Mary O’Kane is a company director and Executive Chairman of Mary O’Kane & Associates Pty Ltd, a company that advises governments, universities and the private sector on innovation, research, education and development.
Professor O’Kane was Vice-Chancellor and President of Adelaide University from 1996-2001 and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) from 1994-96. Before that, she was Dean of the Faculty of Information Sciences and Engineering at the University of Canberra. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and an Honorary Fellow of Engineers, Australia.
She serves on several boards and committees in the public and private sectors. She specialises in reviews of programs and organisations, national research strategies and higher education policy. She is Vice-Chair of the Development Gateway Chair Foundation and is a director of ipernica Ltd, the Australian Business Foundation and several private companies. She is a member of the the Tax Concession Committee. She was a director of FH Faulding & Co Ltd and was a member of the Australian Research Council, the Cooperative Research Centres Committee and the CSIRO Board.