Mary is a consultant and company director. She is Executive Chairman of Mary O’Kane & Associates Pty Ltd, advising governments and the private sector on innovation, research, education and development.
She is also NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer and Chair of the Development Gateway Board. Mary was Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Adelaide from 1996-2001 and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) from 1994-1996. She was also Professor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering within the University and now holds the title of Professor Emeritus.
Mary has served on several boards and committees in the public and private sectors including being a director of PSMA Ltd, ITC Ltd, National ICT Australia Ltd, Business Events Sydney Ltd, the Australian Business Foundation, the New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute, and the Capital Markets CRC. She was Chair of the Australian Centre for Renewable Energy, a Director of FH Faulding & Co Ltd and was a Member of the Australian Research Council, the Cooperative Research Centres Committee and the Board of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation. Mary is a Fellow and Vice-President of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and a Fellow of Engineers Australia.