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John Söderbaum

Science & Technology Director

John is the Director of the Science and Technology practice for ACIL Allen.  John specialises in strategy development, assessing the impact and value of R&D, and policy and program evaluation.

About John

Dr John Söderbaum, FTSE, is a scientist with over 40 years of experience in providing policy and program advice. His work includes projects on hydrogen, climate change, the impact and value of R&D, innovation and industry development. Prior to joining ACIL Allen, he held senior positions in the Australian public sector and the International Energy Agency. John works at the interface of the public, private and research sectors and believes collaboration between all these sectors is an important driver of innovation and productivity.  He provides analysis and advice to the public sector, businesses and international organisations.

Some of John’s past projects include:

  • an assessment of the impact of the Australian Research Council (ARC)
  • an assessment of the impact and value of Australia's investment in CSIRO
  • an impact evaluation of the Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) program 
  • economic and technical scenario modelling of the proposed phase out of natural gas in the ACT
  • a post-commencement evaluation of the Australian Space Agency
  • an impact evaluation of the Industry Growth Centres Initiative (IGCI)
  • an assessment of the impact and value of R&D done by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
  • a report for ARENA on the opportunities for Australia to export hydrogen
  • an evaluation of the impact and value of R&D by the Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG)
  • several assessments of the potential export demand for Australian hydrogen
  • the South Australian Government’s Green Hydrogen Strategy
  • an Issues Paper on Hydrogen in Natural Gas Networks to inform the National Hydrogen Strategy 
  • an assessment of the impact of the Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL)
  • a report that assessed the opportunities for hydrogen to support Australia’s power systems
  • reports for Agriculture Minister’s Forum (AGMIN) aimed at supporting agriculture to adapt to climate change. 
  • an evaluation of Geoscience Australia’s Exploring for the Future (EFTF) program.

John is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) and a member of the Leadership group of the ATSE Energy Forum. He has a Bachelor of Science (1st class Honours) from the University of Western Australia and a PhD from the Australian National University.