After gaining a PhD in 1984, Stella Clark had a distinguished career in diabetes research before moving into research management. Stella has served as: Chief Executive Officer of the Bio21 Cluster, Victoria’s leading health sciences/biotechnology cluster; Chief Executive Officer of Obesity Australia; General Manager, School of Graduate Studies, University of Melbourne; and Scientific Executive Officer, Baker Medical Research Institute.

She has been President of the Australian Society for Medical Research, and of the Australasian Research Management Society; a Member of NHMRC Council; a Member of the Leadership Victoria Board; and a Director of the BioMelbourne Network.

Stella is an Honorary Principal Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Department of Medicine, Royal Melbourne Hospital and a Graduate of the AICD Company Director’s Course.  She currently runs her own consulting business, Stella Connect Pty Ltd.    Stella sits on the Board of The Garnet Passe and Rodney Williams Memorial Foundation and of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function.

In 2019 Stella became a Member of the prestigious Order of Australia, Meritorious and Military award for her significant service to medical research as an advocate for improved standards.

"My role as a Director of BI has given me insight into the many new discoveries being made in the area of medical bionics at the Institute and the ways these are being taken forwards to develop products and applications that will help people with a range of serious health issues.  I also enjoy interacting with all members of BI staff who are extremely dedicated and skilled in what they do."

- Stella Clark