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If you’d like to learn more about each of the nominees, please see the information below. It is an impressive list.
Voting closes on Monday 23 September at 5pm AWST. The winners will be announced at our WiTWA [+] Conference on 24 October - be sure to join us to find out the winners! Get tickets here.
Aditi is a passionate women and driver of change. She is a proud tech head who is always trying to learn how she can help more women pursue their dreams, especially women in technology. A proud moment for Aditi was launching Data Science Week 2019 which had a particular focus on Women in Data Science. Aditi is proud to be a diversity champion at the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre and to challenge the thought of those around her.
Since leaving school Alex has worked in roles for state government, digital agencies, advertising and communications and spent 10 years running her own small web design & development agency.
Her work has been recognised by the Guild of Accessible Web Designers, West Australian Web Awards, Australian Web Awards, CSS Design Awards and Awwwards.
Alison Atkins is skilled in mineral exploration, mining, management, and leadership. In 2018 she became CEO for acQuire, a global mining technology company with five offices located around the world.
Alison joined acQuire in 2000 as a computer geologist. She has since held multiple roles from technical deployment, training, customer account management, and team management before being promoted to Managing Director in 2016 and CEO in 2018. Before Alison joined acQuire, she was a field, underground and computer geologist, working in exploration and mining in Australia and West Africa.
Alison is a strong business professional and achieved a Bachelors in Science (Geology), Postgraduate in Business Programming and a Masters of Business Leadership (MBL) from Curtin University in 2012.
Over a number of years, Amanda has provided employment for over 1,000 people in the mechanical services field in the resources sector. Amanda is working to provide sustainable income for Aboriginal artists through her work with KIRRIKIN and developed a cultural invigoration program for Aboriginal women in prison, often supporting many on release. Amanda has recently been appointed as an Adjunct Professor of Indigenous Business at Curtin Universities School and Business and Law.
Amanda has guided a number of other small (often Aboriginal) businesses to develop into sustainable businesses. She completed an MBA at Curtin Graduate School of Business; the MURRA Indigenous Masterclass at Melbourne Uni and has been identified as an Inspirational Leader for 2019, by the AACSB. Amanda has acted as a board member for various organisations including the Wirrpanda Foundation, Curtin GSB Advisory Board Member, True Blue Dreaming Board member and various other boards.
Amanda has actively sought to improve the view of her people through her work and sought to gain great education opportunities for youth that would otherwise not be able to access them.
Amanda is currently the Managing Director at Yerecoin Traders, a General Store, Cafe and Rural Merchandise store in the Wheatbelt; and Director at The Farm Co, an online agricultural supply specialist. Stemming from a career in science and research, Amanda has over 15 years’ experience working in regional small business, using strategic business development to grow and diversify her business. Amanda also engages as a ‘strategy partner’ and mentor to a range of Wheatbelt based small businesses; sharing her experiences as a business owner, entrepreneur and innovator.
Amanda is currently board chair of the Wheatbelt Business Network (WBN); a leading business membership, advisory, networking and economic development service in the Wheatbelt; as well as board member of the Wheatbelt Development Commission.
Amy is a freelance developer who has forged her path by starting her own business at only 20 years of age. With several academic awards to her name, she regularly shares her knowledge with her peers and the next generation of developers by mentoring, coaching, teaching and feeding into the tech community in many ways.
Amy can be found volunteering her time with Fenders, Perth Web Girls and YOW! Conference as well as sharing her knowledge and experience on her blogs. Amy has previously given keynotes at multiple events as well as speaking at three international conferences so far this year.
Anita is the Founder and Managing Director of USSA Global. She’s worked for over 20 years developing and implementing health, safety, environmental, risk and quality management strategies.
She thrives on the challenge of changing organizational culture and team perception of risk exposure, believing that simple systems yield the most value adding outcomes.
Since the inception of USSA, her vision was focused on the development of a simple technology solution to support the implementation.
The SafeX system development is the achievement that she is most proud of and hopes that the SafeX data will assist the government of tomorrow to make informed decisions to bring risk management into the school curriculum so we have risk conscious leaders in the future.
Anle is a Technologist specialising in Digital Transformation with a passion for demystifying technological barriers. She is insanely curious and business and technology, solving complex issues and connecting with people.
Anna provides leadership to enable her ILT (information learning technologies) teams to execute the ILT vision and strategy as a driver of 21st Century learning that promotes international and national acceptance of each College as an institution of excellence.
Thinking she was destined to keep people safe and well in mining, Annika never expected that taking a job implementing safety systems in 2006 would change her trajectory forever. Looking back, it was obvious that every moment was leading to tech - by day she was on site but by night she was designing tools to make her work life more efficient and streamlined. Coming from this decidedly non-technical background, she quickly found her place in the world of software, getting paid to do work she did not even know was a profession. Providing innovative solutions became her raison d’etre and works with her teams to deliver value every day.
At the age of 18, Ashlee had no interest in IT and simply wanted to go to university and spend time with her cats. Instead, she was encouraged to learn Microsoft PowerApps.
Despite having no prior experience in IT and suffering from social anxiety/depression, she found a passion for technology and quickly gained recognition from Microsoft by winning their “Fidget Spinner” app challenge. From this, she progressed into developing the “Universal Audit App” with her father, which streamlined auditing processes across multiple industries.
At 20, Ashlee is one of the youngest people to have been awarded a Microsoft MVP, and now runs hackathons and classes worldwide in the hopes of empowering other women and young people with her story.
Rebecca is a Curtin University graduate with a Bachelor of Commerce (Information Systems and Technology), a Bachelor of Arts, Echos School of Design Thinking alumni and recently awarded a fellowship to the Centre for Entrepreneurial Research and Innovation.
Her working career has spanned a number of different industries including I.T (Genius) at Apple Inc., Event Coordinator at Fringe World Perth and multiple advocacy projects for the Consumer and Community Health Research Network. She is currently working as a Digital Health Project Officer at Telethon Kids Institute - her unique skill set has cemented her position as a key role in enabling the successful translation of research projects through digital health initiatives to the wider community.
Rebecca has directly contributed to grant and philanthropic funding applications in digital health research and has been successful on numerous projects with a funding total of over $2.5 million.
In her role as CEO and Co-Founder of The Volte, Bernadette manages the overall strategic direction and technical evolution of the company. She identifies channels for growth by finding innovative ways to serve our growing client base. Bernadette undertook the prestigious Springboard Accelerator program as part of their 2018 cohort and was awarded the WA Start-Up Founder of the Year for WA in 2018.
Bernadette brings both legal and business knowledge to her role from her time as a part of the TPG-Axon Capital hedge fund team in London and New York. She also has spent time in both the finance and government sectors in Australia and is a parent to 3 small children.
Beth is a digital strategist and self-proclaimed word nerd. After an early role administering $1M of Federal grant funding she recognized her penchant for digital, startups and technology. She helped launch then run a co-working space before launching over $500k worth of major app and web development projects. She's previously hosted not one but two podcasts and written as a journalist for Startup News. Now Beth fills her time working for an AI tech startup while serving on the board of a not-for-profit - and occasionally writing poetry.
During her career in digital forensics and cyber security, Bex has assisted with investigations related to multimillion-dollar fraud schemes, the sabotage of IT systems by disgruntled employees, intellectual property theft, unauthorised disclosure of information, and business email compromise. She uses her insights from digital forensic investigations to help organisations improve their cyber security posture and their ability to respond to and recover from security incidents.
Bex regularly presents at industry events, provides training and mentorship to newcomers, is a volunteer tutor for the Girls Programming Network, and WA Chapter Lead for the Australian Women in Security Network. Bex’s willingness to give back to the industry and foster the next generation of our STEM workforce speaks to her character and leadership.
Remarkably inquisitive minded, Blossom has started her humble career, marking a territory for all women in IT. Challenged being an international student, toggling with jobs simultaneously for valuable work experience, forging her path to success in sparingly little time from a student to a Service Transition Manager in IT Operations!!
Enhanced with diverse technical skills, only to mentor and elevate women in IT through her volunteering. The ‘Need of Diversity’ arose in University when she was the only lady to graduate. Her life soon became a testament to sheerly hard earnt stripes, inspiring other women to pick IT, currently is an active member of Australian Business and Community Network mentoring and nurturing indigenous girls for STEM, equipping many to pursue IT, the Future Woman in IT!
Brette passionately advocates for the integration of STEM into the learning environment. She encourages her teaching colleagues, students and parents, to adopt a STEM mindset within the classroom and their lives. In particular, Brette is a strong voice for girls in STEM, creating an environment that nurtures a love of science and technology. Outside of the school community, Brette furthers her learning but attending digital technologies conferences and other teaching symposiums. Brette judges the Tech Girls Superheros, Young ICT Explorers Competition and the National History Challenge. Brette’s enthusiasm and drive can not be understated and her influence is evidenced by the growing number of successful girls, taking up studies and extra-curricular activities in STEM.
Nothing inspires Brigette more than a good challenge. She has often been heard to say it's not that it can’t be done it’s just that we haven’t worked out how yet!
With a background including chemical engineering, geology, geotechnical engineering, data management and process improvement Brigette draws on her diverse experience and skillset to create strategic visions to solve complex problems and improve business processes and outcomes.
Working with teams to transform legacy datasets and systems with a forward thinking and future proofing approach. This has been acknowledged with achievements including global finalist in the 2017 Alcoa Bauxite excellence awards.
Brigette is passionate about data, information systems and application of data science and analytics to empower technical professionals and teams.
Britt is a dedicated professional with 8+ years of experience in Oil and Gas Refining. With recognized strengths in building rapport and influencing people, Britt enjoys working in diverse and cross‐functional teams. Britt puts a lot of effort into reaching and achieving goals and gets a lot of satisfaction from resolving problems. She will comfortably focus on deficiencies and areas where she can improve and is energized by seeing results from hard work. She demonstrates initiative by actively seeking opportunities to develop and she is not afraid to step outside her comfort zone for the purpose of improving. Britt can naturally build rapport with people and create strong professional relationships based on trust.
Caitlin Bathgate is a tech creative with a history of 2D/3D animation who has successfully launched a career in UX Design at the age of 26.
Caitlin is fuelled by the wonderful experience of mentorship and regularly shares her experience and enthusiasm for engaging women with STEM skills at Girls Programming Network (ECU Joondalup), She Codes and local outreach events.
She recently stepped forward at the DDD Perth 2019 convention and presented her first talk even titled “Lost in Space: Risk, Reward and Women in Tech”.
Sharing personal stories and highlighting a toolkit for navigating the experiences women exploring employment in underrepresented industries may encounter.
When not volunteering, Caitlin can often be found bringing her diverse creative, technical and communication skills to local tech, social impact and education spaces around WA.
Camilla is COO of Work Metrics. With a strong business operations background, combined with technical experience and team lead.
As soon as we landed our first clients, Camilla organised the companies business operations and manage our growing team (currently a team of 18).
Established sales, development, support, financial, accounts and training teams.
Carmel has had a portfolio career, with experience across a variety of industrial and service industries encompassing: research; software development and IT; project management; online education delivery; sustainability; quality and business transition management, as well as operations and business management,.
