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40 Under 40

Taking leadership to the next level in South Australia

40 Under 40

From activated carbon to elite sports to headhunting, this year’s 40 Under 40 winners have all the bases covered.

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Ben Morton
Bygen / Executive Director & CTO

Bygen is an environmental remediation supply company creating cleaner air, soil and water through environmentally friendly, carbon-negative, activated charcoal technology.

Executive Director and CTO Ben Morton spun Bygen out of the University of Adelaide with co-founder Lewis Dunnigan.

Ben says although activated charcoal is one of the widest-used industrial commodities on the planet, the technology used to make it has not changed in the past 150 years and relies on exploitative conditions from developing nations.

Bygen changes that by using an agricultural waste process he says is carbon-negative.

Ben Tripodi
Lumin Sports & Hoap / CEO

Sports technology expert Ben Tripodi hopes to help two million people achieve their physical and mental goals in the next decade through his range of wellbeing and movement performance tools.

Ben co-founded Lumin Sports alongside business partners Ryan Brereton and James Begley in 2018 in a bid to provide data and wellbeing insights to professional sporting teams.

Earlier this year he expanded the company into corporate wellbeing – launching Hoap.

It followed a tumultuous 2020 that almost ended the business. Ben says during the pandemic the company lost a number of significant investors.

The young CEO picked up the phone and found new opportunities, which enabled the company to not only stay open but also double its team.

Bruce Djite
Adelaide United / Director of Football (incoming CEO, Committee for Adelaide)

Appointed the head of the Committee for Adelaide on the eve of the 40 Under 40 Awards, Bruce Djite’s football skills have taken him to countries including Turkey, China, South Korea and Indonesia. 

Closer to home, the former Socceroo helped Adelaide United promote talented, young South Australian players and sharpen its focus on the women’s program. 

As well as overseeing his former club’s football operations and strategy, he is a board member for women’s football advocacy group Women Onside and the Australia Day Council of South Australia.

He has spent four years on the Executive and Governance committee of Professional Footballers Australia.

Dani Cuff
Harrison McMillan / Co-founder, Executive Director & Board Member

At 26, Dani Cuff left her job to co-found recruitment company Harrison McMillan with business partner Jodi Walton.

Dani says she co-founded the company because she wanted to disrupt the industry and work in a field she loves.

After eight years of hard work, Harrison McMillan has become a multi-million-dollar firm that employs 17 South Australians directly, as well as a range of contractors.

The business has won Dani a plethora of awards, which includes being named a finalist in the 2015 Telstra Business Women’s Awards.

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