Program speakers


Jas Chambers

Chair and Convener

Jas Chambers works at the intersection of STEM – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – governance, policy, and action with a passion for work that calls for collaborative approaches, often in complex stakeholder contexts.

Jas is the Chair and Co-Founder of Ocean Decade Australia, a not-for-profit charitable organisation that is connecting Australia’s ocean stakeholders through new and novel approaches to bring about national change and improvement in our approach to ocean management, stewardship, and use, including through the lens the United Nations system of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA). Jas is committed to learning and sharing knowledge about the Sustainable Development Goals, and in particular SDG14 – Life below Water.

Expert in stakeholder management, organisational culture, reputation, and brand, at Provenance Consulting, she works with clients from higher education, research translation, government, and philanthropy. Jas is committed to understanding where organisations and their people have come from to support them in identifying and effectively connecting with stakeholders for future business.

Jas has worked in Australian higher education and government in senior leadership roles across STEM operations and organisational transformation, communications, and international science diplomacy including with United Nations Specialized Agencies and the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, representing Australia.

Jas as is a graduate of Marine Science and Psychology, (University of Sydney 1997), Communications, (UTS 1998), GAICD (2010) and Harvard Business School (2018). Jas serves as Secretary to Science & Technology Australia, Chair of the Sydney Institute for Marine Science Foundation and Board Member of the Grok Academy. Jas chaired the NSW Inspiring Australia Executive Committee on behalf of the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer for a decade, stepping down in July 2021.