Matthew Hand

Business Development Associate - Defence

My name is Matthew Hand and I am currently the Business Development Associate - Defence at UNSW Canberra. My role is to help connect research academia to industry and to assist in the development of intellectual property with the defence capability space. I served 9 years in the Australian Army as a Parachute Rigger and reached the rank of Corporal, during my time in the Army I was able to obtain 3 Diplomas and that assisted me into starting university and studying a Graduate Certificate in Business. I moved to Canberra in 2020 and fell in love with the food, open highways and the opportunities that come with a capital city and that's what brought me to UNSW Canberra. 

I love working in a team and thrive in that environment, I believe a team brings out more in people whether it be in a friendly competitive nature or being in a supportive environment that encourages improvement. My personal hobbies are spearfishing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, listing to music while at the gym and watching movies at the cinema. 


Australian Defence Medal

Australian Operational Service Medal (Middle East)

Organisational units
lensDefence Research Institute