With over 18 years of experience across Australasia and NZ spanning business, government and academia, Dr Christopher Vas currently leads the activation of the Food Innovation Precinct Western Australia (FIPWA) as its General Manager.
The FIPWA – an ecosystem comprising R&D, Innovation and Food Technology Facility – is funded $21M by the Australian Government and $40M+ by the State Government as part of the development of the Peel Business Park. The Precinct has also been funded an additional $3.8M by the WA State Government and the Shire of Murray to establish an Enterprise Support Program.
Previously, Dr Vas was Director of Industry Programs at the University of Canterbury and Founding Director of the Singapore Centre for Research in Productivity, Innovation and Technology (SCRIPT) in Singapore. He was also Chief Investigator of the Smart Urban Farm Factories project and Commissioner and Executive Director of the Second Murdoch Commission on Food Security, Trade and Regional Partnerships.