Our 2019 CEW Scholars

Madeline VaughanMadeline Vaughan – Senior Programmes Director, Adara Creating Collaborative Solutions, Harvard Kennedy School

Madeline Vaughan is Senior Programmes Director at Adara Group, an Australian-based international development organisation.

Madeline works across Adara’s Maternal Newborn Child Health, Remote Community Development, and Monitoring and Evaluation streams. Her role is to support programme strategy, planning, design, and implementation and to ensure organisational cohesion. She is also a member of the organisation’s global leadership team.

Madeline has worked in the not-for-profit sector for many years, cutting her teeth in the world of communications before moving into development programmes. She has a Bachelor of International Relations (Hons 1st) from the Australian National University and a Master of International Public Health from UNSW.


Zak HammmerZak Hammer – Head of Office of the CIO, QANTAS Airways Leading for Results, INSEAD

Zak Hammer is Head of Business Technology Operations for Qantas Airways leading the Office of the CIO team responsible for technology strategy, the portfolio office, vendor management and the technology operating model.

Zak is a values-based leader with a passion and commitment to unlocking people’s potential, attracting and retaining talent, and increasing the participation of women and young people in STEM related careers.

With over 18 years’ experience in Aviation, she has a strong track record of delivering results in business transformation, optimization and cultural change. Most recently Zak led the Inclusion and Diversity portfolio at Qantas winning the Dame Quentin Bryce Gender Equity Award recognising excellence in gender equity initiatives and programs in the workplace.


Tiffany SlaterTiffany Slater – General Manager, Women’s Elite Program, National Rugby League
Leading for Results, INSEAD

Tiffany Slater is the National Rugby League’s (NRL) General Manager of Women’s Elite Program, overseeing the strategic development and implementation of opportunities, investment and equity for women in league, and leading a team delivering the overall women’s rugby league playing calendar.

In the past two years, Tiffany has guided the establishment of the inaugural NRL Holden Women’s Premiership, the national elite women’s rugby league competition, and the Holden Women’s State of Origin, whilst continuing to develop the future growth of the women’s game.

Tiffany has experience in culture and change management, strategy development and financial and operational roles both locally and internationally. Prior to the NRL Tiffany worked at Macquarie Group in New York City and Sydney. Amongst her qualifications Tiffany is a leadership coach, a Chartered Accountant and serves on multiple not-for-profit Boards.


Professor Priscilla RogersProfessor Priscilla Rogers – Chief Operating Officer, Wintermute Biomedical
Driving Strategic Innovations, MIT|IMD

Professor Priscilla Rogers is the Chief Operating Officer of Wintermute Biomedical, a global biopharmaceutical company, developing next-generation antibiotics to combat antimicrobial resistance.

Priscilla believes technology innovation in the health sector can significantly improve patient lives. She has multiple years’ experience in the research, development and translation of innovative technologies to the health sector both in corporate and start-up settings. In addition to her role at Wintermute, she also advises and supports a number of health technology start-up companies.

Prior to this, she was leading the Cognitive Health & Life Sciences portfolio at IBM Research – Australia and was the co-owner of a medical device company, IntelliMedical, which was acquired in 2017.

Priscilla has a PhD in Engineering at Monash University, specialising in microtechnology for diagnostic applications.


Dr Raji AmbikairajahDr Raji Ambikairajah – Chief Executive Officer, Folo
Driving Strategic Innovations, MIT|IMD

Dr Raji Ambikairajah is the Chief Executive Officer of the tech start-up, Folo. She has a PhD in Electrical Engineering and has spent most of her career in the technology start-up and venture capital sectors. As CEO of Folo, she has led the launch of a new profit-for-purpose ecommerce platform which has attracted thousands of users and democratises philanthropy.

Prior to this, Raji was the Chief Operating Officer of Women in Banking and Finance.

Raji is an Ambassador for Room to Read, a global non-profit organisation that provides children in low-income communities with access to education. She is a Non-Executive Director of Sydney School of Entrepreneurship, the NSW State Library Foundation, the NSW Circular Economy Innovation Network, the UNSW Foundation and the Belvoir Theatre.

In 2018, Raji was awarded the NSW Woman of the Year Award in the Community Hero category.


Maryanne KellyMaryanne Kelly – Deputy Under Treasurer, Queensland Treasury
Executive Development Program, The Wharton School

Maryanne Kelly is Deputy Under Treasurer, Agency Performance in Queensland Treasury and advises government on public policies, fiscal priorities and economic impacts with a particular focus on health, education, disabilities, justice and housing. Maryanne has held leadership roles for over 20 years in the Australian, United Kingdom and Queensland Governments.

