Elevate Advisory Group

STEM champions from across the breadth of academia and industry who will help shape an immersive program for scholarship recipients.

The Elevate Advisory Group comprises members representing ATSE, Elevate partner organisations and key stakeholders. They are all champions of equity and diversity in STEM and provide strategic oversight and direction for the program.




Marlene Kanga

Dr Marlene Kanga is a recognised leader of STEM organisations in Australia and internationally and is currently a non-executive director of Sydney Water Corporation, Air Services Australia, Standards Australia and BESydney and other boards involving innovation and the commercialisation of new technologies. She was previously Chair of the Department of Industry Innovation and Science R&D Incentives Committee (2013-2016), the largest government support program for industry based research and development in Australia.

The Elevate Advisory Group will champion diversity and inclusion, and help shape an immersive program for scholarship recipients, exposing them to inclusive leaders, programs, networks and organisations, that nurture and support their professional development and future careers. – Dr Marlene Kanga AO FTSE

Bill Cox

Bill Cox is Aurecon’s Chief Executive Officer, leading the company’s rapid growth including diversification across Digital, Advisory and Asia with a team of over 7,000 engineers, scientists and advisors.

Bill is a strong and passionate advocate for equality, diversity and inclusion, and was recognised by Engineers Australia as one of the Top 100 most influential engineers in 2015. He was appointed as a Fellow of Engineers Australia and the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering in 2019. He also sits on the University of Technology Sydney Faculty of Engineering and IT Industry Advisory Board and is an Advisory Board Member on the Leadership Forum of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers.


Natalie Weddell

Natalie is the General Manager of the Science Policy and Governance branch in the Department of Industry, Science and Resources. She has been a public servant in Australia and the UK for almost 20 years and enjoyed a varied career across many different policy and program areas including education, social services, infrastructure, and most recently regional development.  

Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith

Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith is a Professor of Practice in Science Communication at the University of New South Wales. As Australia’s Women in STEM Ambassador, she advises the Australian Government on gender equity in STEM. Her office works with the business, education and government sectors to increase the participation of women and girls in STEM education and careers. 

Lisa is a PhD astrophysicist with 20 years of experience in scientific research, including the use of supercomputers to gain insights from complex data on the evolution of stars, galaxies and black holes. She has written more than 50 academic publications and led global research teams. She was previously the project scientist at CSIRO for both the Square Kilometre Array – a continent-spanning, next-generation radio telescope that will survey billions of years of cosmic history – and its precursor, the $188M Australian SKA Pathfinder telescope. She is a recipient of the CSIRO Chairman’s Medal and the Eureka Prize for Promoting the Understanding of Australian Science Research.

Lisa is a TEDx speaker, regular science media commentator and author of five popular science books, including the international children’s bestseller Under the Stars: Astrophysics for Bedtime.

Dr Scarlet Kong

Dr Scarlet Kong is currently a project manager at DMTC Limited. She leads the Advanced Piezoelectric Materials and Applications Program and is on the committee for DMTC’s education program. Scarlet recently completed her PhD at UNSW Sydney in the School of Materials Science and Engineering. This was in collaboration with the University of Wollongong, Thales Australia and DMTC Ltd.. Her research explored the electro-mechanical response of textured ceramics for underwater acoustics applications. During her PhD, Scarlet co-authored multiple scientific publications and presented at national and international academic conferences. She was the student and community outreach officer for the UNSW’s School of Materials Science and Engineering. Scarlet holds a First-Class Honours in Materials Science and Engineering and Chemical Engineering from UNSW Sydney.

Scarlet participated in ATSE’s IMNIS Engage program as a mentee in 2019. She has a passion for science communication, STEM outreach, giving presentations and running workshops for students and the community. Scarlet has presented at the National Youth Science Forum, UNSW events, to NSW HSC engineering students, the University of Third Age and in the Sydney chapter of Young Scientist of Australia. Scarlet was interviewed for the Careers with STEM magazine in 2021.


