Hitachi Social Innovation Awards

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Stage: Competition Finished

Pete Field

Senior engineer at CSIRO/NICTA and serial entrepreneur.

Sarah Nolet

Sarah has a Masters of Engineering from MIT and is the President of the MIT Food & Agriculture Club. She is also the founder and CEO of AgThentic, a boutique consultancy focused on food system innovation. AgThentic provides business development support for startups, investors, and established companies, with the goal of building a robust food and agriculture innovation ecosystem.

Nigel Hennessy

Nigel is a very experienced senior executive and director with in-depth experience in water technology, agribusiness, transport, wireless communications, software intensive systems, spatial technologies, intelligence and defence systems. He has won numerous awards and been recognised as a leader in innovation, entrepreneurship, commercialisation and international business development. He holds a degree in Cybernetics and Mathematics with a post graduate degree in Oceanography and Meteorology. Nigel is also Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a case manager for Commercialisation Australia, the government innovation program.

Simran Gambhir

Simran is an experienced senior manager & technology expert having had a diverse career (Fairfax, News, FlyBuys, H2 Ventures, Ganemo Group, Stone & Chalk). He has mentored many startups through being a judge & mentor in programs including SydStart, PushStart, ANZ Innovyz, UNSW Innovations & Muru-D to list a few. Simran has a passion for nurturing Australian research & innovation.

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