Dr Amie Albrecht, Lecturer, School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of South Australia
Nick Begakis AO, Chairman, Bellis Fruit Bars
Dr Kim Kwang Raymond Choo, Senoir lecturer, University of South Australia
Anthony Kittel, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, REDARC Electronics
Dr David Klingberg AO , Chairman of Barossa Infrastructure Limited and Centrex Metals Limited
Captain Ling Kwong Yung, Captain, Emirates Airlines, Dubai
Stephen Yarwood, Lord Mayor of Adelaide
Nicole Swaine, CEO scosa
Dr Amie Albrecht
Lecturer, School of Mathematics and Statistics
University of South Australia
Bachelor of Information Technology (Computing and Mathematics)
Dr Amie Albrecht's decision to follow her passion for mathematics led her to pursue an academic career, where she is an enthusiastic advocate for mathematics as a gateway to many endeavours.
Amie is a lecturer and researcher in Operations Research at the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of South Australia. Her research
currently focuses on practical applications mainly involving energy-efficient transport and railway operations.
Amie grew up in Loxton, a small rural South Australian town about three hours northeast of Adelaide. She had a strong desire for higher learning and a talent for mathematics that was nurtured by her teachers. She decided to follow her passion and applied to study mathematics and computing.
She won an inaugural University of South Australia Hypatia Scholarship for Mathematically Talented Women and undertook a Bachelor of Information Technology (Computing and Mathematics) at the University of South Australia. She completed her PhD in Mathematics at the University of South Australia in 2009.
While undertaking her PhD she began to gain experience in teaching undergraduates and found this so rewarding that she sought to pursue an academic career that would combine both teaching and research.
Amie was co-editor of the Gazette of the Australian Mathematical Society from 2010 to 2012. She is Vice-President of The Mathematical Association of South Australia and was Treasurer from 2009-2012.
Nick Begakis AO
Chairman, Bellis Fruit Bars
Bachelor of Engineering
Nick Begakis is a successful entrepreneur who chairs and co-owns Bellis Fruit Bars, one of Australia's oldest food manufacturers.
He emigrated to South Australia from Greece in 1951 and completed a Bachelor of Technology (Electronic Engineering) at SAIT in 1976.
From there he embarked on a career which would ultimately lead him into high-level executive and non-executive Director roles; spanning business creation, venture capital, merchant banking, and corporate recovery.
He became a Director of Bellis in 1990 and helped grow it into a company represented in every supermarket in Australia today.
Bellis is also a well-established international exporter – its ventures have included Europe, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, the USA and Singapore – and it holds manufacturing interests in China and Mexico, with further overseas markets in its sights.
Just as impressively though, Begakis has kept the company headquartered in South Australia where it started over 60 years ago.
On top of his Bellis responsibilities, Begakis is Chairman of the Women's and Children's Hospital Foundation, a Director of Statewide Superannuation Trust, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a member of the Business SA Board, and works with the Council of Flinders University (where he has been made an
He has previously served as Director of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Deputy President of the Australia Day Council, a member of the Environment Protection Authority (SA) Board, and an advising member of several SA and Federal Government boards and committees.
In 2000, Nick was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for his contribution to business and community development, and in 2013 he was also appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia.
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Dr Kim-Kwang Raymond Choo
Senior Lecturer, School of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences, University of South Australia
PhD Information Security
An academic and Associate at the Australian Institute of Criminology,
Dr Raymond Choo has made a significant contribution to academic knowledge and to public policy in the area of information security and cyber safety.
Before returning to academia in 2011 Raymond spent almost five years with the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC), Australia's national research and knowledge centre on crime and justice.
He has been a Visiting Fellow at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security Regulatory Institutions Network at ANU since 2009.
Raymond is a member of Australian Computer Society Specialism Advisory Internet Security Group and a Fellow at the African Center for Cyberlaw and Cybercrime Prevention. He is a Justice of the Peace in South Australia.
He has made a significant contribution to both academic knowledge and to public policy and his work has been cited in various key Australian and international government reports, including the 2010 Australian Government House of Representatives Standing Committee on Communications Report on the Inquiry into Cyber Crime, the 2011 Australian Government Joint Select Committee's Report on Cyber-Safety, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) 2011 Handbook on Identity-related Crime.
His opinions on cyber and information security are regularly published in the media in Australia and overseas.