She has spent the last 12 years working at Queensland Treasury, where she has provided expert policy advice to governments, successfully negotiated national agreements and delivered high-profile programs for the community.

Maryanne started her career at the Australian Bureau of Statistics before moving to the Australian Department of Social Services and then London in 2003, where she had roles with the United Kingdom’s Office for National Statistics and Department of Communities and Local Government.

Maryanne has a Bachelor of Commerce, Master of Social Planning and Development and Graduate Diploma in Business.


Jo-Anne DudleyJo-Anne Dudley – Chief Operating Officer, Turquoise Hill Resources
Executive Development Program, The Wharton School

Jo-Anne Dudley is the Chief Operating Officer at Turquoise Hill Resources (TRQ: TSX, NYSE, NASDAQ), an international mining company focussed on the development of the Oyu Tolgoi Mine in Mongolia. Jo-Anne has 25 years of experience in the mining industry.

For the past nine years she has been a key member of the Oyu Tolgoi technical team that manages the development of the world-scale Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold mine in Mongolia in consultation with Turquoise Hill.

Jo-Anne graduated from the University of New South Wales as a mining engineer in 1994. She holds a New South Wales Below Ground Mine Manager’s Certificate of Competency and a Graduate Certificate in Technology Management.

A Chartered Professional engineer, Jo-Anne was awarded Fellow membership in 2016 from the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, was selected as the ‘2018 Exceptional Woman in Queensland Resources’ and was also named as one of the ‘WIM 2018 Global 100 Inspirational Women in Mining’.


Alexa MorcombeAlexa Morcombe – General Manager, Ecuador and Colombia, Fortescue Metals Group
Executive Development Program, The Wharton School

Alexa Morcombe is General Manager for Fortescue Metals Group in Ecuador and Colombia. Alexa has over 12 years’ experience working in the mining industry, with a focus on building positive relationships with communities and governments which deliver lasting benefits to all.

Prior to entering the mining industry, Alexa practiced as a lawyer for Legal Aid Western Australia.

Alexa has a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD Business School in Singapore, and Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from Murdoch University in Perth. In 2014, Alexa was awarded a John Monash Scholarship for post graduate study. Alexa currently lives and works in Quito, Ecuador.


Sharmila TsourdalakisSharmila Tsourdalakis – Executive General Manager Banking and Wealth Technology, Data And Labs, Suncorp
Disruptive Innovation: Strategies for a Successful Enterprise, Harvard Business School

Sharmila Tsourdalakis is Executive General Manager, Banking & Wealth Technology for Suncorp Group.

Sharmila has over 21 years of experience with technology leadership roles across multiple industries including financial services, retail, office, logistics, mining, construction, utility services and management consulting.

Sharmila is responsible for the technology strategy and operations for Banking & Wealth including digital banking, payments, lending, wealth and strategic oversight of large-scale delivery programs.

Sharmila holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce from The University of Sydney. Sharmila plays an active role in gender equality, STEM and programs fostering women in leadership and technology.


Hilary GoodierHilary Goodier – Director Australia & Director Global Technology, Alternative Legal Services, Herbert Smith Freehills
Disruptive Innovation: Strategies for a Successful Enterprise, Harvard Business School

Hilary is the Director of Herbert Smith Freehills’ Alternative Legal Services business (ALT) team in Australia and leads ALT’s Global Technology practice.

Hilary has worked extensively across the US and Asia Pacific as a General Counsel, COO and General Manager and brings her unique perspective across business, law and technology to bear in her role at ALT.

Hilary leads a team of analysts, lawyers and technologists in a global network spanning London, Belfast, Shanghai, Johannesburg, New York and Australia.

Hilary holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce from Bond University and attended Harvard Business School’s Women’s Leadership Program: Innovation Strategies in a Changing World. Hilary was awarded ‘Innovator of the Year’ at the prestigious Lawyer’s Weekly 2019 Partner of the Year Awards.


Danielle CoatesDanielle Coates – Paediatric Emergency Nurse Practitioner, Royal North Shore Hospital
Bonnie Boezeman AO Leadership in Nursing Scholarship

Danielle Coates is a Paediatric Emergency Nurse Practitioner at Royal North Shore Hospital. Danielle is a senior member of the emergency department and is recognised as a clinical leader.
Her nursing career spans over sixteen years and she has experience across a broad range of nursing domains including management, clinical and education roles.

