Star Power: Anoulack Chanthivong, Wyatt Roy and Dr Christina Maher

James Riley
Editorial Director

The New South Wales Minister for Industry and Trade, and Minister for Innovation, Science and Technology Anoulack Chanthivong will deliver the ministerial opening address at the 2023 Awards for Excellence.

Mr Chanthivong has lived in Campbelltown in Sydney’s southwest for 25 years and was elected as the Member for Macquarie Fields in 2015 and returned at the 2019 and 2023 elections.

He has held his Cabinet positions since the election of the Minns government earlier this year and is the architect of the state’s industrial strategy.

The InnovationAus Awards for Excellence celebrates the achievements of the outstanding individuals and organisations that make up the Australian innovation community – from researchers to entrepreneurs to business leaders.

This year’s black-tie awards dinner will be held at Sydney’s famed Hordern Pavilion on the evening of November 1, where 450 industry leaders will join InnovationAus Awards patrons – business leader David Foley and Australia’s chief scientist Dr Cathy Foley – for a night of networking fun. You can reserve your seat or corporate table by clicking here.

While Mr Chanthivong will make the opening presentation, the evening entrepreneurial keynote will come from former federal Innovation minister Wyatt Roy, a chief architect of the landmark National Innovation and Science Agenda in the Turnbull government.

Anoulack Chanthivong, Dr Christina Maher and Wyatt Roy

In his post politics life, Wyatt Roy has played an active role in the technology sector. He ran the local arm of multi-billion call centre software firm Afiniti for six years and was a director of the Tech Council of Australia.

More recently, he is a senior adviser at McKinsey, and is a strategic adviser at the exciting solar tech Sun Drive.

And it is a great pleasure also to announce as the MC for the evening, the biomedical engineer and neuroscientist Dr Christina Maher.

Dr Maher is currently working as a post-doctoral researcher at the Brain and Mind Centre and Sydney University and is applying computational modelling and AI to clinical and brain data from MRIs and wearables to understand and treat conditions like epilepsy and multiple sclerosis.

Dr Maher is also one of Science and Technology Australia’s Superstars of STEM, and enjoys a role inspiring the next generation of scientists. She is a regular speaker and panellist at conferences – and after next week will be an accomplished MC.

“I’m delighted to be a part of this special event where we celebrate the creativity, hard work and dedication of Australia’s brightest minds,” Dr Maher said.

And we are delighted that Anoulack Chanthivong has agreed to open the InnovationAus Awards for Excellence, and for the support of the NSW Government.

Mr Chanthivong arrived in Australia as a six-year-old with his parents and three brothers after they had fled instability in his country of birth, Laos. He went to primary and secondary school in the suburb of Raby – near Campbelltown – before studying economics at the University of Sydney, and later at the London School of Economics.

In August, Mr Chanthivong declared that industrial policy was “back in vogue” as he was putting the final touches on a new NSW government Industry policy that has sought to meet the needs of energy transition challenges as well as build ‘green’ new industries.

He said NSW is aligned with the Albanese government’s national plan for industrialisation but called on the Commonwealth to coordinate a national approach that avoids duplication and stops a race to the bottom on subsidies.

The InnovationAus 2023 Awards for Excellence are proudly supported by Investment NSW, AusIndustry, Australian Computer Society, Technology Council of Australia, Agile Digital, CSIRO, TechnologyOne, IP Australia, METS Ignited and Q-CTRL.

Protecting your great ideas with intellectual property (IP) rights can lead to lasting benefits for your growing business. IP refers to creations of the mind, such as a brand, logo, invention, design or artistic work. Head to the IP Australia website to find out more about IP, and how it might help your business.

Reserve your place at the InnovationAus Awards for Excellence black-tie dinner by clicking here.

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