Ingrid Marsh

Ingrid Marsh, is Director Partnerships and Business Development for Cicada Innovations, Australia’s pioneering deep tech incubator supporting companies solving the world’s most pressing problems through science & engineering. 

She is an impact driven leader with a passion for developing strategic growth initiatives, establishing trusted high-level stakeholder and business relationships to drive collaborative initiatives that support growth across the business cycle. She is a dynamic leader with more than 20 years’ experience working at the nexus of industry, investors, universities and government in state, national and international contexts.

In her current role, Ingrid leads commercial partnerships and develops new business opportunities. She has twenty years  experience as an economic development professional working at a strategic level, developing sector strategies and at the coal face delivering practical support to assist business growth. Her experience spans industry development, innovation programmes and international trade and investment at a state and federal level.

Ingrid holds a Masters of International Business and Law and BA Hons Social Science & International Studies majoring in Chinese.

Natalie Chapman

Natalie is a STEM commercialisation and marketing expert with more than 20 years of experience turning innovative ideas and technologies into thriving businesses. She founded and leads the rapidly growing, award-winning profit-for-purpose company gemaker, which takes innovative products and services to global markets by connecting clients to strategic partners, funding and customers. She is dedicated to promoting Australian research & innovation, building commercialisation capabilities within the research sector, women in STEM and reducing carbon emissions.

Natalie is also the Corporate Communications Manager for ASX-listed Alkane Resources and on the Industry Advisory Board for the UOW Faculty of Business and Law and Chair of the Industry Advisory Committee for the UNSW School of Chemistry. In 2018, Natalie received the UOW Alumni Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. In 2017, gemaker won a NSW Telstra Business Award.

Liam Ridgeway

Liam is a co-founder of Ngakkan Nyaagu (NGNY), an Indigenous owned digital agency, and Indigitek, a charity that provides learning and career pathways in STEAM for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. He is a descendant of the Gumbaynggirr and Dunghutti people of the North Coast of NSW, the Kullilli and Wakka Wakka people of Western and Southern QLD, and grew up on Gadigal country, Sydney. 

He has a passion to increase Indigenous participation in the digital economy and support the growth of a collaborative and sustainable Indigenous STEAM community. He aims to use his knowledge and networks in the technology industry to identify pathways for Indigenous communities to thrive individually and collectively.

Elevate Advisory Group Ex-Officio Members

Elevate Advisory Group Ex-Officio Members

Kylie Walker

Kylie is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), where she works with expert Fellows to provide expert advice to national leadership, lead crucial national conversations to solve complex challenges, and move towards a technology-powered, human-driven future. 

She specialises in connecting technologists, engineers and scientists with governments, business, media and society – skills built over many years in senior federal advocacy and communication roles in the science, technology and health sectors. 

As the past CEO of Science & Technology Australia, Kylie led campaigns to increase investment in Australian research and development, and created the acclaimed Superstars of STEM program, championing Australian women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. 

Kylie is a visiting Fellow at the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science. She has been Chair of the Australian National Commission for UNESCO, is a member of Chief Executive Women, and has been  named one of AFR’s 100 Women of Influence, for her work on improving equity, diversity and inclusion in STEM.

Dr Alison Every

After completing her PhD at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI), investigating immunotherapeutic approaches to prevent type 1 diabetes, Alison undertook research in vaccine development and inflammatory mechanisms associated with Helicobacter pylori infection in the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Melbourne. Here she discovered a passion for mentoring, advocacy and supporting early career researchers. As Director of the In2science STEM peer mentoring program she championed diversity, equity and inclusion in high school STEM education.

In her current role she oversees the high-profile suite of programs in the STEM Careers portfolio—STELR, IMNIS and Elevate—all designed to build diversity and equity of access and opportunity across the STEM study and career pipeline, through school, university and beyond.



Cover of Elevate Scholarship Guidelines showing women in different science, technology and engineering occupations
Elevate guidelines

These guidelines contain information related to the process of selecting Elevate scholars for the 2025 round of the Elevate and the conditions for the scholarships.

Diversity & inclusion
Women in STEM
Elevate guidelines 2.2mb / pdf