2022 Women's Agenda Leadership Awards

Judges

Meet some of our 2022 Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards judges!

Our judges have been selected from a wide range of industries, businesses and backgrounds, with the panel chaired by leading non-executive director, Shirley Chowdhary. Please note, the panel is not yet finalised, and we’ll be sharing more details shortly. 

Shirley Chowdhary

Chair of the 2022 Judges Panel


Shirley is currently a non-executive director on the boards of the Australian Associated Press and the Royal Australian Institute of Architects, and is also Chair of the Advisory Board of Octadoc, a med tech start up. She is consulting with a number of organisations including the Criterion Institute on gender-lens investing, and the Paul Ramsay Foundation on systems change for the NFP sector. Shirley is a keynote speaker and presenter for Saxton Speakers, and her portfolio includes an extensive array of mentoring and volunteering. She’s previously led as the Regional Counsel Asia Pacific for JP Morgan Investment Management; CEO for the GO Foundation, and host of the Women’s Agenda podcast series The Leadership Lessons.

Pip Marlow

CEO of Salesforce ANZ

Pip Marlow is Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President, Salesforce Australia, New Zealand and ASEAN. Previously, she was Chief Executive Officer Customer Marketplace at Suncorp and before that, held a number of roles at Microsoft, including Managing Director of Microsoft Australia. Pip is also a Non-Executive Director of Rugby Australia (ARU), a Rugby World Cup Board Member, and the Co-Chair for Australia on the Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum (ANZLF), a member of Chief Executive Women (CEW) and an Executive Ally for Pride Diversity. 

Shivani Gopal

Leading entrepreneur

Shivani is the CEO of The Remarkable Woman, with a passion for empowering women comes from a personal place, crediting her financial independence as a life raft for being able to leave an early adult marriage. “Money is critical in life for the choices it affords you” says Shivani. It gave her a first hand understanding of the importance of personal, professional and financial independence for women – which she now fuels into the work she does at The Remarkable Woman every day.

Marina Go

Leading board director
Marina Go is Chair of the Super Netball Commission, Chair of Ovarian Cancer Australia, Chair of The Walkley Foundation, a non-executive director of Energy Australia, Autosports Group, O’Connell Street Associates and Pro-Pac. She is a PWC Diversity Advisory Board member and author of the business book for women, Break Through: 20 Success Strategies for Female Leaders.Marina has held leadership roles across multi-media businesses at Fairfax, Bauer Media, Pacific Publications and Private Media, and was the founding publisher of Women’s Agenda.

Bobbi Mahlab

Chair and Founder of Mahlab Media

Bobbi Mahlab AM is an entrepreneur, board member, angel investor and philanthropist. She is the Chair and Founder of Mahlab Media, one of Australia’s largest independent media and
content agencies. A recognised
content innovator consistently winning international awards, she’s also Co-Founder of Mentor Walks Australia, a juror of the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards, a member of the Minister for Women’s Council for Women’s Economic Opportunity NSW and was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia.

Dr Neela Janakiramanan

Plastic Surgeon & Author

Neela is a reconstructive plastic surgeon, writer, author, commentator and advocate for health equity. She holds various roles in health leadership and her major non-clinical contributions include medical lead for the Kids Off Nauru campaign and operationalising the Medevac legislation, commentary in national mastheads and on The Drum on current social and medical issues and the recent publication of her first novel, The Registrar.

Nina Mapson Bone

Managing Director of Beaumont People

Nina Mapson Bone is the Managing Director of Beaumont People, a specialised recruitment business believing in “placing people first”. She is also President of the Recruitment Consulting and Staffing Association of Australia and New Zealand (RCSA) and Chair of the NORTH Foundation’s Development Committee. Nina has an MA (Hons), is a Fellow for the RCSA and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Sunita Gloster

Non Executive Director | Advisor

Sunita is a Non Executive Director and Advisor at Gloster Advisory with almost 30 years’ experience in marketing, digital and customer technology. She serves on the Board for Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, is Co-Chair of the Tech Council of Australia’s Marketing sub-community and Senior Advisor at Accenture. She is a keynote speaker, panellist on ABCTV’s Gruen and an opinion writer in the AFR and advisor at UN Women Australia, ranked third in B&T Magazine’s Top 30 Women in Media Power List and awarded internationally for marketing leadership.

Kylee Stone

Leadership Coach | Keynote Speaker

Kylee Stone is the Founder and CEO of The Performance Code, a coaching consultancy specialising in leadership transformation, resilience and wellbeing. Described as ‘an effervescent force of nature’ and ‘one of the most authentic leaders of our time’, it’s Kylee’s compassionate no nonsense approach that earns her the trust and respect of others. A descendent of the stolen generation of the Kulluli and Wakka Wakka nations with 28 years in the business of storytelling, Kylee has unique talent for helping leaders embrace the power of storytelling to transform reality and achieve breakthrough results in business, leadership and life.

Mariam Mohammed

Co-founder of MoneyGirl

Mariam is an entrepreneur, speaker, and community builder. In 2017, as the youngest President of the Sydney University Postgraduate Association, Mariam led the team that delivered a 600% increase in the organisation’s community engagement. By 2019, she had co-founded MoneyGirl to empower and inspire women to become financially independent. She has been recognised in the Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence list, 40 under 40 Most Influential Asian-Australians, NSW Young Woman of the Year Finalist, Marie Claire Next 25 List, and 7News Young Achiever Awards.

