Mr Anthony Murfett is the Minister Counsellor (Industry, Science and Education) at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC. Anthony's role is to develop and implement strategies to strengthen Australia's engagement with the industry and innovation, science, research and education systems in the US and Canada. Prior to this role, Anthony was the General Manager of the Growth Centres Branch within the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. His key responsibility was advising the Australian Government on the policy, design and implementation of the Industry Growth Centres Initiative (a key program focused on lifting the competitiveness of growth sectors in Australia). Previously, Anthony has been the General Manager of the Productivity and Competitiveness Branch and the Precincts and Coordination Branch. In these roles he was responsible for advising the Australian Government on matters such as sectoral policy, IP policy and strategic industry policy. He has also been responsible for Australia’s Cooperative Research Centres program, which is focused on supporting medium to long term industry-led research. Anthony has also worked across a number of areas within the industry and innovation portfolios within the Australian Government. These include the Australian Research Council and IP Australia (Australian Patent Office). Anthony is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has completed the Senior Executive Fellows Program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.