Carmel's strength is bringing together business and technology requirements and she has a strong track record of delivering outcomes by translating strategy into action. She is adept at harnessing the value of cross functional project teams and through leadership and team building, delivering business outcomes and effective change.
Carmel is always focussed on building others’ confidence and capability in their use of technology to communicate and work more effectively and has won peer recognition awards for innovation and excellence.
After a van break down in Fitzroy Crossing, Western Australia Chantal could not have imagined that it would have lead her into a career in STEM with a digital health focus. With more than 10 years spent in rural and remote Western Australia Chantal facilitates the transition from paper-based health systems to contemporaneous, comprehensive electronic medical record systems. Able to negotiate positive outcomes for both individuals accessing care and the service providers across the continuum of care by encouraging a more effective usage of digital health solutions, thereby reducing patient risk, improving the user experience and ensuring accurate health service reporting. Being a passionate advocate for health and wellbeing sees her co-manage women’s wellbeing programs within rural and remote communities.
Charlotte is an Engineer who is recognized as a leader within the rail industry. She is currently working on one of the biggest and most complex rail automation project within Australia. She travels internationally with her work and is a strong advocate for encouraging females within STEM.
Charlotte is also a professional athlete who accomplished a world title at the age of 25. Charlotte represented Australia in the Natural Bodybuilding World Championships taking home two gold medals.
Charlotte is a member of the young leader advisory board (YLAB) for Australasian Rail Association and has been recognized as a diversity champion within the rail industry. In addition, Charlotte also has a number of side projects that support career progression for women.
Cherish McNamara is a former Instructor Pilot in the US Air Force and has accumulated over 500 combat hours. She has used her aviation experience to develop, design and deliver training programs here in Australia, including drones.
Chloe Constantinides is a founder of multiple companies, a Director at StartupWA, an advisor/mentor to hundreds of entrepreneurs and a consultant to many startups/corporates in Western Australia. She founded an app development agency, where she employed a diverse team of 35 and still remains a shareholder; has her own ecommerce brand; previously taught young students to fly and program drones; and provides thought leadership through her tech column written for Business News.
Chloe has been recognised with awards such as Business News’ 40Under40, Smart Company’s Smart 30 Under 30 and out of 170,000 alumni, was awarded ECU’s Inaugural Young Alumni Award.
Chloe now works as a consultant/advisor, to share her years of experience in innovation and technology. She runs UWA’s IQX Academy, Curtin Accelerate and is also the lead project organiser for Dream Summit - an incredible leadership program for Indigenous entrepreneurs from all over Australia.
Christina obtained a PhD in Optimisation at Curtin University in 2008, for which she was awarded a Chancellor’s commendation for excellence. She completed three postdoctoral research positions, in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Melbourne, at the Austrian Institute of Technology, and in the Computer Science department at the University of Melbourne. In 2015 she was awarded the President’s Mid-career Plenary Award at the International Congress on Modelling and Simulation.
Since 2016, Christina has worked in industry, developing optimisation and artificial intelligence solutions. She has published 17 peer-reviewed articles and authored a book on these topics. She has supervised five Masters projects and been awarded more than $1.5Million in consulting and grant funding as Principal Investigator.
Clare has worked in the West Australian iron ore industry for the last 18 years for both major and junior companies. A mining engineer by trade with a masters in geotechnical engineering, Clare followed a traditional career route through operational and technical services management roles until an opportunity to join Rio Tinto's Mine of The Future program presented itself in 2015. Since that time, Clare has been in the front row of the iron ore industry's embracing of the new opportunities that advances in technology, automation and data science provide. She has a particular interest in linking data science and machine learning techniques to improve productivity and making the working lives of front line technical teams better.
As a Digital Forensics and eDiscovery Manager, Daniela assists organisations with complex investigations and legal matters that require collection, preservation and analysis of digital evidence. Over the years, Daniela has managed a large number of national and international investigations, ranging from general HR enquiries, business misconduct and fraud investigations, through to large-scale legal matters, preservation orders, legal holds and incident response. Daniela has extensive experience in developing procedures to streamline Digital Forensics and eDiscovery processes and has a sound understanding of the different digital data sources for investigations. Her analytical approach, attention to detail and can-do attitude provides clients with comfort under often difficult circumstances and has earned her a reputation for consistent, high-quality delivery.
Daniela is passionate about recruitment and in particular promoting careers in Technology, Cyber and Forensics to the next generation of successful and inspirational WA female leaders. She regularly attends University recruitment events, networking events and one-on-one catch-ups with prospective candidates / students, to share her experience, advice and guidance to help them succeed.
Being women in cybersecurity, knowing the skill shortage and challenges for women, Divya delivers mentoring program for National Associations of women in Operations (NAWO) for improving personal skill development, striking balance between work-family, and networking for young women. As the Cybersecurity Lead at Arc Infrastructure, specializing in a range of areas from technical initiatives to security analysis, providing inputs on cybersecurity projects. Divya has Masters in Computer and Network Security from Edith Cowan University and Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Communications. Divya understands Cybersecurity is not only just technology but also requires awareness among her employees, family and friends. Divya is responsible to run cybersecurity awareness program for Arc Infrastructure’s six regions across Western Australia, she believes awareness and cybersecurity resilience should start from home on personal security. Divya understands there is a concern of huge number of female students not choosing STEM subjects in their high school, which inspired her to start mentoring and public speaking at schools and universities to choose cybersecurity. She focuses to contribute and educate the awareness that STEM is a field for female children to study and the opportunities to excel. More importantly her speech aims and advocating that children should choose profession which makes them happy and emphasizing Technology and cybersecurity are one of them.
Doerte’s roots sit in Germany where she grew up and went to university for her Computer Science degree. When migrating to Australia one of her biggest achievements was settling into the Australian life, settling into a new career and building a social network. Since then Doerte has completed her Master of Business Administration and has grown into a trusted technology advisor. Today Doerte’s biggest achievement and satisfaction is seeing her kids growing into independent, happy and kind human beings that embrace both the Australian and the German culture and language.
Dunja is a management consultant who is often engaged to work on projects that are at risk of failure, and works to focus teams, set or reset expectations to ensure alignment with the project objectives, manage vendors and drive a positive outcome.
Falling in love with wood working and design as a child, she was planning to become an architect, but realised that she could leverage all her creativity whilst allowing a longevity in her career by doing Software Engineering instead and it was the best decision she ever made! She has had the opportunity to work with fascinating people across the world in the resourcing, logistical, utility and manufacturing industries and loves the challenge and variety the job brings.
Elaine Holmes is a Premier’s Fellow and Professor of Computational Medicine in Murdoch University having recently moved from Imperial College London where she headed the Division of Computational and Systems Medicine. Her main research area focuses on applying metabolic profiling and computational modelling of biological samples to understand pathological and physiological processes. She has applied the technology in several clinical and biomedical areas including Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, Infection, Gastrointestinal Disease, Early life environment and neurodegeneration. She co-developed the concept of the metabolome-wide association study and is a founder director of Melico, a startup company operating in the personalised nutrition space. She has won several awards including the Royal Society of Chemistry Interdisciplinary Award and Lifetime membership of the Metabolomics Society.
Ellie is a bright, energetic 14-year-old born and raised in WA. She loves tech and is involved with Girls’ Programming Network and WA Codemakers. Ellie was a national finalist in FLL and enjoys science enrichment, robotics and coding.
In her spare time Ellie designs, develops, builds and tutored Year 4-7 students in KodeKLIX – a curriculum aligned digital technology that teaches kids electronics and programming.
Ellie has an amazing imagination, likely inspired by 350+ books in her bedroom! When Ellie isn’t reading or doing tech she manages to squeeze in eight hours of weekly dance classes and has fun playing basketball. Ellie is kind hearted, supporting charities including microfinance initiatives like Kiva and fundraises for development projects for World Vision.
Emma Veenema is passionate about technology and innovation and is the definition of the + in WiTWA+. Her career has seen her promote public engagement with STEM, celebrate outstanding people in STEM, support research commercialisation, and grow technology businesses.
Emma says “I love working with innovative entrepreneurs and researchers to articulate their technologies. It’s vital to communicate the value of science and technology to the public, and I really enjoy working with specialists to help them break down and translate their work to a lay audience.”
Having worked in science engagement and industry development for the public and private sectors, she is currently Business Manager at Chironix, a technology company developing software that integrates Robotics and Wearable technologies with Machine Learning.
Erin did not have a strong STEM role model in her life when she was younger. This drove her to gain inspiration from women like Hedy Lamar and Annie Easly. Since then, Erin has become a major STEM advocate, had a passion for inspiring youth, and done community service assisting teaching at a regional school
Professor Eun-Jung Holden received her BSc, MSc and PhD in computer science from the University of Western Australia. Her postgraduate and postdoctoral research focused on developing visualisation and automated pattern recognition techniques for hand gestures. She made a transition to geoscience in 2006, and has been developing advanced data analytics methods and tools to assist the extraction of geological information/knowledge from diverse types of data used by geoscientists, which ranges from regional scale spatial data to drill hole and other mine scale geodata. Some of her research outcomes were widely disseminated as software tools through commercialisation or public domain software release. She is currently leading the UWA-Rio Tinto Iron Ore data fusion projects which aim to achieve machine-assisted modelling of geology/resource through transformational and interpretive data science solutions.
Eva has been actively involved in the startup community since the beginning of 2011. She holds a Management and Engineering of Production degree in e-technology from the West Pomeranian University of Technology. For the past 6 year, she worked as a contractor helping early-stage startups to execute the idea by developing MVP, strategy and business model. She was involved in a range of projects, including fin-tech, health-tech, software robotics, fash-tech, and a variety of web & mobile apps from both B2B and B2C approach. She was involved in developing projects for a range of customers as ING, Metro Bank, NHS Trust Foundation, AIESEC International and many more.
Furthermore, she organised over 40 events for startups and technology industry in Warsaw, London, Berlin and Montreal. She was actively shaping & supporting multiple tech events: Girls Geek Carrots, a global community for women in IT, SheWorx, global female founder community and Polish Tech Link, a network located in Wroclaw, London and San Francisco to build a bridge between local IT community and Polish technology enthusiasts. Currently, she lives in London and works as a COO in G1ANT, a robotic process automation startup. She is also Virgin Startup mentor.
Fiona Bishop is a change maker, innovator and dynamic thought leader with an inspiring track record in the Energy and Resources sector. Her passion for innovation, machine learning and harnessing the power of the collective make her a wonderful mentor and STEM role model. Fiona has built a career on her technical background in electrical engineering, economic regulation and business transformation, while championing inclusion and diversity across industry to lead positive change.
Frank is a highly accomplished and skilled leader in the field of Information and Technical Services across a range of industries and government departments and agencies.
Hannah Golding is a Senior Automation Advisor at Rio Tinto, co-founder of UWA’s Girls in Engineering (GiE) program, and a Rubik’s Cube Master.
Hannah keeps up-to-date with the continual development of automation technology existing in the mining market, and considers if this equipment will suit operations. E.g. autonomous wash bays, fleet inventions, and technology pathways. Hannah is passionate about: creating a safer work environment, more interesting jobs, and economic benefits.
