Prerana Mehta (She/Her), Australia
Prerana was appointed Director of Strategic Partnerships in May 2023. As Division Head, Prerana leads strategic coordination of three branches - Global Growth, National and State Priorities and Research Institutions at Australia’s National Science Agency CSIRO. Her mandate is to grow the organisations national, state and global engagements to support strategic science partnerships that focus on solving complex challenges through innovation, science and technology. She joined CSIRO as Head of Global in January 2022.
Prerana was previously Deputy CEO and Chief of Ecosystem Development at AustCyber, Australia’s Cyber Security Growth Network, charged to promote Australian cyber capability in Australia and internationally. Prior to this role, Prerana was Minister Counsellor, Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner in Singapore, leading Austrade’s operations in promoting trade and investment opportunities from Australia to the ASEAN region.
Over the last 18 years, Prerana has developed extensive experience living and working in Asia and the Pacific region in both public and private sectors. As a consultant for DFAT in Jakarta Indonesia, with Deloitte in Papua New Guinea and with International SOS in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Prerana is a member of AICD and provides board advisory services to several start-ups. Board roles include BraveHER and the ACT Australia Indonesia Business Council.
Prerana has been a board member since 2019. Her background in working for the Australian Federal Government, digital and cyber security provides additional insight within SisterWorks. She stepped in as interim CEO in September 2021 to lead the organisation through a critical transformation period until early 2022.