Dr James Johnson
CEO
Geoscience Australia

Dr James Johnson has been the Chief Executive Officer of Geoscience Australia since April 2017. Dr Johnson is a geologist with over 30 years’ experience, including private sector mining and mineral exploration. He has led teams of geoscientists for over 20 years with a range of diverse achievements. These range from discovery of over 2 million ounces of gold reserves in industry, to national scale pre-competitive geoscience programs that have attracted exploration investment to Australia.

Dr James Johnson first joined Geoscience Australia in 2006 and in that time has been head of various divisions with diverse duties including carriage of energy and mineral programs. He has also been a member of the Board of the CO2CRC (CRC for Greenhouse Gas Technologies) since 2014 and the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) at the Australian National University since 2017.

Dr Johnson has a Bachelor of Science majoring in Geology from the University of Sydney and a PhD from the Australian National University.

Dr Johnson’s vision for Geoscience Australia is one of unity in deploying geoscience for the economic, social and environmental benefit of Australians. He is driving a strong agenda of inclusiveness, particularly new programs to engage with aboriginal Australia.

Champions of Change STEM

Dr James Johnson is a Member the Champions of Change STEM Group which was established in 2016 with support from the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda. The STEM group aim to achieve a significant and sustainable increase in the representation of women in leadership positions in STEM.