Darren is a ThinkPlace Partner, and serves as its Chief Digital Officer and Chief Ethicist.
Over 20 years, Darren has worked to innovate for public good, designing transformations and interventions that tackle societies’ most complex challenges. He believes that co-design and a multi-perspective approach are essential for creating systemic impact.
Darren works with governments, international NGOs and responsible corporates, at the most senior levels and on the most sensitive topics.
Key domains of expertise include public health, digital transformation, biosecurity, social services delivery, environmental management and regulation, national security, scientific research and international development.
Darren is a leading thinker in the area of government digital ethics, with a particular focus on the governance of artificial intelligence, algorithmic decision-making and inclusion. His recent personal development included a groundbreaking Neuroethics course at Oxford University, a topic which he believes represents the next wavefront of regulatory ethics
He is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
An important part of Darren’s personal and professional mission is to build public good design thinking capability, both for senior leaders and young future leaders. Darren has trained hundreds of public service leaders in digital transformation and public good design. He has also co-created public good education for school-aged designers, including a multi-award-winning curriculum for young change makers.
Darren has guest lectured or delivered conference talks in Australia, Copenhagen, Washington DC, Singapore, Xi’an, Mumbai, Samoa and Dar Es Salaam, on public good innovation and digital transformation and ethics.
He holds the role of executive director of the ThinkPlace Foundation.