Danushi Peiris

Danushi Peiris

Danushi Peiris

  • Degree(s): Bachelor of Science Advanced - Global Challenges (Honours)

Danushi graduated from Monash in 2017, as part of the inaugural cohort in the BSc Advanced – Global Challenges (Honours) programme.

Danushi studied chemistry and geosciences and, during her degree and beyond, was an active member of the start-up community in Australia. While still at Monash Danushi, along with another Monash student, developed a medtech company and created a device for anaphylaxis sufferers. While developing the device, she participated in multiple accelerator programmes and collaborated with an Israeli university to develop the start-up. She also represented Australia at the G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Summit in China. In recognition of her voluntary work and contributions to the university, she was awarded the Monash Community Leadership scholarship and Wong Swee Soon International Award for Science. In her Honour’s year, Danushi worked on a water and sanitation programme in Fiji.

"The experience in entrepreneurship, science and research I gained through Global Challenges has been invaluable to my day-to-day work with CSIRO Futures."

Using the core skills developed through her degree, Danushi started her career at Australia’s National Science Agency, CSIRO, in science strategy. Here she worked for a range of public and private sector clients, using CSIRO’s scientific expertise to create business solutions for companies in the health and energy industries. She also served as a mentor in CSIRO’s accelerator programme, ONPrime, coaching scientists in science commercialisation.

Through her work at CSIRO, Danushi developed an appetite for big picture problem solving. This led her to the University of Cambridge, where she completed an MPhil in Technology Policy in 2020. She currently works in London as a Cyber Security Policy Advisor for the UK Government. Going forward, Danushi hopes to continue to advance science and technology policy in the international arena.