We’re looking for outstanding business and community leaders and entrepreneurs whose achievements are creating a significant impact across South Australia.

An assessment panel representing the South Australian business community will judge the nominees against a selection criteria based on their impact within a business, industry or community and how they push the boundaries to go above and beyond the norm.

As the situation with the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve, we are taking the only socially responsible course of action and postponing our greatly anticipated 40 Under 40 Awards celebration dinner and presentation, which was to be held on 19 June.

Leadership and entrepreneurial thinking is more important than ever in these uncertain times. That’s why Solstice Media will continue to find and celebrate all that is great in South Australia, including our outstanding people under the age of 40.

The plan at the moment is to have an awards night on 15 October, but with all that is happening in the world, we are ready, if necessary, to shift the event to a digital spectacular to protect you and the safety of our state.

We thank you for your understanding and we look forward to updating you with further details of the final format of the awards night.

Celebrating the passion, vision and achievements of South Australia’s leading business entrepreneurs under 40.

The 40 Under 40 Awards celebrate the passion, vision and achievements of South Australia’s finest young business people under the age of 40, and the contribution they are making to the future of our state. The program recognises not only the personal determination and commercial drive of these entrepreneurial leaders but also the philanthropic pursuits that balance these individuals’ professional achievements.

Benefits of being a finalist

Profiled on InDaily
with publicity for you
and your business

Inclusion in the exclusive 40 Under 40 Alumni and the opportunity to network within this peer group

Invitations to a range
of exclusive events and
professional development

Opportunity to be considered
for individual category
awards and prizes

A ticket to the
awards dinner
valued at $170


Emerging Industries Award

Recognises an individual contributing to or a company operating in one of the “Emerging Industries” that will contribute to the prosperous future of our state.

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Creative Thinker Award

Acknowledges the person who best demonstrates thinking creatively in relation to any aspect of their business or endeavours, and showing the use of innovation to progress.

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Rural and Regional Award

Applauds the individual who demonstrates influence and leadership in contributing to the prosperity of a rural or regional business and community.

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Resilient Business Award

Celebrates initiatives that help us better prepare, respond and recover together.

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Entrepreneurial Award

Recognises an outstanding lateral business thinker and risk taker exhibiting entrepreneurial flair

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Inspiring Disruptor Award

Recognises the vision, thought leadership and achievement of a leader in the private or public sector.

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Social Impact Award

The Social Impact Award recognises an individual who is challenging conventional thinking by driving social innovation in a for-profit, social enterprise, NFP or through philanthropy.

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First Among Equals Award

Selected by the judging panel as the finalist who embodies the 40 Under 40 as the First Among Equals.

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David Rohrsheim

South Australian Venture Capital Fund

David is the Portfolio Manager in charge of the South Australian Venture Capital Fund. David previously founded Uber in Australia in 2012, and scaled the business over 6 years into a household name with millions of customers. He previously worked with DFJ, a Californian VC firm famous for investments in Skype, Hotmail, Tesla and SpaceX. Prior to joining DFJ, David worked for Bain & Company in Sydney and London. He holds an MBA from Stanford, and a B.Eng. (IT&T) and B.Fin. from Adelaide University.

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Carmen Garcia

Community Corporate

The founder of national company Community Corporate, Garcia operates in the niche space of corporate social responsibility. The company’s clients include Woolworths, Spotless, Costa Group and Workskil Australia. Carmen was in the 2018 Top 40 Under 40, and was awarded the State Contribution Award.


David O’Loughlin


David began his career with Young & Rubicam Adelaide in the early 1990’s working on national brands like Mitsubishi Motors, Berrivale Orchards and Balfours. During his career, David has worked in London, Canada and Sydney for companies including, Banks Hoggins O’Shea to work with Walt Disney, Waitrose, Leaf Foods and Sara Lee Corporation, Toyota, Lexus and Canon Canada, TBWA.

David is also a CEO of KWP, Deputy Chair of Business SA – South Australia’s peak chamber of commerce and industry, a Director of Bridging the Gap Foundation – part of the Menzies School of Indigenous Health & Research and Charles Darwin University, and a Director of the Australia Day Council of South Australia.


Jim Plouffe

The Lead South Australia

Jim Plouffe is the Publishing Editor of NewsLeads, the arm of Solstice Media that produces The Lead South Australia. Jim has been an editor for more than 25 years and has covered South Australia for the past decade. Publishing The Lead has given him an insight into the people and businesses that are important to South Australia.


