Kylie Walker’s “powerful leadership” has been credited as Science and Technology Australia announces her departure for a new gig leading the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE).
Kylie has served in the role at STA for three and half years, leading a number of significant projects, particularly in supporting diversity in STEM.
She’s seen as an influential voice in promoting women in STEM across Australia, and looks set to assist ATSE in raising new opportunities for diversity in STEM.
Recently, Kylie shared with Women’s Agenda the latest wins for women in STEM and some of the key work that still needs to be done.
“Kylie helped us grow in both scale and impact, and she create many of our new programs,” STA President Professor Emma Johnston said on Kylie’s time with the organisation.
“STA now supports more than 80 member organisations to flourish; to share their achievements; to connect with government; and to build equity and diversity in STEM.
“I attribute much of our current success to Kylie’s powerful leadership.”
Kylie finishes up at STA in December, and starts her new role with ATSE in 2020. She’ll takeover from Dr Margaret Hartley, who has been the role for the last 11 years.
Kylie is also Chair of the Australian National Commission for UNESCO and a visiting Fellow at the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science. Recently, she was named in the 100 Women of Influence list by the Australian Financial Review, for her work on improving equity, diversity and inclusion in STEM.
Kylie said on her new appointment that one of her key mandates will be to further empower the Academy to lead, “Crucial national conversations and strategy towards a thriving, healthy and connected Australia.”
She also noted the opportunity to build positive change and help create a more inclusive and diverse STEM-qualified workforce that is, “Ready and able to tackle the big national and international challenges and opportunities.”
Currently, ATSE has a network of 880 thought leaders who are contributing to national policies on areas like climate change, the transformation of the energy sector, the ageing population and digital economy.