September 5, 2019

Level 36
Tower Two
727 Collins St
Docklands, VIC

APR.Intern is delighted to be putting the spotlight on the contributions of women to Australian innovation at STEMFest 2019.

Join us for an afternoon with some of Australia’s outstanding women in STEM. Discover how their careers have impacted leading Australian businesses including Flamingo AI, KPMG, Toyota and Cochlear. Be inspired by their stories, their impact on Australian innovation and their influence as mentors for future generations.

Network with industry, academic and government STEM leaders, promote your brand, expand your network and contribute to this important national conversation.


STEMFest 2019
STEMFest 2019
STEMFest 2019
STEMFest 2019
National Chairman, KPMG
Non-Executive Director, Male Champions of Change
Chief Executive, Australian Academy of Science
Founder & CEO, Flamingo Ai
Director, APR.Intern
Manager Professional Development, Toyota
Senior Systems Project Manager, Cochlear

Event Program


MC Introduction
Anna-Maria Arabia, Chief Executive, Australian Academy of Science

Anna-Maria has over 20 years’ experience in the science sector and is an experienced Chief Executive.

She currently leads the Australian Academy of Science, an independent not for profit organisation that provides authoritative and influential scientific advice, represents Australia on key international scientific bodies, builds public awareness and understanding of science, and champions and supports excellence in Australian science. In this role, Anna-Maria has led significant reform in global science engagement, in science policy matters; and in addressing gender equity in science.

Starting her career as a neuroscientist, Anna-Maria undertook medical research in Australia and abroad, before applying her skills to policy development both in the Australian public service and in politics where she has provided policy advice across many social and economic portfolios.

She has held several senior executive positions in the science sector as CEO of Science  and Technology Australia and Deputy Director at Questacon. In these roles, Anna-Maria has worked extensively with parliamentarians, the business and community sectors, and the media.

She is a strategic and dispassionate advocate for science, social justice, diversity and inclusion.


Welcome Address
Professor Gary Hogan, Director, APR.Intern

Gary Hogan joined the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute in 2018 as Executive Director of its national PhD internship program, APR.Intern. He responsible for leading stakeholder engagement and corporate relations with government, universities and industry partners.

Gary has held executive and advisory positions at KPMG, RMIT, UNSW and the Victorian Government and is currently an Enterprise Professor at the University of Melbourne. He is passionate about APR.Intern’s ambition to transform the futures and career trajectories of STEM PhD students across Australia, not to mention the innovation dividends that will be delivered to the Program’s industry partners.


Unconventional and Authentic: Navigating Success in a Traditionally Male Marketplace
Dr Catriona Wallace, Founder & CEO, Flamingo Ai

Based in the US and Australia, Catriona Wallace is the Founder and CEO of Artificial Intelligence FinTech and ASX Listed company (ASX:FGO) Flamingo Ai, provider of Machine Learning based Cognitive Virtual Assistant technologies. Flamingo Ai is the second only woman led (CEO & Chair) business ever to list on the Australian Stock Exchange.

Catriona has a PhD in Organizational Behaviour: Human Technology Interaction and is a well published author and commentator. Catriona is one of the world’s most cited experts on the Artificial Intelligence, Customer Experience, Ethics & Human Rights in technology and Women in Leadership.


Male Champions of Change
Andrew Stevens, Non-Executive Director, Male Champions of Change

Andrew Stevens is the Chairman of the Board of Innovation and Science Australia, an independent statutory board with a mandate to provide strategic, whole of government advice on science, research and innovation matters.

He is also Chairman of the Data Standards Body for the Consumer Data Right implementation in Australia. He is a Director of Stockland Group Limited, Thorn Group Limited, the Greater Western Sydney GIANTS and CEDA.

He is a member of the Advisory Executive of the UNSW School of Business, and the Male Champions of Change, a group of CEOs and Directors working to make gender equality a reality.


Afternoon Tea Break


Breakout Session 1: KPMG
BE WHAT YOU CAN SEE | Nurturing STEM female talent
Alison Kitchen, National Chairman, KPMG

Alison Kitchen is the National Chairman of KPMG Australia and is a member of KPMG’s Global and Regional Boards. Alison has held a variety of management and governance roles within the partnership as well as serving as an External Audit Partner for a range of major ASX listed companies.

Alison has worked in geographically diverse and complex operating environments across a diverse range of industries including energy, mining, transport, consumer goods and financial services.


Breakout Session 2: Toyota
CHANGING LANES | STEM: Critical Skills in a Disruptive World
Geraldine McKenzie-McHarg, Manager Professional Development, Toyota

Geraldine McKenzie-McHarg joined Toyota Australia in 2004 as a Plant Chemical Engineer, supporting local vehicle manufacturing at the Altona manufacturing plant (now closed). In her numerous roles at Toyota, Geraldine has gained experience in the practical application of Toyota Production Systems including production planning and efficiency, new model introduction, energy and environmental management and facilities and maintenance management. Geraldine’s current portfolio includes building employee capability, focusing on Toyota’s global tools, including problem solving; manager and leadership development; and the establishment of an internal instructional design team, offering learning solutions to business partners within Toyota. 

Prior to joining Toyota, Geraldine lived and worked in the UK. Geraldine’s primary role is raising her two active children, continuing to develop her own knowledge and skills and sharing her passion for STEM.


Breakout Session 3: Cochlear
EXPANDING THE TALENT POOL | From Concept to Reality: Delivering New Technologies to Transform Lives
Rachael Moore, Senior Systems Project Manager, Cochlear

Rachael Moore is a Senior System Project Manager at Cochlear Ltd and has held this role since 2011. She is responsible for the delivery of Cochlear Implant Systems developed by local and international teams. Prior to Cochlear, Rachael held positions at two other Australian Medical Device companies – Nanosonics and ResMed.


Panel Discussion
FOMO: Power your Female STEM Workforce
Beyond 50/50 in 2020: Foundations for Sustained Change

Anna-Maria Arabia, Chief Executive, Australian Academy of Science (EmCee)

Alison Kitchen, National Chairman, KPMG

Andrew Stevens, Non-Executive Director, Male Champions of Change

Dr Catriona Wallace, Founder & CEO, Flamingo Ai

Professor Gary Hogan, Director, APR.Intern

Geraldine McKenzie-McHarg, Manager Professional Development, Toyota

Rachael Moore, Senior Systems Project Manager, Cochlear


Closing Remarks


UniBank Networking Drinks


STEMFest 2019


APR.Intern is Australia’s only all-sector all-discipline PhD internship program, transforming businesses through short-term 3-5 month industry-university research collaborations. A not-for-profit, the program acts as a catalyst for innovation and advancement in STEM.

Event Date & Time

Thursday 5 September 2019

2.00-6.00pm (followed by networking drinks from 6.00-7:00pm)


KPMG Australia, Level 36, Tower Two, 727 Collins St, Docklands