More than 500 young leaders were referred to the program, with about 160 nominees moving through to the final selection process.
The final 40 will be announced at an awards dinner at the National Wine Centre on June 7.
The awards, presented by InDaily in partnership with Deloitte, will be decided by a judging panel chaired by Ashley Hunter from Deloitte, and also including Clinton Jury from the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Nicole Underwood from Underwood Executive, David O’Loughlin from KWP!, Jen Tan from Piper Alderman, Farrin Foster from CityMag, Tracey Whiting from Solstice Media and the Art Gallery of South Australia, and Jim Plouffe from The Lead.
Hunter said he was excited to be involved in the inaugural year of the awards program which was the kind of initiative needed to help stop the “brain drain” of young people from South Australia.
“At Deloitte, the future prosperity of our state is really important to us, and was the catalyst for our ‘Make It Adelaide’ Shaping Future Cities initiative,” he said.
“One report confirmed that there are fewer young people living in South Australia today than there were back in the 1980s – and this really stood out for me. It’s just not good enough. To help stop this brain drain, both interstate and overseas, it’s crucial that we start showcasing the diverse opportunities available to young people here in SA, and to shine a spotlight on the achievements of young leaders in our state. The 40 Under 40 Awards are certainly one great way to do this.
“Together with my colleagues on the judging panel, I’m looking forward to discovering the success stories of the applicants and the impact they are having on their respective industries and communities. It’s going to be a tough job to select just 40 young leaders.
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