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Ms Maureen O’Keefe

Maureen O’Keefe’s career at the University of Melbourne spanned 23 years in research and executive management roles.

This led to her appointment as Chief Operating Officer of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (2006-2013).

Maureen has also held the roles of Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director of the Australian College of Optometry and National Vision Research Institute (2013-2021), and Deputy Chair of Vision 2020 Australia (2013-2022).

Maureen’s experience has covered many areas including design and execution of strategy and identifying opportunities for solutions to build sustainable outcomes for businesses.

She is an experienced leader in navigating strategic, financial, risk and operational challenges in for purpose organisations funded by grants, philanthropy and social enterprise.

Maureen has outstanding capacity to engage and build relationships with multiple stakeholders with complex interests identifying opportunities for mutually beneficial outcomes and a path forward.

Maureen has been a Board Director/Member of key industry and government committees and agencies, and NFP organisations, including Very Special Kids, Vision2020 Australia, the Victorian Government Cancer Agency, BioMelbourne Network, ARC Centre of Excellence in Convergent Bio-Nano Science & Technology, Ministerial Medical Research Strategic Advisory Committee, Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, and the Victorian Consultative Council for Clinical Trial Research. Maureen is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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