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David McKennaPhD Candidate


Address: Building 23, University of Canberra


Centre for Change Governance


Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra

Research Interests

Innovation Policy, Policy Innovation, Corporate Governance Policy


"What impact has the innovation ecosystem in Australia had on public policy development, delivery, and the Australia Public Service? How does this compare with global leaders in innovation and entrepreneurialism?"


Professor Mark Evans and Associate Professor Paul Fawcett  


David is an experienced entrepreneur, non-executive director, and policy analyst with extensive parliamentary, government, and not-for-profit experience in domestic and international policy design and implementation.

David is Co-Founder of several successful start-up enterprises in energy efficiency, aged care, and innovation consulting. In these roles David has demonstrated significant experience in business planning, government and stakeholder engagement, capital raising, applying lean design and design thinking in a business setting.

As an experienced Non-Executive Director and Trustee, David has a demonstrated proficiency in board reform, restructures, strategic planning, and corporate responsibility.

David has held policy roles at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet; Department of Defence; Attorney-General’s Department; and Carers Australia.

David has also served as Adviser to the Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs; and the Minister for International Development and the Pacific.

David holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Canberra; a Graduate Certificate in Laws from the Australian National University; and a Graduate Certificate in Politics and Public Policy from Macquarie University.



  • Master of Public Administration
  • Graduate Certificate in Laws
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Politics and Public Policy


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