Professor Robert Wood

Director, Cognicity

Robert Wood, co-founder and Director of Cognicity, is a Distinguished Professor at University of Technology Sydney, Honorary Professor at the Florey Institute, and Director of Research at the Centre for Ethical Leadership, Ormond College, University of Melbourne. Robert’s previous appointments include Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Western Australia and visiting Professor at the Kellogg School, Northwestern University, Illinois. He completed his PhD in organisational psychology at the University of Washington, Seattle, and undertook post-doctoral studies at Stanford University Psychology Department under one of the most famous architects of social cognitive theory, Al Bandura.

Robert has designed, developed and delivered programs for senior managers and provided advice to many Australian and overseas corporations, including Westpac Institutional Bank, Santos, PwC, Westfield, Newmont Mining, Saudi Aramco, Dow Chemical, Telstra, P&O Ports and the Australian Defence Force, and to the Hong Kong Government during the transition back to Chinese rule. He is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management, the American Psychological Association (Division 14) and a Fellow and Executive Board member of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and the International Association of Applied Psychology.

Robert conducts research into problem solving and learning, unconscious bias, cognitive functions, leadership and diversity. He is interested in human brain plasticity and the malleable features of personality and intelligence, the highs and lows of ethical decision making in very senior leaders and creating and delivering programs in organisations that enhance cultural and gender diversity.