GiE is demystifying engineering, breaking down stereotypes, and increasing female university enrolments. GiE targets year 7-10 students and inspires them for STEM careers. Since 2014 the program has reached 9,000 students from 16 schools. Hannah has taught 700 pupils the Rubik’s cube, and hustled up industry representatives for college visits.
To people outside of the tech industry what programmers do is absolute magic. Hayley therefore believes it is empowering to understand how technology works and dedicates a lot of her time to educating others about computer science and programming.
Hayley started teaching programming workshops before she even graduated high school, she worked on education software used in classrooms all around the world while studying at University, and now continues to find opportunities to teach workshops while working as a software developer.
Heidi is a passionate leader, inspiring pioneer and positive role model in her industry. One of two women globally to achieve the role of Chief Geochemist at a major mining company, she loves unlocking the earth’s secrets through geochemistry. A PhD-qualified geologist-geochemist, Heidi’s adventurous spirit has taken her from Arctic wilderness to rugged Australian Outback. Forward-thinking and embracing the value of diversity in the STEM pipeline, Heidi led the development of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists National Mentoring Program. Now, selected as 1 of 95 women worldwide for Homeward Bound 2019, a ground-breaking leadership initiative for women in STEM, Heidi has strategically positioned herself. Joining a global network increasing the impact professionals with science backgrounds have in leadership positions.
Dr Helen Cripps conducts industry-based research across multiple sectors including maritime, electronic health, tourism and text mining. Helen’s research sits at the nexus of online media, technology adoption and innovation as it draws on her national and international network. Her research projects have covered industries in Australia, Slovenia, Croatia, Finland, Norway, Sweden, UK and USA.
Dr Cripps’s current research is focused on social media text mining and image sentiment analysis. Using text mining she is investigating the impact of online conversation on brand value and customer service. She lectures in a number of topics across the digital marketing, innovation and e-business contexts. Her industry research insights are valued and make her a sought after keynote speaker both nationally and internationally.
Holly is a HR professional inspired to change the face of HR by transforming traditional approaches to managing people.
Focusing on culture, values, the employee experience, motivation and leadership she works to find innovative ways to mix things up in the people sphere but still driving business results.
With close to 15 years’ experience, Holly has awesome skills and the drive to keep getting better and better at the things she loves to do.
Holly is incredibly passionate about making work a GREAT place where people feel inspired and happy to come each day.
As a busy mum, outside of the office she has a strong sense of community being involved in different local community groups and mentoring upcoming female HR professionals.
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Holly Bridgwater is an exploration geologist, crowdsourcing lead at Unearthed, and an advocate for industry adoption of open data initiatives. Most recently, Holly delivered Australia’s largest open data crowdsourcing competition, the Explorer Challenge.
Having previously worked for a decade as a geologist in resource exploration and definition, Holly believes that leveraging open data and crowdsourcing initiatives can transform mineral exploration and increase discovery rates of critical metals.
More generally, Holly works with leaders across the resources sector to enable them to identify and articulate challenges they need innovative solutions for, and source these solutions from a diverse global community of experts and talent.
Bachelor’s in commerce with a double major in Logistics and Supply Chain Management and Business Information Systems with honours. Awarded top Performing Graduate in both Majors (Logistics and Supply Chain Management AND Business Information Systems) by Curtin University.
Outstanding communications skills with internal and external stakeholders through various roles spanning several industries and countries. Dynamic self-starter and excellent strategic thinker who is always one to take the "Big Picture” perspective. Committed to work health and safety and willing to solve unanticipated in a practical and safe manner.
A proactive, results driven team player, that possesses strong problem solving and analytical capabilities to help drive the team towards their goals. Experienced in several different information systems and with a keen interest in always finding the most efficient method in handling and communicating data.
Intan is a biomedical engineer and entrepreneur focused on developing medical devices. She is a research associate at Curtin University developing a novel expandable orthopaedic screw for use in orthopaedic surgery to improve patient outcome. She is now the CSO of the spin out company called REX Ortho. She is also the co-founder and CEO of Cervical ChinUp which distributes a novel neck support device to help manage neck pain. For the last 2 years, she has taught multidisciplinary teams of clinicians, engineers, scientists and business professionals on how to innovate in MedTech as the course co-director of Perth Biodesign, and now bringing the initiative together across Australia as Director of Biodesign Australia.
Irene is a material scientist who specializes in carbon materials. She has worked in every type of carbon material from graphite to diamond, from nanomaterials to coal. She is a strong advocate for diverse careers pathways in STEM, especially through her work as an Executive Member of the Australian Academy of Science Early- and Mid- Career Researcher Forum.
She completed a PhD at Sussex University in 2007 funded by British Energy Ltd, followed by a position at the CNRS in France developing a benzene detector. In 2009, she moved to Australia where she secured funds for her research through the Australian Research Council by fellowship schemes and Discovery Projects.
She is an avid knitter and sewer.
Isis is a product manager with an incredible track record in innovation. Isis began her career with a first class honours degree in computer science. Since then Isis has worked in software engineering in NZ, account management at Google, business development, strategy & innovation, and has ultimately found her skills are most valuable in Product-oriented roles. Isis has also sat on the board of a philanthropic organization, and been director of the Founder Institute Perth. Isis currently leads the Incubation team at VGW, where she is responsible for leading the validation and development of new products.
Ivana is a senior leader and digital strategist with more than 15 years experience delivering engaging and functional digital experiences. For Ivana, the optimal digital experience is one that is simple and easy, it just works, and effortlessly blends into a person’s life.
Ivana has a Bachelor of Commerce in International Business and Information Systems from Curtin University, and is Certified (Pro CX-I) in customer centred design. She uses a human centred design approach to unite team members around a common vision – enabling them to define the problem, purpose and work together towards a shared solution.
This holistic approach to leadership empowers team members to unify in vision and be bold enough to build on ideas around them.
Jacinta was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at the age of 14. Struggling to make friends at university, she entered the Curtin Specialist Mentoring Program, and graduated with a BSc in Astrophysics. She worked full-time at Scitech as a Science Communicator, elevating her communication skills, and is currently a Data Scientist/Technical Writer for Optika Solutions and a committee member/ambassador for the Curtin Specialist Mentoring Program and on the board of Autism West.
Janaki is IS&T Manager for Network Operations - Global at Rio Tinto.
Janaki has a Bachelor of Engineering degree specialized in electronics and telecommunications. Prior to joining Rio Tinto Janaki had a successful career in the IT sector in Sri Lanka. She migrated to Australia in 2005 and joined Rio Tinto as a network engineer. During her time at Rio Tinto, Janaki held number of roles which range from project commissioning work in Pilbara, leading the support for telecommunication infrastructure in autonomous operations and managing the global network operation. All these roles required significant collaboration and influencing skills with stake holders and technological partners/vendors. Janaki currently manage the global network operations to lead the support transition required for digital transformation.
Jane Mitchell is a highly skilled and experienced IT leader and has significant technical expertise in information management systems, enterprise applications and cloud platforms. She presented to close to 1000 delegates recently at the Amazon Web Service Global Summit on the challenges and opportunities of transitioning to cloud.
Jane is a strong public advocate for diversity and inclusion, working with Autism Association of WA to advocate for greater autism inclusion in technology. She is also an advocate for greater representation of women in STEM careers, and recently spoke on this issue as part of the Australian Maths Science Institute national Optimise conference.
Jasmin is a cofounder of Cribber, a startup that’s digitising worksite communication which worked with global companies such as Woodside and Maersk. She has a passion for innovation and technology and has been heavily involved in the startup ecosystem in Perth, Edinburgh and London. She is a graduate of Australia’s leading accelerator programs muru-D and CSIRO’s ON Accelerator.
Jasmin started her career in risk consulting at PwC where she helped advise some of the largest resource companies in the world and transitioned into VC, investing in education companies to transform the way the world learns.
Jasmin dedicates majority of her time to giving back to students at UWA and Bloom, teaching and mentoring in entrepreneurship to over 500 students.
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Jasmine is an experienced remote sensing analyst who is skilled in Management, Remote Sensing, Biodiversity, Geography, Cartography, and Environmental Science. Over the past 15 years Jasmine has worked within a number of technical roles across government, higher education and private industry and is currently the Manager of 10 person Geospatial Team. Jasmine completed her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at the University of Queensland, using Terrestrial Laser Scanning to measure the 3D structure of landscapes and biodiversity. Jasmine also has a Masters in Geographical Information Science.
Jemma is a creative and courageous leader who consistently contributes to the global innovation network. As an innovative leader in government, WA Leaders Advisory group member, smart city advocate and role model for inclusion, Jemma has developed networks locally, nationally and internationally, that position WA local government to learn and better respond to the needs of citizens. An unstoppable catalyst whose energy and passion are infectious, Jemma has a vision to have an impact across government, initiating programs such as Bounce, the innovation culture program at City of Canning; Switch, an innovation capability program for the Public Sector and; Civic Innovation Masterclasses, a collaboration with City Innovators, founded by Dr David Ricketts, Innovation Fellow, Technology and Entrepreneurship Centre, Harvard University.
Jennifer works a Control Systems Engineer at BHP's Nickel West smelter operation, one of Australia's largest mining companies. Jennifer trained as a process engineer but after working in the field for several years, made the switch to control systems, where she combines her years of experience in multiple processing fields with a passion and talent for process automation and control. She focuses primarily on implementation of new automation within existing control structures as well as on improving system user operability. Her work aside, Jennifer is passionate about encouraging young students to enter STEM roles and the resources industry, participating in mentoring events such as the CSIRO STEM Professionals program, DigIT program and Get into Resources event.
Jenny is a Cartographer who has been in the Mining industry for 36 years. A proud country born and bred West Australian commencing work in Mount Magnet for Western Mining Corporation, through to present day at Fortescue Metals Group based in Perth. Jenny has experienced her career change from hand drawing maps on sepia film through to digital 3d representations and is now managing a diverse Information Management team. Jenny is a single mother with a teenage daughter and in her spare time she loves to go camping and travelling with her daughter, family and friends.
Jess Budd is a digital producer that develops and implements digital initiatives at WA's most successful not-for-profit health organisation. Jess is an experienced web developer, and a strong advocate for web accessibility, ensuring her knowledge and experience as a digital accessibility consultant is leveraged to remove barriers preventing people living with disabilities from accessing information that is available to others. Jess consistently volunteers her time and energies for the benefit of the local community through various leadership, mentoring and volunteering roles. This includes mentoring primary and high school students, mentoring women learning to code and co-organising a meetup group for front-end developers (Fenders). Jess actively promotes increased representation of women and diversity in technology by encouraging a supportive, collaborative and inclusive web community.
A self-taught web designer since the age of 12, Jessica decided to make it official and received her Bachelor of Communications majoring in Interactive Multimedia and Media Studies in 2007. She has worked as a Web Designer/Developer ever since and in all kinds of places, ranging from agencies to companies here in Perth and Krakow, Poland.
