Dr. Joe Smith has over thirty five years’ experience in diverse public and private sector roles involving scientific research, services, and regulation.
From 2009 to 2014, he was Australia’s Gene Technology Regulator, the Australian Government statutory office holder responsible for leading the national regulatory system for gene technology. Joe has extensive experience in various other senior regulatory science and related roles, including as Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority following various other senior roles within the APVMA, Director of the Therapeutic Goods Administration Laboratories and as Australian Government Analyst. He has been actively engaged in international standards setting and harmonisation activities through forums such as the OECD and FAO/WHO, and in building cooperation and assisting capacity development with counterparts in other countries.
His current areas of interest include providing strategic advice related to the regulation of science and technology, including biotechnology and its application in agriculture.
He has a PhD and BSc (Hons), is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.