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Credit: Australian National University

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Australian National University appoints inaugural CEO of ANU Cyber Institute

According to the announcement made by the Australian National University (ANU), it has appointed Dr Lesley Seebeck as the inaugural Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of its new ANU Cyber Institute. She is a leader in cyber security, with an outstanding record of strategic planning and delivery within complex and multidisciplinary environments spanning government, industry and academia.

The Australian National University (ANU) has established the new ANU Cyber Institute in order to combine expertise from across a range of disciplines that will conduct leading research, which will help shape the nation's future in the increasingly vital fields of cyber security and innovation.

For its inaugural CEO, the ANU has appointed Dr Lesley Seebeck to lead the Cyber Institute. Dr Seebeck will take up the position in late July 2018.

She will be joining ANU from the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA). She will be bringing with her a wealth of experiences from across the strategy, ICT and transformation sectors to the new institute.

Professor Elanor Huntington, Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, was thrilled to welcome Dr Lesley's immense experience to the ANU. She said, "Dr Seebeck is a leader in cyber security, with an outstanding record of strategic planning and delivery within complex and multidisciplinary environments spanning government, industry and academia."

Professor Huntington added, “Under Lesley's leadership, I am confident the institute will contribute significantly to the nation's increasing focus on Cyber Security and deliver innovative solutions to challenges faced by us all.”

Dr Seebeck said she was pleased to join ANU, and to help build national capability in such a key area of Australia's future.

She explained, “Cyber security is a field that sits at the intersection of people, technology, organisation, society, economics and security.  The Cyber Institute offers the opportunity to bring people and ideas together from across a wide range of disciplines, backgrounds and endeavours to drive innovation, meet immediate needs and shape how we, as a nation, position ourselves for the future.”

Professor Huntington said, “Lesley's appointment will strengthen the breadth of cyber related research, innovation and teaching opportunities across campus, to go beyond established boundaries and forge new paths.”

She added, “With a focus on bringing together people from a range of backgrounds, Lesley will contribute strongly to the Reimagine project by shaping a problem inspired teaching, research and innovation agenda for the coming decades.”

The DTA is an Executive Agency within the Prime Minister and Cabinet Portfolio that exists to make it easy for people to deal with government, by helping government transform services to be simple clear and fast. Currently, Dr Lesley Seebeck is the Chief Investment and Advisory Officer of the Agency.

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