Mr Luan Ismahil
Luan’s early career began undertaking economic research and policy development for the Australian Government in Canberra. This was followed by roles in the Victorian Government in economic policy in Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet and in the Departmnt of State Development working on industry policy and in an investment attraction role for the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector with global companies located in North America, Europe and Asia. In 2004, Luan joined the Victoria Research Laboratory of NICTA (now Data 61), Australia’s centre of excellence in ICT, based at the University of Melbourne. In this role he started and managed a number of outreach and networking activities including the Big Picture Seminar series, the Sensor Network Forum and the Meet The Founder series. In 2008 Luan established the ICT for Life Sciences Forum (renamed the Convergence Science Network in November 2014), an initiative that connects scientists across disciplines involved in in biomedical research who share advances with the public. In 2008, Luan also established the Graeme Clark Oration, an annual public lecture delivered by an international science luminary. In eight years, the Oration has become Australia’s most prestigious free public science event. Luan is passionate about the role and value of science in society, communicating advances in biomedical research and promoting engagement between scientists and the public. Luan obtained his undergraduate degree in economics from LaTrobe University and his postgraduate degree in economics from the University of Melbourne.