Raymond has also been an invited speaker for a number of events in Australia and overseas, including delivering a Keynote/Plenary Speech at the Economic Crime Asia Conference in 2011. He was invited to participate in the 2012 Coalition Parliamentarians Online Safety Working Group's roundtable and was a member of the non-government delegation in The 11th IISS Asia Security Summit: The 2012 Shangri-La Dialogue.
In 2009, he was named one of 100 Emerging Leaders (Innovation) in The Weekend Australian Magazine/Microsoft's 'Next 100' series and he is the recipient of various awards and scholarships, including 2010 Australian Capital Territory Pearcey Award for "Taking a risk and making a difference in the development of the Australian ICT industry". He won a Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Australian-United States Alliance Studies in 2009, sponsored by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and in 2008 was awarded an Australia Day Achievement Medallion in recognition of his dedication and contribution to the Australian Institute of Criminology and through it to the public service of the nation.
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Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director
Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering
Anthony Kittel is the CEO and Managing Director of REDARC Electronics, a South Australian manufacturer of electronic products primarily for vehicle applications.
In August 2014 REDARC Electronics was named the Telstra Australian Business of the Year.
Anthony's career started in the 1980s in Whyalla, where he studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Australia and worked as a BHP cadet. He continued to work with BHP as an engineer after graduating in 1987.
He made a career-defining decision to purchase REDARC in 1997 after the passing of original founder, Bob Mackie. The company struggled to cope with the loss of its patriarch, but it found a new one in Anthony, who rejuvenated its reputation and put it on track for a $50m revenue target by 2017.
Under Anthony's guidance, REDARC has been included three times in the Deloitte Technology Fast 50, and four consecutive times in the BRW Fast 100 – two prestigious annual lists which recognise the fastest growing businesses in Australia. Alongside these plaudits have been a range of business and engineering awards, including two SA Technology Industry Association Gold Cups.
These successes have also earned Anthony the mantle of 2013 Ernst & Young Central Region Technology Entrepreneur of the Year.
Anthony completed the Owner/Presidents Management Program at Harvard Business School in 2013. He holds an MBA from the University of Adelaide, a Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Fellow of the South Australian Governor's Leadership Foundation program.
He is a past member of the South Australian Export Council and the Australian Industry Group Technology Industry Development Council.
Anthony spent three years on the Board of Marcellin Technical College and was an Expert Member of the National VET Equity Advisory Council until April 2014. He is also a Member of the Flinders University Engineering Advisory Committee.
His next challenge with REDARC is expansion into the United States.
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Dr David Klingberg AO
Chairman of Barossa Infrastructure Limited and Centrex Metals Limited
Bachelor of Technology in Civil Engineering
Dr David Klingberg was Chancellor of the University of South Australia from
1998 - 2008. This appointment followed his retirement from Kinhill Engineers where he worked for 34 years as one of the partners of the organisation and as Managing Director for the last 6 years of his tenure. From its inception David
played a major role in developing the company from a small Adelaide based engineering firm to one of the largest and most successful firms of professional engineers in Australia and South East Asia, with approximately 2000 staff in
some 25 offices.
During his engineering career, David developed substantial professional expertise in finance, management, project evaluation, and major infrastructure project structuring which he now employs in his many company directorship and advisorial roles.
David is Chairman of Barossa Infrastructure Limited and Centrex Metals Limited.
His former roles include nine years as a Board member with St Andrew's Hospital, and he recently retired as Chair of the Premier's Climate Change Council.
In 2009 David was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for his contributions to Governance policy in the tertiary education sector and to commercial and economic development and infrastructure projects.
In September 2008 David was named South Australian Professional Engineer of the Year at the 2008 Engineering Excellence Awards. Presented by Engineers Australia (SA Division) this prestigious award acknowledges the highest level of individual achievement in the engineering field and is peer recognition of David Klingberg's outstanding contribution to the profession.
Captain Ling Kwong Yung
Captain, Emirates Airlines, Dubai
Associate Diploma in Civil Aviation
Malaysian-born pilot Captain Ling Kwong Yung works for international carrier Emirates Airlines. He captained Emirates' first A380 flight into Kuala Lumpur in January 2012.
Ling has been with Emirates since 1998, when he moved to Dubai to take up the role of First Officer. In 2002 he was promoted to captain of the B777. In 2010 he began flying the Airbus A380 — one of the world’s most glamorous airlines which can accommodate up to 853 passengers.
