Executive Director, CSIRO

Dr David Williams is Executive Director for CSIRO Digital, National Facilities and Collections. Dr Williams is building the world’s leading data-focused research, development and digital capability, and leading CSIRO’s research in astronomy, National Research Collections, the Australian Animal Health laboratory, the National Marine Research Vessel and Information Management and Technology services. Prior to his CSIRO role, Dr Williams was the Chief Executive of the United Kingdom Space Agency and from June 2010 he concurrently was also the Chairman of the 20 nation European Space Agency until June 2012. David holds BSc degree and a PhD from the University of Reading. He has previously worked at the University of Reading, in industry, the Natural Environment Research Council, the British National Space Centre and the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT). Dr Williams has been a Member of the Global Climate Observing Committee, was elected a Member of the International Academy for Astronautics in 2012, and is now a non-executive director of AARNET.