Dr. Alex Cooke is the department’s Counsellor based at the Australian Embassy and Permanent Mission to the European Union in Brussels, where he manage the relationship between Australia and European countries in relation to innovation, industry, science, research, education and resources matters. Dr. Cooke is also in charge of advancing the portfolio’s interests across Europe, and facilitating bilateral relationships and dialogue between Australia and European countries. He has most recently worked in the Science Policy Branch of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, with responsibility for domestic and international science matters, and as Senior Science Adviser to the Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science. Alex Cooke supported the development of science-related measures under the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda, including the Global Innovation Strategy and policies to inspire Australians to engage with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). He has worked with Australia’s Chief Scientist to provide advice to Government on a range of education, science and innovation policies. Prior to that, Dr Cooke has worked in research and higher education policy in the Department of Education and the Australian Research Council, where he supported the creation of the Excellence in Research for Australia initiative. He has a PhD in Philosophy from Monash University.