Meet the Speakers at our Australia and New Zealand STEM Careers Event

Mar 08, 2022 Events 8 minutes read

On Thursday 10th March, we are running our Australia and New Zealand STEM Careers Event, with knowledge partner QuantumBlack, a McKinsey company. This event is perfect for STEM students and recent graduates who identify as women or non-binary and are passionate about a career in a STEM industry.

During the event, attendees will have the chance to network live with employers, apply for opportunities, browse company stalls, watch a live panel session and hear inspiring speaker sessions from company representatives.

Let’s take a look at who will be presenting during the day.

Welcome talk presented by STEM Women and knowledge partner QuantumBlack, a McKinsey company.

Our event will begin with a welcome talk from STEM Women Events Manager, Sophie Chadwick. Sophie will run through the event agenda, the exhibiting companies and introduce our event sponsors. This will be followed by a welcome address from knowledge partner QuantumBlack, a McKinsey company.

Event Host – Dr Juliette Tobias Webb

Dr Juliette will then be taking over from Sophie to introduce our speakers and chair our panel sessions.

Dr Juliette Tobias-Webb is a Chief Behavioural Scientist, Women in Leadership MBA Lecturer, Superstar of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and soon to be Homeward Bound (Antarctica) explorer. Juliette is passionate about translating science into practice; using the best behavioural insights to tackle some of the most challenging work and societal issues.

“I am looking forward to hearing about all the innovative ways to apply STEM in the workplace now and in the future.”  

Event speakers

QuantumBlack, a McKinsey company

Amanda Winchester, Expert Associate Partner

“We’re excited to share with participants how QuantumBlack works with top-tier organisations around the world to apply data to challenging, real-world business problems and strategies.  We’ll share case examples of the types of work we do, where we are in tackling the diversity challenge of creating opportunities for women in tech disciplines as a Firm, and why we’re excited about the next wave of female STEM talent. Through this forum, we hope to provide participants with the opportunity to ask questions, get advice, and learn more about the diverse set of careers available to those emerging from their studies with STEM degrees.”

Narry Kim, Recruiter, Sandra Chen, Data Scientist, Daisy Wood, Data Scientist, Mary Tang, Data Engineer

Broadly, the team will share how they launched a career in STEM, and what life is like in QuantumBlack. Narry of course will share what diverse opportunities are available at QuantumBlack, and how attendees can go about applying.

Lion Co

Hayley Ann Adamson, Capital Programme Manager – NZ





“Enchanting’ an interest in STEM must start at the earliest of age. Role models (parents, teachers, guardians) should encourage young girls to play with toys which promotes problem solving, creativity, analytical thinking and argumentation. Classifying toys (or sports, colours, careers) to a gender limits mental and physical development.”


Amelia Carrozzi, Business Manager, Customer Service & Technology Transformation

“Having joined Westpac over four years ago as a Technology Graduate, I’ll be sharing my Graduate experience, plus how I’ve navigating roles within the company since, and some of the incredible programs I’ve had a chance to lead (like our Westpac Young Technologists Scholarship and Women in STEM mentoring program).”

Vaish Kokirala, Scrum Master in Data Platforms

“People think technology is all about coding and writing programs but it’s much more than that. It’s about bringing together like-minded people who are passionate about technology”

BAE Systems

Anthea Mills, Head of Engineering – People Development





“I am excited to be joining the STEM Women networking event to share the challenging and varied work that BAE Systems undertake in support of our Australian Defence Force.  My hope is that the women attending will be inspired to apply to our graduate or internship programs.”

Elizabeth Murphy, Software Team Lead


What I am most looking forward to is connecting with this next generation of women in STEM, listening to their ideas and explaining the wonderful opportunities BAE has available for them that I have been lucky enough to benefit from first hand.”

Anika Talukder, Project Engineer

“I am looking forward to sharing my experience on the Graduate program and how my diverse the range of work at BAE can be.


Lisa Xie, Forward Deployed Software Engineer

Grace Johnson, Deployment Strategist, Palantir Technologies

“Grace graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Commerce and Masters of Engineering (Software) before joining Palantir in 2019. She has experience living and working across Europe, Australia and New Zealand, with a primary focus on government customers. Grace will discuss how she ended up in a Software career, the importance of mentorship and navigating male-dominated workplaces.”



Simone Yearsley, Talent Acquisition Business Partner

“Promoting the best you! Covering our application process, rocking your resume and how to impress at an interview. Looking forward to support and growing women within our workplace at NEC.”

Danielle Xu, IT Graduate

“Looking forward to meeting some fantastic people and expanding my network.”


Sairah Hamid, Technology Recruitment Lead

“Explore your options at Optiver” – an introduction to what we do, opportunities available to students, and our perks and benefits.”

Suganya Suresh: Korea and Taiwan IT Team Lead

“I started with Optiver in 2014 as a graduate software developer in the Taiwan IT team. As a small team it gave me the chance to tackle a variety of interesting problems in different spaces. After six years growing as an individual contributor within Optiver I was ready for a different challenge so stepped into a leadership role. Our team now is responsible for developing the trading system and algorithms that are targeted towards trading effectively in the Korea and Taiwan exchanges.”


Linh Pham, Associate, Digital Settlements


Shannen Loudon, Head of Engagement APAC

“mthree is the emerging talent and reskill training partner for public and private organizations across the globe. Future-proofing businesses for the ever-changing technology landscape is more important than ever. The pace of change is on the up, widening the gap between the skills needed and their availability in the current workforce.  Mthree bridge this gap for employers by providing high-quality training through our mthree Academy, where graduates receive training from Subject Matter Experts with in-industry experience and hands-on support from Tutors.  We are looking forward to meeting talented STEM graduates and sharing how mthree helps launch their careers and support them on a 2 year development programme in Banking Services, Software Development or Production Management pathways.”


Kate Brodie, Director of Digital AI

Kate Brodie is the Director of Digital AI at Optus, leading next-generation AI powered experiences for Optus to create lasting customer relationships and become a most loved everyday brand. Over the last 3 years, Kate has spearheaded AI at Optus, having led the Virtual Agent program from POC to scale and built teams from the ground-up; creating one of the first personalised transactional virtual agents in the market. This has paved the way for Google to partner with Optus as one of the first few companies in the world to co-develop experiences and change the way people interact with brands. With an extensive background in strategy, digital technology and marketing, Kate’s passion is for empowering people with diverse skill-sets and backgrounds to create digital products that impact people’s lives positively.


Kate’s presentation will cover:

  1. No risk, no return – my career journey to date
  2. Knowing your why
  3. Lessons learnt

“What I’m looking forward to is creating more positive impact and having some fun along the way.”


Aroha Steele, Head of Solution Centre A/NZ

“Being a woman in a male dominated field is actually a great advantage as we bring a different range of skills and perspective to a team. I’ve had a bunch of different roles over time and am now leading a group of over 150 people who build investment platforms that open up wealth for a range of clients. I’d love to chat with you all about my experience and share some practical tips that have helped me throughout my 20+ year career in technology.”

Slalom Build

Michelle Oh, Principal – Solution Ownership.






“I will be talking about common scenarios you might experience in your first job out of university, and how to navigate these. I will also share some frameworks which can help attendees work through difficult conversations in their personal or professional lives.”

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