Entrepreneur Of The Year

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Meet the 2018 regional judges:

  • Melinda Cilento

    Melinda CilentoMelinda is the CEO of CEDA. She is also a non-executive director of Woodside Petroleum and Australian Unity and Co-Chair of Reconciliation Australia. Melinda is also a member of the Parliamentary Budget Office panel of expert advisors.

    She was previously a Commissioner with the Productivity Commission and Deputy CEO and Chief Economist with the Business Council of Australia. Melinda has also previously held senior roles with the Federal Department of Treasury, Invesco and the International Monetary Fund.

    Melinda’s executive and director experience covers the corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors and she has a strong track record of working collaboratively across sectors.

    Melinda’s professional qualifications include a Masters of Economics (Australian National University), and Bachelor of Economics (Hons) and Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), (Flinders University, SA). She is a graduate of the AICD Company Directors Course.

  • Melinda Cruz

    Melinda CruzShowing that you can overcome adversity to impact change, Melinda is the awarding winning founder of Miracle Babies Foundation. She is a published researcher, influencer and expert international speaker on topics such as not for profit start up and social entrepreneurship, health and consumer advocacy, and how being resilient can help to live a life of inspired action.

    Starting the Foundation in 2005 after her own experience of having three premature babies, the incredible difference Melinda has made to thousands, along with her impact as a successful entrepreneur has seen her win numerous awards including the 2011 EY Social Entrepreneur of the Year and be a regular guest on radio, TV and speaker at national and international conferences. In 2013 she was inducted into the Australian Businesswomens Hall of Fame and was a 2015 NSW Woman of the Year - Premiers Award finalist.

    She is a trusted consumer expert to medical professionals seeking to improve treatments and understanding of premature and sick babies and the impact a birth has on the family unit. In 2012, she was awarded the title of Honorary Research Associate by the University of Sydney, Medical School and was the first parent to be invited as an Associate Investigator on a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funded neonatal trial.

    In 2014, Melinda joined the Perinatal Society of Australia & New Zealand's (PSANZ) Consumer Advisory Panel as the inaugural Chair and accepted a position on the PSANZ Clinical Trials executive committee. In 2016, she was asked to join the NHMRC Clinical Trials Ready Development Committee and in 2017 and 2018, was part of two award-winning global trials improving the lives of millions of premature newborns.

    For the second year in a row, she is an Australian EY Entrepreneur of the Year Regional Judge and currently sits on the Red Cross Blood Service Milk Bank Advisory Committee.

    In 2014, Melinda ran the New York Marathon with 18 others raising more than $230,000 for Miracle Babies.

  • Anthony Farah

    Anthony FarahAnthony is a serial entrepreneur with a background in user experience design, product innovation and technology. He has founded three startups and is an active Angel investor.

    In 2008, Anthony established Vivant, an innovation consultancy helping organisations achieve product-market-fit and scale new business. In 2012, Anthony established an early stage venture fund and pioneered a new service offering orchestrating value between corporates and startups.

    In 2017, IBM acquired Vivant recognising the company’s human-centred strategy and design leadership. Anthony has an impressive track record delivering innovations for banking, insurance and financial services organisations. His team designed award winning experiences for CBA and helped design new experiences for Westpac, AustralianSuper, Qantas Cash, Paypal and other financial service clients.

    Anthony is a director of Code Club Australia, a nationwide network of free coding clubs currently teaching 65,000 Australian children programmatic thinking and coding skills. Anthony is also on the Advisory Committee for the Sydney Startup Hub.

    Anthony is also an investor in a number of payments and superannuation startups.

  • Glenn Keys

    Glenn KeysGlenn Keys is the co-founder and co-Executive Chairman of Canberra-based Aspen Medical, one of the world’s leading providers of outsourced healthcare solutions. Prior to building and leading businesses in the private sector, Glenn had a distinguished career in the Australian Defence Force (ADF). His service saw him undertake a range of tasks from training to test flying and engineering to logistics support for Army aircraft.

    In 2003, Glenn founded Aspen Medical with his long-time friend, Dr Andrew Walker. A decade on and Aspen Medical has a team of over 2,000 and operates across Australasia, the Pacific Rim, the Middle East, Africa, the USA and the UK. Today the company has customers in the Government, Defence, Mining, Oil and Gas and Humanitarian sectors. This multi award-winning company most recently received the 2016 International Project Management Association Gold Medal for Ebola Response in West Africa. Both Glenn and Andrew are the 2016 EY Entrepreneurs of the Year for Australia.

    A passionate advocate of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Glenn has placed social responsibility and community involvement at the heart of Aspen Medical’s culture. A percentage of the company’s profits are allocated to the Aspen Foundation, which was established in 2009 and today is dedicated to the eradication of the eye disease Trachoma and scabies in remote Indigenous communities in Australia.

    On a personal note, Glenn is a graduate of the University of New South Wales and the International Test Pilots School in the UK. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Project Management, a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of Engineers Australia. Glenn also sits on a number of Boards in the healthcare sector, disability sector and social businesses. In 2013 Glenn was appointed to the Board of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) the independent statutory agency whose role is to implement the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). In November 2014, Glenn was awarded the 2015 ACT Australian of the Year and represented the ACT at the National Australia Day Awards in January 2015. He is an active Board Member of the National Capital Authority and was appointed Chair of the Canberra Business Chamber in February 2015.

    Glenn is the founder and Chair of Project Independence, a housing initiative for people with intellectual disabilities, which was officially launched in Canberra in February 2015.

    In 2017, for distinguished service to the community of the ACT, through contributions to disability, business and commerce and as an advocate for corporate social responsibility, Glenn received an AO in the general division in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

    Glenn’s passion for innovation, guaranteed outcomes, superior customer service and inspired leadership make him a regular speaker at conferences both at home and overseas.

  • Fiona Lock

    Fiona LockFiona joined CHAMP in October 2001 as Senior Investment Analyst. Prior to this she was with management consultants Boston Consulting Group, and earlier with A.T. Kearney. Fiona’s responsibilities span deal origination through to portfolio management of CHAMP’s investee companies. Fiona is also the co-chair of the AVCAL Diversity Committee, an area of focus for the industry.

    Fiona holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing and Finance) from the University of NSW and a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD, France, where she graduated on the Dean’s List. Fiona is currently on the board of Pepperstone and ATF Services and was previously on the board of Food Holdings, Alleasing and Austar.

  • Michael Malone

    Michael MaloneMichael founded iiNet Limited, an ASX listed telecommunications company in 1993 and continued as CEO until his retirement in 2014, by which time iiNet had over 2,500 staff, serving over a million households and businesses, with revenue of over a billion dollars.

    Michael is currently Chair of the Board of ASX listed Superloop Ltd and a director of nbn Co Limited (nbn), Seven West Media, Speedcast International and Dreamscape Networks. He is also the founder and Chairman of Diamond Cyber Pty Ltd. Mr Malone was previously the founder and Deputy Chair of Autism West.

    Michael has received a number of prestigious industry recognitions including the 2012 Australian Entrepreneur Of The Year, Winner of the Telecommunications Society’s Charles Todd medal, CEO of the Year in the Australian Telecom Awards and, National Customer Service CEO of the Year in the CSIA’s Australian Service Excellence Awards. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Directors, the Australian Institute of Management and the Australian Computer Society. Mr Malone has a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics) and a post graduate Diploma in Education both from the University of Western Australia.