Clean technology industry gets new advocate


Professor Andrew Parratt has been appointed as the Clean Technologies (Cleantech) Supplier Advocate to provide leadership to Australian businesses that manufacture and produce environmentally-friendly technologies.

Parliamentary Secretary for Innovation and Industry, Richard Marles announced the appointment on behalf of Innovation Minister, Senator Kim Carr at the Sir Mark Oliphant Conference - Cleantech Science and Solutions, in Melbourne.

Prof Parratt is a former Executive Director for the Institute for Technology and Innovation at Deakin University in Geelong.

"This position is about helping Australian businesses capitalise on the growing demand for clean technologies and the high-wage, high-skill jobs they support,” Mr Marles said.

“Cleantech can be thought of as technologies, capabilities, products or industries that have both commercial and environmental benefits.

“Prof Parratt is an ideal appointment for this important role.

“He has extensive knowledge of a broad range of cleantech industries and experience in senior management and executive director roles in start-up companies, government business enterprises and universities.

“Prof Parratt will lead the creation and implementation of business development strategies for the cleantech industry. This will include assistance in accessing government programs delivered by AusIndustry, Austrade and Enterprise Connect.” 

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