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Professor Tim Mazzarol, University of Western Australia

In our latest podcast Wrays’ CEO Frank Hurley speaks with Professor Tim Mazzarol from the University of Western Australia about his experience working with business, entrepreneurs and industry in the area of innovation.

Tim shares his thoughts on how Australia can become an innovation led economy and the priorities needed to achieve this. He draws on examples from The Global Innovation Index and tells us which countries and organisations Australia should look to and learn from.

A person who is heavily involved in the innovation conversation in Australia, Tim shares his advice for budding entrepreneurs as we shift from being a resource based economy.

Tim Mazzarol is a Winthrop Professor within the UWA Business School where he specialises in marketing, strategy, entrepreneurship and innovation. Tim has also been president of the Small Enterprise Association of Australia and New Zealand (SEAANZ) since 2012 – an organisation which focuses on research, education, policy and practice to help SMEs in Australia and New Zealand.

He joined UWA in 2001 and was the founder Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurial Management and Innovation (CEMI) at UWA from its inception in 2002 until 2007 when it was closed. From 2008 to 2009 he was Director of Doctoral Programs at the UWA Business School. In 2010 he re-established CEMI as a virtual centre dedicated to the investigation and sharing of knowledge on entrepreneurship, innovation and small enterprise. In 2014 he established the Co-operative Enterprise Research Unit (CERU) at UWA, which focuses on research, education and industry outreach for co-operative and mutual enterprises (CMEs).

Tim also has 10 years of experience with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade including three years in the Australian Embassy Bangkok as Second Secretary. Following the completion of his MBA Tim worked as an Assistant Agency Manager with National Mutual in WA where he managed sales teams and dealt with numerous small business clients. He has been a non-executive director for two companies as well as managing his own consulting business.