Jessica Bulger

CEO at AIGI

Jess is Wiradjuri from Tumut and Brungle in country NSW and grew up in a big proud Aboriginal family, connected to culture and fortunate enough to witness great Elders and leadership. CEO of the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute, Jess serves as Co-Chair on the Board of Outward Bound Australia and the External Co-Chair for GHDs RAP Advisory Group. Jess began her career as a teacher and has worked in Education, Employment and the NFP Sector for the past 15 years. She’s passionate about Indigenous Governance, Leadership and Capacity Building and seeing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities thrive.

Kamal Sarma

Co-founder & CEO of Rezilium

Kamal Sarma is the CEO of Rezilium, a strategic leadership development firm. For over 16 years, Rezilium has enhanced leadership skills for organisations such as Westpac, KWM, Telstra, Google, Unilever, Commonwealth Bank, Deloitte, PWC and Qantas. Kamal has held executive roles in organisations such as McKinsey & Company, Eli Lilly, St. George Bank and AMP Capital Investors and is the author of 3 books. Having co-founded two venture capital businesses in the IT and biotech sectors, Kamal is currently a chair of RUOK? Conversations Thinktank.

Fay Calderone

Partner at Hall & Wilcox

Fay has over 20 years of experience as an employment lawyer encouraging employers to move “beyond compliance” to the creation of healthy, inclusive, respectful and flexible workplaces. She presents to boards, leadership teams and at industry conferences and comments to the media on these issues. Fay was Emerging Leader in Private Practice at the 2014 Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards. Since then, she’s been recognised in Best Lawyers, Doyle’s Guide, as a 5-star Employment Lawyer by HR Director Australia and in Elite Women by Australasian Lawyer. In 2021, she was named Wellness Advocate of the Year by Lawyers Weekly.

Sara Watts

Non Executive Director

Sara Watts is a non-executive Director and Audit Committee Chair currently working in mineral resources, med-tech, government, and social services. Sara also mentors emerging and transitioning leaders and teaches a weekly ethics class at a local NSW primary school. Before moving into her non-executive career, Sara was CFO of IBM Australia/New Zealand, Vice-Principal Operations at the University of Sydney, and the interim CEO of City West Housing. Sara holds a Bachelor of Science and an MBA. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of CPA Australia.

Anne-Marie Elias

CEO at Beckon Capital

Anne-Marie Elias is a two time TedX speaker sharing her knowledge and experience over three decades in leveraging the innovation ecosystem to get stuff done. As CEO of Beckon Capital, an organisation getting capital and capability to underserved markets, Anne-Marie is a leader in the innovation, entrepreneur, start-up and tech ecosystem. She’s a respected advisor across government, business, NGOs and academia and preaches the gospel of disrupting the status quo. Collaboration is her calling card and she brings together cross sector initiatives to achieve change.

Brooke Massender

Partner & Global Head of Pro Bono

As Partner & Global Head of Pro Bono for Herbert Smith Freehills, Brooke leads the direction of pro bono services across a global network of 26 offices. Brooke’s practice focuses on leveraging her experience in social impact to advocate for systemic change, bringing together cross-sector stakeholders to achieve tangible outcomes for disadvantaged communities. With 20 years of experience in working with a diverse range of clients, she’s regularly sought out by non-profit, charities, social enterprises and corporate Boards and Executives for strategic and legal advice. She’s renowned for maximising social impact through deploying skills and influence at a systemic level.

Roger Christie

Founder & Managing Director at Propel

Roger Christie is Founder & Managing Director of digital reputation advisory firm, Propel– a multi award-winning firm that helps leaders protect and enhance their digital reputation. For over fifteen years, Roger has helped executives, boards and operational teams use social media to communicate strategy, attract talent, engage staff, access growth opportunities and manage risk. He’s worked with a range of clients across the ASX100, over 30 federal and state government agencies and with key industry bodies such as the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He also runs the Government Digital Leaders Network and hosts the Your Digital Reputation podcast.

Amanda Webb

CEO at Xplore for Success

Amanda Webb is the CEO at ‘Xplore for Success’, an Australian consultancy that specialises in ‘driving inclusion and equity’ and provides career and leadership development for women and leaders. She is a passionate advocate for women and human rights and is committed to driving gender equality. Amanda is the Deputy Chair of Dress for Success Sydney and a Director of Women for Election Australia.

Jason Tunbridge

Leading CEO

A business innovator with more than 25 years’ experience in a variety of senior roles, Jason Tunbridge is well versed in the challenges of leadership at all levels. A seasoned mentor and executive coach, he has the objective insights that only experience will generate. Jason is passionate about people in leadership and has a pragmatic, straightforward approach. As Co-Founder and Director of The Leadership Think Tank, a leading CEO advisory network, Jason creates forums where CEOs and business leaders increase their effectiveness through sharing challenges and opportunities amongst their peers.

Jonathon Hunyor​

CEO of the Public Interest Advisory Centre

Jonathon Hunyor is the CEO of the Public Interest Advisory Centre and a Director of the Australian Pro Bono Centre. Jonathon has practised law for 25 years in NSW and the Northern Territory in areas including discrimination and human rights, criminal law, migration and refugee law and Aboriginal land rights. He is an experienced manager, strategic thinker, cross-cultural communicator and leader of diverse teams.