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THE HON MALCOLM TURNBULL AC
Australia’s 29th Prime Minister, Mr Turnbull has had international careers in law, business and the media and is a successful venture capitalist. As Prime Minister, he is best known for overseeing the legalisation of same sex marriage and the announcement of the construction of Snowy Hydro 2.0, the biggest pumped hydro scheme in the southern hemisphere. Mr Turnbull is currently a senior adviser to KKR and an investor in, and adviser to, many Australian technology businesses. He is a director of the International Hydropower Association and Chairman of Australian Fortescue Future Industries. Mr Turnbull speaks and writes on a range of issues including cyber security, geopolitics and renewable energy. Find out more about Mr Turnbull here.
DR SONU BHASKAR
Dr Sonu Bhaskar is one of our 2022 Australian Global Talent Awardees. He is also a medical entrepreneur and global health leader responsible for establishing the world’s first Blood Clot Biobank in Sydney. Founding Director and Chief Investigator at the NSW Brain Clot Bank, Dr Bhaskar is among world’s top specialists in the fields of stroke and cerebrovascular disorders, and is leading the effort to discover the unknown causes behind the disease that is now Australia’s third leading cause of death. Dr. Bhaskar’s work in neurology and research, along with his broader commitment to the not-for-profit sector, volunteering, and community service in Australia and overseas, has attracted global recognition. He is a two-time winner of the 2019 European Academy of Neurology (EAN) Investigator Award, the 2020 Rotary Vocational Excellence Award, and 2021 Paul Harris Fellow recognition. Find out more here.
DR LARRY MARSHALL
Dr Larry Marshall is Chief Executive of CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency and innovation catalyst. Dr Marshall is a scientist, technology innovator and business leader with a wealth of experience in creating new value and impact with science. During Dr Marshall’s distinguished career, he has pioneered a new field in semiconductor lasers and non-Linear optics, creating the eyesafe laser and the first solid-state ophthalmic laser curing blindness in diabetics to name a few. Prior to joining CSIRO, Dr Marshall had 25 years’ experience as an international technology entrepreneur, publishing over 100 peer reviewed publications and conference papers, developing 20 patents and founding six successful US companies in biotechnology, photonics, telecommunications and semiconductors. Find out more about Dr Larry Marshall here.
Frances Voon received the 2022 Social Impact Award. She is a global human rights leader who has dedicated her life to advancing the rights of refugees. As Executive Manager of UNSW’s Andrew and Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, Ms Voon provides strategic leadership at the world’s first centre for international refugee law, with the aim of placing evidence and principle at the centre of what remains a divisive topic of public and policy debate. Ms Voon’s commitment to refugees is motivated by her passion for ensuring fundamental human rights for all, an area she has focused on since the very beginning of her career. Ms Voon is a remarkable global Australian whose work as a humanitarian, a policy shaper and maker, an advocate and a thought leader is driving significant impact for refugees across the globe. Find out more about Frances Voon here.
Rae Johnston is a multi-award-winning journalist and proud Wiradjuri woman born and raised on Dharug and Gundungurra country in Western Sydney. Ms Johnston’s work appears across a range of mediums including television, radio and digital media. Ms Johnston was the first Science and Technology Editor for NITV at SBS as well as the producer and host of top-rated podcasts, Queens of the Drone Age, STEAM with Rae Johnston, Hear+Beyond, Look At Me and Harmful. Throughout her impressive career as a leading commentator on all things tech, science and pop culture, Ms Johnston has worked with every major television and radio network in Australia, regularly making appearances today across SBS, ABC and Network Ten. Find out more about Rae Johnston here.
ANDREW N. LIVERIS AO
Andrew N. Liveris AO is a member of the Judging Panel of the Global Australian Awards and valued advocate for the work of Advance. He is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Dow Chemical Company and director of DowDuPont. He previously served as Executive Chairman of DowDuPont. A recognised global business leader with more than 42 years at Dow, Liveris advocates the criticality of manufacturing worldwide. He is the author of Make It in America and was tapped by the current U.S. Administration to help identify new ways to spur innovation, revitalize the U.S. manufacturing sector and drive economic growth and prosperity as chair of the manufacturing council and a member of the apprenticeship of the future task force. Previously he served as Co-Chair of U.S. President Obama’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership steering committee, a member of President Trump’s American Manufacturing Council, a member of the U.S. President’s Export Council and the Concordia Leadership Council. Find out more about Andrew N. Liveris AO here.
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Community Development & Partnerships at Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council.
Uncle Michael is a strong advocate of diversity, believing it brings greater opportunities in Australia and throughout the world. An advocate for culturally respectful engagement, Uncle Michael works with the understanding that individuals and communities have intrinsic value and that collaboration develops capabilities that benefit us all. Find out more about Michael West here.