2020 WiT Life Sciences Ambassador

Dr Vicki Flenady

Professor Flenady is a Senior Research Fellow and an experienced perinatal epidemiologist, who is globally recognised as a leader in stillbirth research. Currently, she is the Director of the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Stillbirth. In her role, Professor Flenady works to reduce the number of stillbirths that occur after 28 weeks’ gestation by 20%.  Her vision is to reduce the devastating impact of stillbirth on parents, families and the community through high quality research that translates into improved clinical care, community awareness and outcomes.

2020 WiT ICT Ambassador

Leanne Kemp

Leanne is an engineer, technologist and pioneer in emerging tech working from concept and ideation to actualisation of product. Leanne works on a global scale across multiple fields to provide transparency in the provenance of high value items such as diamonds and art.  As well as serving as the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur, she is renowned for her work at the United Nations, OECD, World Economic Forum, Global Blockchain Business Council, World Trade Board and the IBM Blockchain Board of Advisors; she is also an Adjunct Professor at QUT and a two-time patent holder.  A multiple award winner, Leanne has a keen understanding of the challenges faced by women in technology and mentors many in the field to push aside barriers and achieve greatness. 

Our Previous Ambassadors


Pamela Russell
Heidi Uytendaal
Helen Murray

Anne-Marie Birkill

 Elizabeth Harper  Selena Bartlett  Maree Adshead  Judith Clements

 Carrie Hillyard
Dimity Dornan
Richi Nayak
 Bernadette Hyland-Wood


Colleen Nelson Neena MitterProfessor Alison Pettit  Sandra Slater
 Professor Vicki Clifton Mandy Ross


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