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Our mission is to deliver +$1 Billion of economic value to South Australia, by globalising the economy.

 

Achieving this will occur by focusing on companies with the greatest global potential to increase their impact on world markets. This is where our ambassadors step into the frame. They are here to open up new opportunities, provide access to their networks and their years of global expertise to help other local companies become world-beaters.

 

From a pool of nominated companies, the Ambassadors will select a group to actively work with, in order to help accelerate globalisation with connections, knowledge and passion. It’s the ultimate prize for a company with global ambitions.

 

Why this is important.

 

South Australia as a high cost economy, with a small and isolated population needs to have more global companies generating more profound impact on the world. By uniting with proven leaders and influencers, our local business community can achieve incredible things to make South Australia not just one of the best places to live but also, one of the most exciting places to run a global enterprise from.

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Did you know in South Australia…

  • we develop the world’s most advanced decision support technology for healthcare
  • we created the “iPod” of fuel management for large commercial fleets
  • we invented the most effective treatment for melasma, a skin condition affecting millions of women globally
  • we provide software which detects malicious attacks on the FBI & NASA IT networks
  • we manufacture the world’s most efficient commercial grade air conditioning, which reduces energy by 80%

 

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Ambassadors of the Impact Awards

Leading South Australian business and  research identities are coming on-board as ambassadors for the Impact Awards.

South Australia’s business leaders and influencers have united in a unique effort to rapidly accelerate the economy’s globalisation to meet the increasing competitive pressures being applied to this small, high cost economy. Their goal is to exceed $1 Billion of new economic value within 5 years.

Acting as ambassadors for the Impact Awards, South Australia’s leading internationalists are helping local companies with globalisation. By mentoring, providing access to networks and setting a strategy to generate significant economic benefits; the goal is to ignite abundant local technology and innovation to have more global impact.

  • GÖRAN ROOS

    Chair of the Advanced Manufacturing Council in Adelaide; is a member of the Economic Development Board; the Council for Flinders University; and CSIRO’s Manufacturing Sector Advisory Council.

  • TANYA MONRO

    Deputy Vice Chancellor Research and Innovation and ARC Georgina Sweet Laureate Fellow at the University of South Australia

  • FRANK SEELEY

    Seeley International founder and Executive Chairman.

    Order of Australia and South Australian of the Year 2011 .

  • ADRIAN SMITH

    Managing Director at Rheinmetall Defence Australia,  Founder of Sydac and Chairman of the South Australian Training & Skills Commission.

  • STUART SNYDER

    Entrepreneur, Co-founder of YourAmigo and investor.

  • JIM WHITING

    Managing Director, BADGE Constructions Group. Chairman of MBA (SA) Industrial Relations Committee, Chairman of Aquinas College Inc. and Sacred Heart College Foundation, Chairman of MRS Harmony Property Group, Patron of the Hutt Street Men’s Shelter

  • JOHN BASTIAN

    Chairman of the CEO Institute, Chair at Adelaide Research and Innovation and

    Independent Director at Dairy Farmers Milk Co-operative. Past Managing Director of Sola Optical Australia.

  • VICTOR PREVIN

    Founder and Chairman of Ellex Medical Lasers.

  • TOM PHILLIPS

    Chair of the CFS Foundation, Chairman of the Southern Adelaide Economic Development Board and Director of Archer Exploration. Past CEO of Mitsubishi and past Director of Australia Post and Intercast and Forge.

  • NICHOLAS BEGAKIS AO

    Chairman & Director,
    Bellis Fruit Bars,
    Chairman of Adelaide Central Market Authority and Director Business SA.

  • ROBERTO CARDONE

    Previously a founder of Cibo Espresso. Currently, Managing Director of food manufacturer SPQR Holdings.

  • CHRIS BURNS

    CEO, Defence Teaming Centre

     

    The DTC is the peak defence industry body in South Australia, representing and advocating for 250 companies, employing in excess of 17,000 people in SA's defence industry.

  • DEAN BROWN AO

    Former Premier of South Australia, 1993 to 1996. Chairman of Hillgrove Resources, Non Executive Director of Mission Australia, Non-Executive Director of Scantech and Chairman of Playford Memorial Trust.

  • NIGEL McBRIDE

    Chief Executive of Business SA. Board member of:
    SA WorkCover, SA Training & Skills Commission, National Business Action Fund and CEDA SA. Former Chief Executive and Managing Partner of Minter Ellison.

  • LEILA HENDERSON

    Founder and CEO of NewsMaker, Non-Executive Director for MGM Wireless and State president of Public Relations institute of Australia

  • NIGEL HALL

    President of the Technology Industry Association (TIA), South Australia's premier body representing technology based organisations in South Australia, for cleantech, manufacturing, electronics and ICT.

  • CHRIS STATHY OAM

    Current board member for Orana, and previously CEO for Fielders and Philmac, with various directorships in industry and not-for-profit.

  • JANA MATTHEWS

    ANZ Chair in Business Growth, Professor and Director, UniSA Centre for Business Growth.

  • BRUCE LINN

    Director of  SABRENet, ITEK Ventures and SA Heart Centres. Chairman of Anglicare SA, eResearch SA and IPMO. Former President of Australian Institute of Company Directors (SA/NT), CEO of Finlayson Lawyers and CEO/founder of Camtech.

  • MARK CANNY

    Chief Executive Officer of Intercast & Forge since 2007. Previously Group General Manager of Home and Hardware Products at Hills Industries.

  • PAUL FLYNN

    CEO, The Hospital Research Foundation and Director of Benephex Biotechnologies and Australian Prostate Cancer Research Society. Past CEO of CanDo Group.

  • PETER KARIDIS

    CEO of KCL Property Development and Fund Management. Co-founded a Wireless Telco and m.Net 3G CRC. Supports local innovation & Tech Sector. Involved in Medical IT POCT and PALAMIR Big Data Analytics.

  • MIKE HEARD

    Member, SA Committee of the Academy of Technological Sciences & Engineering. Former MD of Codan Ltd, member of SA’s Premier’s Science and Industry Council, and Director of various organisations.

  • GEOFF THOMAS

    Non Executive Director specialising in private equity and mergers & acquisitions.

    Global experience with defence, security and capital raising.

  • TIM STOLLZNOW

    Tim is a business advisor, investor and company director. Previous CEO of Quest Retail Technology generating annual compound growth of 30% from 1998 until the company was acquired by a NASDAQ listed organisation NCR in 2007 for over $60m.

  • DR EVA BALAN-VNUK

    State Manager, South Australia, Microsoft, Eva spent 9 years working for Microsoft in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia. She has completed a PhD in innovation and entrepreneurship at the University of Adelaide, where she is now a visiting research fellow.

  • JOHN REES

    Office of the Agent General, John has the remit to bring companies into South Australia from across Europe. John is on the advisory Council of the French Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain and in 2001 was decorated by France with the Ordre National du Mérite.