Tim O’Callaghan

Piper Alderman

Tim O’Callaghan is Deputy Managing Partner of Piper Alderman and Head of the Adelaide Office.  For over 20 years he has been assisting his clients in both litigious and commercial aspects of  intellectual property protection and portfolio management including filing trade mark applications, oppositions and removal proceedings and IP infringement litigation.  Tim enjoys helping organisations formulate intellectual property related business strategies and planning and implementing strategies and tactics through special projects. He develops a good rapport with client’s key people, helping them understand the implications of intellectual property issues and assisting them in initiating and developing best practice models for intellectual property management.  Tim is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Chair of Hutt Street Centre and Former Vice-Chair of the Defence Teaming Centre Inc.

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Matthew Illman

William Buck

Matthew is a Business Advisory Director of William Buck, specialising in tax and business advisory services for small to medium business. He works across a range of industries including primary production, property, health and professional services.  Matthew thrives on working closely with his clients to achieve outstanding results. Throughout his career, Matthew has been a regular contributor to the profession through various speaking engagements and networking programs.


Rhana Devenport ONZM

Art Gallery of South Australia

Rhana Devenport ONZM is the Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia and the first woman to hold this position. She is a museum director, curator, editor, and cultural producer whose career spans art museums, biennials and arts festivals.  As former Director of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki she, in 2017, curated the work of Lisa Reihana for the New Zealand Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Prior to that she was Director of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New Plymouth, leading to the development of the Len Lye Centre. In Australia she worked on the first four APTs at QAGOMA. Her curatorial interests include contemporary art of Asia and the Pacific, time-based media and social practice.


Brendan Rinaldi


As a young SA leader himself, Brendan is passionate about carrying out ANZ’s purpose to shape a world where people and communities thrive. Brendan is a Chartered Accountant who commenced his career at PwC as an accountant, and then turned his attention to turnaround management during the Global Financial Crisis before moving to Melbourne based firm KordaMentha. Brendan is widely known for his great interest in mental health and wellbeing of employees and driving engagement of staff, customers and the community. Brendan was the founder of the ANZ Community Ball which was held for the first time this year and raised almost a quarter of a million dollars for local SA charities.


Joann Skene


 As OTR’s Head of Community Partnerships and Public Relations for the last 3 years, Joann is genuinely passionate about nurturing partnerships to drive Community, Corporate Social Responsibility and Brand objectives. Her role at OTR combines her commercial leadership experience as General Manager SA/NT for 11 years at Salmat, together with over 20 years’ experience in the non-profit sector as both a volunteer board member and employee at Arthritis SA, AnglicareSA and Flinders Foundation.
During her time at Salmat, Joann was the youngest female General Manager at the age of 29 and the first to take maternity leave whilst maintaining her State Manager role in 2007. She also chaired the inaugural Women in Leadership Council and effectively increased representation at executive and board level for young women within the business. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (Adelaide University) and has qualifications in Strategic Management (Macquarie Graduate School of Management). Joann is passionate about promoting OTR as a great South Australian success story that has shaped the careers of many young people for the last 30 years and she is energised by delivering positive outcomes to the community, particularly through the innovative OTRGive program launched in 2018.


Yvette van Eenennaam

Adelaide BioMed City

Yvette van Eenennaam is the General Manager of Adelaide BioMed City.  Adelaide BioMed City is the $3.6 billion Healthcare Innovation and Translation precinct in the heart of Adelaide. It co-locates institutions from research, education and clinical care and industry into a collaborative precinct driving innovation and translation. Collectively, the precinct parties have the capability to build impact, leverage investment and inform evidence-based healthcare and innovation in ways that could not be achieved with siloed institutes.
Currently, there are more than 2000 medical researchers, 10.000 staff working in the precinct, and around 18.000 daily visitors welcomed. And these numbers are increasing with the new development currently knowns as “SAHMRI2” and re-location of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
Before joining Adelaide BioMed City, Yvette has worked in Europe for large multinationals in leading roles and has had a focus on strategy development, innovation and change management.


Arman Abrahimzadeh OAM

Zahra Foundation Australia

Adelaide City Councillor Arman Abrahimzadeh OAM brings his knowledge of the city and social justice to the judging panel. He is a domestic violence prevention and gender equality advocate and was South Australia’s Young Australian of the Year in 2016 and a recipient of the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in 2018.