Finding herself interested in SEO, Digital Marketing and Strategy, Project Management and everything in between, Jess's design background serves as steady groundwork for her foray into Bam's resident Studio Manager.
Jiaranai is an Information Technology graduate from the University of Western Australia who shines brightest when using her skills to bridge the gap between technical and non-technical problems. Technology has become part of everything in the world she knows, and it makes her believe that knowledge from various domains is interconnected and even greater when combined. However, Jia's background was all about people, not machines; she was involved in a personal development project, helping the young generation in her community realise their potential. With this project, she was nominated for the Western Australia Young Leadership Award in 2018. Jia believes in technology, not because of its coolness but its abilities that could augment ordinary people to become extraordinary.
Jo Minney is the founder of boutique digital agency House Digital. Jo loves tech, transitioning from a process engineering career in mining to running her own web development agency and empowering the Perth tech community. Jo is passionate about WordPress, running the Perth WordPress Meetup, the Perth WordPress online community, and is the powerhouse behind Perth’s first ever WordCamp conference scheduled for 2020. She is also an avid supporter of not-for-profits and community events, volunteering her website building services and volunteering for She Codes free coding workshops both in Perth as well as in Bunbury, Yanchep, Geraldton, Port Hedland, Karratha and Newman - she even wrote the WordPress tutorial and built their website! She is also an international conference speaker.
Jo Saunders is a leading international LinkedIn expert, marketing strategist and social media educator who has been helping people connect and communicate since the early 90s.
Known as Australia's LinkedIn Demystifier, Jo guides individuals and teams through the complexities of LinkedIn and social marketing tools, to increase visibility, establish authority and earn influence.
• 2019 Finalist - Best Social Media Educator, Social Media Marketing Institute.
• #2 LinkedIn Expert in Asia Pacific 2018, Social Media Marketing Institute
• Only Australian LinkedIn expert invited to speak at Social Media Marketing World
• Named Top 50 Social Media Marketing Influencers 2019, TopRank Marketing
• Co-host of #LinkedInLocalPerth
• Co-host of #TheLinkedInCouch
• Co-author of 'Get Good or Get Off - A guide to getting it right on social media'
Jo is a highly motivated team leader who inspires her colleagues to achieve challenging stretch goals. She is a very positive influence on the culture of the organisation she works in and constantly seeks to improve her capabilities through new learning, coaching and experiences. She is a sounding board, mentor and leader to those who have the pleasure of working with her.
Jo leads an educational not-for-profit called Earth Science Western Australia (ESWA) where she manages a team, grows sponsorship, creates resources, trains teachers, presents incursions, forges industry links and supports events with the aim to support the teaching of Earth and Space Science (K-10) and Earth and Environmental Science (Year 11 and 12).
Despite already having an environmental sciences degree, Jo felt she would have more credibility in her role as CEO of ESWA by qualifying as a geologist. She completed her geology degree whilst working full-time for ESWA.
She is a shining example and leader in education, STEM and women in the resource sector. Jo continues to build on her success, and that of ESWA, through her foresight and vision.
Jodie is an amazing person, mother, engineer, teacher and inspiration for future technologists. Jodie built an incredible global career through structural engineering and a masters in oil and gas. From the design, construction and installation of offshore oil and gas platforms, including ice breaking platforms, to commercial high-rise buildings with plastic ball technology in the suspended slabs, to innovative and eco-friendly specialist bridge engineering. Recently, re-skilling and growing a small business providing Robotics and Science workshops and incursions to primary schools. Teaching and inspiring thousands of children, empowering them through current knowledge and engaged hands on learning.
A tech policy scholar, lawyer and writer, Julia wrestles with questions of power in the digital economy, regularly finding herself in the cross-hairs of the world's biggest companies. After studying biophysics, genetics and law in Australia, she spent over a decade in leading research and public institutions in Europe and the United States, and now continues her work on technology and public interest with Perth as her base and Aus-Asia as her focus.
Julie is an accessibility consultant with a background in front-end web development. She trains clients and the developer community in how to make digital products accessible to people with disabilities. She has worked on international commerce projects, government sites and apps, and art projects. A popular speaker at conferences and meetups, Julie shares her enthusiasm and passion for accessibility at every opportunity.
Julie is an IT Lego Master. Using the building blocks of IT and working with the people who create those blocks, she puts them all together to create and build unique and engaging experiences. The storytelling and attention to detail is why people love Lego and Julie also loves to create stories using technology to improve the way people work and their business outcomes.
With over 20 years being at the forefront of innovative and award-winning technology solutions, Julie brings her skills of marketing, customer experience and product development to her vision for those constructions.
A senior leader in the healthcare and education industries and currently Associate Director at Murdoch University, Julie was honoured to be elected by staff to the Murdoch University Senate in 2018. She is also a Board Member on Women’s Legal Service WA. In addition, Julie is a passionate consumer advocate for a range of initiatives including the National Children’s Digital Health Collaborative and is a member of the Health Consumer’s Council and the Consumer & Community Health Research Network.
Julie is a very proud Mum of two teenage boys and hopes she demonstrates what equality and success looks like for women both professionally as well as in the home. She’s also known to spend weekends playing with Lego sometimes with but more often without her boys!
Karen is a creative, cheerful and driven professional and educator with a passion for learning and strives to give young people opportunities to discover and build their own individual talents, increase their self-confidence and shine.
Karen established Engaging Education, providing outstanding student conferences and teacher professional currency that bridges the gap between the classroom and business with engaging, meaningful learning experiences that delight and inspire. She has investigated, developed and is getting ready to bring Teen Biz Base to schools and communities to foster a culture of enterprise and innovation and improve outcomes for young people, and has written and published a children's picture book.
Karen still teaches, mentors young entrepreneurs and is a mum of 3 active children.
Karen’s career as a specialist consultant developed her expertise in engineering analytics for public infrastructure, oil and gas and resource industries. In the community, Karen’s work with the Board of Girl Guides NSW developed her understanding of strategic planning and governance in the not-for-profit environment, while more recently as Chair of Engineering Heritage WA she shifted her focus to public engagement.
The asset management world is undergoing a transformation as more information than ever is becoming available to support optimum use of assets to deliver results for customers, communities and business. Karen is passionate about applying insights, using her technical strength and influence to break down organisational siloes and deliver step-change improvements in decision-making and risk management for asset-intensive industries.
As General Manager, Technology at Seven West Media, Kari leads the world-class team of technologists who have created the cutting-edge digital publishing platform hosting three major news sites across Australia - thewest.com.au, perthnow.com.au and 7news.com.au. She is driving the modernisation of news delivery to the devices of millions of Australians and enabling seamless content sharing across multiple products and newsrooms.
As a software developer, development manager and program manager, Kari has led a number of high-profile software development projects across WA and in the UK. She has vast experience as a consultant and agile coach and has conducted agile software development training across Australia and the Philippines.
Track record of success in providing project and change management leadership to support organisational restructures and transformational projects which have resulted in clear accountability of roles, standardised systems and business processes.
With an appreciation and passion for working collaboratively with colleagues and customers of diverse backgrounds, I pride myself on creating strategies that deliver sustainable results.
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Katarina is a planetary scientist with involvement in data analysis from space missions. Her research focuses on understanding geophysics of Earth and planetary bodies through impact processes. Prior to joining Curtin in 2015, Katarina was a postdoctoral research associate at MIT (2014-2015) in USA, Institute de Physique du Globe de Paris (2012-2014) in France, and Imperial College London (2011-2012) in UK. She graduated in astrophysics from the University of Belgrade in Serbia in 2006, and was awarded PhD from the Open University in UK in 2010. In 2018, Katarina was awarded the ARC DECRA and the Australian L'Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science fellowship. She was a finalist for the WA Premier's Science Awards in the early career scientist category.
Kate loves connecting interesting people to start conversations that generate new ideas. Her career has spanned a range of leadership roles in research (astrophysics), site operations, strategy, indigenous engagement and professional development. She is an experienced people manager, facilitator and agent for organisational innovation and positive change. Based in Perth, Kate enjoys working across the industry, research and university sectors. She is passionate about promoting Women in STEM, gender equity and diversity and inclusion.
Kate is a multi-award winning human-focused technologist, immersive reality game designer, podcaster, innovation facilitator and keynote speaker. Kate decodes technology, culture and the future in a way that challenges common perceptions and provides key, yet unexpected insights.
Clients describe her as a leader to new ideas, a connector of dots and a re-wirer of brains. Her talks are described as enthralling, inspiring and thought provoking. Kate is also a Certified Facilitator of LEGO® Serious Play®, a tool for unlocking innovation and creative thinking that has been used by some of the world’s biggest brands, including IKEA, Virgin Atlantic and Samsung.
Overall, Kate gets people and organisations unstuck, thinking differently and most importantly, excited about the future.
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Dr Kath Giles is CEO of OncoRes Medical, a WA based medtech startup pioneering a handheld device to prevent repeat surgeries for breast cancer.
As Investment Manager (Brandon Capital) and now OncoRes’s CEO, Kath has raised $6 million for clinical development and has secured over $4 million in grants and awards.
Kath has an impressive background having worked as a doctor in theatre, an Investment Manager, a 2018 40under 40 Award Winner, and most recently pitched at Prince Andrew's Pitch@Palace event in London winning the prestigious award. Kath showed the world that WA is a place where revolutionary med tech is born, ''It was beyond our wildest dreams to take a West Australian-developed technology and showcase it in a global setting at a leading start-up competition.''
Dr Katherine Iscoe is the founder and director of the Dr Katherine brand as well as the co-founder and executive director of MyFiziq Limited.
Katherine uses her past personal struggle with confidence and mental health issues to ease her clients through the confrontational process of transforming their negative thoughts so they can lead a successful life and run a profitable business.
Dr Katherine has developed The Forever Approach to help Australians who are unhappy with their body. The Forever Approach helps people ditch the yo-yo diets and self-esteem issues and achieve their ultimate body satisfaction, for the long term. Katherine uses the technology of her MyFiziq smartphone app to assist her clients.
Associate Professor Kathy Fuller is a co-inventor of the immuno-flowFISH method, a world-first automated flow cytometry method that can detect chromosome signals inside cells identified by their immunophenotype. Her development of this patented method was awarded the Australian Museum ANSTO 2018 Eureka Prize for Innovative Use of Technology, and the UWA Innovation Quarter (IQ) 2018 Research Innovation and Enterprise Award.
Katie van den Brand is the Meshpoints Lead, an initiative that aims to provide practical support to local innovation facilitators who deliver social benefits to regional communities. Katie has previously worked across the innovation and startup, mining and resources, not for profit, and education sectors after studying her B Sc. (Psychology). She has been keynote for the WiTWA Tech Trails program, and invited to speak at Regional Innovation conferences across Australia. A true country girl, Katie lives and works from the South West after being raised in the Great Southern, and loves her nomadic work life balance that allows her to travel across the 9 regions of Western Australia while supporting her two children.
Kaye is an energetic, engaging and outcome-driven professional with a strong portfolio of marketing, project management and communication skills. She brings a scientific approach to marketing having graduated with an MSci Medical Biochemistry followed by a MSc Marketing. Kaye has over 15 years experience in leading internal and external resources to promote a variety of companies' products and services through effective marketing, communications, events and partnership programs.
