Executive Leader Game Changer Juror Committee

Shining a light on music industry leaders who are creating significant and positive change by bringing about equality for women and non-binary people in the Australian music industry.

Alex Shehadie

Alex Shehadie

An expert on gender equality, diversity and inclusion and creating psychologically safe work places.

In 2022 Alex led the review into sexual harm, sexual harassment and systemic discrimination in the Australian contemporary music industry.

Alex is a thought leader on creating positive workplace cultures particularly in relation to gender equality, diversity and inclusion. She is also an expert on the nature, prevalence, impacts and prevention of violence against women including sexual assault and sexual harassment.  Alex also advises on strategies to prevent bullying, racism and other forms of discrimination and on creating psychologically safe workplaces.

Alex has extensive experience in leading large-scale reviews of national significance and has designed high impact recommendations and provided practical advice on how to address these issues.  Working with former Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick she has led reviews into the Australian Defence Force, Qantas, Rio Tinto, the NSW Parliament, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and NIDA.

Alex is a solicitor and held senior roles in the NSW Government including as the inaugural Manager of the Violence Prevention Coordination Unit and subsequently as the Executive Director of the Office for Women’s Policy.  She also held a senior role at the Australian Human Rights Commission. Alex was an expert adviser to NATO in relation to women, peace and security and a board member of Guthrie House – a residential support service for women exiting prison.

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Darren Saunders

Darren Saunders

Scientist, organisation culture specialist, communicator, gender equality advocate.

Darren is a Eureka Prize winning scientist as well as public advocate for gender equality in STEM. Darren has worked with former Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick and Co as a senior advisor and data expert on numerous workplace cultural reviews, examining the nature and prevalence of sexual harm, bullying, racism and other forms of systemic discrimination in a range of organisations. 

Among the organisations he has reviewed are Rio Tinto, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Qantas, Air Services Australia and a range of University residential colleges. Darren is a regular commentator on television and radio and resident scientist on ABC TV’s The Drum and Channel 7’s Daily Edition. 

He is currently NSW Deputy Chief Scientist & Engineer.

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Chiou See Anderson

Chiou See Anderson

Successful business leader and advocate, member of the Women’s Economic Equality Taskforce and President of the National Council of Women of Australia.

Chiou See founded Elements Retirement Village at Springwood in 2010 and acquired a second retirement village at Carindale in 2022. In 2018, she commenced her mentoring journey with Conpago – a QUT tech start up, and became their first Chairperson in 2019.

Conpago is a software application platform providing solutions to seniors, aged care and NDIS providers. Chiou See is concurrently serving as the President of National Council of Women of Queensland and President of National Council of Women of Australia.

In 2022, she agreed to represent Australia on the International Council of Women and was elected Assistant Treasurer and Chair of Communications. Late last year, through Senator Katy Gallagher and the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Chiou See was appointed as an inaugural member of the Women’s Economic Equality Taskforce.

Chiou See is a Fellow Certified Practising Accountant with a Master of Business Administration.

She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors program and was a postgraduate research member of an Australian Research Council grant into housing options for the Australian ageing population in 2006. Chiou See is musically challenged and a lover of all things and people musical.

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Violet Roumeliotis AM

A social entrepreneur who champions the strengths of diverse communities.  

Violet is a social entrepreneur who champions the strengths of our diverse communities and is committed to take a leadership and pioneering role to elevate reconciliation. 

Through her C-suite and board roles, Violet uses innovation and collective impact to promote social justice and inclusion. She is the CEO of Settlement Services International (SSI), a community organisation and social business that supports newcomers and other vulnerable individuals to achieve their full potential.

Violet’s non-executive appointments include on the board of the Australian Council of Social Service as the Deputy President, the SBS Community Advisory Committee, the NSW Ageing and Disability Commission Advisory Board and the NSW Domestic and Family Violence and Sexual Assault Council.  

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John Whittle

Jon Whittle

An expert in computer science and artificial intelligence, leader in addressing gender diversity in the tech sector, Director of CSIRO’s Data61.

Jon Whittle is Director of CSIRO’s Data61, the largest collection of computer and data scientists in Australia, and under Jon, Data61 has had early success in diversity with a shift from 21 to 31% women employed over the last 12 months. Data61 is the digital and data technologies arm of Australia’s national science agency – its role is to help solve the greatest challenges using digital technologies. It focuses on applied research that has real impact in the world.

Since its inception in 2016, there have been around 20 spinouts from Data61, hundreds of projects solving real industry problems, and significant impacts on public policy and societal discourse (including Australia’s AI Roadmap and Australia’s AI Ethics Framework).

Jon has a passion for embedding human values in software and since 2021 has built up a team of over 20 researchers working with industry and government to ensure that AI is applied responsibly.

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