As assessment panel representing the South Australian business community judged hundreds of nominees, whittling them down to 40 who not only stand out for their personal determination and commercial drive, but also their philanthropic pursuits.
The final 40 (scroll down for the full list) were announced at a packed awards dinner at the National Wine Centre last night, where they were welcomed by the state’s Minister for Transport, Infrastructure, Planning and Local Government, Stephan Knoll – himself well under 40.
The list includes a hugely varied collection of South Australian talents, who are making a mark in fields such as health, technology, the media, property, social innovation, agriculture, finance, the law, and much more.
The chair of the judging panel, Deloitte’s Ashley Hunter, said the judges agreed on two broad categories for choosing the winners: impact on the business and community, and disruption.
“It became clear to us early on that simply being good at your job wasn’t going to be enough,” he said. “We were really looking for candidates that went above and beyond the norm; candidates that pushed the boundaries; candidates that challenged the status quo.”
From 500 nominations came 169 formal applications, which were then reduced to a shortlist of 62.
Paul Hamra, managing director of InDaily publisher Solstice Media, said 40 Under 40 was designed to promote the upcoming generation of South Australian leaders.
“We designed these awards to uncover the untold stories of success in our community – to go beyond the well-worn narratives about South Australia’s business community,” he said.
“I think we’ve succeeded: the 40 Under 40 includes the young leaders who will not only advance the state’s economy into the future, but who have also shown that they will help shape our community for many years to come. It’s an inspiring and intelligent group.”
The awards also recognised four individuals:
Graduate Certificate in Management Scholarship, presented by the Australian Institute of Business – awarded to Noelle Smit from Teamgage
Inspiring Disruptor Award – presented by Underwood Executive – awarded to Sasha Baranikov from Uniti Wireless
State Contribution Award – presented by KWP! – awarded to Carmen Garcia from Community Corporate
First Among Equals Award – presented by InDaily with thanks to the Australian Institute of Company Directors – awarded to Sebastian Rees from GenWise Health
InDaily’s 40 Under 40: the winners
Amy Orange, Founder, Harvest Fair Australia
Anton Andreacchio, Managing Director, Convergen / Jumpgate / Double Bishop
Ben Hood, Director, Hello Friday / George the Farmer
Cain Cooke, General Manager, Cibo Espresso
Callan Cox, Managing Director, Mykra
Carmen Garcia, Managing Director, Community Corporate
Carolyn Curtis, Chief Executive Officer, The Australian Centre for Social Innovation
Chris Hooper, Chief Executive Officer, Accodex
Crispian Fielke, Director, Port Local
Daniel Gannon, SA Executive Director, Property Council of Australia
Daniels Langeberg, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, EcoCaddy
David Lukic, Chief Executive Officer, Ryderwear
Eddie Lane, Partner, Cold Logic
Elizabeth Nowell, Chief Executive Officer, ACE Open
Emily Humphreys, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Wicked Lab
Erin Fowler, Director, The Mill Incorporated
Esther Chew, Associate, Grieve Gillett Anderson
Heather Gale, Treasurer, People’s Choice Credit Union
Jarrad Morgan, Director, SA Construct
Joanna Andrew, Partner, Mellor Olsson
Jordan Walsh, Managing Director, Iconic Growth
Katie Hulmes, General Manager Transformation, OZ Minerals
Ken Saman, Chief Executive Officer, Personify Care
Kristy Schirmer, Founder and Principal Consultant, Zockmelon Health Promotion and Social Media Consulting
Lane Hinchcliffe, Principal GP and Director, Health Hub Family GP
Lauren Hillman, General Manager, Channel 44
Leko Novakovic, Managing Director, Novatech Creative Event Technology
Marie Sulda, Director, Kaleidoscopic Travel
Matiya Marovich, Director, Sans-Arc Studio
Michael Anderson, YouTuber, UnlistedLeaf
Michael Kay, Partner and Practice Leader, Wallmans Lawyers
Michelle Perugini, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Life Whisperer Diagnostics
Noelle Smit, Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer, Teamgage
Peter Piliouras, Chief Operating Officer, On The Run
Sacha La Forgia, Director, Adelaide Hills Distillery
Sarah Bartholomeusz, Goddess of Governance, You Legal
Sasha Baranikov, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Uniti Wireless
Sebastian Rees, Co-Founder and Director, GenWise Health
Simon Gargaro, Managing Director, United Precast
William Ferguson, Sales Director, Ferguson Australia Group
The winners were selected by a judging panel including:
- Chair – Ashley Hunter – Deloitte, Director of Merger & Acquisition Advisory
- Nicole Underwood – Underwood Executive, Founder and Managing Director
- Clinton Jury – Australian Institute of Company Directors, State Manager SA/NT
- Jen Tan – Piper Alderman, Senior Associate
- Tracey Whiting – Art Gallery of South Australia, Chair of the Board and Board Member of Solstice Media
- Jim Plouffe – The Lead, Editor
- Farrin Foster – CityMag, Editor
- David O’Loughlin – KWP!, Partner
40 Under 40 is presented by InDaily in partnership with:
- Piper Alderman
- Australian Institute of Business
- Australian Institute of Company Directors
- Underwood Executive
- City of Norwood, Payneham and St Peters
- Local Government Association of South Australia
InDaily will be profiling all 40 winners in the coming weeks and months.
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