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Jim Whalley is South Australia’s first Chief Entrepreneur.


Jim is the Chair and co-founder of innovative defence industry company Nova Systems.

He is a former air force fighter pilot and test pilot and holds a Master of Business Administration, a science degree and has completed the Harvard Business School OPM Executive Education Program.

Jim is a member of the Sir Ross and Keith Smith Advisory Committee, the council of the University of South Australia, the board of the Adelaide Festival, the Federal Government’s Defence Innovation Steering Group and a non-executive director of Australian Naval Infrastructure.

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