Outstanding professional women who achieve top honours in the annual WiT Awards become our WiT Ambassadors. We are thrilled to recognise the following recipients and thank them for leading the way!
2020 WiT Sciences Ambassador
Professor Vicki Flenady
Professor Flenady is a Senior Research Fellow and an experienced perinatal epidemiologist, who is globally recognised as a leader in stillbirth research. Currently, she is the Director of the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Stillbirth. In her role, Professor Flenady works to reduce the number of stillbirths that occur after 28 weeks’ gestation by 20%. Her vision is to reduce the devastating impact of stillbirth on parents, families and the community through high quality research that translates into improved clinical care, community awareness and outcomes.
2020 WiT Technology Ambassador
Leanne is Queensland’s Chief Entrepreneur. She is an outstanding engineer, technologist and pioneer in emerging tech working from concept and ideation to actualisation of product. Leanne works on a global scale across multiple fields to provide transparency in the provenance of high value items such as diamonds and art. She is renowned for her work at the United Nations, OECD, World Economic Forum, Global Blockchain Business Council, World Trade Board and the IBM Blockchain Board of Advisors. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Queensland University of Technology and a two-time patent holder. A multiple award winner, Leanne has a keen understanding of the challenges faced by women in technology and mentors many in the field to push aside barriers and achieve greatness.