Internationally-experienced businessman and ex-Santos Chief Executive Officer, Mr David Knox, will take up the reins as Chair of The Australian Centre for Social Innovation this month.
Mr Knox will succeed Dr Nicholas Gruen whose term concluded at the end of November.
Deputy Chair, Mr Rob DiMonte, said the new appointment would build on the strong foundation that had been established under Dr Gruen’s tenure.
“Nicholas’ work with the Centre has been invaluable.”
“He nurtured it through many of the difficult challenges start-ups face and helped connect its work to a wider audience of innovators and policy makers across Australia.”
“Seven years later the Centre is on a growth trajectory and the new Chair’s experience of leading large businesses will support the Centre to manage the new set of challenges that come with that growth.”
Mr Knox has 30 years of experience running and growing businesses in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Norway, USA, Pakistan and Western Australia before his appointment as Chief Executive Officer to Adelaide-based Santos in 2008.
In addition to his commercial experience, Mr Knox brings a history of leading a range of philanthropic and social responsibility projects including supporting vulnerable youth to return to full-time education in partnership with the Princes Trust and supporting girls’ education in rural Pakistan.
Other appointments currently held by Mr Knox include membership of the Prime Minister’s Commonwealth Science Council, CSIRO Board, Migration Council Australia and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Trade and Investment Policy Advisory Council.