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Zoe Piper


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The traditional career model of working full-time for one employer was never for me. Instead I’ve spent the past 25 years crafting a portfolio career at the intersection of industry, research and government, including:

  • Creating/consulting to businesses that deliver social impact (my own ventures include paint manufacturing and tech platforms)
  • Serving as a Non-Executive Director/Chair of the Board for several organisations in the social enterprise/innovation space (including Young Change Agents, The Mill House Ventures and CBRIN)
  • Advising government on policy development (with a focus on innovation and economic development)
  • Building connections between industry and research (including developing a platform showcasing Australia’s research expertise)
  • Mentoring start-ups and young professionals looking to proactively shape their careers

The dynamic career path I’ve built helped forge a strong desire to support others in embracing new ways of working. Through my PhD I’m exploring the career development of individuals concurrently working in industry, research and government (launching to connect these professionals). In 2022, I also founded to empower individuals to aggregate, manage and share their career data.

Building partnerships, solving complex problems and finding innovative ways to keep things moving forward are at the heart of what I do best. Working on a diverse portfolio of engagements sees me regularly shift between boardroom discussions with senior leaders, on-the-ground training of micro businesses in emerging economies, deeply technical conversations with leading researchers, liaising with tradesmen on construction sites, pitching to investors, policy discussions with Ministers and more. This background allows me to understand issues from multiple viewpoints and ensures I bring a unique perspective to any role I take on.

Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to share my knowledge on stage both domestically and abroad (New York, Vietnam and Manila), and study in the US, Europe and China. I’m a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and currently serve on the AICD ACT Division Council.

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PhD programme

Public Policy

Topic title

Why, how and with whom do individuals develop tri-sector careers?

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Crawford School of Public Policy
ANU College of Asia & the Pacific
J.G. Crawford Building No. 132
Lennox Crossing
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0200 Australia

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