Founding partners:


Founded in 1991, KWP! is an independently owned, full service South Australian born company, providing a full range of communication and marketing solutions for a diverse array of businesses across Australia.
We are a collective group of talented people with a shared ambition and mission; ideas that are impossible to ignore that build brands that are impossible to forget.
Whether it be strategic, creative, media, production, technology, digital or socially driven, we are focussed on delivering our clients quality solutions that lead to business success.


Piper Alderman is one of Australia’s leading national law firms. We have been leading advisers to commercial interests across Australia for over 160 years. Our expertise spans all areas of commercial practice and industry sectors in Australia, from multi-national corporations to family owned enterprises.
With offices in Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, we work with clients across all states and territories in Australia, as well as several international organisations.
Piper Alderman remains a committed member of the South Australian business community. Our Adelaide-based specialist lawyers are recognised as being among the best in the country. We have been successful by truly listening to our clients, and responding to their needs by creating practical legal solutions. We ensure continued growth and development by nurturing our ‘Next Generation’ of senior lawyer experts, and assisting them to develop their professional and technical skills and networks.
These elements combined help us to achieve our ultimate goal – to provide the best experience of a professional services firm.

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Adelaide is a city designed for life and shaped by the stories of people who work, study, live, visit or do business in the city. They are stories of innovation, determination and compassion. The world’s only ‘city in a park’, Adelaide is a place where community and commerce flourish in balance with nature which empowers the city’s ability to grow sustainably and be globally connected.


With over 150 Retail Convenience stores throughout metropolitan and regional SA, Victoria and WA, OTR is proudly local and committed to providing innovation and world-class convenience to its customers. As the State’s largest private employer, we have over 3,200 people working in OTR and more than 4,300 across Peregrine Corporation including The Bend and Giftbox. Our investment in our People has seen OTR awarded 2019 National Large Retailer of the Year and one of our team members winning the 2019 Young Retailer of the Year. We continue to develop, promote and retain key Executives under 40 across the business and believe in providing the most challenging and rewarding roles to the best talent in Australia.


ANZ’s purpose is to shape a world where people and communities thrive. That is why they strive to create a balanced, sustainable economy in which everyone can take part and build a better life. From their earliest days in the 1830s, financing commerce and facilitating trade, ANZ’s focus has always been on unlocking opportunity for individuals, families, businesses and communities. With fast-changing technologies, demographic shifts, climate change and globalisation bringing both opportunities and challenges, they now have an important role to play in enabling economic participation and encouraging sustainable growth.


With 19 Directors and 170 professional staff in Adelaide, William Buck is one of the largest accounting and advisory firms in South Australia, providing a full range of integrated professional services to mid-market businesses and high net worth individuals. Established in 1895, the William Buck group has 100 directors and 600 professional staff and is wholly owned and operated in Australia and New Zealand, and further supported internationally through Praxity, the 6th largest accounting group worldwide. Whether by helping establish or grow a business, manage succession, navigate complex business decisions or transactions, secure finance, build wealth or plan for retirement, William Buck aspires to create a positive change in the lives of every client.


Community Corporate is a national award-winning diversity and inclusion company operating in the niche area of corporate social responsibility (CSR). People are their passion, and this fuels their purpose to challenge conventional thinking and drive social impact. Based in SA, Community Corporate has led a range of innovative projects across Australia activating creative inclusion strategies for all. They deliver a range of services including the provision of high quality workforce and engagement solutions that connects communities and corporates who share aspirations to make a profound social and economic impact in Australia. Founder and CEO Carmen Garcia was an inaugural 40Under40 winner for the State Contribution Award in 2018 and is proud to partner with InDaily to raise the profile of social entrepreneurship and social impact innovation as a 2020 sponsor.


Adelaide BioMed City is the $3.6 billion Healthcare Innovation and Translation precinct in the heart of Adelaide. It co-locates institutions from research, education and clinical care and industry into a collaborative precinct driving innovation and translation. Collectively, the precinct parties have the capability to build impact, leverage investment and inform evidence-based healthcare and innovation in ways that could not be achieved with siloed institutes.
Currently, there are more than 2000 medical researchers, 10.000 staff working in the precinct, and around 18.000 daily visitors welcomed. And these numbers are increasing with the new development currently knowns as “SAHMRI2” and re-location of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

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