EP#20: Let’s stick together – with Microsoft Australia’s Steven Worrall and CSIRO’s Dr Larry Marshall

The critically important relationship between Business and Government in managing the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic has been a consistent theme of the Work with Purpose podcast.

In this week’s episode we bring together the leaders of two organisations, one private sector, one government, who have been working in Australia’s best interests not since the beginning of the pandemic but well before.

Steven Worrall is the Managing Director of Microsoft Australia. Steven joined Microsoft in March of 2014 as director of commercial and public sector markets. He previously worked for IBM for 22 years.

Larry Marshall has been the CEO of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial research organisation (CSIRO) since January 2015. CSIRO’s mission is “to solve the world’s greatest challenges through innovative science and technology’’. Larry holds 20 patents and has served on 20 boards of high-tech companies operating in the United States, Australia, and China.

In this week’s episode which was recorded during Science Week, Steven and Larry discuss the similarities in each other’s mission and how their teams are working together in the best interests of the Australian community.

Discussed in this episode:

  • The importance and the role of business and government working together
  • The importance of digital literacy
  • The Microsoft and CSIRO collaboration
  • Developing a vaccine
  • ‘’Team Australia’s’’ resilience in a post COVID-19 environment
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