Accelerate growth

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.

Specifically, we:

  • Develop

    future quantum leaders, specialists and entrepreneurs through education and training

  • Partner

    to understand the industry’s and the community’s evolving needs

  • Attract

    global talent and investment

  • Promote

    the responsible development and use of quantum technologies

Peter Turner

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 BoyleIndependent Chair
Prof Stephen BartlettThe University of Sydney
Prof Celine BoehmThe University of Sydney
Prof Michael BremnerUniversity of Technology Sydney
Prof Gavin BrennenMacquarie University
Prof Andrew DzurakUniversity of New South Wales
Prof Lesley HughesMacquarie University
A/Prof Penny MartensUniversity of New South Wales
Prof Glenn WightwickUniversity of Technology Sydney
Prof Peter TurnerSQA 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 BarteeManaging Director and Partner, Main Sequence Ventures
Dr David BirdGroup Leader Quantum Technologies, Australian Government
Mr Michael BrettWorldwide Business Development for Quantum Computing, Amazon Web Services
Prof Hugh Durrant-WhyteNSW Chief Scientist & Engineer, New South Wales Government
Dr Cathy FoleyChief Scientist, CSIRO
Dr Jay GambettaIBM Fellow and Vice President, Quantum Computing, IBM
Dr Hartmut NevenHead of Quantum Computing, Google
Prof Jeremy O’BrienChief Executive Officer, PsiQuantum
Dr Vikram SharmaChief Executive Officer, Quintessence Labs
Dr Krysta SvoreGeneral 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 BartholomewThe University of Sydney
Prof Michael BremnerUniversity of Technology Sydney
Prof Gavin BrennenMacquarie University
Dr Maja CassidyThe University of Sydney
Prof Susan CoppersmithUNSW Sydney
Prof Andrew DzurakUNSW Sydney
Prof Andrew DohertyThe University of Sydney
Prof Yuan FengUniversity of Technology Sydney
Dr Nathan LangfordUniversity of Technology Sydney
Dr Emma MitchellMacquarie University
Prof Andrea Morello UNSW Sydney
A/Prof Thomas VolzMacquarie University

Image courtesy of the University of Sydney.