Prof. Marek Kowalkiewicz helps organisations understand the impact of digital disruption and capitalise on opportunities it brings.

Marek comes to the role of PwC Chair in Digital Economy from SAP as their Senior Director of Products and Innovation.  Leading the ambitious research agenda to inform and influence a robust digital economy in Brisbane, Australia and the world, Dr Kowalkiewicz manages a contemporary research portfolio and converts industry-driven opportunities in the digital economy into research outcomes of global relevance.

“Nothing excites me more than exploring bleeding edge technologies and using them to create opportunities and solve problems that businesses or individuals face,” said Dr Kowalkiewicz. “The opportunity to make a tangible difference to businesses and students is a key reason for making the move. That and the enormous liveability of Brisbane.”

Professor Michael Rosemann, Head of Information Systems at QUT said “it is great to have Marek in Brisbane. He brings an international research perspective and applied industry perspective to the PwC Chair. His research record is impressive with over 60 published papers and 12 patents to his name.”

“Marek was chosen from a formidable field of candidates. Digital is creating seismic shifts in business value creation, social networks, future jobs and our thinking. As a result QUT is focused on generating applied research evidence that inspires participation and stimulates growth. The PwC Chair in Digital Economy is fundamental to this goal,” said Professor Rowena Barrett, Head of Management, QUT Business School.

Digital technologies and innovation will be absolutely fundamental to Australia realising its full potential in the years ahead,” said Trent Lund, PwC lead partner for innovation and disruption. “Australia’s future prosperity will hinge on our ability to attract and retain leading talent like Dr Kowalkiewicz, and we are delighted that he has accepted the role of PwC Chair in Digital Economy. It’s another step in helping us convert digital-age challenges into digital-age opportunities.”

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