Mary-Anne Williams
University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Professor Mary-Anne Williams is the Michael J Crouch Chair in Innovation at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) where she collaborates to grow entrepreneurship and accelerate innovative thinking in Australia. Micheal Crouch was an inspiring Australian entrepreneur and business leader. He was a visionary and extraordinarily generous benefactor. Professor Williams investigates decision making in innovation and entrepreneurship. She conducts research on human and AI collaborative decision-making and interaction models, and contributes to theoretical foundations and the translation into practice. Professor Williams is a Fellow at CodeX at Stanford University and works with startups and organisations on ventures that create, capture and deliver new value to stakeholders. Before taking up the exciting role in the UNSW Business School, Professor Williams spent 18 years as founder and director of the Innovation and Enterprise Research Lab (The Magic Lab) in the Australian Artificial Intelligence Institute at UTS. The Magic Lab was a pioneer with unique transdisciplinary capabilities in key areas of innovation and enterprise. It specialised in technology-enabled innovation and built solutions using AI, Design Thinking, Experimentation, and Analytics. Industry and government partners included South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD), IBM, Google, Disrupt, Linkedin, big tin can, Willow Garage (now Savioke), Amazon, Visual Risk, CBA, Denmark's National Bank, EY, Samsung, Sony, and Softbank. Professor Williams served on the leadership team of the SMS Knowledge and Innovation Interest Group for three years and chaired it in 2012. She has served on the leading AI journal editorial boards. Professor Williams is currently serving on the International Journal of Social Robotics and the Journal of Information Systems Journal editorial boards and has been a Director on the KR Inc board since 2009. KR Inc is a US_based scientific foundation.