Chair of the Panel


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.

Matt Illman

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.


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