South Australian business leaders igniting the talent & capability
for innovation

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Our Ambassadors are South Australian business leaders with a track record of making companies globally competitive

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 our small, high-cost economy.

Acting as Ambassadors for the Impact Awards, South Australia’s leading internationalists are helping local companies by mentoring, providing access to networks and helping set strategies to generate significant economic benefits.

Impact Awards Ambassadors

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Adrian Smith

Experienced Company Director with both large public companies and private SMEs, with a demonstrated history of growing innovative companies in Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer roles.

Amber Cordeaux

Angel investor and Director at Blume Industries. A strong background in broadcast media, business management, growth, strategy and operations. Amber was winner of the 2015 “Women in Innovation and Technology” award, SA.

Chris Stathy (OAM)

An experienced Chairman, Director and CEO with more than 25 years’ board level experience.

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.

Dinuke Ranasinghe

Chair and Chief Executive, Arcadier. Experienced in market entry strategy, product design, business development, navigating regulatory hurdles in multiple markets, conflict and shareholder management, risk assessment, financial analysis and forecasting, human capital retention.

Frank Seeley AM

Seeley International founder and Executive Chairman. Order of Australia and South Australian of the Year 2011.

Geoff Thomas

Non Executive Director specialising in private equity, and mergers and acquisitions. Global experience with defence, security and capital raising.

Jana Matthews

ANZ Chair in Business Growth; Director of Australian Centre for Business Growth; Chair of Selection Committee of the Commonwealth’s Boosting Female Founders’ Initiative.

Jim Whiting

Managing Director, BADGE. Director at Harmony Property Group, Patron of the Hutt Street Centre.

John Bastian (AM)

CEO Institute syndicate Chair; Director of SA Water Corporation and Women’s and Children’s Hospital Network; Chair at Techgrow Agriculture; Past Managing Director of Sola Optical Australia.

Kelly Keates

Managing Director of Zonge Engineering. Director of Liquid Integrity Systems. Global experience in geophysics and exploration.

Mark Canny

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

Meera Verma

Proprietor of Headland Vision, a Strategic Consultancy. Director at Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering. Experience includes executive roles and directorships in a range of organisations from ASX-listed and start-up technology companies to the not-for-profit sector, primarily in health care and renewable energy.

Nicholas Begakis (AO)

Professional Company Director. Nick is currently Chair of Bellis Fruit Bars, Renew Adelaide and Director of Carina Biotech. Formerly Chair of CashFlow Manager, Adelaide Central Market Authority, Women’s and Children’s Hospital Foundation, New Venture Institute and Director of Business SA.

Paul Huxtable

Paul is a Design Thinker with global experience spanning hundreds of products in diverse sectors. His mission is to help inspire, educate and empower startups, micros, SMEs and Regional SA to rediscover their innovative power through the application of design driven business strategies throughout the entire value chain.

Sheree Sullivan

CE and Co-Founder of Udder Delights Australia. Founder of Grunthal Brew. Under the expert guidance and fearless leadership of Sheree and her husband Saul, Udder Delights has grown to become a renowned and respected company across Australia, boasting a portfolio of brands, a bevy of awards, a celebrated cheese cellar door and Australia’s only license to produce raw blue cheese.

Tom Phillips (AM)

CEO experience. NED roles in public, private, NFP companies and organisations. Special interests in building workplace culture, workplace safety and people development.

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