Our organisation

DSI was established in 2010 within the University of Melbourne. It is funded jointly by the State Government of Victoria, the Commonwealth Government’s Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group and our university members.

DSI is staffed by a team of senior multi-disciplinary professionals from industry, government and academic backgrounds. We have the insight and experience to bridge different priorities and points of view towards common goals and successes.

Our mandate is to coordinate the greatest public good outcomes by bringing together the right collaborators within the dynamic and ever-evolving Australian defence market. Our team achieves this through building trusting relationships and demonstrating understanding, insight and empathy.


Prof Adrian Pearce
Prof Adrian PearceDirector
Mr Robert Peile
Mr Robert PeileAssociate Director
Mr Craig Butler
Mr Craig ButlerIndustry Engagement
Annette McLeod
Annette McLeodContracts & Business Analysis
Ansonne Yap
Ansonne YapAdministrator
Charlotte Morris
Charlotte MorrisGovernment Engagement


Mr John O’Callaghan (Chair)
Mr John O’Callaghan (Chair)Victoria Defence Industry Advocate, State Government of Victoria.
Mr Matt Lowe
Mr Matt Lowe Head, Industry Intelligence and Capture Teams, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, State Government of Victoria.
Mr Jan Drobik
Mr Jan DrobikProgram Lead – Innovation and International Engagement, Defence Science and Technology Group, Australian Government.
Professor James McCluskey AO FAA FAHMS
Professor James McCluskey AO FAA FAHMSDeputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), The University of Melbourne
Ms Laura Anderson

Ms Laura Anderson Chairman, SVI Global Pty Ltd.
Mr Miles Partridge
Mr Miles PartridgeDirector of Engineering, Tectonica Australia Pty Ltd.
Mr Glenn Logan
Mr Glenn LoganDirector Technology & Product Development, BAE Systems Australia.
Dr Tony Lindsay
Dr Tony LindsayDirector of Lockheed Martin STELaRLab, Lockheed Martin Australia.


Dr. Zoran Najdovski
Dr. Zoran NajdovskiSenior Research Fellow, Deakin University.
Mr Quin Chang
Mr Quin ChangSenior Manager, Research Partnerships, Research and Innovation, RMIT University.
Ms Maria Christensen
Ms Maria ChristensenProject Coordinator, Research Partnerships, Research and Innovation, RMIT University
A/Prof. Daniel Lai
A/Prof. Daniel LaiAssociate Professor in Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Mr Mark Raphael
Mr Mark RaphaelStrategic Relationship Manager, Office of Industry Engagement Research & Industry Engagement, La Trobe University.
Mr James Davern
Mr James DavernBusiness Development Manager, Digital Innovation, Defence and Space, Swinburn University of Technology.
Prof Iqbal Gondal
Prof Iqbal GondalDirector Internet Commerce Security Lab (ICSL), Federation University Australia.
Dr Liz Jazwinska
Dr Liz JazwinskaDirector, Business Development, Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Enterprise), Monash University.
Ms Zara Hamon
Ms Zara HamonPartnerships and Development Manager, Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President (Enterprise).
Prof Len Sciacca
Prof Len SciaccaEnterprise Professor, Defence Technologies, University of Melbourne.
Ms Emily Ebbott
Ms Emily EbbottProgram Manager & Partnerships, Melbourne Defence Enterprise, University of Melbourne.
Prof Jonathan Binns
Prof Jonathan BinnsAcademic Lead – Defence Network. Director, ARC Research Training Centre for Naval Design and Manufacturing, University of Tasmania.