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Research Week event: Keynote address by Dr Marlene Kanga

From: Sandra Lawrence

Valid from: Wednesday 3 July 2024 to Tuesday 16 July 2024

The Diversity Imperative for High Impact Research & Innovation
Dr Marlene Kanga, AO


Date: Tuesday 16 July
Time: 11am – 12:30pm
Venue: Parramatta City Campus
Register: https://events.humanitix.com/keynote-address-the-diversity-imperative-for-high-impact-research-and-innovation

Dr. Kanga’s address will detail the transformation of engineering education to meet the world’s greatest challenge—climate change—and its role in accelerating our path to a net-zero carbon emission future. She will also discuss the transformation she led in engineering education to foster a diverse and inclusive culture. Her talk will emphasize the imperative of cultivating a more diverse pool of engineers who can develop crucial solutions for the well-being of the world.

Dr Kanga is an experienced Non-executive Director of Endeavour Energy, providing electricity distribution to Western Sydney, Air Services Australia, providing air navigation services across Australia. She is a director of iOmniscient Pty. Ltd. which has developed artificial intelligence for video technologies. She was formerly a non-executive director of Sydney Water Corporation, Australia's largest water utility and a board member of Innovation Australia.

She is Chair of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (UK) IChemE Safety Centre, providing international leadership for industry systems safety and Co-Chair of the Australian Government $42 million ELEVATE program to increase the number of women in STEM, that is being delivered by the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering.

A recognized leader of STEM organizations, she was the 2013 National President and Board Chair of Engineers Australia and the 2017-2019 President and President and Board Chair of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations, a UNESCO affiliate, representing 100+ nations and more than 30 million engineers. From 2011-2017, she was a vice-president and board member of the International Network for Women Engineers and Scientists (INWES) and hosted the inaugural INWES Asia Pacific Nation Network meeting in Adelaide 2011, which has led to 16 thriving women in STEM national networks in 2022.

Her significant international achievements include successfully founding World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development on 4 March, with unanimous approval for the proposal by the UNESCO member states and initiating and leading the review of international engineering education benchmarks to reflect contemporary values and approaches including diversity and inclusion. She continues to lead advocacy for more women in STEM at UN Women and the Commission on the Status of Women

For more information visit https://events.humanitix.com/keynote-address-the-diversity-imperative-for-high-impact-research-and-innovation

For further Research Week events, please visit the website at https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/research-week