Board Of Directors
Peter Damen is the Chairman of the Board Directors of Innovate Australia, an industry body that was established to encourage, assist and proactively promote Australian innovation. The organisation works with industry to bring about and encourage innovation, and to develop programs and innovation networks. It is a not for profit, independent facilitator with a wide national footprint.
Peter is considered a national and international expert in emerging transport technologies, automated vehicles, parking and traffic management, road safety and future transport planning. He is a qualified civil engineer with over 25 years’ experience in the industry including both government and the private sector. He has been involved in some of Australia’s largest transport infrastructure projects and he has an industry network that extends to most parts of the globe. Peter believes that innovation is the key to Australia’s future – in making better investment decisions and accomplishing more for the community.
Peter has chaired or participated in numerous industry associations, state advisory committees, accreditation panels, and learned societies and amongst other roles he is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Level5design, a specialised advisory and design firm dedicated to achieving better outcomes for its customers in the rapidly evolving transport technology and infrastructure planning and design spaces.
In previous roles Peter had responsibility for programs such as the National Road Safety Partnership Program and the National Assets Centre of Excellence. He was also the Chair of the Executive Steering Committee of the Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI), a peak body that he was instrumental in establishing.
Peter Kasprzak, is the Co-Founder and CEO of Innovate Australia. Peter is an innovator, ideator, investor, and entrepreneur. In 2014 together with Dr Adam Osseiran Peter co-found Innovate Australia. He has been a Director of number of companies ranging from geophysics to manufacturing electric vehicle charging stations. Peter also headed WA bid group to create the Sustainable Electric Transport Cooperative Research Centre (SET CRC) in Western Australia and is the Convenor of the Hydrogen Society of Australia.
Over his career, Peter has gained experience in Europe, the United States, and Australia in fields of emerging technology, automotive industry, energy, environment, and financial services. In the USA, Peter Recycling Education Program founded by Peter was featured on the cover of the UN Observer magazine during the United Nations Global Youth Forum on Environment in New York and received an official commendation from the Mayor of Los Angeles. Peter also worked in various roles with Mission Australia as well as the Department of the Premier and Cabinet with the State Government Graffiti Program. Peter is a past President of Inventors Association of Australia, a long-standing Committee member of Australian Crime Prevention Council WA and a member of the Western Australian Club.
Adam Osseiran, is the Co-Founder and Principal Director of Innovate Australia. Adam is a technology specialist and an entrepreneur. In the last 10 years he co-founded 3 technology companies after having been finalist of the prestigious WA Innovator of the Year Award.
Adam is on the board of Directors of BrainChip Holdings, an Australian born company that develops accelerated artificial intelligence and machine learning software and hardware.
Adam holds seven patents in the field of design of CMOS structure dedicated to optoelectronics image sensors for automotive applications, display architecture, acoustic systems and sensors for environmental monitoring and medical application. He was Chairperson of the Western Australia IEEE Section and President of the Inventors Association of Australia in 2013-2014.
Adam received eight certificates of appreciation, a Continuing Service Award and a Meritorious Service Award from the IEEE and the Computer Society for contributions and numerous services to the electrical engineering community. After his PhD in 1986, he spent 10 years at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne. Before migrating to Australia in 2002 Adam was Professor of microelectronics at the Engineering Institute of Geneva Switzerland.
Adam is currently Associate Professor at the School of engineering of Edith Cowan University.