Zoe Ellis is currently Global Operations Manager for CSIRO, managing a team to provide advice and design/improve processes to assist the organization to navigate complex and evolving regulatory requirements related to global risk and CSIRO’s international footprint.

In recent years this has included risk relating to employee mobility such as health and safety risk, liability, tax and other risks posed by virtue of placing an employee in-market. Last year, Zoe’s team with CSIRO’s Global Mobility Specialist designed and launched a new tool to manage offshore placement cases and bring together various support functions in CSIRO to assess risk and legal/procedural requirements for these.  In the COVID-19 context this year Zoe and her team have been heavily involved in managing risk in regards to international travel in light of changing restrictions, and designing more rigorous processes to assist CSIRO to assess and manage risk associated with international travel requests and offshore placements. Zoe and her team also assist CSIRO to manage other regulatory risks such as defence export controls and sanctions, as well as build capability in cultural intelligence to assist researchers to build and maintain strategic relationships with partners offshore.

Zoe holds a Bachelor of Medical Science with Honours Class 1, Bachelor of Laws and Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice. She resides in Melbourne with her partner and is expecting their first child.

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