Innovation at DFAT: Resilience is key

Sarah Pearson, chief innovation officer at Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Photo by: The University of Newcastle.

SAN FRANCISCO — Last month, innovationXchange, the innovation lab of Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, released a new innovation strategy.

Sarah Pearson, who has taken the newly created role of chief innovation officer, is featured in the report, which explains that she will be “taking a leading role in embedding innovation at DFAT.”

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