The Honourable Philip Dalidakis, was a Member of the Victorian Parliament from 2014 to 2019. He served as a Minister of Trade and Investment, Innovation, the Digital Economy and Small Business from 2015 to 2018. During this time, he implemented a strategic vision for Victoria as a technology and innovation hub, and worked extensively to strengthen Victoria’s reputation as a leading startup destination across the Asia Pacific region, attracting the Australian offices of global startups and technology companies such as Slack, Square, Stripe, Zendesk, Etsy, Eventbrite, GoPro and Uber in Melbourne. He also implemented a cybersecurity strategy that led to the creation of the Oceania Cyber Security Centre, the attraction of NBN Co’s national cybersecurity centre to Melbourne, the establishment of Data61’s national cyber research unit, and memoranda of understanding in the USA and Israel.
Before being elected to the Victorian Parliament, Mr Dalidakis worked in various roles in the public and private sectors, including at Deloitte and at ASX-listed Centro Properties Group. More recently, Philip worked at Australia Post as Executive General Manager, Corporate Services where he was a member of the leadership team. Mr Dalidakis has a Master of Commerce from UNSW as well as a double degree in Arts (Politics and Thai Language) and Business (Management) from Monash University. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Managers & Leaders and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.