Our 2017 CEW Scholars

Preeti BajajPreeti Bajaj – Vice President, Strategy & Commercial Operations of Schneider Electric
Harvard Business School Advanced Leadership Development

Preeti’s current role is Vice President, Strategy & Commercial Operations for the global energy management and automation specialist, Schneider Electric. Drawing on her entrepreneurial spirit, Preeti believes motivating and building high energy, high performance teams is the most effective way to deliver on results. Preeti is passionate about diversity and inclusiveness and is particularly interested in mentoring and inspiring young women in business.

Her career has spanned roles in business development, general management, operations, strategy and transformation for multi-nationals and start-ups including Brookfield Multiplex, Metcash, Intuit Real Estate Solutions, Vision Software and Schneider Electric.

In 2011, Preeti won the AFR’s Young Executive of the Year award. In 2016, Preeti became the Australian Chair for CoreNet Global, an organisation focused on driving productive outcomes for the users of the commercial built environment.

Preeti is passionate about smart cities and currently leads the smart city practice for Schneider Electric Australia. This covers a broad spectrum of solutions that can change the outcomes of where we live, play and work, and a view on future sustainability thinking focused on the implication of enabling technologies such as internet-of-things, connectivity and ubiquitous sensors.

Preeti has completed her MBA in Corporate Finance and has recently completed a Masters of Applied Finance.

Dr Noelle Sunstrom, 2017 CEW ScholarDr Noelle Sunstrom – Founder and CEO of NeuClone
Harvard Business School Disruptive Innovation

Noelle obtained her PhD from McGill University, Montreal, Canada, after which she moved to Australia to pursue post-doctoral studies at the John Curtin School of Medical Research, ANU. Noelle began her academic research career at the UNSW and led a Bioengineering and Production team in the Department of Biotechnology. There she developed novel expression systems and designed processes for large-scale commercial production of protein therapeutics called biopharmaceuticals.

She co-founded Acyte Biotech, a spin-off of the University of NSW, and while collaborating with large US and European pharmaceutical companies, she and her team developed novel ways to produce complex biopharmaceuticals for commercial production.

Noelle obtained her Executive MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management in 2007 and applied her scientific knowledge and business skills to start NeuClone, focusing on the huge potential of the bio-generics industry now known as biosimilars. She is Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Royal Society of New South Wales.

Leanne McDonald, 2017 CEW ScholarLeanne McDonald – Group Manager, Organisational Capability, Allianz
MIT Sloan Leading Change in Complex Organisations

Leanne is a senior HR professional with deep expertise in organisation development, diversity and change management. Her career has spanned both consulting and corporate roles across a wide range of industries such as energy and resources, financial services, IT and telecommunications, manufacturing and public sector, including both global and Australian firms.

As Group Manager, Organisational Capability at Allianz, Leanne is responsible for developing and driving the ‘Future Workforce’ strategy which aims to build the workforce capability and diversity needed for Allianz to achieve its ambitious, group-wide transformative change agenda. Leanne has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Hons) and a Master of Commerce specialising in Organisational Behaviour.

Jodie Haydon, 2017 CEW ScholarJodie Haydon – General Manager Human Resources, Viva Energy Australia
MIT Sloan Leading Change in Complex Organisations

Jodie Haydon is accountable for developing and implementing the People Strategy with the Viva Energy CEO and executive team. Viva Energy Australia is the exclusive supplier of Shell Fuels and Lubricants in Australia. Assets in Viva Energy Australia’s portfolio include the Geelong refinery, 1000+ retail service stations, an extensive supply chain and a terminal network around the country.

Jodie has played a lead role in the transition and transformation of the company into a standalone local Australian company.

Jodie joined Shell after graduating with a Bachelor of Economics and a Postgraduate Diploma in Japanese from Monash University. She worked in various IT and Project Management roles before moving into and finding a passion for HR. Jodie is a commercial HR leader with deep experience in delivering HR outcomes aligned to the business strategy, and experienced in delivering significant change.

Dr Kate Liley, 2017 CEW ScholarDr Kate Liley – National Research Manager, Goodstart Early Learning
AGSM Women in Leadership Program

Dr Kate Liley has responsibility for research leadership across Goodstart’s portfolio of commissioned and collaborative research and evaluation. As Australia’s largest provider of early learning, Goodstart’s size and scale presents a unique opportunity to advance the field of early childhood education research to the benefit of children and families everywhere. Kate works closely with Goodstart’s Thought Leadership Group – comprising the leading international thinkers, academics and practitioners in early childhood education, child development and economics – to strengthen the evidence base for policy, high quality practice and child and family outcomes.

Kate is also responsible for leadership and coordination of Goodstart’s Reconciliation Action Program that works to create the conditions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander advantage. Being part of a Torres Strait Islander family drives Kate’s personal and professional commitment to social justice and equity.

Kate is Goodstart’s Partner Investigator on two current Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grants and has a PhD from Griffith University.

Linda Soars, 2017 CEW ScholarLinda Soars – Director of Integration Partnerships and Enablers, Western Sydney Local Health District, NSW Health
AGSM Women in Leadership Program

Linda leads the Western Sydney Demonstrator site for the NSW Integrated Care Program and is leading over 60 staff to build new models of health care with GPs for people with chronic and long term health conditions.

Formerly a Nurse Consultant, Linda builds on her clinical strengths and management expertise to initiate clinical redesign processes in South Eastern Sydney for key cohorts such as the aged care stream, the early diabetes management stream and people with long term conditions in vulnerable youth and homeless populations.

Linda now influences over 600 staff in the Integrated and Community Health Directorate in Western Sydney and considers ageing trends in the Australian population and the implications for society to grow greater leadership expertise in the health workforce.

Anna Green, 2017 CEW ScholarAnna Green – CEO, ANZ Bank (Lao) Limited
Negotiation Dynamics Program – INSEAD

Anna Green has worked in the world of banking and finance across 4 geographies for over 15 years. As the CEO of ANZ in Lao she regularly works with blue chip companies to provide solutions for their local and cross border financing needs and recently led the ANZ Lao team in winning the “Friends of ASEAN” award at the ASEAN Business Summit Awards.

Prior to joining ANZ, Anna practiced in international banking and finance law in Sydney and in London and has lead several high performance teams in her career, including complex project teams in private legal practice and end to end business banking teams at ANZ.

Anna has also worked extensively with international organisations and government, holding an advisory position with the Attorney General’s Department in Vanuatu covering policy and legislative reform.

Lucia Grambalova, 2017 CEW ScholarLucia Grambalova – General Manager Hotel Investments MULPHA Australia Limited
Negotiation Dynamics Program – INSEAD

Lucia Grambalova is responsible for sourcing hotel acquisitions and third party co-investment capital, establishing strategic capital partnerships as well as seeking opportunities for organic growth across Mulpha’s hotel and resort portfolio.

Lucia’s fifteen year career in the hotel industry has been diverse in both the nature of her roles and locations. During her nine years at the InterContinental Hotel Group she initially undertook a range of finance roles in Sydney, Melbourne and Darwin. Her final role in hotel operations was as Acting General Manager of the five star InterContinental Hotel, Melbourne.

Lucia transitioned from hotel operations to hotel investment in 2011, initially with Mirvac Group and then with the Singapore based Ascendas Group. As a Portfolio Manager she was responsible for driving investment performance across multiple portfolios with over twenty hotels located throughout Australia, comprising major three star hotels together with upscale and five star hotels, with combined value of close to $1 billion.