for the good of our oceans.
He is an Adjunct Professor in Computer Science at The University of Adelaide, a Fellow of Engineers Australia and a director of the South Australian Museum. Previously he was head of engineering for Google Australia for 11 years and served on several national advisory boards, including advising the Chief Scientist of Australia, the Australian Information Commissioner and the Government 2.0 Taskforce, contributing to the Engage Report. He was also a founder of StartupAUS and a contributor to the Australian Entrepreneurs Guide.
Prof. Sean Connell, founding director of AusOcean, is an ecologist who discovers how the web of marine life works and investigates how humans can intercede to reverse decline. His work improved water quality through regulation, reduced land-derived pollution by water recycling, empowered the use of local methods to reduce the imprint of climate change and recently seeks solutions for the restoration of lost habitat. Success has been built on his joining of scientific-discovery with policy-making; providing global leadership to enable society’s aspiration for cost-effective enhancement of the web of marine life.
He is a Professor of Ecology at The University of Adelaide, published Australia’s first textbook on Marine Ecology, is an editor of the international journal "Marine Biology" and recipient of national awards for his contribution to ecology.
Sally-Ann Williams is the CEO of Cicada Innovations, Australia’s pioneering deep tech incubator building companies solving the world's most pressing problems through science and engineering, nurturing hundreds of visionary deep tech innovators to validate, commercialise and scale high impact technologies.
Prior to joining Cicada she spent over 12 years at Google as an Executive Program Manager on the engineering team leading work on R&D collaborations with universities, startup and entrepreneurship engagement and pioneering work on CS & STEM education including building world first collaborations delivering national transformation.
Sally-Ann is an experienced non-executive board member, having previously served on the boards of World Vision Australia and Fishburners and currently serving on the board of Biz Capital, in addition to AusOcean. She is a frequent keynote speaker on topics such as Deep Tech, technology transformation, innovation and entrepreneurship, inclusion, business development, commercialisation and transformation.
CofounderVale Susan Myers
The Australian giant cuttlefish, Sepia apama, is the world's largest cuttlefish species. Along with their cephalopod cousins (squids and octopuses) they are considered to be the most intelligent invertebrates. They are also among the most visually striking marine species, able to put on spectacular displays using cells known as chromatophores. We think we can learn a thing or two from cuttlefish.
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