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Introducing our 2021 Gamechangers. The Advance Award finalists and winners are global Australians and alumni of Australian universities who exhibit remarkable talent, exceptional vision and ambition. Our past Gamechangers can be found on our Gamechangers page.

The Advance Awards, now in their 10th year, celebrate the work of Australians making an extraordinary impact on the global stage.  This year we celebrated our outstanding global Australians all around the world, through a virtual ceremony.

We are excited to introduce to you this year’s Gamechangers below.


Global Australian of the Year

Leith Greenslade

Advance Awards Global Australian of the Year

Leith Greenslade is a passionate advocate for the empowerment of women and children and founder of JustActions LLC.


Global Impact

Dr Bruce Stillman AO

Advance Awards Global Impact Winner

Dr Bruce Stillman is a visionary biochemist revolutionising cancer research through molecular biology and genetics.


Global Icon

Simone Young AM

Advance Awards Global Icon Winner

Australian-born Simone Young is internationally recognised as one of the leading conductors of her generation, and is regularly invited by the world’s leading orchestras and major opera houses across Europe, the United States and Asia.


Alumni

Dr Sameer Dixit

Advance Awards Alumni Winner

Dr Sameer Mani Dixit is an intrepid biomedical researcher, proving to the world that preeminent research institutes are not only vital but viable in emerging nations. 


Thanh Van Dang

Advance Awards Alumni Category Finalist

Thanh Van Dang grew up in a small rural village in the north of Vietnam. As a peanut seller on the street, she dreamed of more than having one new tee-shirt per year and travelling beyond the 18km radius from her home.


Jose Pacamalan

Advance Awards Alumni Category Finalist

Jose ‘Apollo’ Pacamalan is the ingenious social impact powerhouse behind a range of pioneering provincial agriculture organisations in the Philippines.


Asia Impact

Jimmy Pham AM

Advance Awards Asia Impact Winner

Jimmy Pham AM is the unstoppable force and visionary founder behind Vietnam’s leading social enterprise KOTO (Know One, Teach One). 


Dr Cheong Koon Hean

Advance Awards Asia Impact Category Finalist

Dr Cheong Koon Hean is the imaginative architect-planner credited with shaping much of Singapore’s urban landscape.


Dr Abu Bakar Suleiman

Advance Awards Asia Impact Category Finalist

Dr Abu Bakar Suleiman is a health expert and passionate educator. 


Paul Siu Fai Yip

Advance Awards Asia Impact Category Finalist

Professor Paul Siu Fai Yip is a crusader for youth suicide prevention.


Emerging Leaders

Andrea Boyd

Advance Awards Emerging Leader Winner

Andrea Boyd is a moonshot believer. She grew up in country South Australia, watching Star Trek avidly, and worked hard to become the first Australian flight controller, talking to the astronauts who lived in the space station as it orbits Earth.


Dr Tristan Clemons

Advance Awards Emerging Leader Category Finalist

Dr Tristan Clemons is a prominent emerging leader in polymer science and a role model to young sports and science enthusiasts everywhere.


Si Chen

Advance Awards Emerging Leader Category Finalist

Si Chen is a robotics technology and AI instigator. As Head of Strategy at Tencent AI Lab & Robotics X, she is responsible for driving the application of AI across Gaming, Content, Agriculture, Energy, and other key industry sectors.


Education and Research

Prof Patricia Davidson

Advance Awards Education and Research Winner

Professor Patricia Davidson is a global leader in cardiac health and a trailblazer when it comes to the care of vulnerable populations, person-centred care delivery and evidence-based teaching.



Dr Victor Squires AM

Advance Awards Education and Research Category Finalist

Dr Victor Squires AM is a desert ecology explorer, educator and researcher.


Prof Anne Bamford

Advance Awards Education and Research Category Finalist

Professor Anne Bamford is a global innovator in education, and a celebrated thought-leader when it comes to the future working world.


Life Sciences

Dr Ben Hindson

Advance Awards Life Sciences Winner

Dr Ben Hindson is an entrepreneur and a visionary at the forefront of life-science tools. He co-founded early-stage biotech company 10x Genomics with a mission to democratise single cell analysis.


