Our hardware is exciting but our people are more than that

The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre is what it is, because of its world-class expertise.

Without its knowledgable staff, the Centre would not have its reputation of excelling and advancing Australian science.

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Aditi Subramanya
Marketing & Events Officer

Aditi is a creative marketing and communications professional with more than 10 years’ experience in her chosen profession. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce specialising in Public Relations and Tourism and Event Management.

Aditi commenced with Pawsey in 2017, and as part of the Marketing and Communications team, has implemented a range of strategic marketing and communication initiatives including event management, copywriting, digital marketing shooting and video production.

She has been instrumental in providing global visibility in order to showcase Pawsey’s capabilities and services via key exhibitions at conferences worldwide, and plays a pivotal role in increasing market presence and overall brand awareness.

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Ann Backhaus
Education and Training Manager

Ann is the Education and Training Manager at the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre.

Ann has significant experience in adult teaching and learning. She has led distributed, global teaching and learning teams strategically and operationally, in the creation of such assets as e-learning materials, digital stories, microlearninig units, webinars, demonstrations, web sites and wiki sites, digital classroom courses and workshops, and a variety of enablement materials. Her experience spans numerous industries and sectors.

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Christianne Gandossi
Executive Officer

With a background in project management, Christianne has managed a variety of consultancy projects and events for clients in both Australia and the UK.

Since joining Pawsey, Christianne has taken on responsibility for supporting projects such as ADACS, and coordinating various engagement activities and outreach events.

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Evelyn Olaer
Finance and Projects Advisor

Eve commenced as Finance and Projects Advisor at Pawsey in 2017.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy and is a Certified Practising Accountant of Australia.

She brings to Pawsey more than 18 years’ experience as a highly skilled finance and accounting professional working both nationally and internationally in organisations including corporate entities, government departments and not-for-profit organisations.

Eve draws on her analytical ability, business acuity, and problem-solving skills to resolve long-term issues, as well as influencing revenue positive outcomes.

Eve plays a fundamental role, providing all aspects of financial management services relevant to the centre.

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Jenni Harrison
Director, Strategic Projects and Engagement

As a member of the Senior Management Team, Dr Harrison leads strategic projects for the Centre, managing negotiations for substantial contracts and the budget for strategic projects. 
She is responsible for building and developing partnerships with other organisations and for raising the national and international profile of the Centre. 

Dr Harrison deputises for the Executive Director, in areas such as Federal Government matters.  She brings two decades international experience across a range of disciplines, including research, education, policy development, project and funding management.  Dr Harrison has held senior level roles and routinely liaises with organisational leaders and upper management.

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Karina Nunez
Marketing and Events Manager

Ms Nunez developed and now implements, the Centre’s marketing strategy, managing its brand and image; drawing upon her 18 years of experience in corporate communications. 

This includes design and coordination of regular events designed to: raise awareness of the Centre, both nationally and internationally, contribute to building the reputation of Perth as an innovation hub and showcase the outcomes of specific projects. 

Ms Nunez facilitates media interviews and engages with journalists, with the goal of highlighting the Centre’s capabilities and services. She brings her passion for architecture to designing and producing layouts for key exhibitions intended to showcase the Centre.

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Kim Knight
Administration Officer
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Mark Stickells
Executive Director

Mark is a research executive with more than 20 years’ experience working at a senior level in innovative research and business development roles in complex, multi-stakeholder environments. Through national and international programs and joint-ventures, Mark had successfully led initiatives to accelerate the impact of research, development and education programs for Australia’s key energy, mining and agricultural sectors.

He is a former Chief Executive of an LNG research and development alliance of CSIRO, Curtin University and UWA, partnering with Chevron, Woodside and Shell. Prior to his appointment at Pawsey Mark led the innovation and industry engagement portfolio at The University of Western Australia. In addition, Mark is the current Chair of the Board of All Saints’ College and was appointed an adjunct Senior Fellow of the Perth USAsia Centre (an international policy think tank) in 2017.

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Stacy Tyson
Project Manager

With 15 years of project management experience in the mining industry, particularly managing major upgrades to mining railway signalling and control systems, Stacy has already seen almost every problem that can potentially derail a big project.

In her role, Stacy will bring a diverse group of people together to deliver a system that meets both the user and technical requirements.

A key part of Stacy’s planning is managing the change from existing systems to the new systems while minimising any impact on current Pawsey users. This requires staging the installation works and allowing time to migrate users onto new systems, while ensuring the new systems can simultaneously meet the needs of existing users, and emerging future users.

Coming from an engineering background, Stacy is particularly enthusiastic about the scientific developments that are being advanced using Pawsey facilities

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Ugo Varetto
Chief Technical Officer

Mr Varetto is an accomplished manager, bringing international experience, including computational science, research, supporting complex, distributed software solutions, software engineering and development, architecture and testing to Pawsey.

His focus is particularly on data-intensive high-performance computing, interactive-distributed visualisation solutions, with ‘real world’ experience of leading distributed teams across several continents. 

He has held key roles in significant projects, such as the EU funded ‘Human Brain Project’ and also contributed to numerous research projects with the European supercomputing infrastructure. 

His current work includes developing scalable artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning solutions on HPC systems and integrating interactive, in situ visualisation with data mining.

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Wendy Jazxhi
Marketing and Events Officer

Ms Jazxhi coordinates the administration of the Centre’s national training programme and supports the marketing team in event management. 

Previously, Ms Jazxhi was seconded to the Centre from CSIRO, to fulfil the role of Executive Assistant to the Executive Director.  During this time, she also supported the Management Team, Board and Centre staff. Ms Jazxhi brings significant experience from an extensive career with CSIRO Earth Science and Resource Engineering, where she provided administrative support to a range of internal clients, including senior managers and research teams.