2019 veski fast smarts - Working

Innovators

veski fast smarts Innovators represent all that is cutting edge about Melbourne, such as our diversity, energy and wide-ranging passions. 

Working Innovators:

 

Dr Neda Mirzadeh - CAMIC, RMIT University

 

Science, innovation and diversity. It is in this magical triangular space that Neda’s leadership is rooted. 

Neda holds a PhD (in Chemistry) and MBA (Master of Business Administration), and is currently the Group Leader of a multi-disciplinary research group at The Centre for Advanced Materials and Industrial Chemistry at RMIT University. By intertwining alchemy, medicine, and her passion to create societal impact, Neda and her research team use the unique properties of gold to develop treatments for cancer.  

An entrepreneur at heart, Neda is the founder of Peak2Impact, a boutique change agency established to create growth mindsets in individuals and to create impact from diversity-led entrepreneurship.   

She has also been the “Diversity Champion of Innovation” for the Research & Innovation portfolio at RMIT, driving strategic initiatives within the organisation to develop innovation from diversity and inclusion.

 

 

Daniel Prohasky - Curvecrete, University of Melbourne

 

 

Daniel Prohasky is an architectural engineer and roboticist passionate about innovating to make positive change in the building design and construction industry. He is the founding Architectural Engineer and lecturer at Swinburne University and is Swinburne’s 2019 Design Faculty Innovation Fellow.

He has deep industry knowledge, developing research for multi-disciplinary engineering firms, and works across institutions bringing teams together to solve some of the most pressing challenges in the building and construction industry. The issue of waste and human-caused greenhouse gas emissions will not go away without collaboration. As a co-inventor of Curvecrete technology, through the Translating Research at Melbourne program, he is striving to see his research make the most positive impact in industry.

 

 

 Nicci Rossouw - Exaptec

 

Nicci Rossouw is the CEO of Exaptec, a start-up company she founded in 2015 to provide service robotics solutions to the Australian market. She is passionate about applying innovative technology to improve work-life balance and wellness overall! She has provided numerous robotic telepresence solutions to educational facilities and businesses to augment communication and movement for disabled and incapacitated people.

Nicci believes that well designed application of robotics will lead to the emergence of new business models that will change the way people work and play for the better. Exaptec was one of Westpac’s 2018 top 200 Businesses of Tomorrow winners.

Nicci is considered as one of the top six influential women in robotics in Australia.

 

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