Finkel has an extensive science background as an entrepreneur, engineer,
neuroscientist, educator and philanthropist. Dr Finkel won the Clunies Ross
Award for contributions to science education; he was Chief Technology
Officer of Better Place Australia, and Chair of Speed Panel Australia. He
had also been involved in a variety of fund raising exercises for the
benefit of Monash University. His commitment to science education was
demonstrated when he founded Cosmos magazine, published to promote science
programs in secondary schools and is patron of the Australian Science Media
2006, he returned to Australia and undertook a wide range of activities. He
led the amalgamation that formed the Florey Neuroscience Institutes; he
became Chair of the Australian Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics
(CAASTRO) and was a director of the ASX-listed diagnostics company Cogstate
Limited. He was Executive Chair of the educational software company Stile
Education, Chair of Manhattan Investment Group, Chief Technology Officer of
Better Place Australia and Chair of Speedpanel Australia.
Finkel was awarded his PhD in electrical engineering from Monash University
and worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in neuroscience at the
Australian National University.
1983 he founded Axon Instruments, a California-based, ASX-listed company
that made precision scientific instruments used at pharmaceutical companies
and universities for the discovery of new medicines. After Axon was sold in
2004, Dr Finkel became a director of the acquiring company, NASDAQ-listed
Committed to science education, Dr Finkel continues to
support the ATSE, he led the development and implementation of the STELR
and Technology Education Leveraging
program for secondary school science, which has been adopted in nearly 500
Australian schools. Dr Finkel also established the Australian Course in
Advanced Neuroscience to train early career neuroscientists.
Dr Finkel’s commitment to science, education and philanthropy is well known
in Victoria and he is a fine example of how the work of one Victorian can
have fair reaching effects nationally and internationally.