Male Champions of Change in STEM

Science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) is vital to Australia’s economy, contributing to more than a quarter of Australia’s economic activity. Yet women are severely under-represented in STEM education, making up only 16% of those with STEM qualifications. Women’s lack of retention and progression in STEM signals persistent barriers and entrenched gender inequalities.

With the support of the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda, the MCC STEM will lead and influence change in women’s representation in STEM. The group represents the diversity of organisations working in the area and the members have a deep commitment to advancing gender equality within their own organisations and more broadly. The MCC STEM  is in a unique position to influence change and challenge the systems and stereotypes in STEM that hold women back.The group is convened by Ann Sherry.

For further information please contact the MCC STEM Program Director Somali Cerise at

Who are the Male Champions of Change in STEM?

  • Spencer Beasley, Vice President, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • Robert Easton, Chairman & Senior Managing Director, ANZ Accenture Australia Pty Ltd 
  • Alan Finkel, Chief Scientist, Australian Government
  • Mike Foster, CEO, Fujitsu Australia
  • Gavin Fox-Smith, MD, Johnson & Johnson
  • Toby Hall, CEO, St Vincents Health Australia
  • Peter Høj, Vice Chancellor, UQ
  • Dig Howitt, CEO & President, Cochlear
  • David W Kalisch, Australian Statistician, Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • Peter McIntyre, CEO, Engineers Australia
  • Larry Marshall, CEO, CSIRO
  • Adi Paterson, CEO, ANSTO
  • Tim Reed, CEO, MYOB
  • Brian P Schmidt, Vice Chancellor, ANU
  • Andrew Stevens, Non-Executive Director
  • Giam Swiegers, Global Chief Executive, Aurecon
  • Alex Zelinsky, Chief Defence Scientist

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