Throughout her ICT career, Kaye has observed a gender imbalance and has not let that be an obstacle in her professional development. Kaye navigates the challenges of balancing a career and family, and takes pride in providing mentorship, support, encouragement and guidance to others by sharing her experience and knowledge.
Kira Malloy is passionate about creating technologies to 'better the world' with a strong belief that a diverse industry will allow creativity and innovation to thrive. She was a National Winner of the Next Tech Girl Superhero Competition, recipient of the New Colombo Plan Scholar and recently Peter Fillery Best Undergraduate Project of the Year. Kira spends her time volunteering as a Student Ambassador for Technovation, National Computer Science School - Summer School program and Girls Programming Network as well as, Coding 4 girls. Kira seeks to extend her knowledge and has been asked to speak at local events.
Kirsten is an authentic, respected leader in energy, technology, and innovation and excels at leading collaborative teams to achieve transformational energy outcomes.
She has global responsibility for developing and deploying sustainable technology solutions across all of BHP’s assets to drive material improvements in greenhouse gas emissions, energy and water use, dust, and tailings management. Kirsten strives to build an economically and environmentally sustainable future in which productivity grows and emissions fall.
Kirsten is also a founding member of BHP’s Women in Perth, a Perth-based networking group designed to support BHP staff with their development and careers.
Kirstin is a five time founder in Australia, Hong Kong and Indonesia. She is passionate about technology, building great teams and products that matter.
Kirstin is currently the CEO of GenVis, a company that uses a combination of advanced Computer Vision and Machine Learning (AI) to provide Intelligent Video Analytics and Intelligence to Law Enforcement, Public Safety teams and private companies. Kirstin loves technology and is very happy to be working at a time when the rate of technological change is like nothing the world has ever known before. She believes the possibilities are endless for organisations who embrace AI and is happy to play a part in their journey, building transformational solutions that make the previously impossible, possible.
Kirsty is a Business Intelligence Solutions Developer. She has travelled an unconventional path to this career, beginning in IT and leaving to pursue her dreams of 'saving the world' by studying Conservation Biology. She headed back to IT after some years and found her perfect technical role in Business Intelligence. From there she was mostly self-taught and learned on the job. She is now a highly valued member of her team and aspires of becoming a technical specialist in her field. Kirsty has volunteered at a couple of Tech Trail day events and hopes to further encourage young people to get interested in STEM and follow their dreams.
Kirsty is an inspiring and respected strategic design leader with a proven track record delivering outstanding outcomes for organisations. From innovation and design to product strategy, Kristy drives complex projects home thanks to her unique, expert skills.
Kym has extensive commercial experience gained in Australia and the UK in both private practice, in-house corporate roles and as a prior founder. Her in-house experience includes roles at Barclays Capital, Eurostar (UK), Bankwest and mid tier mining companies. Kym’s private practice experience was gained in one of WA’s largest local law firms Jackson McDonald and in the London office of a large international firm. Kym is a co-founder of a medical practice that services the mining industry in WA. She was also selected as part of the 2019 WA Government Start-Up Catalyst cohort.
Lakshini obtained her B.Sc. from Bangalore University, India and began her research career at the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. In 2010, she took the courageous decision to move to Perth, to pursue higher education and a career in science. Recently graduated with a PhD in Medicine (UWA), Lakshini is passionate about understanding the molecular mechanisms leading to diabetic eye complications. Currently working as a Postdoctoral Research Officer at the Dobney Hypertension Centre, she is an accomplished scientist and a teacher and has done so without compromising her compassion, professional empathy and commitment to her family and friends. She is a young role model in STEM and has educated and inspired the community and the next generation of medical researchers.
Lan is an award-winning international Sales and Marketing Manager having work extensive experience in media, technology and recruitment.
She is a proven relationship builder who is energised by a challenge and enjoys nothing more than creating and implementing innovative strategies to capture and increase market share. Lan has a wealth of cultural knowledge that includes an anthropological understanding of markets, an approachable style and possess the natural ability to work with different personalities across a wide range of market sectors.
With experience of living and working across Australasia (including Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing), Lan has the unique ability to consistently unite teams in challenging market environments and produce results where others have less success.
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Laura is a mining Geotechnical Engineer of 15 years’ experience in open pit underground with a passion for the benefits that Data Science can bring to this field.
Laura sees mentoring for inclusion and diversity in the technology and STEM sectors as a priority and a personal responsibility; and is the championing Founder and Chair of the 'Rio Tinto Women in Technology Group' which began in January 2019. It has 140 current members and has had a hugely successfully first half of the year. The aim of the group is to encourage women to choose careers in technology and expand their knowledge in this area. She was also a Mentor in the Women in Mining WA (WIMWA) program in 2019.
Laura is a research team leader by day and works towards a vision of the “invisible mine” with her research into in-situ recovery technology. This keyhole-mining technique, involves injecting liquid underground for value-metal dissolution and its recovery at the surface for processing.
Once the kids are in bed, Laura creates fun ways to communicate and engage people in science: between school science clubs, talking to high-school students about STEM careers, mentoring university students, and presenting at public science events, she has also started a micro-business, Upsy & Moo: Science kits for kids.
Laura is a chemical engineer with a PhD in chemistry. She is one of Science and Technology Australia’s 60 Superstars of STEM, and is an award-winning science communicator.
Lauren Amos puts the A into STEM (TEAMS!) to collaborate, learn and unleash creativity through technology. With a background in engineering, psychology and the arts, Lauren helps organisations innovate to get value out of technology. Lauren is also involved in building technical capability and engagement in Perth through her involvement in the Perth Machine Learning Group and the Perth Artifactory Committee.
As recipient of a 2019 Fringeworld STEM grant, Lauren produced an interactive display using machine learning to engage the people of Perth, by coordinating a team of volunteers to develop and showcase their skills and in technology and making. Lauren continues to encourage diversity in technology through mentoring Women in Machine Learning workshops, and promoting and organising making events.
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Drawing on her experience and passion for integrated, elegant solutions, Leah specialises in the scoping, design and implementation of best-fit software solutions, along with data services, offering greater insight leading to better business decisions.
With over 20 years’ cross-sectoral experience in applied IT and systems, Leah provides tailored services working with Universities, SMEs, Associations / NFPs, Charities, Farmers and Agricultural groups. Leah’s long-term clients attest to her dedication and commitment to the provision of a high-quality service, and in driving organisational adoption of change and innovation at both strategic and practical levels.
Leah is passionate about mentoring and leads a distributed, agile team, providing development in STEM skills and career continuity to those marginalised from full-time work options.
Leanne McKenzie is a civil engineer and commercial (fixed wing) pilot with an Executive MBA.
The recipient of a scholarship during university in Melbourne, Leanne moved to Western Australia in 1996 for a graduate engineering role with BHP in Newman. She established a strong foundation delivering civil and construction projects, moving to Perth in the late nineties and subsequently leading a major urban renewal project for state government in the early 2000’s.
Leanne has led major state strategic projects in infrastructure, urban growth corridors and town revitalisation across Western Australia. She sits on expert panels reviewing major infrastructure projects on behalf of government.
Aviation has played a big role for Leanne since 2010, securing her commercial pilot licence in 2014, and participating in two Outback Air Race events across Australia raising money for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Leanne now delivers drone (unmanned aviation) technology to business and education institutions.
Dr Armstrong is a researcher who specialises in Digital Agriculture, and has published over 100 research reports and articles in her field. She has a vast array of International and Australian industry project experience. She is an internationally recognised expert in the area of Digital Agriculture and Decision Support Systems. She has board level experience at a professional level across various committee and board appointments including roles as Past President of the Asian Federation of ICT in Agriculture (AFITA), current President of the Australia Society of Information and Communication Technologies in Agriculture (ASICTA), and an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management WA. She has a strong passion for Women in ICT and champion for social justice and e-inclusion.
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Lindsey is an Agile and technical consultant with 20 years experience in software development and Agile delivery.
Starting her career in investment banking in the UK she gained in-depth experience in writing high throughput, low latency, highly distributed applications as well as an understanding of the problems associated with large scale application delivery and support.
Lindsey is a passionate advocate for Agile project delivery, working with Agile since 2001 and has experience of Scrum, Scrum at Scale and ‘no-estimate’ delivery.
Lindsey holds a Masters of Engineering in Computer Science from Imperial College, London and is an Associate of the City and Guilds of London Institute. She is ICAgile certified and a certified Scrum Master.
Lisa is an experienced senior in-house lawyer and champion of progressive legal operations. Lisa works with organisations' business units, project teams and cross-functional groups to align and support their business goals.
Lisa is technologically savvy with a keen interest in legal innovation, data and privacy and consumer law. With a psychology background, Lisa is also interested in customer experience and the evolving behaviour of the digital consumer.
Awarded the Association of Corporate Counsel Young Lawyer Achiever in 2011, Lisa was honoured as a finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Award 2012.
As National Head of Sales, Lisa plays a key role in ensuring that women and men alike are supported to meet business development targets while maintaining healthy relationships with their family and community commitments.
Lisa has a strong spatial background and holds a Master of Science (M.Sc) in Environmental Development whilst working in technical and managerial roles in both the private and public sector in South Africa, Australia and Malaysia. She was Queensland’s Young Spatial Professional in 2007/8.
She is passionate about the industry and has been on committees for SSSI in Queensland and Victoria and for SIBA and WAITTA in WA. Lisa is continually encouraging young women to step up and get involved in the spatial and IT communities.
Liz started her career in the UK, having finished her honours degree in Neuroscience at UWA, and taking off to London. It was in the UK that Liz developed a deep passion for STEM education and promotion. Working across the UK’s tertiary education system, Liz travelled the country promoting careers in Biochemistry. However, the lure of actually doing the science again was too much and Liz commenced a PhD in Neuroscience, looking at neuroplasticity in central nervous system injury. The life of an academic at the time was tough, and Liz was lured into a role in R&D Tax at PwC. Her consulting career morphed over the 13 years of consulting, culminating in leading KPMG’s National Research Engagement & Commercialisation team across Australia. But Liz always maintained a sense of giving back and has volunteered for a number of committees and organisations all with a focus on STEM. Her passion remains in the life sciences, currently sitting on the Board of the Perron Institute for Neurological and Translational Science and the WA Committee for the AusBiotech. Liz also sits on the Scitech STEM Advisory Panel, helping Scitech shape the next generation of STEM graduates. All these positions are voluntary and Liz loves that she can give back in this capacity. Liz has recently also taken on the role of Director of the WA Data Science Innovation Hub, in this role Liz hopes to continue to give back and work across WA to ensure the State remains at the forefront of the digital revolution.
LJ's journey into tech is a little unique, after driving 100-tonne mining trucks on mining and construction projects in Western Australia, LJ decided she needed a change.
She studied at a coding Bootcamp and upon completion scored a gig as a Junior Developer. After finishing the Xero Graduate Program, LJ pivoted into a Product Owner role at Perth startup LiveHire, where she worked to deliver the product vision.
