Professor Mary O’Kane is Principal of O’Kane Associates, a Sydney-based company specialising in major government and research reviews. She is also the New South Wales Chief Scientist & Engineer and a company director being Chair of the Development Gateway and the Development Gateway International, Chair of the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information, Chair of the University of Tasmania Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies Board and a director of Business Events Sydney, National ICT Australia Ltd, and the Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre.
She is also a trustee of the New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute. She was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Adelaide from 1996-2001. She was formerly Chair of the Australian Centre for Renewable Energy and is a former member of the Australian Research Council, the Co-operative Research Centres (CRC) Committee, the Tax Concession Committee, the board of the CSIRO, and the board of F.H. Faulding & Co Ltd. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and an honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia.