Mr Tom Goerke
Mr Goerke is an accomplished telecommunications engineer, innovator, senior leader and technology professional with extensive experience in connecting business challenges to technological solutions. Mr Goerke brings an extensive network of industry connections, the ability to manage complex relationships and strengths in building and leading national and international teams. He has a proven track record of leveraging innovation, digital transformation and technology research translation, underpinned by deep technical expertise and experience in the technology startup sector and a passion for Industry 4.0 technologies. Mr Goerke possesses skills in Board leadership, working groups and committees, patent securing, media articles and speaking at national and international industry events.
While leading Innovation for Cisco in Australia and New Zealand Mr Goerke was responsible for building and operating two Cisco-led alliances – Innovation Central Perth and Innovation Central Sydney. Combined these involved A$50million of contributed funds from key partners including Curtin University, CSIRO Data61, University of NSW, Woodside Energy, NSW Department of Primary Industries and NSW Farmer’s Federation. He was responsible for delivering value back to the alliances via the numerous programmes, projects, events, reports and research-industry partnerships built with the teams from the two centres. Mr Goerke was committed to building an inclusive and supportive workplace culture and is proud of the diverse workforce and student interns that have staffed the centre. He worked closely with senior executives from the alliance partners and with the two formal Boards and operating committees.
Mr. Goerke was a Business Development Manager at Cisco for eleven years focused on development of innovative solutions within the Global Telecommunication market. Previously to Cisco he held Business Development roles with THISS Technologies, a startup developing satellite communications service provider which he co-founded. Earlier in his career, he held senior management positions with ICO Global Communications and Inmarsat in London and UniSA and Microbyte in Adelaide.
Mr. Goerke holds multiple patents in the fields of Radio and Web and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering in Electronics and Telecommunications from Western Australia’s Curtin University.
Mr Goerke has held a voluntary role on the Board of StartupWA since 2018 and was elected Chair of StartupWA in Dec 2019.