LJ is passionate about women in tech and enabling career changers and is the co-founder of the JuniorDev Community and Levels Conference, a first of its kind conference crafted especially for Junior Developers. She has also volunteered for WIT organisations Tech Girls Super Hero and MusesJS.
Putting passion before profit, LJ has worked for 3 years in her own time to contribute to a better future for all people in tech and those who use it, and is excited to pivot again professionally to dedicate her career to the cause, by joining She Codes Australia.
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A coach, mentor, consultant, expert, trainer and speaker in the PPM space. Louisa is an experienced PMO (Project Management Office) professional who has worked in both the public and private sectors in a variety of industries such as banking, FMCG, telecommunications and utilities with about 15 years in STEM. She has valuable experience ranging in technical and non-technical aspects of IT whilst managing teams up to 40 staff directly. She has successfully established multiple PMOs and implemented Agile frameworks for a number of large organisations. She is also an internationally certified trainer for certifications such as PRINCE2®, AgilePM®, AgileBA®, Change Management®, Facilitation®, ITIL® and many others. In her own time she is a big advocate for STEM Girls.
Lucy is bringing her storytelling experience to the world of technology. As an agent of change, she passionately believes that the customer and end user is integral to build relevant and meaningful technology. Very much the tech novice, Lucy has dived headfirst, embracing the uncertainty and change that comes with tech delivery. She was the first person in her team to deliver a project that impacted the way the team engaged with customers and key stakeholders. Through an insatiable thirst for knowledge and determination, Lucy has demonstrated that even those without a tech background can meaningful impact technology delivery.
After completing a degree in chemical engineering, Lydia has gone on to work for companies like Rio Tinto and Hatch in resources as diverse as nickel, copper and uranium. During these roles, Lydia has honed her expertise in process design and modelling and in 2018 joined Fortescue as a member of the Process Engineering team.
Lydia spent her first six months in the ore processing plant gaining practical experience in equipment and processes. But when a role opened up in the Process Control team to assist with production reporting and data analytics, Lydia expanded on her process modelling expertise to immerse herself in computer language and quickly became an invaluable member of the ore processing team.
Naomi Henn is an entrepreneur, marketing executive, a former sponsored athlete and the founder and CEO of tech startup Crowd Clip. Crowd Clip empowers small businesses and sports clubs through video creation and online marketing. Naomi Henn has been in the sports and broadcasting industry for more than 12 years and was previously a sponsored athlete. In 2013 Naomi moved to San Francisco to attend a scholarship courses at both UCLA and Stanford University. A Young Australian of the Year finalist, Naomi has mentored local Little Athletics clubs and is a professional public speaker. Naomi has also worked with high school students through Just Start IT - an inter high school program that brings Silicon Valley methodologies and tech industry mentors into the classroom.
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Natalie is an Augmented Reality Designer and Founder of Voyant AR, a creative studio based in Perth, WA. She creates immersive and interactive experiences in AR, building on previous experience in content production, user experience, game design, digital marketing and social media. Working on commercial applications as well as creative projects, she has been an invited speaker and panelist on technology, games and augmented reality. Natalie has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Masters in International Relations. She is of Filipino, Portuguese and Spanish descent and has lived and worked in London, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, and Australia. She also blogs about AR, design and the future of spatial computing at www.nataliemarinho.com
Natasha’s career has spanned business ownership, not-for-profit management, academic studies and tutoring, mentoring and volunteering across diverse sectors. With a strong values-based leadership style incorporating an innovative mindset Natasha can achieve aspirational goals for herself and her teams that she leads. Completing academic studies at a later stage in life and obtaining great results has been a momentous personal achievement. The completion of the LeadershipWA program was a watershed moment and Natasha’s most memorable achievement to date. 2019 has seen the fruition of many of Natasha’s personal goals including balancing a family with a “port-folio” career with the establishment of her own personal business, staying involved in academia and volunteering.
Navjot has a Master of Commerce in Information Systems and Technology with a Bachelor’s of a degree in Science. She is the first graduate placed in Office of Digital Government at the Department of the Premier and Cabinet of WA. With her strong communication skills, she has built great network with people from the IT industry. She is self-determined and self-motivated personality. She was the initiator of Espresso Sessions in her organization with excellent presentation skills. She is the one who has enhanced the level of collaboration and engagement amongst the agencies. Navjot has high aspirations and a great encouragement to develop her personality and do well in the IT industry in Perth and achieve respect and trust of people.
Naz is a Contracts Engineer with 10 years extensive experience in diversified corporate offices in Australia, Japan, USA and the Middle East and a construction site at Darwin. As an MBA qualified professional, in addition to her master’s degree in economics, she has demonstrated strong collaborative team work in a diversified workplace in the field of contract management, covering all phases of contract life. She is very enthusiastic to learn about different cultures, languages and share her experience and knowledge with others. She is also the first scholar to be nominated by the USA State Department to receive the Foreign Language Teaching Assistance (FLTA) scholarship where she taught the Persian language (her native language) and received her certificate in college teaching.
Neha’s story spans across the globe, born in Mumbai but raised in Adelaide, she lived in Chicago, Mumbai for a second time and then Nairobi before moving to Perth in 2007 to pursue an honours degree in computer science. However, finding her first break into IT didn’t come easily. By day she worked as a retail sales assistant and by night she worked in customer service at a petrol station, while applying for role after role in her discipline. However, her perseverance paid off and Neha secured her first role in IT in 2011 as a Service Desk Analyst, she then went on to work as a Technical Support Services Manager and currently runs a large national team providing cloud and DC services to both the public and private industry.
Dr Nerida Wilson is a marine molecular biologist, who received her B.Sc from University of Melbourne, and B.Sc. (Hons.) and PhD at University of Queensland (2004). After two postdocs in the USA (Auburn University; Scripps Institution of Oceanography) she returned to work at the Australian Museum, and now the Western Australian Museum. She currently manages the Molecular Systematics Unit, and enjoys working across a broad range of organisms, although sea slugs remain her passion. She has over 74 peer-reviewed publications, and four species named after her. She is proud of her efforts to improve inclusivity and diversity in science.
Nicola is passionate about improving the quantity and quality of information available for decision making. Her passion of maths and science led her to study Astrophysics and Applied Mathematics where she developed advanced critical thinking skills and has since applied these skills in analyst roles at the Department of Defence and the WA Police Force. In 2018, Nicola’s excellent reputation as a diligent analyst led her to be hand-picked to lead a team responsible for enhancing WA Police Force’s crime reporting capability where she successfully implemented a range of improvements. Nicola is passionate about critical thinking and can often be found at Hackathon events such as GovHack.
Nicky has more than 20 years of management experience expanding across industries, with the last 15 months spent immersed in a technology solution. Nicky believes that an exceptional future can be built on transformation and will only be limited by what we choose to become.
She holds a Master in Business Administration in Management and Leadership and was recently awarded a scholarship to attend Harvard University’s High Potential Leaders Program. This was a highlight of her career to date.
Nicky is a valued leader, evidenced through regular invitations to participate in Board projects, employee negotiations, corporate reward programs and other activities. She has an excellent attitude when dealing with people and process and loves to make a difference.
Olivia O'Connor is the founder of Liv By Design a Human Centred Strategic Consultancy.
After 16 years in marketing and seeing the competitive advantage brands have when they are connected to their customers Olivia uncovered her love of design thinking and talent for facilitating and inspiring new ideas.
By facilitating workshops Liv focuses on empowering teams and giving them a voice and a platform to stretch their creativity. Whilst the focus might be innovative solutions these sessions also drive team engagement and give participants more connection and purpose to what they do each day.
Olivia has provided agile marketing strategies for a mix of global, national and local brands. These include: Tooheys, XXXX, Clipsal, Cedar Woods, James Squires and Little Creatures and global brands like Guinness, Heineken and Stella.
She now dedicates her time to working with like-minded leaders and inspiring teams in the not-for-profit and technology sector.
Pamela has over 25 years of corporate experience and is also a serial entrepreneur. She exhibited entrepreneurial ambitions at a young age and now is the founder and CEO of a Not for Profit organisation, Restore a Smile Foundation (www.restoreasile.org) and a social enterprise Hope for Her (Mother Earth and her Daughters) (www.hopehygiene.com). Prior to this she opened up a Leadership Academy, Tildaleadership (The International Leadership Development Academy)(www.tildaleadership.com.au.
She is active in a wide array of community activities and has been awarded a Certificate of Recognition, nominated in the Australia Day WA Community Citizen of the Year Awards (2019) in recognition of her support for people within the local community. Pamela holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Diploma in Leadership, Management, Business, Training and Assessment and IT and is currently pursuing an MBA (Innovation and Leadership). Her not for profit, Restore a Smile Foundation also received a certificate of recognition for the Belmont and Western Australian Small Business Award for 2018. Pam is also Director of Bendigo Bank.
Digital Innovation and Program Manager with a proven track record in delivering organisational wide projects and strategic initiatives in complex business environments. Strong strategic thinking, planning and commercial acumen with 24 years' experience in delivering technology strategic initiatives working for companies such as WA Country Health Services, Western Power, Alinta Energy, Wesfarmers Chemicals, Energy and Fertilisers - CSBP Limited and HCL Infosystems Limited.
Paola is forensic biologist with a key focus on the application of natural sciences to crime scene investigation. She is a researcher and senior lecturer in forensic science and an expert witness for the Court of Law. Her research has been published in international scientific journals, books and book chapters. She is the developer of “SmartInsects – Forensic Entomology” the smartphone App designed to facilitate the work of law enforcement agencies and pathologists at crime scenes. Paola is a successful science communicator, winner of FameLab Australia 2019 and 4th placed in FameLab Global, TEDx speaker and has played an intrinsic role in a TV production as a forensic character and a screenplay consultant for the Italian version of “CSI”.
With decades of experience in the creative tech industry, Patima’s passion areas are in tech (and design) for good, building communities and people ops. She sprinkles sparkles and wellness into workplaces, helping amplify voices and creating supportive environments for people to grow and succeed. She’s been a designer, developer, director (Bam Creative), co-founder (6Q), head of product and design (Seven West Media), international speaker, and today, she’s the GM at a charity closest to her heart, PetRescue.
Previously, she’s been on the national committee for the Australian web industry where she founded Localhost, a monthly meetup and touring roadshow event. She was a co-organiser for Mixin Conf, and today, she co-hosts Product of PER, a local meetup for product professionals.
Make it real and make it fun' is the motto of Pauline Charman who has passionately inspired secondary science students in WA for 30+ years. As teacher, administrator, state curriculum officer and educational consultant, Pauline always advocated that our students, teachers deserved to learn about the importance of biotechnology and the latest genetic discoveries. After a 15 year crusade, with self-funded travel to 4 continents to identify “best practice’ centres, her dream was realised when she was asked to establish the Lotterywest BioDiscovery Centre housed in the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research. Pauline’s custom designed, curriculum linked programs and activities presented daily by dynamic young researchers in an authentic laboratory continue to attract visitors from all around the state.
