Professor Ron Johnston, Executive Director of the Australian Centre for Innovation, is one of Australia's leading thinkers about the way technology shapes our future. Professor Johnston has been associated with the University of Sydney for twenty years.

He was educated as a scientist in Australia and the UK, and worked for many years in Europe and the US in the private sector, international organisations and universities. He has published more than 200 books, articles and reports, covering a broad range of issues related to science and technology policy and management.

Professor Johnston's role in Australia has been recognised by his election to the Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, and by his appointment as Deputy Chair of the Australian Science and Technology Engineering Council, Director of the Australian Commission for the Future, Trustee of the Powerhouse Museum, member of the Australian Manufacturing Council, and a member of the NSW Innovation Council. He has recently been appointed a Life Fellow of the Powerhouse Museum.