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. 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.

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

GM Operations and Engagement

Sarah leads operations and engagement for SSE across NSW, with all academic members, industry partners, government and the broader eco system.

Sarah leads operations and engagement for SSE across NSW, with all academic members, industry partners, government and the broader eco system.

Contact Sarah (at) sse.edu.au

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Michele Scoufis

Academic Program Director

Michele brings to SSE more than 20 years of teaching in tertiary education both in Australia and South East Asia. She holds awards for outstanding teaching, has led/ co-led multiple cross institutional learning and teaching projects including in the design of curricula in cross disciplinary contexts, collaborative peer review of teaching, communities of practice and leadership in higher education.

Michele brings to SSE more than 20 years of teaching in tertiary education both in Australia and South East Asia. She holds awards for outstanding teaching, has led/ co-led multiple cross institutional learning and teaching projects including in the design of curricula in cross disciplinary contexts, collaborative peer review of teaching, communities of practice and leadership in higher education.
 She was one of two Australians selected to participate in the Carnegie Institute Leadership Program and has been responsible for leading the development of higher education policies, processes and implementation in relation to academic promotion, assessment, program and unit development, approval and review processes.
Michele received a National Teaching award for improving the quality of learning and teaching in a large university using a communities of practice approach.
Michele graduated with first class honours in psychology from Sydney University and Clinical Psychology from UNSW.
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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.

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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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 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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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.

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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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 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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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.

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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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.

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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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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