Penny is an electrical and computer systems engineer with over 20 years experience in developing and executing strategy. Penny has been/is accountable for design, planning, robotics, automation and analytics/cognitive learning. Penny has worked in Silicon Valley, medical research, utilities, automating in manufacturing and is now in mining.
Penny loves marrying being a working mum with her career and loves running, sightseeing, camping, hiking and chilling out over crosswords/reading.
Petra Trinke is a Computer Science and Digital Technologies specialist teacher for the last seven years at Belridge Secondary College in Beldon WA. Petra is part of ECAWA’s committee and has held the position of conference conveyor. Petra volunteers at ECU’s Girls in Programming Network, has been an Adobe Education Leader, is a Microsoft Innovation Education Expert, has been nominated for DETWA Beginning Teacher of the Year and has been recognised as Cowan Volunteer.
Presented with a blank slate in the form of a new school, Philomena was faced with the challenge of setting up the Science department. She developed courses that identified Joseph Banks Secondary College as a STEM teacher development school, where every student, every teacher, everyday, was immersed in engaging courses that foster 21st century skills.
Philomena led the development of partnerships with Industry, local universities and education providers, that resulted in the enrichment of teaching and learning programs in the classroom. In her current role as the STEAM Learning coordinator, she builds capacity of students, staff and community members in ensuring students succeed in their personalised learning pathways, and are equipped with enterprise skills for their post-school endeavours.
In addition to a demanding corporate career and raising two girls, Hetvi and Heer, Premila devotes time and energy towards several global charities that focus on improving lives of women and children:
• ABCN program - working with children from low socioeconomic backgrounds; and
• the Aspire Foundation – female empowerment and mentoring women.
In addition she also works with Flow Perth (NFP) to improve the technology and business strengths of various NFP charities with the last initiative she took part in a 48 hour hackathon for Disability Development WA.
Premila believes that we don’t get here on our own, and through passing the baton to the next person we make the world a better place.
Prina works with those who question the natural order of things. She supports Transformational Leaders and Change Makers. As a Coach and Consultant, she offers practical tools and methods to develop strategies that create positive change. Since 2015 Prina has run a business with a diverse client base delivering coaching, leadership development, interpersonal skills development and strengthening company and team cultures.
She has over 17 years’ experience of in-house management roles in the areas of Organisational / Leadership Development, Human Resources, Culture Change and Change Management for companies within the not for profit, government, utilities, small business and private sectors across London and Perth, Western Australia. Prina's passion is contagious.
Rachael Lehr is a role model, advocate for girls and a leading educator here in Perth. Professionally, Rachael runs and hosts STEM online forums for the education community; and presents at local and at national conferences encouraging the integration of digital technologies into STEM programs. Rachael hosts teacher visits to her workplace exemplifying innovative STEM practices. Outside her classroom responsibilities, Rachael teaches students coding, runs a Minecraft club and hosts a STEM club for girls. She leads a Digital Technologies and ICT committee, conducts digital technologies coaching for teachers and provides demonstration sessions showing educators how digital technologies can be authentically embedded into learning. Rachael is a ‘first’ who exemplifies what you can be as you can clearly see!
Rachel Brennan is the Manager of Cyber Capabilities and Threat Intelligence for Woodside Energy. She came to this position after almost 15 years as an Intelligence Officer in the Australian Army during which she deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan and also had two years at the U.S. National Security Agency.
Rachel is responsible for raising the cyber skills and knowledge of the Woodside workforce in a rapidly changing environment. She also runs the data loss prevention efforts and a newly established red team to help ensure Woodside is able to defend against the many and varied cyber threats they face. Rachel is passionate about demystifying the cyber security world and empowering people from all walks of life to get involved.
A leader in Mining and Manufacturing since 2002 who has held operational, technical and functional management roles. Her passion is applying Operational Excellence to improve site operational performance. After working for Alcoa for 17 years, she moved to Tronox to head up the Australian Technology and Improvement team. She has been Telstra Business Woman 2014 Finalist WA and won the CME WA Woman in Resources People’s Choice Award in 2014
She is currently the global leader of the Operations stream for a critical Business Transformation project.
Rachna Dhand is currently working as Principal - Data Science, PACE APAC (W), Rio Tinto WA Australia. For most of the decade she had worked on variety of roles in Higher Education, Oil and Gas and Metals and Minerals sector across India and Australia.
She completed her doctorate in Control Engineering and Predictive Analytics from School of Engineering and Energy, Murdoch University in 2011. She is working in Data Science domain since 2011. Prior to her migration to Australia, she worked as an academic and was researching on programming methodologies like SOAP/CORBA and Internet message passing optimization from 2000 to 2007.
Rachna is expert in application of Time Series Modelling as well as Machine learning across varied domains including Education, Mining and Publishing sectors. All her projects are successfully deployed and play integral role in BI and interventions on Business improvement.
Dr Ratna Selvaratnam is a leader in learning technologies with over 20 years of experience in education management, teaching and learning. She has significant experience and creative skills in leading learning programs in tertiary and civil society organisations.
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Rebecca is a developer that is interested in UX, accessibility, and self-development. Rebecca is a committee member of Club W, a Women in IT group. She has been published in two encyclopaedias, talking about UML. Rebecca works to ensure there is a common, clear understanding for all users of her systems.
Rebecca Scott is a highly skilled and experienced community and customer focused information technology manager with significant experience that covers the breadth of IT service management areas.
She is thankful for the many challenging and rewarding opportunities she has been given throughout her career, and is always keen to embrace new challenges. Rebecca gives back to the industry and community through various volunteering roles in her professional and personal life.
She has been inspired by many others on her journey, and hopes that she has also been a source of inspiration for others, including her 7 year old daughter and other young women keen to pursue STEM careers.
Rebecca Waters is a software engineer and project manager with over 10 years of experience. She feeds off the enthusiasm of others and contributes widely to the Perth software industry. Rebecca is a mentor in and outside of her company to junior developers and other professionals, Chair of DDD WA Inc, and Chair of the Australian Computer Society — Diversity & Inclusion committee.
Rebecca Wheadon is a Project Manager with experience in Science, Technology, Engineering, with a background in the Telecommunications industry. Rebecca is the project manager for the Australian Infrastructure element of the Square Kilometre Array which is a joint collaboration between multiple countries and being built right here in Western Australia. Rebecca is passionate about encouraging and mentoring the next generation of female leaders to step forward and see themselves as capable and unique. She is also a coach and athlete (as the size of her calves tend to give away). Rebecca is a two times masters world champion on the velodrome and still trains and competes to this day
Rhonda is a highly skilled professional with an instinctive sense for business. Her intelligence, business savvy and ability to problem solve have seen her achieve outstanding results. As a customer and community advocate, Rhonda has a visionary, empathetic and strategic approach and is likeable, genuine and personable with most everyone she connects with.
An exceptional business leader, Rhonda an amazing work ethic, always willing to share her experience, listen, provide guidance and vision. A champion of diversity, inclusion and advocacy, we all benefit greatly from her input and her ability to bring the right people to the conversation to solve complex business problems for customers and communities. Rhonda is brilliant at bringing the right teams together to achieve great things.
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Rina completed her doctoral fieldwork in PNG, examining malaria drug resistance. She was awarded the WA Department of Health New Investigator Award, inaugural Barry Marshall Travel Award, and Medical Research Foundation Publication and Early Career Medical Researcher Awards. For her PhD, Rina received the prestigious John Frederick Adrian Sprent Medal from the Australian Society for Parasitology and has been recognised for teaching innovation with the Faculty Teaching Excellence and Innovation Award at Curtin University (2016) and Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching and Learning at Edith Cowan University (2018). She was a WA finalist at FameLab 2019 and shares per passion for science through mentoring students, and edutaining and engaging children. Her self-illustrated, science storybook is called “My Mad Scientist Mummy”.
Leaving her family in her small Bhutanese hometown, adjusting to a foreign culture, life in the city, and studying a technical degree in a foreign language are just some of the challenges Rinchen faced when she decided to pursue her dreams. Diligently applying feedback from her tutors and mentors to improve her English and technical skills, Rinchen not only achieved her goal of a bachelor’s degree in internetworking, but is now completing her Masters of Cyber Security.
Teachers and colleagues have praised her proactive leadership skills. Currently serving on the ACS Young IT committee, she inspires and encourages others to join her in community volunteering and mentoring activities.
Sam Brown is one of the most influential women in the startup ecosystem. Sam isn’t afraid to roll up her sleeves and get her hands dirty solving problems. She was one of the founding team members of VGW, single-handedly scaling an overseas team from 6 to 150 in only a few years, growing culture in such a way that most of those employees are still with the company 5 years on. She is a mentor and connector, volunteering her time at She Codes (previously PWG) events in Perth, and drove a team up to volunteer at the Geraldton Web Girls event. She is also a supporter of diversity, both internally, and personally. Sam is also an activator for SHEeo.
Samantha has over 16 years experience in the tech industry , project management and digital transformation delivery; information communications technology strategy and policy development; and management across industry and government.
Samantha has completed a Bachelor of Arts - Honours in Media, Communication and Cultural Studies at Murdoch University and is currently enrolled in a PhD investigating the impact of the digital divide within regional and remote communities at University of Western Australia.
Sam went to university in the UK and achieved a first-class honours degree in Biomedical science and a subsequent PhD in Protein biochemistry. She then joined the first phenome centre based at Imperial College London as an NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) technician. In March 2019 she made the move to Perth with her young family to become the NMR manager within the Australian National Phenome Centre.
As the NMR Manager in the ANPC, she is a key conduit between the research laboratories and medical practitioners, providing advice on the interpretation of clinical data and results for the purposes of diagnosis and treatment of disease.
Samantha South has developed a solid track record of developing and partnering technologies in the life sciences sector and contributing to the sector as a whole, particularly in Perth.
She is the WA chair of AusBiotech, a passionate advocate for women in STEMM and an active mentor and supporter of the local and national biotechnology community.
Sam has a PhD, an MBA and GAICD, and is a Senior Commercialisation Officer at The University of Western Australia.
Sarada transitioned from professional accountant, specialising in treasury, into an AI practitioner. Her difficult journey was successful through dedication, hard-work, ignoring the skeptics and focusing on the end-game. She co-found and nourished PMLG’s welcoming and inspiring culture. Experiencing first-hand entry challenges in the tech industry, Sarada offers real, meaningful grassroots access to machine learning.
Sarada is Data Scientist and Compliance Officer for an AI consulting company. Her domain knowledge in accountancy, governance and data science, plus innovative thinking and a commercial focus are key strengths. Sarada seeks a diverse view contribution at board level.
A tireless, dedicated supporter of diversity and knowledge sharing, Sarada organises and helps run one of the most active ML communities in Australia.
Sarah is an experienced manager who thrives on being able to build teams, culture and customer relationships. Sarah has a breadth of experience in a wide array of operating environments with specific experience in delivering results in comprehensive international product launches, strategic business partnerships, consultative selling frameworks, acquisitions/divestitures and driving pursuits.
Sarah frequently presents at Perth community events and is a role model for current and future females in the technology industry.
