Anna-Maria Arabia

Chief Executive, Australian Academy of Science

Anna-Maria Arabia has over 25 years’ experience in the science sector and is currently leading the Australian Academy of Science, an independent organisation that provides authoritative and influential scientific advice, represents Australia on international scientific bodies, builds public awareness and understanding of science, and champions and supports excellence in Australian science. 

In this role Anna-Maria has strengthened global science engagement, established novel mechanisms to facilitate evidence-informed decision making in the parliamentary and justice systems; spearheaded new approaches to science communication; and implemented global initiatives to advance women in science. 

Starting her career as a neuroscientist, Anna-Maria undertook medical research in Australia and abroad, before applying her skills to policy development both in the Australian public service and in politics where she has provided policy advice across many social and economic portfolios.

She has held several senior executive positions in the science sector as CEO of Science and Technology Australia and Deputy Director at Questacon – the National Science and Technology Centre. In these roles, Anna-Maria has worked extensively with parliamentarians, the business and community sectors, and the media.

She is a strategic advocate for science and its role in society, social justice, and diversity and inclusion.