2012 Advance Global Australian Award Winners


Saul Griffith – Advanced Manufacturing

Saul is Founder and Principal Scientist at Other Lab, where he focuses his work on engineering solutions for energy production and efficiency. Saul first garnered attention as a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab, where developed a machine that could mould prescription eyeglass lenses on demand for just a few dollars each. The technology is now being developed by Optiopia, a company he co-founded, to serve the estimated two billion people around the world who do not have access to professional eye care.  Saul has gone on to become the founder or co-founder of a number companies, including Optiopia, Squid Labs, Potenco,, Howtoons and Makani Power, and has received numerous awards for his work in the field. In 2007, he was named a MacArthur Fellow and in 2011 a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. Saul is a graduate of the University of New South Wales and University of Sydney. 

Adeebabw.jpgAdeeba Kamarulzaman - Alumni

Adeeba has dedicated her career to the prevention, treatment and research of infectious diseases and HIV/AIDS.  Adeeba’s passion began at Monash University where she studied Medicine, and then went on to train in Infectious Diseases in Melbourne. Upon returning to Malaysia, Adeeba established one of the first Infectious Diseases Units in the country which has become a leading tertiary referral centre for infectious diseases and HIV/AIDS.  In 2007 she established the Centre of Excellence for Research in AIDS (CERiA) at the University of Malaya, one of the few dedicated HIV research centres in the region. In addition to her busy clinical and academic commitments, Adeeba has been involved in the community response to the HIV epidemic. As President of the Malaysian AIDS Council (MAC) she successfully advocated for the introduction of evidence-based harm reduction programs to prevent HIV transmission amongst people who use drugs. As the new Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, the oldest medical school in the country, she has added to her growing commitments the focus to train and produce world class healthcare practitioners and medical researchers including doctors, nurses and pharmacists.

Chrisbw.jpgChristian Behrenbruch - Biotechnology

Christian is a serial entrepreneur committed to the development and commercialisation of biotechnology, healthcare IT and medical devices. He holds over 60 publications and patents in the field of medical informatics, biotechnology and nanomaterials.  Christian has established a strong reputation in both academia and industry. In 2007, Christian accepted a full faculty appointment in the Department of Medical and Molecular Pharmacology, David Geffen School of Medicine, at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In parallel to his academic role at UCLA, he was a founder, Managing Partner and member of the Board of Momentum Biosciences LLC, a Los Angeles based early stage venturing and business advisory group.  In 2011, Christian was recognised by the World Economic Forum as a 2011 Young Global Leader, one of 200 individuals honoured by the WEF each year, for a five year term to explore issues related to global development and sustainability. Chris completed his undergraduate studies at Monash University. He has lived and worked in the UK, Vietnam, Russia and France. 

DavidDrogaBW.jpgDavid Droga – Creative Industries

David is a strong believer of the power of creativity to make a difference. As Founder and Creative Chairman of Droga5, David’s unique and industry-leading work has positively impacted the Obama presidency, the global water crisis and inner-city education and created ground-breaking initiatives for some of the world’s largest brands including Microsoft, Coca Cola, Kraft, and Puma.  David’s international career began in Sydney, where at age 22, he became Partner and Executive Creative Director at OMON Sydney. David has since worked in Singapore, London, and New York, where he launched his own agency, Droga 5, in 2006.  To date, David is the single-most awarded creative at the Cannes International Advertising Festival, with over 70 Cannes Lions, including 6 Grand Prix and 4 Titanium lions.  He has been inducted into the American Advertising Federation Hall of Achievement and was the first recipient of the Boards magazine Lifetime Achievement Award.

JaneSloanebw.jpgJane Sloane – Financial Services

Jane has long been committed to making a difference in the social sector, holding executive positions in organisations such as World Vision, Marie Stopes International, International Women’s Development Agency, and the Social Entrepreneurs Network, where she was the founding CEO.  As Vice President of Development with Women’s World Banking in New York, Jane helps provide women with micro-finance loans which they can then invest in education, health care and entrepreneurial activities for themselves and their families that will help them break the poverty cycle.  Her commitment in the field of human rights and public policy has been recognised with an Asia Pacific Business Women’s Council Woman of Distinction Award, a Churchill Fellowship, an Australian Government Endeavour Professional Award, an Australian Davos Connection Leadership Award, a Vincent Fairfax Ethics in Leadership Fellowship and a Vietnam Women's Union Medal. Jane has lived and worked in the UK, Indonesia, Fiji and the US. 

Tanbw.jpgTan Le - ICT

Tan Le is a technology entrepreneur and is Founder & CEO of Emotiv Lifesciences, a bioinformatics company which lies at the intersection of cloud computing, huge data sets, mobile brain imaging technology and highly contextualized, personal data. She was a Special Visitor to the United Kingdom as a guest of the British High Commission and Foreign Commonwealth Office, a Goodwill Ambassador for Australia in Asia, and a Patron of the Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development Program. Tan has been an Ambassador for the Status of Women since 2001 and was awarded Young Australian of the Year in 1998. She was honoured by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader since 2009. Born in Vietnam, Tan migrated to Australia as a refugee with her family in 1981. Tan started studying at Monash University at the age of 16. She went on to complete a combined Bachelor of Commerce/Laws (Honours).     

JeremyBW.jpgJeremy Heimans – Social Innovation

As co-founder and CEO of, Jeremy’s work has literally mobilised millions of citizens and consumers to help solve major global problems. Purpose has built global movements to fight cancer (with LIVESTRONG), and eliminate nuclear weapons in 20 years (with Global Zero, an initiative led by more than 200 world leaders).  Jeremy also co-founded, the world’s largest online citizens’ movement, with ten million members. He also cofounded, the Australian political movement with more members than all of Australia’s political parties combined.  In 2011, Jeremy received the Ford Foundation’s 75th anniversary Visionaries Award. The World Economic Forum at Davos has named him a Young Global Leader and the World e-Government Forum has named Jeremy and Purpose co-founder David Madden among the “Top 10 People Who Are Changing the World of the Internet and Politics”. Jeremy has lived and worked in the UK, France and the US. 


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