Winners of the second annual Advance Global Awards were announced recently at a ceremony in Sydney.
The Advance Global Awards recognises the huge contribution made by the 1 million+ Australians living abroad. About 180 industry leaders gathered at the Museum of Contemporary Art to celebrate the outstanding achievements of 11 extraordinary people across nine sectors: Advanced Manufacturing, Alumni, Biotechnology, Clean Technology, Creative Industries, Financial Services, ICT, Mining and Resources and Social Innovation.
The overall winner is Dr Russell Howard, founder and CEO of Oakbio Inc. for his global impact on the biotechnology field and green chemistry. Dr Howard states that his proudest achievement was developing a quick and cheap human malaria diagnostic kit used worldwide for more than 15 years, saving thousands of lives.
Keynote speaker Michael Hintze, one of the world’s most noted Australian philanthropists, addressed the audience on the importance of Australians applying their talent globally and giving back to society.
- Advanced Manufacturing – Peter Le Lievre, founder and CEO, Chromasun
- Alumni – Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, chairman and managing director, Biocon Ltd.
- Clean Technology – Dr Jianhua Zhao and Dr Aihua Wang, China Sunergy
- Creative Industries – John Polson, founder and director, Tropfest
- Financial Services (Joint Finalists) – Peter Hall AM, executive chairman, Hunter Hall and Dr Jeni Klugman, director for gender & development, World Bank
- ICT – Dr Craig Barratt, former president, Qualcomm Atheros
- Mining & Resources – Barry Bourne, chief geophysicist global exploration, Barrick Gold
- Social Innovation (Joint Finalists) – Sotheary Ly, executive director, Healthcare Centre for Children and Brett Solomon, executive director, Access