Expanding innovation: New DPVC joins RMIT

Expanding innovation: New DPVC joins RMIT

Professor Martie-Louise Verreynne has been appointed as the new Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation in the College of Business.

A renowned academic leader with a strong industry perspective, Verreynne comes to the role with a remit to strengthen connections between the College of Business and the University’s innovation and entrepreneurship offerings through its Activator start-up hub.

Her appointment sees the College of Business leadership team move to an unprecedented 8 female executives in a team of 12.

Verreynne has outstanding track record of working with industry to create quality research impact and has received several awards in recognition of this work.

In her current role as a Professor in Innovation and Deputy Head of the University of Queensland (UQ) Business School, her research in innovation, particularly open innovation, focuses on how small firms leverage capabilities and networks to gain a competitive edge.

Professor Martie-Louise Verreynne will take up the role of Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation in the College of Business. Professor Martie-Louise Verreynne will take up the role of Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation in the College of Business.

Verreynne said she was excited by the remit of the new role.

“RMIT’s closeness to industry, the work that it has done to develop inter-disciplinary partnerships, and its well-established building blocks in innovation related activities, appeal to me,” she said.

“It is now more important than ever for business units in universities to be open to opportunities for collaboration, innovation and engagement with stakeholders.

“I see a significant opportunity for researchers in the College to transform business and society as they work with researchers across the university to solve the grand challenges we face.

“I believe that RMIT is well placed to address these challenges, and I look forward to bringing my engagement and commercialisation expertise to further build on the capabilities that already exist at RMIT.

Pro-Vice Chancellor Business Professor Julie Cogin said Verreynne’s inclusion on the executive team would strengthen the College’s leadership capabilities.

“Martie-Louise brings outstanding teaching and quality research capability to RMIT’s College of Business.

“Her appointment reinforces our commitment to diversity within the College in terms of female leadership and international academic experience,” Cogin said.

A regular contributor to leading small business, entrepreneurship, strategy and interdisciplinary journals, Verreynne also serves as Associate Editor to the Journal of Small Business Management.

She currently holds ARC Discovery and ITTC grants and is a recipient of the prestigious Australian Learning and Teaching Council citation for contribution to student learning based on her work in commercialisation of high-tech start-ups.

Verreynne will commence at RMIT in 2020.

The RMIT College of Business is one of the largest business schools in the Asia Pacific region, attracting over 31,000 students to programs are delivered in Melbourne, Vietnam, and via significant teaching partnerships in Singapore, China and Indonesia.


Story: Simone Guin


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