Dr John Best
Chief technical Officer, Thales Group
Dr John Best is Vice President, Chief Technical Officer at Thales Australia. His responsibilities include technical strategy, research and development, innovation and engineering. Partnerships and collaboration are significant components of the Thales innovation system and within his portfolio of responsibilities.
Shortly after joining Thales (then ADI Limited) he led the capture campaign that proposed a tactical unmanned aerial vehicle to the Australian Army under project JP 129. More recently he has contributed significantly to development of an approach to Unmanned Aerial System Traffic Management (UTM) that draws on Thales’s broad aviation competencies, particularly in ATM.
John’s early career was spent at the Defence Science and Technology Organisation, where he contributed to, and led, programs of work ranging across underwater weapon effects modelling, mine warfare operations research, virtual environments and combat systems.
John is a director of the Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC), a defence oriented research consortium, and Eurotorp Pty Limited.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree with First Class Honours in Physics from the University of Queensland, a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Wollongong and an MBA from the University of Adelaide. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.