In addition to attaining the Masters program for Nurse Practitioner, Danielle has also completed other qualifications including a Diploma in Child Health.

Danielle is a strong advocate for her paediatric patients and their families and ensures holistic family centred care. Informed by her years of clinical experience, Danielle endeavours to be in a position where she can inspire change and implement quality initiatives. In the future Danielle seeks to exert a greater influence within the healthcare setting with a focus on nursing.


Donna BridgeTerri Janke – Solicitor and Director, Terri Janke and Company
CEW & Vincent Fairfax Fellowship

Terri Janke is a Wuthathi / Meriam woman from Cairns.

She is a Solicitor and Director of Terri Janke and Company, an Australian law firm specialising in intellectual property and business law. Terri advises on legal matters including incorporation, joint venture, procurement, governance, employment and engagement with a diverse client base including Indigenous organisations, Australian companies, government and international agencies. She is an international authority on Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP) and has written the protocols and ICIP models for the film, arts and museum and archival sector.

Terri Janke is the recipient of awards including NAIDOC Indigenous Person of the Year 2011, National Indigenous Legal Professional of the Year 2012 and the AFR Women of Influence 2013 (Business Entrepreneur).


Donna BridgeDonna Bridge – Principal, Fitzroy Valley District High School
Creating Collaborative Solutions, Harvard Kennedy School

Donna Bridge is a proud Yamatji woman from the Geraldton region.

Since 2011, she has been the principal of Fitzroy Valley District High School, a K -12 school in the remote town of Fitzroy Crossing, in the Kimberley region of West Australia. Having worked in schools and education since 1992, Donna is committed to improving educational outcomes for Aboriginal students, predominantly those in remote and regional centres. In her pursuit to improve outcomes and equity for Aboriginal students she has been awarded recognition as an outstanding educational leader both at a state and national level in 2009 and 2010 and she was the first Level 3 Indigenous classroom teacher in WA.

She was an inaugural director on the Australian Institute of Teachers and School Leadership (AITSL) board as the Commonwealth representative (2010 -2012), a member of the First People’s Education Advisory Group (2012-2013), and is currently a National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Principal Association director (NATSIPA). In 2004, Donna was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to investigate community capacity building and ways to succeed economically, socially and culturally.



Prof Jacinta ElstonProf Jacinta Elston – Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous), Monash University
Creating Collaborative Solutions, Harvard Kennedy School

Professor Jacinta Elston is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous), at Monash University. She commenced this appointment in early 2018 after a leading the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander advancement, education, and research at James Cook University for more than two decades. Professor Elston holds a Master of Public Health & Tropical Medicine, and a Graduate Certificate in Rural Leadership.

Professor Jacinta Elston is an Aboriginal woman from Townsville, with cultural and family ties throughout north Queensland.

A Breast Cancer survivor of 15 years, Professor Elston is a board member of the Breast Cancer Network of Australia (BCNA) and, Chair of Cancer Australia’s Leadership Group on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cancer Control. Over the last 25 years she has held numerous ministerial appointments and elected Indigenous community-controlled directorships in a career which has focused on improving the health and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


Krista DunstanKrista Dunstan – Principal Policy Officer, Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage WA
Emerging Leaders Program, Harvard Kennedy School

Krista Dunstan is a Principal Policy Officer at the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage WA and responsible for strategic land use management projects including divestment of the Aboriginal Lands Trust estate, the future of town-based reserves and remote communities in Western Australia and the development of native title policy.

Krista grew up in Esperance, relocated to Perth in 2008, and was admitted as a practicing solicitor in 2012. She is a board member of Celebrate WA,Richmond Wellbeing and the Noongar Charitable Trust and sits on a number of advisory committees.

In recognition of her work in social justice, Krista was inducted into the Western Australian Women’s Hall of Fame in 2011 and listed in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac’s 100 Women of Influence Young Leader category in 2013.

Professionally, Krista was a finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards in both the Corporate and Private and Young Business Woman categories in 2015, Lawyer of the Year (under 5 years experience) in 2017 and Junior Woman Lawyer of the Year in 2018.


Becky WoodSharon Cowden – Assistant Commissioner, Ethical Standards Command, Queensland Police Service
Authentic Leader Development, Harvard Business School

Sharon Cowden is the Assistant Commissioner, Ethical Standards Command in the Queensland Police Service. She is a member of the Queensland Police Service Executive and has state-wide responsibility for driving ethical behaviour, discipline and professional practice in the Queensland Police Service through deterrence, education and system improvements.

