CEO &Team

Nick Kaye

Chief Executive Officer

Nick Kaye brings more than 20 years of experience to his role.

Prior to joining SSE, he was the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the prestigious Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship for a decade.

Nick Kaye brings more than 20 years of experience to his role as the founding Chief Executive Officer of the Sydney School of Entrepreneurship.

Prior to joining the Sydney School of Entrepreneurship, he was the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the prestigious Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship for a decade.

Kaye holds certificates from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, MIT Sloan School of Management, and The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He was awarded a Master of Science Degree, with distinction, in international business and finance from the Stockholm School of Economics, and has Bachelor Degrees in Arts and in Commerce from the University of Melbourne.

Kaye continues to act as a Senior Advisor, International Relations, to the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship.

He has served on the boards and steering committees of various organisations including the International Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Policy, TiE Nordic, the Center for Social Entrepreneurship in Stockholm, the Idea to Product Global Competition, the Transit Incubator, and Connect Eastern Sweden.

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Sarah Nelson

Director of Strategic Communications

Head of brand and stakeholder experience for SSE and reporting directly to the CEO, Sarah leads all communications including marketing, media, stakeholder engagement, partnerships and corporate affairs.

Head of brand and stakeholder experience for SSE and reporting directly to the CEO, Sarah leads all communications including marketing, media, stakeholder engagement, partnerships and corporate affairs.

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Mike Budnow

Chief Financial Officer

Mike is the Co- Founder and Partner of Standard Ledger Pty Ltd and our Chief Financial Officer.

Mike is the Co- Founder and Partner of Standard Ledger Pty Ltd and our Chief Financial Officer.

Contact Mike (at) sse.edu.au

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Xenia Pridmore

Engagement Coordinator

Xenia coordinates all engagement - events and communications - for SSE to engage with all stakeholders.

Xenia coordinates all engagement – events and communications – for SSE to engage with all stakeholders.

Contact Xenia (at) sse.edu.au

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Jeremy Hutton

EA to the CEO

Jeremy provides daily operational and logistical support to the CEO.

Jeremy provides daily operational and logistical support to the CEO.

Contact Jeremy (at) sse.edu.au or call (02) 9212 8758

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Board of Directors

Professor Mark Wainwright

Professor Wainwright
has more than 25 years’ experience as Chair and Board Member of co-operative ventures in the higher education and industry sectors including numerous co-operative research centres.

Professor Wainwright has more than 25 years’ experience as Chair and Board Member of co-operative ventures in the higher education and industry sectors including numerous co-operative research centres.

Prior to accepting the position of Chair of the Sydney School of Entrepreneurship (SSE) Board of Directors, Professor Wainwright was the Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of New South Wales.

Professor Wainwright holds a Doctorate in Chemical Engineering from McMaster University in Ontario, as well as a Master in Applied Science in Chemical Engineering and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Chemistry from the University of Adelaide.

Professor Wainwright is presently Chair, TAFE New South Wales Higher Education Governing Council; Chair, Intersect Australia; Chair, Smart Services CRC; Chair, Cancer Institute NSW Grants Program; Member, Hong Kong Polytechnic University International Advisory Board among a long list of distinguished board memberships, external committees, institutes and societies in Australia and overseas.

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Dr Raji Ambikairajah

Independent Director

Dr Ambikairajah is presently the Chief Operating Officer for Women in Banking and Finance. She has also been a Consultant for Driftwood Capital and Nectar Partners, as well as setting up the start-up companies, Vast Audio and Personal Audio.

Before joining the SSE’s Board of Directors, Dr Ambikairajah was Chair of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Sub-Committee of the Sydney Division, Engineers Australia, and Sub-committee Member of the Mentoring Committee of the Centre of Engineering Leadership & Management, and Higher Degree Research Committee of the Academic Board, University of New South Wales.

Dr Ambikairajah holds a Doctorate in Electrical Engineering, as well as an Honours Degree in Electrical Engineering, both from the University of New South Wales.

She is presently the Chief Operating Officer for Women in Banking and Finance. She has also been a Consultant for Driftwood Capital and Nectar Partners, as well as setting up the start-up companies, Vast Audio and Personal Audio.

Dr Ambikairajah is currently a Board Member of UNSW Innovations and Sub-committee Member of the Strategy Committee of the Sydney Chamber Opera. She is also an Interview Panellist for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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Professor Attila Brungs

Professor Brungs is the Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Technology Sydney. He has previously held senior positions with the CSIRO, McKinsey & Company and Science Know-How.

Professor Brungs is the Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Technology Sydney. He has previously held senior positions with the CSIRO, McKinsey & Company and Science Know-How.

Professor Brungs was awarded a First Class Honours Degree in Industrial Chemistry from the University of New South Wales (where he also received the University Medal). He is also a Rhodes Scholar, and has a Doctorate in Inorganic Chemistry from Oxford University.

Professor Brungs is currently Convenor, NSW Vice-Chancellor’s Committee; Deputy Chair, Universities Admission Centre Board; Advisory Board Member for NSW Data Analytics Centre, UTS Beijing, and the Australian Higher Education Industrial Association; and Chair, UniProjects. His experience includes many distinguished past board and committee memberships.

Some of Professor Brungs’ present key appointments include the Federal Government Research Data Infrastructure Committee; the NSW Innovation and Productivity Council; and the Universities Australia Vice-Chancellors Group, which are in addition to many other past government and institutional appointments.