Sarah is founder and Managing Director of ImpRes and Sandpit Innovation. Sarah started her own consulting firm in early 2010, and now has a diverse team working throughout Australia and internationally. The ImpRes team specialises in driving operational improvements, while Sandpit Innovation is a leader in developing technology and innovation strategy, while developing leading edge technology and innovation solutions.
Prior to starting her own businesses, Sarah worked for Rio Tinto for a number of years where led the Rio Tinto Iron Ore Business Improvement department, and held various operational leadership and engineering roles. Sarah is a qualified Mechanical Engineer (with honours), holds a Bachelors degree in Commerce, is a mother of three and holds a World Fishing Record.
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Sarah is a certified PRINCE2 Practitioner and Professional Scrum Master (PSM I) with strong project management, business analysis and stakeholder engagement skills. Sarah has 14 years’ experience working on enterprise application implementations, information management, digital strategy and digital transformation projects for higher education and public sector organisations in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.
Sarah has also been an active member of Arts Radio Limited (community radio station RTRFM 92.1) since 2000 as a volunteer presenter, assisting with fundraising events and as a Company Director from 2007-2009.
Sarah has over 20 years’ of experience in data and its use within technology and engineering. She has a passion for understanding and solving clients’ problems leveraging the Data to do so. Sarah’s experience enables her to help organizations mature and transform into Insight Driven Organizations by developing innovative strategies and roadmaps, with clearly articulated business value.
Sarah's mission is to inspire others and to help people with new ideas and initiatives, leading them to change/transform in a way that creates innovation and ensures the data is always considered.
She is passionate about Neurodiversity and is on the board for AASQA. She empowers and advocates for Women In leadership, and knows that diversity of thought and background drives innovation.
She is one awesome mum to her son, Jack, 14 and daughter, Scarlett, 7. She is a single mum who powers through life and `makes lemonade when life throws lemons at her’. She is energetic, positive and no matter how busy she gets, if one of her friends is in trouble, she will drop everything and come to the rescue. She is compassionate, wants to make others successful and loves life.
Communicating the value of STEM to a wider business community and the general public requires skill. Sarah Mitchell combined 20 years’ experience in software design and development with writing talent and business acumen to become a global leader in content marketing. She specialises in technology and engineering communications.
Through public speaking, blogging and podcasting, Sarah is a tireless educator on benefits and pitfalls of modern marketing. When she’s not immersed in strategy or consulting, Sarah conducts messaging and writing workshops to make the world a better place for readers everywhere.
Sarah is a judge at the international Content Marketing Awards, speaks regularly at Content Marketing World and is the Australian Consulting Editor at the Content Marketing Institute in the USA.
After obtaining her PhD in Mathematical Analysis at the prestigious International School for Advanced Studies, Serena travelled the world as a professional mathematician. After several job experiences in Chile, Scotland, Germany, Italy, and Victoria, she settled in Perth.
She is very passionate about mathematics and science and she likes to push her own personal and professional boundaries as well as to push the boundaries of scientific knowledge.
Serena is well-known in the scientific community as a world-leader in the field of partial differential equations, with applications to ethology, neurology, cristallography and physics.
Serena is committed to inclusion and diversity, encouraging young people, especially girls to consider careers in STEM, and mentoring them in the whole course of their careers.
Shabnam is passionate about Digital-Transformation, Agile-Delivery and Design-Thinking, is a strong advocate for young girls on STEM pathways and is known for her sense of humour, empathetic leadership style, and commitment to deliver excellence.
She grew up during a war and navigated her life through a web of restrictions imposed by law and custom amongst many women in her society.
Shabnam went back to Uni after 9yrs break and proved the impossible by graduating with top academic results, becoming a Dean's List member.
Strong supporter of Diversity and Inclusion, she is a volunteer mentor in the Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program to assist skilled newcomers.
Shabnam is missioned to set an example for her young daughter by empowering her to fight for integrity, equality, and inclusion.
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Shalini is currently the Information Systems and Technology Lead for Rio Tinto’s proposed Koodaideri mine, following a number of engineering, operational and corporate roles in Western Australia’s mining industry. Leveraging her very positive mindset, she overcomes business challenges by identifying opportunities within her role, establishing processes, building teams and engaging stakeholders to believe the change is possible. Shalini is a strong advocate for achieving increased diversity in STEM roles. She actively promotes engineering as a diverse and rewarding career choice through mentoring and inspiring students, undergraduate and young professionals via Engineers Australia, University of Western Australia and her workplace. A Chartered Mechanical Engineer and Fellow of Engineers Australia, she was appointed to the WA Division Committee in 2018.
Shilpa is a passionate software engineer who efficiently balances between a young family and a full-time work. Throughout her 13+ remarkable and passionate years in the industry, Shilpa has been a strong advocate of automation, integration and has implemented the same to increase efficiency and through put. She has been awarded with numerous team excellence awards for the same. Shilpa has completed post-graduation in Computer Science while working part-time in software industry. She has been involved with numerous community initiatives and has actively contributed in promoting the culture and language of her country of birth.
Siobhan has specialised in People and Culture based roles within the software community for the better part of a decade. With a love of learning, she is currently finishing her Masters of Human Resources Management and hopes to share her knowledge and passion for creating best place to work cultures.
Stacey is acknowledged as the technical expert on the water recycling groundwater replenishment scheme as well as a career leader in areas where females are underrepresented. This has been recognised by her inclusion in the Xplore for Success Career Development Program and as a Fellow of the Peter Cullen Trust Leadership Program.
Stacey’s leadership has also been sought as the youngest Board Member for the Curtin University School of Molecular and Life Sciences, and various mentoring programs. Stacey is also an accomplished athlete, she plays hockey at State Representation level and gives back to the community through representation on Western Australia’s Masters Hockey Committee.
Sue began her career as a medical scientist before moving into procurement and contract management within the WA State Government. She was voted onto the National Executive team of her professional body, and continued in that role for two terms, working remotely from Saudi Arabia for three of the eight years. During that time Sue was accepted as a Fellow of her professional body.
Sue holds a Masters of Leadership and Management and has over 23 years’ experience lecturing Haematology, and later Marketing, Strategic Procurement and Supply Chain Management to MBA students. She currently has her own business helping SMEs win more business, and co-owns a software development business. She is also the Chair of the INCITE Awards organising committee.
Sue Webb is the Process Portfolio Manager for DDLS Australia. Sue believes that enterprises thrive when they have passionate staff that have the skills and drive to help move a business towards its vision. Sue’s two greatest passions are from opposites sides of the IT triangle – process and technology, and yet they are very closely related to each other. They are Business Analysis and Business Intelligence. Having extensive experience and many years of educating others on these subjects, as well as Project Management, IT Service Management and SharePoint, gives Sue a unique perspective on IT. It allows her to see IT for the business benefits it delivers, and the business problems that it solves.
Dr Susanne Bahn is a Director and the CEO of Tap Into Safety. After 10 years of university research she is translating that into business outcomes by leading a team that develops interactive safety and mental health training software. Susanne has a PhD in Business, Masters of Human Resource Management and Bachelor of Education. She has written two books and over 50 academic journal articles published in Australia and Internationally. She was a finalist in the 2016 Telstra Business Women’s Awards.
Suzanne was competitively selected for the national Peter Cullen Trust for Water and Environment Women in Leadership program, graduating recently as a Fellow of the Trust.
Outside of her professional life she believes in the importance of community contribution. Until last year she was Chair of her children’s high school board. She is currently the elected Chair of University of Western Australia’s Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Science Industry Advisory Panel. She believes the link between industry and academia is critical to developing young STEM professionals.
Suzanne is an accomplished musician, playing cello, piano and singing with her band. She makes service contributions through performances at fundraiser events, most recently playing a benefit event for Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Establishing her first business when she was 24, the last 19 years has seen Suzanne building and operating successful companies both here in Australia and abroad. Also a mother of three, Suzanne has been internationally recognized as a leader in the retail water filtration industry over the last 11 years, founding Call a Cooler- one of Australia's largest water cooler rental businesses and recently Complete Home Filtration, which is quickly become a household name her in WA. Suzanne’s recent achievement include becoming one of the first WA Start Up’s to receive investment from RAC’s Better Labs and also securing almost $300,000 in grant money from the Entrepreneurs Program to continue with the commercialisation of her patented PFAS /Fluoride removing whole of home system.
Within her multiple roles as Mother, student and Operations Officer, Tammee strives for excellence in her work. Currently undertaking her degree in Internet Communications at the age of 36, after raising four children, she is achieving her academic goals, while utilising what she is learning in her role with for Data Divas.
Tammee is an asset to anyone who is lucky enough to work with or befriend her. She is supportive, kind and understanding while encouraging others to come to the best fit decision for themselves. Tammee is an inspirational woman who gives one hundred percent to everything she undertakes, with a level of commitment and professionalism that is awe inspiring.
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Tamryn is co-founder and CEO of CORE Innovation Hub, Australia’s first dedicated environment to leverage Australia’s strengths in resources and energy to grow the enterprises of the future. Tamryn has worked in diplomatic and technical roles on large-scale international collaboration, trade, IP rights, and IT&C initiatives for the European Commission in Brussels, European Union in Beijing, and European Patent Office for over 10 years; and on a number of priority initiatives out of WA including the Square Kilometre Array radio telescope project, data science and other innovation projects. Tamryn finds joy in growing, in number and scope, innovators, entrepreneurs and problem solvers in WA for a vibrant community to deliver the ideas, solutions and skills we need into the future.
Tanya Finnie is a global cultural strategist with expertise in building meaningful relationships and instilling confidence within individuals. Having worked around the globe, Tanya has valuable global experience pertaining to culture and diversity. With her unique skill-set and vast knowledge, Tanya assists organisations in growing their human capital and increasing their cultural intelligence.
She is a certified Global Goodwill Ambassador and voted as one of Perth’s Top 100 Small Business Influencers in 2016. She is a Patron for Roots TV – a not for profit supporting youth at risk to become media producers.
Tanya is passionate about bringing people together through rapport building and culturally appropriate communication, hence her free digital diversity magazine.
Thekla has revolutionised the way Education Support students at her school access digital technologies within the classroom. In her role as Inclusive Technology Specialist she has closed the gap between the vision of delivering personalized, differentiated instruction and the technologies available to make this possible. Education Support students now have access to an abundance of software and hardware unique to their needs.
By working with therapists, teachers, specialists and students to determine their needs including specialised switches and devices for an array of impairments such as vision, speech, physical and learning Thekla has improved the way students learn in the classroom.
Tina brings over seven years of professional experience in management consulting, engineering consulting, and construction program management. As a management consultant, Tina currently focuses on supporting clients to navigate their business transformation journey and implement continuous improvement initiatives to deliver better business outcomes.
Tina is passionate about inclusion and diversity, leading by example, and driving personal and professional development for both herself and her team. She graduated with first class honors with a combined Civil Engineering and Commerce degree from UWA, winning both university and industry awards for her engineering honors thesis. More recently, she has built on her technical skills through accreditations in various robotic process automation technologies.
Tracey won the Town Of Port Hedland Citizen of the Year 2019 due to sixteen years of volunteering in the regional community of Port Hedland. Examples include being the ChairPerson of the High