Alex McCauley is the CEO of StartupAUS, a not-for-profit organisation with a mission to transform Australia through technology entrepreneurship. StartupAUS works closely with government and the startup ecosystem to help Australia become one of the best places in the world to build and grow a technology company. As CEO of StartupAUS, Alex has led an ambitious agenda in the startup space, continuing to drive a focus on innovation at all levels of government. Alex has been the lead author or publishing editor of numerous StartupAUS research reports and policy submissions including: Powering Growth: Realising the Potential of Agtech for Australia; Digital Foundations: How Technology is Transforming Australia’s Construction Sector; and StartupAUS’s flagship annual Crossroads report.Previously, Alex served as a diplomat in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. When on posting to Tel Aviv in Israel, Alex led the Australian Embassy’s strategy and analysis on regional security issues, as well as entrepreneurship, innovation, policy and cooperation.