Dr Joe Smith has over 35 years’ experience in diverse public and private sector roles involving scientific research, services and regulation. From 2009 to 2014, he was Australia’s Gene Technology Regulator, the Australian Government statutory office holder responsible for leading the national regulatory system for gene technology. Joe has extensive experience in various senior regulatory science and related roles, including as Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority following various other senior roles within the APVMA, Director of the Therapeutic Goods Administration Laboratories and as Australian Government Analyst, where he provided scientific leadership to the then network of Australian Government Analytical Laboratories.
He has been actively engaged in international standards setting and harmonisation activities through forums such as the OECD and FAO/WHO, and in building cooperation and assisting capacity development with counterparts in other countries. Joe is currently President-Elect of the International Society for Biosafety Research and, since retiring from provides strategic advice to government agencies and other organisations regarding the regulation of science and technology. He has a strong commitment to regulation that is based on sound science and realistic assessment of risk. He is also a director of ChemCert Ltd, a not-for-profit organisation that trains people in the safe and effective use of pesticides and veterinary medicines.He has a PhD and BSc (Hons), is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.