May 24, 2019 tsfadmin

2019 Judging Panel

Dr Mimmie Watts

Dr Watts is a respected public speaker, strategic thinker and academic with local and global networks within academic institutions. She is an Honorary A/Prof in Public Health at Mekelle University in Ethiopia. Dr Watts is a Commissioner at the Victorian Multicultural Commission; Board of Directors at Women’s Health West (Deputy Chair for two years), a former Board Director at Western Health and currently serves on the Board of AMES Australia. She is a Member of the African Science & Innovation Council with the African Union and Chairs the Australian African Academic Network and currently leads the implementation of the Akirteh Institute of African Studies in Australia, the first of such African Institutes in Australia. She is the convenor of the African Diaspora Women Summit. She co-manages Achieve W Global. Dr Watts is the author of SAHARA, piercing the Thatch Ceiling; available on Amazon. As an academic at Victoria University for eleven years Dr Watts developed and led the Bachelor of Health Science in the College of Health and Biomedicine. She was appointed by the Department of Health to the reference group responsible for the implementation of the first Victorian Sexual and Reproductive Health Plan for the state. Dr Watts was born in Cameroon, started her career in Australia as a Registered Nurse, arriving in Australia as a skilled migrant before moving on to Academic and other Leadership roles.

Dr Watts is a strategic thinker, advocate, a public speaker and a Public Health Expert and a leader in women’s health, gender health and international health. Her expertise includes: women’s health, social inclusion, chronic disease prevention and management, health promotion, migrant and refugee health, strategic planning and health policy as well as curriculum development and teaching research methods.

Pro Vice-Chancellor Hung Nguyen

Hung Nguyen is Pro Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Swinburne University of Technology. With strong research interests in biomedical engineering, artificial intelligence, advanced control and neuroscience, he has developed several medical devices for diabetes, disability, fatigue, and cardiovascular diseases. Professor Nguyen has published more than 300 research articles and has been granted 12 full patents, received more than $6m of external competitive research funding, and has been involved in the generation of $9.5m of commercialisation income. Professor Nguyen was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2002 and was awarded the 2016 Chancellor’s Medal for Exceptional Research at UTS. He was Assistant Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Innovation) (2014-2017) and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology (2010-2014) at UTS, and was Founder/CEO of AIMedics Pty Ltd (2001-2006). He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Australia; the Australian Computer Society; and the British Computer Society.

Director Guosheng Yang Chen

Guosheng Chen currently holds a position of Director, Australia-China Studies Forum at RMIT University and is the Honorary University Fellow of RMIT. Prior to this Chen was the Head of Language Discipline at RMIT, and held this position for over 20 years. As an academic who actively engages in and leads educational and community work, Chen gives special attention to university students and graduates. She enjoys high reputation amongst local and international communities for successfully bringing up a new generation of young leaders to local and global professional areas. For more than three decades she has been the committee member of various language strategic development and advisory groups under Victoria Department of Education and Training, and holds over a dozen advisory roles in professional, business and community organisations in Victoria, wider Australia and China.

Professor Helena Parkington

Helena Parkington is a Professor at Monash University in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. She has led over 100 research projects for Monash since 1997, with a strong focus on pregnancy and birth. In 2014, she was one of a joint team from Monash University and the Melbourne Royal Women’s Hospital who discovered that an electrical switch in the muscle of the uterus that turns off to allow contractions to start, stayed on in overweight women. They found this to be the cause of difficult and dangerous births. In 2016, she was also one of the lead researchers in a report that found that snake venom may hold the key to breaking down plaques that cause Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr Bob Gao

Bob Gao specialises in international and comparative education, contemporary Chinese education and cross-cultural communication. He lectures in Business Chinese and Chinese Mandarin, as well as providing consultation for various international programs for Australian and Chinese business companies. In addition to this, Bao has been a keynote speaker for the Annual Conference for Primary and Secondary Teachers of Chinese, 5A (‘Chinese Youth and the Cultural Context of Language Learning’ August 2006) and the newsletter editor and council member for the Chinese Study Association of Australia (2003-2005).