Researcher biography

Areas of responsibility

The position reports to the Deputy Vice- Chancellor (Research) and directly manages two staff, along with a number of Research Partnership Managers across the University’s Faculties and Institutes.

The position is responsible for ensuring a strategic approach to the stewardship of the university’s research partnerships with (local, international and multi-national) industry and institutions. The role oversees the implementation of processes that develop and sustain research relationships in the interests of the university and its partners. It leads major research initiatives that involve industry and institutional partners; ensures technology transfer and commercialisation are attractive to inventors and to potential industry partnerships; provides oversight and development of consultancies in the interests of the university; and facilitates the take up by external parties for the university’s Intellectual Capital.


Mohan Krishnamoorthy is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Partnerships) at the University of Queensland. Prior to joining UQ in August 2017, Mohan was at Monash University where he held the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Industry Partnerships) since 2015. From 2009 to 2015, Mohan was the inaugural CEO of the IITB-Monash Research Academy, a trans-national research partnership between IIT Bombay and Monash University, which he helped establish. Today, this joint venture research academy has some 200 jointly-supervised PhD students working on a wide range of interesting research problems.

As PVC (Industry Partnerships) at Monash, Mohan led notable initiatives including the development of a trans-national industry-focused Global Engineering Masters program for Monash University with The Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India. Mohan has demonstrated strategic and visionary leadership in building partnerships, establishing new ventures and maximising performance in the face of scale and complexity. Mohan is passionate about leadership in an R&D institution, as evidenced by the significant leadership roles he has held with both Monash and CSIRO. During his time as Science and Industry Manager, Program Leader and Member of the Divisional Executive of the CSIRO Mathematical and Information Sciences, Mohan led a team of 70 scientists working in the ‘digital decision technologies for service industries’ program, and was responsible for strategy development, project management, program delivery and external earnings.

Mohan was awarded his PhD in Operations Research in 1990 from Imperial College, London, UK. Mohan’s own research focuses on the development of advanced mathematical optimisation models and algorithms that turn data into information that can be used to make better decisions.