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Darwin Innovation Hub

Spotlight on Dr Dan Tyson

The DIH is excited to welcome Dan Tyson to the team, Dan will be a Growth Facilitator for the Entrepreneurs’ Programme based in Alice Springs.

As the CEO of Desert Knowledge Australia in Alice Springs since 2019, Dan brings a wealth of experience to his role, and furthers the DIH’s commitment to provide and support dedicated resources in Alice Springs. From 2017 – 2019, Dan was CEO of Aboriginal community-controlled Sunrise Health Service Aboriginal Corporation based in Katherine. Sunrise provides comprehensive primary health services to 4,000 Aboriginal people in a large area immediately south of Arnhem Land.

Since moving to the NT in 2017, Dan has been a director of the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance of the NT (AMSANT), director and vicechair of Katherine Regional Aboriginal Health and Related Services, and currently, a member of the Central Region Executive of the Chamber of Commerce, NT.

A long-time resident of South Australia, Dan was co-founder of the Aboriginal Business Industry Chamber of South Australia (ABICSA). ABICSA works closely with Business SA to advance the development of Aboriginal businesses in SA. Dan is a retiring director of Supply Nation Certified construction management and architecture company, Parakeelya Group, located in Adelaide.

Dan holds a PhD in the field of medical anthropology and has worked extensively in the health sector, mining sector, Indigenous business, and Indigenous health sectors – spanning the three tiers of government, not-forprofit, and private sectors.

Dan’s more recent roles have included Research Fellow, Southgate Institute, Flinders University, and Senior Policy and Governance Advisor, Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation. In the formative stages of the Commonwealth’s Indigenous Procurement Policy (IPP), Dan provided policy advice to the Sub-Committee Chairman, Indigenous Economic Development Sub-Committee, Indigenous Advisory Council, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.