Energetic and resourceful, with a global reach

With deep networks in defence, industry and research, the Defence Innovation Partnership team proactively pursues opportunities to build defence-relevant research and development collaborations.
With guidance, support and oversight provided by our Advisory Board and the Research Working Group, we have access to a wide network of global expertise.

Andrew Fullgrabe


Andrew has been leading the Defence Innovation Partnership team since November 2017. His defence industry experience is vast and spans military roles with the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to various industry roles across the defence research and development sector.

Dr Robin Nicholson


Robin is a respected researcher whose achievements in defence research and development are numerous. As the Associate Director – Research at the Defence Innovation Partnership, Robin brings a wealth of knowledge and a strategic understanding of Defence research and development objectives.

Sumen Rai


Sumen has spent over 15 years working at the intersection of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and social sciences. At the Defence Innovation Partnership, Sumen is responsible for engagement with industry, government and the research community, and strategic marketing and communications.

Lisa Paddick


Lisa is a highly skilled administration leader with a career that spans over 20 years and includes experience in both the private and government sectors. At the Defence Innovation Partnership, Lisa is responsible for grant management, office management and for supporting events, marketing and communications activities.