UWA business leaders recognised in the 2018 40under40 Awards

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A leading researcher from The University of Western Australia has taken out a top award at the 40under40 Awards, announced last night. Dr Tristan Clemons, who is working on therapeutics to help treat cancer, received the People’s Choice Award.

Dr Andrew Guzzomi from UWA and graduates Elizabeth Shaw and Adam Yap were also recognised in the 40under40 Awards. UWA’s Caine Chennatt was a finalist.

Established by Business News in 2002, the 40under40 Awards celebrate the passion, vision and achievements of Western Australia's finest young business people and the contribution they are making to the future of WA.

Outstanding UWA 2018 40under40 achievers


Dr Tristan Clemons - UWA School of Molecular Sciences
Winner of the 2018 People’s Choice Award
Winner of the Intrapreneur Category Award

UWA’s Dr Tristan Clemons specialises in nanotechnology. He creates therapeutics that will help treat cancer, burns and central nervous system injuries. Tristan’s work is supporting patients, helping make major advances in health and benefiting the WA economy. Tristan is a major advocate for science outreach and mentors thousands of science students to inspire the next generation of leaders. He is also a member of the Australian men’s hockey team and has won numerous high profile awards including WA Student Scientist of the Year in the Premier’s Science Awards (2013) and the WA Young Tall Poppy Science Award (2014).

Dr Andrew Guzzomi - UWA Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
Winner of a 40under40 Award

Dr Andrew Guzzomi is an agricultural engineer and researcher at UWA whose research is helping develop engineering solutions to challenging and complex global agricultural problems. Towards the middle of this century we will need to feed 50 per cent more people and restore vast areas of degraded land. Andrew’s research and inventions are helping address these issues. Andrew was instrumental in the development of a mechanical weeding device to overcome reliance on herbicides and in the development of ‘flaming seed’ technology that is changing how degraded land is restored using native seeds. In 2016 he was awarded WA Innovator of the Year.

Elizabeth Shaw - UWA graduate
Winner of the Professional Services Category Award

Elizabeth Shaw is a passionate gender equality advocate and commentator who holds the role of Associate Director at KPMG. Elizabeth leads KPMG’s approach to diversity and inclusion. She balances this role while serving as the President of UN Women Australia – the youngest person to hold this role and the first Western Australian. She is also the Deputy Chair of Inclusion WA and on the Steering Committee of the 30% Club, focused on increasing the number of female directors on ASX-200 boards. Elizabeth was recognised by AFR/Westpac as one of Australia’s 100 most influential women and a received a Western Australian of the Year Youth Award from Celebrate WA.

Adam Yap - UWA graduate
Winner of the Innovation & Technology Category Award

Adam Yap is a digital entrepreneur and Technical Co-founder of HealthEngine, Australia’s leading health technology company, that is transforming the way people access and experience healthcare. HealthEngine gives 1.5 million users every month greater control over how they manage their health, with services like online bookings, appointment reminders and medication management via a smartphone app.  Adam has grown HealthEngine from a five person startup to over 140 people nationally. He has attracted nearly $50 million in private funding for HealthEngine.


Caine Chennatt - UWA Cultural Precinct
40under40 Awards finalist

Caine Chennatt is a creative producer who manages arts programs at UWA and across Perth. Raised in the Middle East during the Gulf Wars and witnessing many human rights breaches, Caine was driven to make a difference to social inclusion and accessibility through the arts. Since arriving in Australia at age 17, his creative vision, programs and work with industry have been making the arts more accessible and engaging in WA.

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