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Pia Turcinov, WiTWA Chair 

Director - Mystral Enterprises. Pia is a qualified Australian legal practitioner, company director, commercialisation advisor and experienced enterprise manager with a deep understanding of innovation and business processes. Pia shares her expertise as a consultant, mentor, facilitator and public speaker on topics relating to innovation, commercialisation, collaboration and capacity building across and within enterprises.  As an innovation strategist and business facilitator, Pia takes an active role as a connections broker within the Australian innovation ecosystem.

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Chailee Richards, techtrails Project Manager

As the founder and director of Twenty Twenty Marketing, Chailee works with public and private clients across a range of industries, helping them identify gaps in their marketing arsenal and building strategies and tactics to help them stand out, attack new markets and build a strong, credible business. Chailee project manages the techtrails program and works closely with the WiTWA Committee, our presenters, sponsors and key stakeholders.

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Dr Simon Carroll

Dr Carroll is currently the Head of Science - Collections
& Research with the Western Australian Museum, the State’s premier cultural organisation, housing WA’s scientific and cultural collection. For over 120 years the Western Australian Museum has been making the State's natural and social heritage accessible and engaging through research, exhibitions and public programs. Previously, Dr Carroll was the Head of Science Partnerships at Scitech and Director of the WA Biomedical Research Institute. He has also held a number of executive positions in CSIRO and publicly-listed biotech companies. Dr Carroll is a serial innovator and has been involved in a number of start-up companies.


Steve Carroll

Stephen is a Director of the RSM Australia Perth Tax Services division providing specialist R&D tax incentive and innovation consulting services. Stephen commenced his career in 1999 and has provided advice across Australia to a diverse range of industries, from start-up innovators to large multi-national corporations. Stephen joined and was admitted into the RSM partnership in 2012. Prior to joining RSM, Stephen worked in a boutique engineering business and was a director at a 'Big 4' accounting firm.

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Kay Hargreaves, WiTWA Techtrails Sub-Committee Chair

Managing Director - Colleagues Information Solutions. She specialises in transforming the way organisations collect, manage, use and apply data. Kay has over 30 years working and consulting experience in digital data. She is passionate about technology and uses her enthusiasm for continuous improvement and her technical experience to help organisations gain a competitive advantage through innovation. Kay encourages people to question normality and promotes collaboration to generate new ideas.

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Carol Strauss

An award winning school leader, Carol Strauss has devoted her professional life to improving education outcomes for students across Western Australia. She is currently the foundation Principal of Ashdale Secondary College, an outstanding school in Perth’s northern suburbs. She is determined to provide an innovative 21st century learning environment, with a particular focus on STEM education, where students contribute to the global community.


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Liesa Aitken

Leisa Aitken is marketing and communications coordinator at Ashdale Secondary College, an innovative school servicing Perth’s northern suburbs. She has cultivated a brand for Ashdale to distinguish it as a leading WA school. Leisa has been instrumental in establishing the STEM Focus Group and subsequent STEM Institute at the College and is also an advocate for the early immersion of girls into STEM.


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Neha Patel

Neha is Operations Manager for Kinetic IT. Neha rose to a managerial position within 2 years of her career. She started off in the IT industry as a Service Desk Analyst with Fujitsu in 2011, working on large government accounts and prominent oil & gas clients. A key turning point in her career came when she joined INX Software in 2012.  Some key achievements in her professional life include Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year 2016 – Finalist & AIM WA Young Manager of the year 2015 – Finalist. Neha now looks forward to making a positive impact at Kinetic IT and evolve further as a manager and leader.


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Diana Adorno

Principal Consultant, Experience Designer & Researcher, ThoughtWorks. Diana is a designer, researcher and strategist who produces digital products using an Agile and Lean approach. She continually experiments with different aspects of the design process to reveal intuitive, feasible designs as well as transformation for people and organisations. She supports diversity in thought, action and creed.