From school holiday journeys on his father's small cargo boat along the coast of Sarawak to flying Airbus A380 superjets around the world, Captain Ling Kwong Yung's career has followed his yearning for exploration.
He came to Adelaide to study Year 12 and then went on to study aviation, completing an Associate Diploma in Civil Aviation from the University of South Australia.
He began his flying career as First Officer with Malaysia Airlines based in his home state of Miri. He flew a 19-seater Twin Otter, hopping around the small airports of Sarawak.
After a year of bush-flying, he was promoted to piloting Boeing 737s. He then moved on to the Airbus A330, then to the Boeing 747.
His next challenge is to become a training captain.
Urban Futurist, city2050
Graduate Diploma in Regional and Urban Planning
and Bachelor of Arts (Planning)
Stephen Yarwood is the founder of the start up company "city2050"; providing long term transformative strategic plans that implement a more productive, liveable and sustainable operating system for cities, communities and corporations.
He was Lord Mayor of Adelaide from November 2010 to November 2014. Elected at the age of 39, Stephen Yarwood became the youngest Lord Mayor in Adelaide's history.
He became the first government representative in Australia elected off the back of a fully digital and paperless campaign.
As Lord Mayor Stephen made Adelaide the first Fair Trade Capital City in Australia, expanded its free wireless network to become the largest of any Australian city, and worked relentlessly to develop business tourism and green technology after securing much-needed funding.
He completed a Bachelor of Arts (Planning) at UniSA in 1993 followed by a Graduate Diploma in Regional and Urban Planning 1996. He also holds an MBA and has studied future cities in the Japanese technology city
Before being first elected to the Adelaide City Council, Stephen worked as a researcher for the South Australian Parliament and spent six years as Principal Planner at the City of Playford.
Within just three years at the Council – including one as Deputy Lord Mayor – the man who describes himself as an 'urban futurist' found himself in the top job.
He has also lectured in planning and management internationally, and was awarded a Planning Excellence Award by the Planning Institute of Australia (SA) in 2013.
Bachelor of Management (Employment Relations)
Nicole Swaine is the youngest ever CEO of scosa, and one of the youngest CEOs in the country. She is a Bachelor of Management (Employment Relations) graduate of the University of South Australia.
Founded in 1950, scosa provides approximately 10,000 hours of support to South Australians living with disabilities each week, and conducts community awareness-raising programs in schools and businesses.
Nicole leads the organisation's 200 staff across 13 'hubs' in metro and regional SA.
Her career began with a Human Resources graduate position at Mitsubishi Motors Australia – but business trouble ultimately led to redundancies of several staff, including Nicole.
She says it was this turn of events that led her to scosa.
"At this time I stopped to reflect on what I was seeking from my career and the Not for Profit sector held a large appeal for me," she says.
"scosa was recruiting for a three-month contract in the HR team, and this was the ideal way for me to see if the Not for Profit Sector was a fit for me."
"Ten years on, I can confidently say that it is".
After being offered the HR role and serving the contract, Nicole was able to move into the position of General Manager Workforce Planning for three years, and then was promoted to General Manager Client Services in 2007.
Another three years later she applied for the CEO position as part of the external national search and was appointed to the role in March 2010.
"In my nearly 4 years as CEO, along with my team, we have achieved incredible things for the organisation and most importantly for people living with disabilities," Nicole says.
Those achievements include increasing services by over 50%, introducing the world-first 'hub' facility network, increasing brand awareness by 27%, and involvement in the successful push for the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Hubs are permanent facilities operated by scosa in the community that offer safe, secure, familiar home like environments for people living with disabilities to build relationships and enhance independent living skills.
Shortly after taking the top job, Nicole also became involved with UniSA again, as a business mentor in the Executive Partner Program.
Nicole was recognised for her leadership and business success at the 2013 Telstra Business Awards, being named Young Business Woman of the Year and also winning the Community and Government category.
She credits her degree with putting her on the career path she was looking for.
"My degree provided me with core knowledge and skills to secure my first graduate role, and has held me in good stead since this point," she says.
"It has benefited my career enormously – I truly believe that an investment in your education is the best investment that you can make."
Nicole also has advice for those in the same position as she was ten years ago.
"Be bold, be brave, network, find something that you are passionate about and pursue it... and never fear failure."
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