Key staff

Dr Martin Grabert

Martin Grabert

Director, Chief Executive Officer

Previously Martin was the Director, International and Business Relations at the Group of Eight (Go8) Ltd. The Go8 is a coalition of Australia’s leading research intensive universities. Martin’s responsibilities included guiding and supporting the Go8’s activities in the international domain and with respect to improved industry/university interactions.

Before coming to Australia in November 2010 Martin was the Director of the COST Office (European Co-operation in Science and Technology) in Brussels. COST is an intergovernmental research networking program of 36 Member States, bringing together about 50,000 researchers in some 300 objective driven networks (COST Actions) in all domains of research. COST is funded through a contract with the EU’s R&D Framework Programme. In this capacity he organised a Strategic Workshop “Benefits of Research Infrastructures beyond Science” in Rome, March 2010.

Prior to this he was the Inaugural Director of KoWi, the European liaison office of the German research organisations, established in 1991 with offices in Brussels and Bonn. Martin played a key role in the creation of the EUROHORCs (European Heads of Research Councils) which now known as “Science Europe”. He also contributed to the formation of the Informal Group of Research Liaison Offices in Brussels. His networking capacities on all levels in academia and politics supported several strategic developments in the EU, for instance the creation of the European Research Council.

Before moving to Brussels he headed the research unit in the central administration of the Technical University Berlin, Germany. He has a PhD in aeronautical engineering.

Dr Rado Faletič

Rado Faletič

Director, Projects & Communications

Rado was previously the Executive Director of the Forum for European-Australian Science and Technology cooperation (FEAST), and has held a number of teaching and IT positions at The Australian National University (ANU). FEAST was established by the European Union and the Australian Government to highlight, promote, and facilitate research collaboration between Europe and Australia.

He holds a PhD in shock tunnel tomography, and his other research projects have included the spatial modelling of water flows in de-forested landscapes, and adaptive seismic tomography.

Rado has broad-ranging professional experience in higher-education and research, business and the not-for-profit sectors. His core strengths are an ability to effectively communicate complex issues, a flair for questioning assumptions and exploring alternative solutions to problems, and flexibility in his approach to tasks that makes him easy to work with and quick to adapt to new situations.

Outside of his professional interests Rado has close involvement with the National Youth Science Forum.