The Team


Pictured: Johanna Weaver, Director, ANU Tech Policy Design Centre
Johanna Weaver, Director, ANU Tech Policy Design Centre

Johanna Weaver is Director of the Tech Policy Design Centre at the Australian National University. The Design Centre is reimagining how to use governance as a tool to shape technology to maximise its positive impacts. In partnership with industry, government, civil society and academia, the Centre’s mission is to co-design a new generation of best practice governance frameworks that are fit for purpose in our digital age.

Ms Weaver is a former Australian diplomat, a reformed commercial litigator, and an unapologetic international law nerd. In June 2021, she completed her term as Australia’s independent expert and lead cyber negotiator at the United Nations. Earlier, Ms Weaver led the Cyber Affairs Branch at the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, working closely with Australia’s inaugural Ambassador for Cyber Affairs.

Ms Weaver is a member of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Global Advisory Board on digital threats during conflict. She is also a regular guest lecturer at the Australian National Security College.

Centre Staff

  • Harry Rolf, Centre Manager
  • Ben Gowdie, Research Officer
  • Xueyin Zha, Research Officer
  • Sarah O'Connor, Research Assistant
  • Mitchell Henson, Research Assistant
  • Claire Irvine, Executive Assistant