Dr Daniel Timms

Advance Awards Life Sciences Category Finalist

Dr Daniel Timms is a medtech heart throb, having designed a device to totally replace the heart! Growing up in Brisbane, the young Dr Timms spent many hours helping his plumber father build contraptions with water pumps and waterfalls.


Prof Lyndon Da Cruz

Advance Awards Life Sciences Category Finalist

Professor Lyndon Da Cruz is a retinal surgeon changing the world view for many people suffering blindness across the world.


Sustainability 

Dr Darian McBain

Advance Awards Sustainability Winner

Dr Darian McBain is a sustainable ocean economy advocate. She is the Global Director of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability at Thai Union, a multi-billion dollar listed seafood producer in Bangkok.


Nicole Iseppi

Advance Awards Sustainability Category Finalist

Nicole Iseppi is an award-winning sustainable development adviser and Managing Director of Global Operations and Performance for ENGIE.


Dr Kira Mileham

Advance Awards Sustainability Category Finalist

Dr Kira Mileham is the ecological cupid of species conservation. She connects the world’s leading conservationists and scientists from 163 countries with organisations, governments, donors and practitioners to collectively ensure species survival. 


Technology & Entrepreneurship

Dr Arjun Goyal

Advance Awards Technology & Entrepreneurship Winner

Dr Arjun Goyal is a venture capitalist in personalised medicine, motivated to create and invest in companies that translate groundbreaking science into innovative medicines across oncology and genetic diseases to impact patients globally.


Patrick Grove

Advance Awards Technology & Entrepreneurship Category Finalist

Patrick Grove is known as a guru technology entrepreneur. As Co-Founder and Group CEO of Catcha Group, Mr Grove was responsible for Malaysia’s first tech unicorn.


Damien Mahoney

Advance Awards Technology & Entrepreneurship Category Finalist

Damien Mahoney is a digital media innovator and social content mastermind. As Founder and CEO of Stackla Mr Mahoney has flipped brand marketing on its head.


Sarah Lux-Lee

Advance Awards Technology & Entrepreneurship Category Finalist

Sarah Lux-Lee is a thought leader and strategist building more inclusive workplaces.


Social Impact

Leith Greenslade

Advance Awards Social Impact Winner

Leith Greenslade is a passionate advocate for the empowerment of women and children and founder of JustActions LLC.


Adam Garone

Advance Awards Social Impact Category Finalist

Adam Garone is a big-hearted socially savvy change-maker.


Jennifer Robinson

Advance Awards Social Impact Category Finalist

Jennifer Robinson is a human rights lawyer and bonified UK national hero. 


The Arts

Pallavi Sharda

Advance Awards The Arts Winner

Pallavi Sharda is a Bollywood, Hollywood actor and dancer, currently starring in the 2021 American comedy film, Tom and Jerry.


Dr Carolyn Watson

Advance Awards The Arts Category Finalist

Dr Carolyn Watson is Music Director of the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra in Indiana and one of only two women heading up doctoral level programs in orchestral conducting in the United States.


Darren McIntyre

Advance Awards The Arts Category Finalist

Darren McIntyre is a professional dancer, choreographer and dance teacher and is now the newly appointed Artistic Director of Ballet Pensacola in Florida.


Fintech

Ed Robinson

Advance Awards Fintech Winner

Ed Robinson is a fintech revolutionary and the Australian co-founder of Stash.


Simon Loong

Advance Awards Fintech Category Finalist

Simon Loong is one of the most successful fintech entrepreneurs and thought leaders in Asia.


Debra Walton

Advance Awards Fintech Category Finalist

Debra Walton is a dynamic executive at the intersection of finance and technology.



Commercial Creatives

Sam Levy

Advance Awards Commercial Creatives Winner

Sam Levy is the Managing Partner of Trumper Park, a New York based theatrical production and consulting firm.


Suhanya Raffel

Advance Awards Commercial Creatives Category Finalist

Suhanya Raffel is a cutting-edge Australian Museum Director. She works internationally to secure the history and recognition of artists across song, dance, art, literature, film, photography, design, architecture and ‘everything that is just good in the world’. 


Derek Muller

Advance Awards Commercial Creatives Category Finalist

Derek Muller is revered as a millennial science communicator. Combining his love of science and film, Mr Muller created the Youtube channel Veritasium, a pioneering learning platform that has gone viral on social media and is now used by teachers in classrooms around the globe.