Chief Executive

Anna-Maria Arabia

Anna-Maria Arabia

Anna-Maria has over 25 years’ experience in the science sector and is currently leading the Australian Academy of Science, an independent organisation that provides authoritative and influential scientific advice, represents Australia on international scientific bodies, builds public awareness and understanding of science, and champions and supports excellence in Australian science.

In this role Anna-Maria has strengthened global science engagement, established novel mechanisms to facilitate evidence-informed decision making in the parliamentary and justice systems; spearheaded new approaches to science communication; and implemented global initiatives to advance women in science.

Starting her career as a neuroscientist, Anna-Maria undertook medical research in Australia and abroad, before applying her skills to policy development both in the Australian public service and in politics where she has provided policy advice across many social and economic portfolios.

She has held several senior executive positions in the science sector as CEO of Science and Technology Australia and Deputy Director at Questacon – the National Science and Technology Centre. In these roles, Anna-Maria has worked extensively with parliamentarians, the business and community sectors, and the media.

She is a strategic advocate for science and its role in society, social justice, and diversity and inclusion.

Senior Management Team

Anna-Maria Arabia Chief Executive
Melissa Abberton Chief Operating Officer
Andrew Hood Chief Information Officer
Chris Anderson Director, Science Policy
Claudette Bateup Director, Education
Kate Groves Director, Philanthropy
Karen Holt Director, Fellowship and Awards
Petra Lundgren Director, International Science Council, Regional Focal Point for Asia and the Pacific
Shauna McKay Director, People and Culture
Nancy Pritchard Director, International Programs and National Committees
Paul Richards Director, Communications and Outreach
NAME Anna-Maria Arabia
JOB TITLE Chief Executive
NAME Melissa Abberton
JOB TITLE Chief Operating Officer
NAME Andrew Hood
JOB TITLE Chief Information Officer
NAME Chris Anderson
JOB TITLE Director, Science Policy
NAME Claudette Bateup
JOB TITLE Director, Education
NAME Kate Groves
JOB TITLE Director, Philanthropy
NAME Karen Holt
JOB TITLE Director, Fellowship and Awards
NAME Shauna McKay
JOB TITLE People and Culture Manager
NAME Nancy Pritchard
JOB TITLE Director, International Programs and National Committees
NAME Paul Richards
JOB TITLE Director, Communications and Outreach


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