The SQA is a unique partnership between four world-leading universities – Macquarie University, UNSW Sydney, the University of Sydney and University of Technology Sydney. We are generously supported by the New South Wales Government.
Our vision is to build Australia’s quantum economy. Collaborating with academia, industry and government, SQA will harness Sydney’s collective quantum expertise to develop diverse talent and a globally recognised quantum ecosystem.
Chief Executive Officer
In addition to his role as CEO of the Sydney Quantum Academy, Professor Turner holds an Honorary Professorship in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Macquarie University, and is a member of the Macquarie University Research Centre for Quantum Engineering.
Active in the quantum information field for nearly 20 years, Professor Turner completed his MSc and PhD in Physics at the University of Toronto, followed by an Alberta Ingenuity Fellowship at the Institute for Quantum Information Science at the University of Calgary, and an Assistant Professorship in Physics at the University of Tokyo.
As Director of the Quantum Engineering Centre for Doctoral Training at the University of Bristol, Professor Turner established arguably the world's first program aimed directly at preparing graduates for the nascent quantum technology industry. In addition to delivering novel graduate training, during his directorship he also oversaw engagement with government and industry partners.
Professor Turner has an extensive research track record with over AUD$15.5 million awarded in competitive funding from the UK, US, Japan and Canada.
Our Management Team
The Executive Board provides strategic oversight and direction for the SQA's activities. The board comprises the SQA CEO, an independent chair, and two representatives from each partner university - a senior executive (or delegate) and a quantum researcher. Current members are:
|Prof Brian Boyle||Independent Chair|
|Prof Stephen Bartlett||The University of Sydney
|Prof Celine Boehm||The University of Sydney|
|Prof Michael Bremner||University of Technology Sydney|
|Prof Gavin Brennen||Macquarie University|
|Prof Andrew Dzurak||University of New South Wales|
|Prof Lesley Hughes||Macquarie University|
|A/Prof Penny Martens||University of New South Wales|
|Prof Glenn Wightwick||University of Technology Sydney|
|Prof Peter Turner||SQA CEO|
The External Advisory Board provides advice, expertise and insights to support the SQA to develop and achieve its strategic objectives. Current members are:
|Mr Bill Bartee||Managing Director and Partner, Main Sequence Ventures|
|Dr David Bird||Group Leader Quantum Technologies, Australian Government|
|Mr Michael Brett||Worldwide Business Development for Quantum Computing, Amazon Web Services|
|Prof Hugh Durrant-Whyte||NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer, New South Wales Government|
|Dr Cathy Foley||Chief Scientist, CSIRO|
|Dr Jay Gambetta||IBM Fellow and Vice President, Quantum Computing, IBM|
|Dr Hartmut Neven||Head of Quantum Computing, Google|
|Prof Jeremy O’Brien||Chief Executive Officer, PsiQuantum|
|Dr Vikram Sharma||Chief Executive Officer, Quintessence Labs|
|Dr Krysta Svore||General Manager of Quantum Software, Microsoft|
The Technical Advisory Committee advises the SQA CEO on the strategic direction of the SQA with reference to the quantum ecosystem and the priorities and capabilities of the partner universities. Three members from each partner university are nominated to the committee. Current members are:
|Dr John Bartholomew||The University of Sydney|
|Dr Maja Cassidy||The University of Sydney|
|Prof Susan Coppersmith||UNSW Sydney|
|Prof Andrew Doherty||The University of Sydney|
|Prof Yuan Feng||University of Technology Sydney|
|Dr Nathan Langford||University of Technology Sydney|
|Dr Emma Mitchell||Macquarie University|
|Prof Andrea Morello||UNSW Sydney|
|A/Prof Thomas Volz||Macquarie University|