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Global futurist appointed to lead Melbourne Polytechnic’s innovation agenda

18 Oct 2016

Melbourne Polytechnic has announced the appointment of Dr David E Martin as the Executive Director of Innovation and Transformation, part of a significant strategic move by the organisation in equipping Australia’s future leaders for the knowledge economy.

Dr Martin is a globally recognised futurist and expert in innovation finance, trade, and intangible asset finance, whose work on ethical engagement and stewardship of community and commons-based value interests is at the forefront of global financial innovation.

In a move acknowledging the urgent need to create a workforce that can flourish and contribute in a radically different market over the next 30-40 years, Dr Martin has been appointed to guide the establishment of Melbourne Polytechnic’s new Centre for Applied Innovation.

The Centre of Applied Innovation will host groundbreaking tools developed by Dr Martin and designed to quantify and leverage the equity in intangible assets, such as the Global Innovation Commons, a worldwide repository of innovations that facilitates access to open-source innovations.   

“In Australia, particularly, we have a remarkable opportunity that is not currently being taken up to access open-source innovation,” says Dr Martin. “This is a unique situation internationally, and the Centre for Applied Innovation will be a key driver in developing the skills required to extract maximum value from this raw material.”

Dr Martin is the founder and Chairman of M·CAM Inc., the international leader in innovation finance, trade, and intangible asset finance. He is the developer of the first innovation-based quantitative index of public equities and is the Managing Partner of the Purple Bridge Funds.  He is the creator of the world’s first quantitative public equity index – the CNBC IQ100 powered by M·CAM. 

Dr Martin is also a Batten Fellow at the University of Virginia's Darden Graduate School of Business Administration.  He served as Chair of Economic Innovation for the UN-affiliated Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Organization and has served as an advisor to numerous Central Banks, global economic forums, the World Bank and International Finance Corporation, and national governments.

Read more about Dr Martin’s work in a recent interview with Business News Australia.


Media enquiries should be directed to Melbourne Polytechnic Media Officer, Anita Coia, on 03 9269 1251 or ua.ud1508490257e.cin1508490257hcety1508490257lopen1508490257ruobl1508490257em@ai1508490257dem1508490257

For a full biography for Dr Martin, please visit the Centre of Applied Innovation website.

Melbourne Polytechnic operates across six campuses and five specialist training centres throughout Melbourne. The institute delivers high quality vocational and higher education in industry-standard facilities.