Linda Kristjanson

Professor Linda Kristjanson AO

BN MN PhD FAICD FTSE Chairperson
Alliance position: Vice-Chancellor and President, Swinburne University of Technology View alliance profile

Professor Linda Kristjanson, a leading academic and researcher, is the Vice-Chancellor and President of Swinburne University of Technology. She is internationally recognised as a pioneer in palliative care research, receiving a Bethlehem Griffith Research Foundation lifetime achievement award in 2012.

In an academic career spanning three decades, Professor Kristjanson has received competitive research funding from national bodies in Canada (National Cancer Institute of Canada), USA (NIH) and Australia (NHMRC) and has published more than 300 refereed publications. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering.   She previously served on the National Health & Medical Research Council (2006-2009).

In 2002, Professor Kristjanson was named the Australian Telstra Business Woman of the Year in recognition of her entrepreneurial work in health and science, and was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours list. She was recognised for her distinguished service to tertiary education through leadership and governance roles, strategic and innovative university reforms, and contributions to cancer research, palliative care and to women.  

Professor Kristjanson was appointed the Chair of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre in July 2016.