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Professor Noel Lindsay
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At 16, Noel Lindsay dropped out of school to start his first business which initially succeeded but then failed. Learning from this failure prompted him to complete his high school education of an evening while working during the day and then enter University. After completing his PhD in Commerce at The University of Queensland, Noel co-founded, developed, and harvested successful businesses in Australia, South Africa, and Malaysia. He also worked in the corporate insolvency field as a Chartered Accountant in the areas of company liquidations and receiverships and then in private equity as a Director of a $22 million venture capital fund.
As Pro Vice Chancellor (Entrepreneurship), Noel is responsible for overseeing the areas of entrepreneurship and innovation across the University of Adelaide including the University's Innovation Hub. This includes industry engagement activities in Adelaide and overseas which span the ThincLab Business Incubators, TechLab, Australian eChallenge entrepreneurship programs, and MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses).
As Director of the Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre (ECIC) and Professor of Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation at the University, he leads a team that teaches and undertakes research in the areas of entrepreneurship, family business, innovation, technology commercialisation, project management, and complex systems.
Noel previously held appintments at the University of Adelaide as Academic Director Singapore Operations, Head of the School of Marketing and Management, and Associate Dean Diversity and Inclusion.
Noel graduated from The University of Queensland with a BCom (Hons) and a PhD in Commerce. He is a Member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and is a Fellow of CPA Australia. Noel holds a Public Practicing Certificate with both organisations. He also is a member of STEP - the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.
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