Present Board Members
DR JENINE BEEKHUYZEN
Dr. Jenine Beekhuyzen is a futurist who questions existing structures which won’t serve tomorrow’s digital landscape. Providing insight into the disruptive nature of technology, she will help us to prepare for an unknown future, engage the next generation of workers and leaders, and transform our approach to innovation. As a well-known advocate for technology innovation and diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), Jenine draws on her 15+ years of internationally published academic research and university teaching, 8 years as CEO of her own technology consulting company, and her work with her not for profit to prepare our school children to be technology leaders of the future.
In her highly engaging presentations, Dr. Jenine Beekhuyzen, creator of the Tech Girls Are Superheroes campaign, Founder & CEO of the Tech Girls Movement and Gumption Trigger author discusses the necessity of overcoming the inertia that is debilitating our leaders and their visions of our technology futures. She proposes that we invest in digital literacy and education to mobilise a tribe of next generation leaders who are engaged and committed to solving real world problems with technology. She provides practical suggestions for the future of leadership in the digital space.
Jenine’s unwavering commitment to advocacy has seen her awarded on the world stage as a Westpac/Fairfax 2016 100 Woman of Influence, the 2016 Griffith University Sciences Alumnus of the Year, 2016 Advance Queensland Digital Champion, 2014 Australian Information Industries Association (AIIA) Queensland ICT Woman of the Year, 2014 Microsoft Community Educator of the Year, 2012 Claudio Ciborra Award for Innovation in Research (Europe). As an internationally acclaimed author of the Tech Girls Are Superheroes series of books, Jenine has reached more than a quarter of a million children with her innovative approach to storytelling and STEM. She also supports youth entrepreneurship through her national competition - the Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero - reaching more than 2000 school girls in 2017.
DR SUE NIELSEN
Dr Sue Nielsen has more than 40 years’ experience working and teaching in information systems and software quality, including appointments as Operations Manager for the Software Quality Institute, Deputy Head of School (ICT) and Adjunct Senior Research Fellow in the Institute of Integrated and Intelligent Systems at Griffith University. She has published more than 80 research papers and supervised or advised more than 100 PhD students.
Sue co-founded the WinIT project in 1995 to investigate the declining numbers of women entering Information Technology education and work. She is committed to ensuring diversity in every aspect of life and to supporting the differently abled to reach their full potential. She recently co-founded the Seek and Sign Project which aims to research and build new technologies to support Deaf children.
Sue was a secretary of the Tech Girls Movement Foundation from 2016 to 2017, and is a ghost writer for many of the stories in the Tech Girls are Superhero books. An avid reader of science fiction, she has also published a science fiction novel “Behind the Sun” and is currently writing a series designed for younger readers.
Sue is also passionate about qualitative research and in 2014 started a company Serendipity Research, which provides consulting and editing services for qualitative research projects.
In her free time she is learning Auslan, reads and writes science fiction, swims and has fun with her grandchildren.
Jamie Leach as CEO of Brisbane technology companies, GIS People and Gruntify. Jamie has an extensive background in senior business development, commercial banking and wealth management, as well as creating successful web-based start-ups.
Jamie has been employed in prominent roles by some of world’s largest companies, leading high-profile projects for GE Capital, Westpac and Investec. Her high-profile background in the financial industry serves her well as CEO of Gruntify. She is instrumental for the future growth of the company, using her extensive experience to help consolidate Gruntify as a market-leading data management platform.
She is currently studying for her Doctorate of Business Administration in Financial Barriers to Female Entrepreneurs. She is the Chair of Tech Girls Movement Foundation and sits on the board of the Queensland Government ECRI hub for innovation. She has been published in several trading publications and websites, in addition to coaching and lecturing for top international firms.
Past Board Members
Mathilde Desselle is a project manager at QUT in the space of Biofabrication, applying 3D technologies to medicine. She holds a Masters of Business and Biotechnologies from ESPAS Catholic University of Lille, France, and a Masters of Economics and Management from the Littoral University of the Opal Coast, France.
An award-winning biomedical research manager, she has 10 years experience driving strategic life sciences research programs and facilities in Europe and Australia, and is passionate with finding technology-based approaches to advance human health. A 3D printing and UAVs enthusiast and science communicator, she is a coordinator for the National Science Week catch a Queensland Rising Star program.
She is a Board Director for the Tech Girls Movement foundation, promoting positive role models to encourage and raise awareness of STEM careers for girls. Previously, she served on the board of directors of Women in Technology for three years.
Mathilde is the winner of the 2016 Women in Technology – InfoTech Professional Award, The University of Queensland 2016 Team Award for Excellence in Innovation and the 2016 UK Antibiotic Guardian Team Award for Research.
In her spare time Mathilde enjoys riding her horses on the Sunshine Coast, and is an ABC Radio 612 Community Correspondent.
Her Tech Girl Superhero avatar is Dynazap.