Director, Wealth from Oceans National Research Flagship, Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
As the Flagship’s science director, Dr. Lee is responsible for the development and leadership of national multi-disciplinary research teams that apply their expertise in a whole-of-ecosystem approach. He has worked for over 35 years in the field of aquatic science and is the author of over 300 academic and technical publications. Dr. Lee has acted as a Science Advisor to senior officials in government, industry and academia.
Prior to joining CSIRO in April 2013, Ken was the foundation Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Offshore Oil, Gas and Energy Research (COOGER), a national Centre of Expertise (COE) is responsible for the identification of priority research needs and the coordination and implementation of collaborative national and international research programs with government and academia to provide knowledge and advice about the potential environmental impacts associated with the development of Canada’s offshore oil and gas, and ocean renewable energy sector.
Dr. Lee has a Ph.D. in Microbial Ecology and a MSc, in Limnology from the University of Toronto and a B.Sc. in Biology from Dalhousie University. He was awarded the “Prix d’Excellence – Science” (Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s most prestigious award for exemplary contributions) and the Federal Partners in Technology Transfer – Leadership Award (for the transfer of technology from a federal laboratory to the private sector).