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Professor Kevin Hall

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) at The University of Newcastle, Professor Hall, has a unique blend of higher education and private sector leadership experience, and is a lifelong innovator.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) at The University of Newcastle, Professor Hall, has a unique blend of higher education and private sector leadership experience, and is a lifelong innovator.

He has been in his current role for two-and-a-half years, and has held previous academic positions as Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and External Partnerships, University of Guelph in Canada; and Head of School, Queen’s University, Canada.

Professor Hall has more than 25 years of industry leadership experience, including 22 years as CEO and President of HCCL Engineering. He was also the Founder and Board Chair of Pathogen Detection Systems, a start-up that successfully sold to a multinational company.

Professor Hall’s experience as an Executive Board Member spans across 17 organisations in Canada and Australia, and he is currently a member of the Leadership Circle of the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centres.

Some of his society memberships include the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario, The Institution of Engineers of Australian International Association for Hydraulic Research, American Society of Civil Engineers American Beach and Shore Preservation Association, and The Coastal Education and Research Foundation, Inc.

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Professor Denise Kirkpatrick

Professor Kirkpatrick has been a senior academic in the field of education in Australia for 20 years with experience setting academic strategies in a variety of universities in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the Middle East.

Professor Kirkpatrick has been a senior academic in the field of education in Australia for 20 years with experience setting academic strategies in a variety of universities in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the Middle East.

Before joining the SSE’s Board of Directors, Professor Kirkpatrick was a member of its Steering Committee and Interim Board of Directors.

Professor Kirkpatrick was conferred a Doctorate in Teaching and Learning from the Edith Cowan University, a Master of Education from the University of Western Australia, as well as a Bachelor of Education from the Western Australian College of Advanced Education, and a Diploma of Teaching from the Western Australia Secondary Teachers College.

Professor Kirkpatrick is presently the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President, Academic at the Western Sydney University.

She is also a member of the Senior Executive Group at Western Sydney University, as well as being Chair of the University’s Academic Planning and Course Approvals Committee. Professor Kirkpatrick is also a board member in Joint Venture and External Partnership Entities.

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Fiona Pak-Poy

Ms Pak-Poy has more than 20 years’ experience working with the start-up community as an investor, mentor, board member, and entrepreneur.

Ms Pak-Poy has more than 20 years’ experience working with the start-up community as an investor, mentor, board member, and entrepreneur.

Before joining the SSE’s Board of Directors, Ms Pak-Poy held directorships including Chair in more than ten companies in Australia and the United States. She has also been an Investment Manager and Partner in the venture capital fund, Innovation Australia, and a Councillor for the Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCAL), as well as a Board Member of Adelaide Research and Innovation.

Ms Pak-Poy has an Honours Degree in Engineering from the University of Adelaide, and a Master in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. She has also lectured at the University of New South Wales, Macquarie University, and the University of Adelaide.

She is currently a Non-Executive Director for the Securities Industry Research Centre of Asia Pacific (SIRCA) and the iSentia Group Ltd (ASX:ISD). Ms Pak-Poy is also a Committee Member for the Biomedical Transnational Fund.

 

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Liane Sayer-Roberts

Before joining the SSE’s Board of Directors, Ms Sayer-Roberts founded Sauce Communications,
a public relations and events management company which is focused on working with organisations that are based in, represent or need to reach audiences in rural, regional Australia.

Before joining the SSE’s Board of Directors, Ms Sayer-Roberts founded Sauce Communications, a public relations and events management company which is focused on working with organisations that are based in, represent or need to reach audiences in rural, regional Australia.

With more than 20 years’ experience in the communications industry in Australia and New Zealand, Ms Sayer-Roberts specialises in strategic counsel, crisis communications, and reputation management. Her dual practice is in delivering value for people and businesses in rural Australia, as well as ensuring regionally based practitioners have access to rewarding career paths, and are able to participate in forums that will assist their future.

Ms Sayer-Roberts has previously been a Director of Riverina Citrus and Riverina Regional Tourism. She is a member of the Women in Entrepreneurship initiative of the Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional Development, Minister for Skills and Minister for Small Business, John Barilaro.

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NSW Government

The Hon John Barilaro MP

John Barilaro is the proud Member for the Monaro and was recently elected leader of the NSW Nationals and Deputy Premier of NSW. He is the Minister for Regional NSW, Skills and Small Business.
In our changing economy and with innovation forging the path for start-ups and SMEs to thrive, John has embraced the case for change and ensured that Government priorities are focused on creating a fertile ground for entrepreneurs and start-ups to cultivate new ways of thinking and new ways of doing business in NSW.

Photograph of John Barilaro NSW Deputy Premier
John Barilaro is the proud Member for the Monaro and was recently elected leader of the NSW Nationals and Deputy Premier of NSW. He is the Minister for Regional NSW, Skills and Small Business.

In our changing economy and with innovation forging the path for start-ups and SMEs to thrive, John has embraced the case for change and ensured that Government priorities are focused on creating a fertile ground for entrepreneurs and start-ups to cultivate new ways of thinking and new ways of doing business in NSW.

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Department of Industry

The NSW Department of Industry leads the state government's contribution to making NSW a fertile place to invest and to produce goods and services, and thereby create jobs and opportunities for our citizens

The NSW Department of Industry leads the state government’s contribution to making NSW a fertile place to invest and to produce goods and services, and thereby create jobs and opportunities for our citizens.

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