Alex is a passionate role-model for women in technology; regularly mentoring and running events to promote female leadership in STEAM fields. Last year the BBC noted Alex as ‘the model changing the future of space medicine’. This year she has won the title of Women in Technology’s ‘Startup Entrepreneur of the Year’, as well as being a finalist for the Brisbane Lord Mayor Young Business Person of the Year Award. Alex has extensive experience in business management and design. She has been a creative director for global ad campaigns (Phillip Treacy, Le Roni, Doc Martens) and was the founding CEO of art dealership The Court, as well as M2 Magazine prior to her move into technology. Alex has a background in Design Psychology from the Courtauld Institute and is a guest lecturer at Hult Business School, as well as a regular panel critic for the Bartlett School of Architecture’s Computational Architecture Department. Alex has also won numerous awards for her ground-breaking work in predictive biometric medical devices including: Global Winner Best Use of Hardware 2016 NASA International Space Apps, Sir Richard Branson’s Worldwide Top 10 Tech Start-ups Extreme Tech Challenge 2017, Global Aerospace Summit 2018 Young Space Leader and Komatsu Top 4 Tech Innovators to Watch Out For in 2018.
Dr Rob (as we know him) is a Chartered Electronic Systems Engineer whose 30+ year career has bridged aerospace, digital mobile communications and healthcare. Rob gained his PhD for pioneering work in mobile satellite communications. Rob has launched products for Multinational enterprises (MNEs) that play a leading role in technological innovation, R&D investment and patenting. By serving various markets and their size, MNEs often benefit from economies of scale and scope, and have a stronger financial capacity to invest in innovation including risky innovation projects. Rob co-founded and exited his company Widerweb to leading mobile data vendor Openwave in 2009. Rob has launched multiple products for MNEs, including T-Mobile, and led development at several start-up ventures including Pogo – the world’s first touchscreen smartphone.
Theodora Le Souquet is a strategist. She is a member of McKinsey Online Executive Panel and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD). Theodora served as the CEO of Architectural Information Services and Managing Director of Building On Air. She received the Australian Business Arts Foundation (AbAF) KPMG Advicebank Award for her strategic advisory of the Queensland Writers Centre (QWC) digital strategy and subsequently went on to win the National AbAF KPMG Advicebank Award, the first time for a Queensland based partnership. Theodora has degrees in Political Science, French, has received AICD board certification and initiated courses in Finance, Machine Learning and Digital Networks. She has spoken at the Women in Leadership Summit and co-chaired the Women in Engineering Summit as well as being a past Chair of the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal and QWC. As a director of Women in Technology (WiT), she served as part of a 3 member committee that revitalised the Board Readiness™ program which won an international best practice award from Cambridge University and as part of the Women in Cricket Committee, Theodora looked deeply at strategies to develop the game for women. Her strategic acumen was honed at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) as a director of Assurance and Business Advisory Services (ABAS). In addition, Theodora and Sue Abbey started black&write, Indigenous writing and editing project with the support of the State Library of Queensland and Arts Queensland as well as resurrecting the Brisbane Club Members’ Art Series with Jeffery Humphreys.
Dr Ruth (as we affectionately call her) is a senior data scientist with a background in operations research, machine learning and statistics. She has a PhD in mathematics for her research on dynamic resource allocation and has worked across multiple industries including resources, defence, sustainable transport and health care. For Canaria Technologies, Dr Ruth advises our data science team and provides a key external validation role for our predictive biometrics system. Her experience managing distributed teams on complex technical projects is key for Canaria as we take the next step into commercialisation. Dr Ruth has a unique ability to continually provide key insights into the requirements of each stakeholder group which guides the improvements and feature development within Canaria’s AI models. Having worked as a researcher, manager, analyst and lecturer, Dr Ruth’s connections in the technology industry and universities provides Canaria Technologies with direct access to up and coming talent. She advocates communication as the backbone of any collaborative team where discussions of ideas are encouraged and individual contributions are respected.
Alex Gilmour’s electronics obsession started young with a Double Helix electronics kit and was truly cemented when he got his first job on an assembly line for a range of Australian-made electric fences. Since that point, he has spent time at several of electronics design and manufacture companies in Brisbane, tackling whatever challenges come his way in his roles across manufacture, electronics engineering, NPI and production engineering, and automated test. More recently, with a thirst for a higher pace, Alex started electronics designer and manufacturer Carbon Circuits. His company works with a number of start-ups and small businesses in the Wearable, Industrial IoT, and MedTech industries on the journey from initial proof-of-concept to manufacture, producing robust and scalable electronics designs to bring their product visions to life.