Class of 1988
Executive Director Growth, CSIRO
If you have ever used WiFi, banknotes, extended wear contact lenses or Aerogard, you too are a part of the CSIRO innovation story, according to Nigel Warren.
Straight out of the gate from graduation, Nigel studied a Bachelor of International Business at Griffith University which fuelled his forever travel bug. Starting off in Japan, then the United States of America (USA) and South America where he lived for several years, Nigel was excited at the amount of things Australia could offer the world and couldn’t wait to start his journey representing Australia on the main stage in the Foreign Service.
Nigel remembers John Paul College as a school that always encouraged its students to do new things and to never fear failure, saying it taught him it was always better to try than not. With caring teachers who were committed to making a difference, Nigel remains adamant that his teachers were exceptional people, with Mr Jeff Henderson being instrumental, instilling drive and care into his education.
Further motivated by Mr Kim Beazley, Nigel was inspired to commit his professional life to the future advancement and prosperity of Australia. ‘He really inspired me to commit my professional life to the future of our country. He was a great man to work for and to be part of his team’ says Nigel.
‘I feel I can contribute to the future prosperity of Australia, whether that’s helping new companies and industries to grow, addressing some of the big environmental challenges we have or partnering to deliver solutions to our community’ he says. ‘I really enjoy working on the future, so a leadership role that can make a difference and that will last a long time for future generations is something I will always strive to do.’
As a CSIRO Executive, Nigel leads the team across the organisation’s Business Development & Commercialisation, Global, Science Impact and Policy. This includes the CSIRO Innovation Fund that supports scientists in developing new technologies, sciences and services which benefit Australia.
A common thread in Nigel’s work is the global engagement from the perspective of contributing to the betterment of society on a global scale. He was a member of the team that supported the Australian Chile Free Trade Agreement.
He has previously enjoyed working at Austrade across Asia and Latin America and has been appointed as the Australian Consul-General in San Francisco. This appointment allowed Nigel to support citizens in need whilst representing the nation’s interests in the USA.
Continuing his connection to JPC, Nigel maintains contact with other Alumni; Dwight Levinge (1987), Simon Langford (1987), and Nicholas Huffels (1988), who are all proud Alumni who continue to embody the JPC spirit.
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