Entrepreneur Of The Year
Meet the 2018 regional judges:
- Ryan Trainor
Spanning more than 20 years, Ryan Trainor has been the founder or investor in a number of high profile educational ventures in South East Asia including building and exiting one of Australia’s largest Workforce education companies to Kaplan, part of the Washington Post in 2011.
Today he remains Executive Chairman of BSchool, Chairman of CG Spectrum College of Animation & Game Design and CEO and Co-founder of Udify, an EdTech platform that has digitised international student recruitment with offices spanning the sub-continent.
Ryan has a number of investments that sit outside of education through Crosby & Prince Ventures, including Fortress Esports venues and Founding Director of Order Esports, Australia’s largest professional Esport club with more the 60 professional players over seven teams.
Outside of business, he sits on the board of the Mirabel Foundation, a strong supporter of the Enterprize Start-up hubs in Tasmania and past Vice President of the Carlton Football Club.
Ryan was a national finalist in EY’s Entrepreneur Of The Year program in 2010.
- Wai Tang
Wai has more than three decades of retail and FMCG of knowledge and experience in both executive and non-executive roles. She previously held executive position as the director of operations for the Just Group Ltd and CEO of Peter Alexander Sleepwear division concurrently. Prior to joining Just Group, she was the GM of Business Development for Pacific Brands and Pacific Dunlop. In addition to other senior roles held within FMCG industry, she was co-founder and managing director for Happy Lab Pty Ltd.
She currently holds non-executive directorship at Vicinity Centers Ltd, JB HiFi Limited, PMP Limited and also is on the Board of Visit Victoria and Melbourne International Arts Festival.
- Susan Oliver
Susan is an entrepreneur, company director and deeply committed to Australia’s innovation agenda.
Susan is founding chairman of Scale Investors, a female focused angel investing network, is an angel investor, the co-inventor of two software systems and co-founder of a technology start-up company.
Susan is an experienced listed company director of more than 20 years with strong commercial and technical skills. She is currently deputy chairman of Simonds Homes Ltd, Non-Executive Director of CNPR, and is the independent member of the Investment Committee for Industry Funds Management. Prior appointments include Coffey International Ltd, Fusion Retail Brands, Transurban Group, Centro Properties Group (where she was a member of the board that achieved the successful restructure), Programmed Group, Just Group and MBF.
Susan co-founded The Big Issue in Australia, headed the Australian Commission for the Future and has contributed significantly to the innovation, IT and arts policy agendas in Australia over a period of 30 years. She was a British Council Scholar, was awarded a Centenary medal for service to business and in 2013 was named as one of the 100 Women of Influence by Westpac and The Australian Financial Review.