InnovationAus Awards 2022: Meet the judges


James Riley
Editorial Director

Judging is underway across 11 categories for the InnovationAus Awards for Excellence 2022, with finalists to be announced in September. Competition for the top prizes will be fierce, with the number of entries for 2022 nearly doubling over the inaugural awards last year.

With the judges now at work, the Awards for Excellence will embark on a six-month program of stories and podcasts and videos that puts a spotlight on this illustrious crew of innovators and entrepreneurs – culminating in a black-tie Commercial Disco gala on November 17 at The Cutaway at Barangaroo in Sydney.

Our judges were selected to reflect Australia’s broad tech and innovation ecosystem, with industry leaders with backgrounds ranging across space, the health sector, deep tech, artificial intelligence and data, robotics and intellectual property.

Judges: InnovationAus Awards for Excellence 2022

“The goal here was to put together a group of industry leaders from broadly different backgrounds and industries, and we are very grateful to each of these judges for coming on board,” InnovationAus.com publisher Corrie McLeod said.

“This is an extremely impressive line-up, from chief scientists and public sector CEOs, leading academics and researchers, startup founders and corporate leaders,” Ms McLeod said.

“We think the people and the companies that have entered these awards are true heroes in Australia – building new companies, creating jobs and national wealth – and we believe they should be treated as such.”

“And by getting themselves and their products in front of this judging group is exciting. Who knows where this kind of thing can lead?”

This is an independent judging panel. InnovationAus.com staff do not have input into judging decisions, or visibility over the award entries.

The InnovationAus Awards for Excellence don’t happen without the support of our partners, which in 2022 include: the federal Department of Industry, Science and Resources, Investment NSW, Verizon Business Group, the Technology Council of Australia, Microsoft Australia, CSIRO, Mimecast, Agile Digital, Q-CTRL, the Innovation Manufacturing CRC (IMCRC), and Digital Health CRC and METS Ignited.

The InnovationAus 2022 Awards for Excellence judges are:

  • Professor Caroline McMillen AO, Chief Scientist, South Australian Government
  • Professor Hugh Possingham, Chief Scientist, Queensland Government
  • Adrian Beer, CEO, METS Ignited
  • Alex Scandurra, Co-Founder & Director, Spark Festival
  • Alex Harrington, Co-Founder & CEO, Noegensis
  • Dr Amanda Caples, Lead Scientist, Victorian Government
  • Andrew Fox-Smith, President International (P&R and Mathys), Enovis
  • Andrew Nunn, Chief Entrepreneur, South Australian Government
  • Ashley Brinson, Founder and CEO, Greener Technologies
  • Audrey Lobo-Pulo, Senior Public Policy & Economic Graph Manager, Australia & New Zealand, LinkedIN
  • Brad Chan, Founder and Director, Haymarket HQ
  • Cameron Johns, General Manager of Innovation, Impact Innovation Group
  • Chris Baxter, Chairman, Baxter IP Patent and Trademark Attorneys
  • Cori Stewart, CEO, Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Hub
  • David Chuter, CEO and Managing Director, Innovative Manufacturing CRC (IMCRC)
  • Dr Catherine Ball, Associate Professor, Australian National University and start-up investor
  • Ian Oppermann, Chief Data Scientist, NSW Government
  • Johanna Weaver, Director of the Tech Policy Design Centre, Australian National University
  • Leigh Dayton, Journalist and PHD in innovation, Independent
  • Marina Yastreboff, National Convener and President, Australian Society for Computers & Law
  • Matt Tett, Managing Director, Enex TestLab
  • Michelle Perugini, Mentor for Faster Capital; Co-Founder and CEO, Presagen | AI Enhanced Healthcare
  • Mark Ledson, Office of the South Australian Chief Entrepreneur, Department for Innovation and Skills, South Australian Government
  • Martin Redhead, Director, Business Innovation, Northern Territory Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade
  • Murray Hurps, Director of Entrepreneurship, UTS Startups
  • Pia Turcinov, Director, Mystral Enterprises Consulting and Chair of WA AustCyber Innovation Hub and Women in technology WA Ambassador
  • Thomas Hajdu, CEO, Disrupter and CEO, tomandandy
  • Toby Walsh – ARC Laureate Fellow and Scientia Professor of AI at UNSW and CSIRO Data61

The InnovationAus Awards for Excellence 2022 will be announced at a black-tie gala event on November 17 at The Cutaway in the Barangaroo Reserve in Sydney. You can reserve your seats here for this celebration of Australian talent and ingenuity.

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