ANU appoints new Director of Public Policy and Societal Impact Hub

31 October 2017

Public policy is in the DNA of our University.

ANU has appointed senior public servant Sean Innis as its inaugural Director of the Public Policy and Societal Impact Hub, to drive the University's engagement with the public policy community.

Mr Innis has worked in senior executive roles across several national government departments and has wide ranging policy experience. He joins ANU from the Productivity Commission, where he has been its special adviser since 2016.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt AC congratulated Mr Innis on his appointment, and said his experience in senior public policy roles made him a great match to lead the new ANU Public Policy and Societal Impact Hub.

Professor Schmidt said as the national university, ANU had a strong focus on world-class research and of shaping the public policy decisions that impact on Australia and the world.

"Because of our unique history, mission and location, public policy is in the DNA of our University," Professor Schmidt said.

"The unprecedented ANU links to government offer unrivalled capacity for our researchers to translate their work into outcomes that will benefit Australia and beyond.

"Sean is an outstanding new addition to our University community. He will drive the University's engagement with the public policy community, including government, business and civil society.

"Sean will also engage with and connect the many parts of ANU where research and education might influence society, and he will help translate our work into real and practical outcomes.

"On behalf of the University, I congratulate Sean on his appointment and welcome him to the ANU community."

The new ANU Public Policy and Societal Impact Hub is a key initiative of the ANU Strategic Plan, released by Professor Schmidt in early 2017.

Mr Innis, who will take up the position in January 2018, said he was delighted join ANU.

"This is a terrific and timely initiative from ANU. Considered research and evidence is critical to good policy making in a changing and sometimes difficult world," Mr Innis said.

"ANU is a world-class university with a long history of supporting good public policy. I am looking forward to working with the wonderfully talented academics within ANU and the broader policy community to create an even stronger contribution into the future."