Dr Ian J Watt AC


Dr Ian J Watt AC is a CEDA Director. CEDA's Board of Directors provides strategic advice and is made up of Australian business and policy leaders.

Dr Ian J Watt AC has had a long career as one of Australia’s most distinguished public servants, with nearly 20 years at the highest levels of the public service.  His most recent and most senior appointment was as Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and head of the Australian Public Service, a position he held from 2011 until the end of 2014.  Prior to that, he was Secretary of the Departments of Defence; Finance; and Communications, Information Technology and the Arts between 2001 and 2011.  Before that, he was Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Dr Watt is Chairman of BAE Systems Australia.  He also serves on the Boards of Citigroup Pty Ltd, Smartgroup Corporation, the Grattan Institute (University of Melbourne) and O’Connell Street Associates Pty Ltd, and is a Member of the Male Champions of Change.  He is also Chair of the National Innovation and Science Agenda Implementation Committee, Chair of the International Centre for Democratic Partnerships, and Chair of the Advisory Council of the SMART Infrastructure Facility at the University of Wollongong.

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