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Congratulations to the 40 Under 40 | 2019

Outside Ideas


Adut Zita Deng Ngor

Women’s Legal Service (SA)

Chief Executive

Agnes Gajic

The Sparkke Change Beverage Company

Head Brewer

Anton Andreacchio

Convergen / JumpgateVR / Artisan Post Group / Double Bishop / GMTI

Founder / Managing Director

Arman Abrahimzadeh

Zahra Foundation Australia


Ben Wilson



Cameron Donaldson

Praxis Aeronautics

Founder and Director, Innovation and Manufacturing

Darryl Cotter


General Manager

David Pearson

The Don Dunstan Foundation

Executive Director / CEO

Deanna Lush


Managing Director

Deborah Davidson

dsquared Consulting Pty Ltd

Director / Owner

Emma Knights

Emma Knights Productions


Hinney Lo


Managing Director

Imelda Alexopoulos

PwC Australia


Jo Schneider

DVE Solutions


Life Whisperer and Presagen

Co-Founder & Inventor

Jordan Brooke-Barnett


Founding CEO & Company Secretary

Jordy Kitschke

MEQ Probe


Ashton Valley Fresh

Business Development Manager

Louise Nobes

KIK Innovation & KIK Enterprises

Founder & CEO

Mark Lim

Magnetic Alliance Pty Ltd

Managing Director & Co-Founder

Michael Brinkley

Utonic Beverages

Co-Founder / Managing Director

Michael Pagsanjan


Managing Director & Principal

Miriam Holme

Fab Tax Accountants

Director / Chief Accounting Angel

Nicholas Murphy

MLEI Consulting Engineers

Managing Director

Nima Sherpa


Superintendent Production

Peter Flynn

Physio Fit Adelaide


Rebecca Wessels

Ochre Dawn

Owner & Managing Director

Robyn Koldej

The Online Director


Sacha La Forgia

Adelaide Hills Distillery


Sam Hassan


CTO & Co Founder

Sharni Honor

The Porch Sessions

Governor / Director

Simon Palumbo

Silentium Defence

Chief Technology Officer / Director / Co-Founder

Steven Kidd

Pinnacle Commercial Interiors

Managing Director

Tamara Stewart-Jones

Multicultural Youth South Australia


Themis Chryssidis


Managing Director

Cortex Interactive

Managing Director

Tom Steer

UniSA Online

Executive Director

Vanessa Bamford

Vision Beyond Business


Wesley Heddles

Prohibition Liquor Co Pty Ltd & Bakers Delight Holdings Ltd

Director & Regional Manager SA / NT

First Among Equals Award

Recognises the person who embodies all the attributes of the 40 Under 40 as the First Among Equals.
Thanks to the Australian Institute of Company Directors 

Aaron Superina

Outside Ideas

Creative Thinker Award

Recognises 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. Thanks to KWP!

Timothy Angel

Cortex Interactive

Rural and Regional Award

Recognises an individual who demonstrates influence and leadership in contributing to the prosperity of a rural or regional business and community. Thanks to Piper Alderman

Joyce Ceravolo

Ashton Valley Fresh

Entrepreneurial Award

Recognises an outstanding lateral business thinker and risk taker exhibiting entrepreneurial flair.
Thanks to William Buck 

Jonathan Hall

Life Whisperer and Presagen

Inspiring Disruptor Award

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

Cameron Donaldson

Praxis Aeronautics

Inspiring Future Collaboration Award

Recognises the ability to work with others innovatively to produce something of lasting value in either the private or public sector.
Thanks to Renewal SA 

Anton Andreacchio

Convergen / JumpgateVR / Artisan Post Group / Double Bishop / GMTI



In partnership with:

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RenewalSA provide an integrated approach to urban development on behalf of the Government of South Australia. Through new ways of delivering urban revitalisation, RenewalSA help create innovative places where people want to live, work and play. RenewalSA develop connected, accessible places that enhance South Australia’s distinctive lifestyle. Through meaningful partnerships with communities, industries and organisations RenewalSA create energising opportunities and living progress.


With over 145 Retail Convenience stores throughout metropolitan and regional South Australia, 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 4,000 across Peregrine Corporation including The Bend and Giftbox. Our investment in our People has seen OTR awarded 2018 National Large Retailer of the year and several team members acknowledged as finalists and winners of the 2018 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.

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.



Jim Whalley

South Australian Chief Entrepreneur | Chair of the 40 Under 40 judging panel

As South Australia’s first Chief Entrepreneur, Jim Whalley has been appointed to provide strategic advice to enable entrepreneurialism across all forms of business, industry and public sector in South Australia. He is a former air force fighter pilot and test pilot and holds a Master of Business Administration, a science degree and has completed the Harvard Business School OPM Executive Education Program.
Jim is a member of the Sir Ross and Keith Smith Advisory Committee, the council of the University of South Australia, the board of the Adelaide Festival, the Federal Government’s Defence Innovation Steering Group and a non-executive director of Australian Naval Infrastructure.

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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 last years Top 40 Under 40, and was awarded the State Contribution Award.


Sebastian Rees

GenWise Health

GenWise health was established in 2013 to provide a more structured and efficient model of care for General Practitioners caring for patients in residential aged care. With a vision to ensure all older Australians have improved access and choice of GP, Sebastian and his business partner have partnered with health professionals across Australia, providing tools and expertise to help establish, market and grow their health care businesses. GenWise was awarded the 2017 Telstra South Australian Business of the Year as well as the overall Australian Business of the Year. Sebastian was the inaugural winner of the InDaily 40 Under 40 First Amongst Equals Award.


Renee Draper

Peregrine Corporation

Renee Draper is Head of People at Peregrine Corporation; she is an experienced people and culture leader with a strong track record of developing and delivering on operational, strategic roadmaps.   She is overseeing the strategic initiatives and solutions that will set the paths to support business growth, modernisation, and sustainable performance by delivering on solutions to attract talent and develop the 4,000 employees across Peregrine’s businesses including OTR, Giftbox, The Bend Motorsportpark, and Peregrine construction divisions.  Before this, she was General Manager People & Culture at Benson Radiology for eight years and General Manager Human Resources and training within the not for profit sector for nine years.  Renee prides her self on not being a traditional HR practitioner.  She has a passion for transforming business and building strong cultures which have led to numerous career achievements.  She believes in working at a holistic level that encompasses an operational approach to delivering business outcomes.


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 Director 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.


Bianca Jennings

Piper Alderman

Bianca Jennings is a partner in Piper Alderman’s Corporate team, with a particular interest in the food, beverages and agribusiness industries.  She has positioned herself as a trusted advisor to a large variety of Australian and international clients including SMEs, not for profits and large corporate enterprises. Bianca advises on a broad range of corporate and commercial legal matters, including mergers and acquisitions, inbound investment and foreign investment approvals, business structuring and succession, fundraising, corporate governance and directors’ duties and privacy. Bianca is also an active board member, currently holding positions as a director of the Clare Valley Wine & Grape Association Inc and Deputy Chair of Potatoes South Australia Inc.


Penny Yap


Penny Yap is the Editor of SALIFE magazine, SALIFE Gardens & Outdoor Living, SALIFE Food & Wine and SALIFE Homes & Interiors. With more than 20 years in magazine publishing, Penny began her career in London, working with titles covering the international wine and beverage industry. Relocating to South Australia in 2007, Penny has worked across a range of lifestyle titles, and developed a particular interest in regional South Australia during her time as Editor of Barossa Living magazine. Penny enjoys bringing her readers the stories of the people and places 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.


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.

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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.

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