David Thodey AO

David Thodey


Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

David is a global business leader focused on innovation, technology and telecommunications with more than 30 years of experience creating brand and shareholder value. 

He is currently Chairman of Australia’s national scientific research agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and Chairman of JobsNSW focused on job creation in NSW. He is an Ambassador for business events in NSW and Chairman of the NSW Government’s Quantum Computing Fund Advisory Panel.

David is on the Advisory Boards of SquarePeg Capital and Unified Healthcare Group (UHG), is on the Investment Committee of Evans and Partners Global Disruption Fund, and is a non-executive Board director of Ramsay Health Care, a global hospital group.

He also had a successful career as CEO of Telstra, Australia’s leading telecommunications and information services company.

David holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and English from Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand. He attended the Kellogg School of Management postgraduate General Management Program at Northwestern University in Chicago, USA, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Science and Technology from Deakin University in 2016.

David will be involved in the fireside chat at Digital Summit 2019.