Vicki Thomson is Chief Executive of the Group of Eight, having taken up the role in January 2015. Prior to this role she was Executive Director of the Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN). She has an extensive media, political, and policy background and was Chief of Staff to a South Australian Premier. She is a Board member of the Australia-China Council and is a member of the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan Steering Group. She has extensive experience in building relationships between business, industry, and universities.