It all starts with the right team.

The Mezo Team

Mezo is different. We are passionate about building a more sustainable future. We have expert knowledge in complex systems analysis and adaptive management. Our modelling tools simulate real-world scenarios, run real-time experiments that account for uncertainty, and adapt to changing conditions.

Mezo is part of the Australian Government ‘DataStart’ program, a partnership between the
Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet, CSIRO Data61, and Pollenizer.

Dr Athol Whitten

Dr Athol Whitten is CEO of Mezo Research. As a modeller and data analyst, Athol has worked on a range of management and modelling problems for state and federal Governments in Australia and the USA. His major research interests relate to the use of modelling and data analysis for the management of resources. Athol is a Senior Honorary Fellow at The University of Melbourne, and serves on the editorial board of an international scientific modelling journal.

Dr Michael Smith

Dr Michael Smith is Chief Technology Officer and Senior Modeller at Mezo Research. He is an internationally recognised expert in the area of complex systems modelling and has a background in engineering and computer programming. Michael helped pioneer the development of simulation models to support ecosystem-based management in Australia and South Africa and has more recently led the development of advanced workforce optimisation models.

Simone Stuckey

Simone Stuckey is Chief Operations Officer at Mezo Research. She has extensive experience in government policy and resource management, working with local and state Governments as a policy adviser for the Municipal Association of Victoria. She holds a BSc (Hons) and an MBA. She was awarded an Australian Government scholarship to study Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Denmark. Simone leads projects related to the management of human resources.

Dr John Ford

Dr John Ford is a Product and Project Manager at Mezo Research. He is a renowned expert in the marine world and has extensive experience in seafood sustainability. John has worked with the Sustainable Australian Seafood Assessment Program, and assessed fisheries under the Marine Stewardship Council standard. He is regularly called upon to present on marine issues on TV and radio. John leads projects related to the management of important natural resources.