As an Executive member of Queensland Police Service, Sharon brings a proven track record in long-term strategic thinking, organisational transformation, governance and accountability. She is responsible for contributing to the delivery of strategic and operational targets of Queensland Police; representing Queensland Police with state government and key external stakeholders; and the implementation of significant strategic initiatives.

Sharon has experience in operational policing, investigations, emergency management, corporate and project management roles. Sharon has also had experience leading the Family Violence Command, People Development Command, and the North West Metropolitan Region of Victoria Police.


Becky WoodBecky Wood – Global Service Leader, Rail & Mass Transit, Aurecon
Interpersonal Dynamics, Stanford Graduate School of Business

Becky Wood is the Global Service Leader, Rail & Mass Transit for Aurecon. A rail infrastructure delivery specialist, Becky is responsible for direction and delivery of major projects particularly in Asia, including Auckland City Rail Link, Gold Coast Light Rail, Mauritius Metro Express light rail, Melbourne Metro, and several Sydney Metro projects such as Sydenham Station Junction.

Becky joined Aurecon from Transport for NSW where she was the Executive Director, Fleet Program Delivery, responsible for the AUD6 billion program of new heavy rail rolling stock and ferry vessels for the State.

Becky is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales, and a graduate of the Said Oxford Business School Major Projects Leadership Academy & Executive Leadership in Major Projects program with the John Grill Centre for Project Leadership at the University of Sydney.

In 2018, she was named one of the top 50 public sector women in NSW.


Karen BozicKaren Bozic – Group Chief Executive Officer, Craveable Brands
Advanced Management Program, INSEAD France

Karen is an experienced retail executive, with a background in finance, strategy, operations and leading organisations through complex and transformational change. She was most recently the General Manager of Retail Operations, Caltex Australia, responsible for the operation of Caltex’s 800 sites and a driving force in Caltex’s transformation to become a convenience retailer.

Having commenced her career in Andersen and later Ernst & Young, Karen joined Rebel Sport Limited as CFO overseeing a period of great growth and multiple ownership changes. Karen then joined Woolworths Limited as the General Manager of Strategy for BIG W, then Acting Managing Director of BIG W and later General Manager of Replenishment for the Woolworths Food & Liquor businesses. Karen joined Caltex Australia Limited as the General Manager of Retail Operations, responsible for the operation of Caltex’s 800 sites and has been a driving force in Caltex’s transformation to become a world class convenience retailer. Karen is passionate about retail, people (particularly diversity) and sport.


Jackie KhooJackie Khoo – General Manager | SEO | Customer Channels & Enterprise Operations, NBN Co
Leading Change in Complex Organisation, MIT Sloan

Jackie Khoo is General Manager, Customer Channel and Enterprise Operations, heading up a specialised team managing nbn’s various interactions with Residential and Business Segment Customers and as well as enabling a broad range of corporate Enterprise customers.

At nbn, Jackie holds a multi portfolio role, she sits at the helm of Project Evolve, a program dedicated to improving the gender diversity for Systems Engineering Operations and encouraging greater participation of young women and girls into STEM.

Jackie has also held a number of key internal leadership roles including General Manager, IT Service Assurance.

She is passionate about people development and actively sponsors and coaches a number of talented women in technology both within and outside of nbn.

Prior to joining nbn Jackie was Manager, Service Delivery Disciplines Unisys Asia Pacific, where she held a pivotal role establishing the company’s global managed services centres in China and India, before taking a 4 year career break to be a full time mum to her 2 children.

Jackie holds a degree in Economics and Business Law from Macquarie University. She is also a certified Prosci Change Practitioner.



Sussanah OsborneSussanah Osborne – General Manager | Production | BHP Operations Services
Leading Change in Complex Organisation, MIT Sloan

Sussanah Osborne has more than 15 years’ experience as a strategic, operational and project management professional in the mining, quarrying and construction industry.

She has a strong track record of delivering results in the areas of Business Optimisation and Transformation from both an operational and commercial perspective.

Sussanah has a wealth of global experience having lived and worked in North and South America, Mongolia, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.

Sussanah is a passionate leader who is committed to developing capability and building and retaining talent. She has led a diverse range of multi-disciplinary teams within the areas of business transformations, operational optimisation, procurement and operations