Harry Godber is a senior technology executive and economic policy adviser whose work has helped shape the Australian innovation ecosystem.
Harry is Head of Strategy at Flare, a Sydney-based tech scaleup that is transforming the way Australians receive their pay and benefits. One of Australia’s fastest-growing fintechs, Flare’s platform currently serves one in four Australians who start a job each year. Harry also sits on the board of peak body Fintech Australia, and a number of Commonwealth advisory groups on issues including the Consumer Data Right and digital transformation.
Previously, Harry spent six years as a policy adviser to the Australian Government. While advising the Morrison Government on fintech and financial regulation, Harry helped launch the Consumer Data Right, led the creation of the Government’s fintech strategy – including initiating significant reforms to the national payments regulatory system – and oversaw critical support initiatives for Australia’s digital economy through the COVID-19 pandemic. He also negotiated the passage of critical financial sector legislation through the Parliament, including major reforms to the superannuation system and key aspects of the Government’s response to the Hayne Royal Commission.
As Industry, Innovation and Science Adviser to the Turnbull Government, Harry oversaw the establishment of the Australian Space Agency and the completion of the National Innovation and Science Agenda. He secured commitment to key global research infrastructure including the Square Kilometre Array, initiated measures to boost female participation in STEM, and delivered unprecedented reforms to Australian intellectual property and space law. Harry has also led product and strategy at Australia’s national data science agency, CSIRO’s Data61.