Scientific Advisory Committee member

Jim is an Aboriginal man of the Jagera, Yiman and Goreng Goreng First Nations peoples of Queensland, Australia.

He is a lecturer and course coordinator at the University of Queensland within the School of Earth Environmental Sciences of the Faculty of Science. Jim is also a Member of the Foundation for Aboriginal and Islander Research Action (FAIRA); Chair of the Murri Mura Aboriginal Corporation and Board of Advice member of the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation.

Jim has been at the forefront of advocating for the rights of Indigenous Peoples in excess of 20 years both in Australia and internationally. He has worked within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission at executive and senior management level, and was previously the Manager of the CSIRO’s National Indigenous Engagement Strategy. He has also been a previous Chair of the Indigenous Caucus within the World Intellectual Property Organization Intergovernmental Committee on the Protection of Intellectual Property, Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions.

Jim has been involved in development and implementation of policies and programs in the fields of social justice, education, economic development, Indigenous rights advocacy (nationally and internationally), Indigenous cultural protection, forestry and pastoral industries, environment protection and science research engagement.  In this regard, Jim brings a trans-disciplinary approach to research and an extensive high-level experience in engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and communities across Australia.

He holds a Bachelor of Business and a Masters Degree in Public Administration.