Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, has appointed Rebecca Ostergaard to the newly created role of Chief Digital Officer (CDO), to lead how CSIRO will use digital to reimagine the way science is done and the digital experience for its people and partners.
Professor Elanor Huntington, CSIRO Executive Director – Digital National Facilities and Collections, welcomed Ms Ostergaard’s appointment as CDO.
“CSIRO has profound ambitions to disrupt the way science is done, to empower our researchers through leading edge digital technologies, skills and ways of working, which will ultimately support CSIRO in using science to create a better future for Australia,” Professor Huntington said.
“Rebecca is a skilled digital executive with wide experience leading digitisation across multiple sectors.
“She will lead our digital strategy, working with researchers across CSIRO to define and deliver the digital thread that runs through our Corporate Plan.”
Ms Ostergaard brings 25 years of experience and has held several roles in digital leadership positions across respected universities and in the telecommunications sector.
Most recently, she was Digital Services Project Director at the Office of Digital Government, within the Western Australian Government.
Rebecca will join CSIRO on 13 March 2023 and will be based in Perth, Western Australia.