John is a highly regarded expert on innovation and innovation policy. He is also a very experienced management consultant with a track record of achievement in the areas of:
John’s professional knowledge, skills and experience in the fields of innovation, management consultancy and public policy provides a unique combination of capability that has been applied in an extensive portfolio of successful commissions and assignments for government, business, universities and the non-government (NGO) sector over a 25-year period.
John has high level skills in writing, data and information analysis, stakeholder consultation, communication and engagement, and in the presentation of research findings and actionable and implementable recommendations in papers and reports. He holds a PhD from The University of Sydney, an MA from the University of Canberra, and a BEc (Hons) from the University of Tasmania.
John’s expertise has been developed over 30 years as managing Director of Howard Partners (since 1998) and as a partner in Ernst & Young and Coopers and Lybrand (PwC) between 1988 and 1998. He is a member of the alumni groups of both firms.
John’s experience is concentrated in the areas of management strategy, governance, and public policy. This has underpinned his approach to Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) policy and analysis of innovation systems. He has advised on the governance of innovation systems and innovation strategy implementation.
John has an extended range of connections in the Innovation System built up over many years of commissioned research, advisory, and evaluation work. His Linked-in profile extends to 3,400 connections, principally at executive/ senior management level in business, the research sector, and government.
John has researched and produced several influential publications on innovation and knowledge transfer, authored many reports and policy papers for Government and business, and has presented at international conferences and events. Recent experience in the areas of strategic planning and innovation systems include:
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A comprehensive review of Australia's higher education system was published as Rethinking Australian Higher Education by Howard Partners and UTS on 18 February 2021.
In May 2020 an extended analysis of Australia's research capacity was published as Challenges for Australian Research and Innovation by UTS as an Occasional Paper.
In 2019 Howard Partners completed the first ever comprehensive Performance Review of the Rural Innovation System for the National Primary Industries Research and Innovation Committee.
Dr John Howard
PO Box 282
Milsons Point NSW 1565
M 0403 583 600