John Craven

Chair, Specialisterne Australia

John is the foundation Chairman of Specialisterne Australia and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Specialisterne Foundation an organisation based in Denmark with the goal of creating one million jobs globally for people with Autism by 2025. 

John has over 40 years of experience in assisting clients to harness technology to achieve real results through business innovation. Working with senior executives and boards of directors John has helped many organisations to identify innovation opportunities, establish and direct programs to implement them and develop business strategies to drive transformation and deliver value. In 2015 John accepted the challenge laid down by Specialisterne’s founder, Thorkil Sonne, to expand Specialisterne’s reach to Australia and New Zealand. Building on a core agreement with Hewlett Packard to establish the HPE Dandelion Program in Australia, John has established the Specialisterne Australia organisation as a wholly owned subsidiary of the Specialisterne Foundation (Denmark). Since 2015 Specialisterne Australia has enabled over 80 careers in areas as diverse as Information Technology (Cyber Security and Testing), project administration, engineering and agriculture. 

John holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Melbourne University and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. John is also a member of the Board of Social Venture Partners in Melbourne and Managing Director of boutique management consulting firm Craven Innovation.


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