Prior to teaming with Global Good, Marie was the CEO of an NGO active in sustainable agriculture and advised a subsidiary NGO active in climate change mitigation in Africa, India and the Americas. She was also the national R&D Manager for Elders, Australia’s oldest agribusiness, and the Food Security Theme Lead for National ICT Australia with a portfolio including big data and machine learning related to agriculture, water and renewable energy resources.
Marie is an inventor on more than 80 patents and patents pending. She has co-owned and consulted for SME businesses in four countries, and worked over a decade in private industry leading several biochemistry and engineering research groups, including one that pioneered the only scalable techniques for important species in an area of forestry technology. Marie was previously Deputy CEO of Cambia, an NGO in which she led the team that launched the public-good website Patent Lens, developed the prototypes of biological sequence search tools now connecting NIH and USPTO databases, rendition of status and family information, and expansion from a U.S. agriculture database to all patent categories and multiple jurisdictions, for enablement of inventors and development organizations to compile landscapes from public disclosures.
Marie earned a PhD in Plant Sciences (Cornell University), an MBA (USC) and two bachelor’s degrees with honors, in Biology and in Modern Languages (Humboldt State University and Universität Heidelberg), and registrations as a patent agent, professional forester, and IT project manager. She is an adjunct Professor at the University of Western Australia and a Fellow of the School of Engineering, University of Melbourne.