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40 UNDER 40: MOST INFLUENTIAL ASIAN-AUSTRALIANS 2021




Vietnamese-Australian actor, comedian and writer, Diana Nguyen has been named as the overall winner of the 40 Under 40 Most Influential Asian-Australian Awards for 2021, among a list that this year includes professional footballer and Olympian, Samantha Kerr, Captain of the Matildas and team member of the Chelsea Football Club in the Women’s Super League; environmental engineer, Qilin Wang, who transforms wastewater treatment plants into carbon-neutral energy generators; and Frances Voon, a refugee lawyer advancing the rights of forced migrants.


Diana Nguyen has been named the overall winner of the 2021 40 Under 40 Most InfluentialAsian-Australian Awards, for her leadership, creativity and humour in shining a light on inclusion and diversity in contemporary Australia. In a period of enormous upheaval and uncertainty for artists and entertainers, Nguyen reminds Australia of the power of authentic storytelling and community connections. Her renowned web series – Phi and Me – and podcast platforms including The SnortCast, have shown resourcefulness, great initiative and have had deep national resonance.

"There is a growing awareness and confidence among young Asian-Australians to step up as leaders, be recognised and be role models for others. It is an exciting near future for Australia and for organisations, like Asialink, dedicated to driving meaningful creative engagement with our region,” says Dr Pippa Dickson, Director of Asialink Arts and co-convenor of the Awards.

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2021 CATEGORY winners
Head of Machine Learning, Trust & Safety, Google
Principal, Abbotsford Primary School

STANLEY WANG

FRANCES VOON

Executive Director, Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, UNSW Sydney

Juliet Catherina Widyasari Burnett

Founder and director, A_PART; Artist, Opera Ballet Vlaanderen

SEIJI ARMSTRONG

JAYR TENG

Barrister, Victorian Bar Association
CEO and Founder, Hacker Exchange (HEX)

Jeanette Kar Yee Cheah

CELIA TRAN

Principal Adviser, Victorian Multicultural Commission
Associate Professor; FRSN; Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow, University of Technology Sydney

Qilin wang

Global Advocate for Gender Equality, UN Women

ZAHRA

SAMANTHA KERR

Captain, The Matildas; Forward, Chelsea FC

DIANA NGUYEN

Actor, Comedian, Writer

40 UNDER 40 MOST INFLUENTIAL ASIAN-AUSTRALIANS
2021

Overall Winner

Diana Nguyen
Actor, Comedian, Writer


Arts & Culture


Juliet Catherina Widyasari Burnett
Founder and Director
A_PART

Maria Tran
Managing Director/Artist
Phoenix Eye

Mindy Meng Wang
Composer/Producer/Modern Guzheng Performing Artist

Astrid Jorgensen
Director
Pub Choir

Robert Denish Wood
Creative Director
Centre for Stories


Community & Advocacy / Not for Profit

Frances Voon
Executive Manager
Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, UNSW Sydney

Erin Wen Ai Chew
Founder and National Convener
Asian Australian Alliance

Isabel Lo
Founder and Chair
Media Diversity Australia

Mong Linh Do
Director
Wattle Fellowship, Univeristy of Melbourne

Giancarlo de Vera
President
Australian GLBTI Multicultural Council, Australian Centre for Disability Law, People with Disability Australia and Out for Australia

Peter Cai
Director, Australia-China Relations
Lowy Institute For International Policy


Corporate


Seiji Armstrong
Head of Machine Learning, Trust & Safety
Google

Catherine Mah
Head of Corporate Strategy
TPG Telecom

Wing Yan Gloria Yuen
Chair of Cultural Inc and Head of Regulatory Response
NAB

Tracy Le
Chief Data and Analytics Officer (Acting)
PEXA


Education

Stanley Wang
Principal
Abbotsford Primary School

Jessica Yustantio

Academic
The University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Lee Martin
Senior Lecturer
Deakin University

Taj Pabari
Chief Executive Officer
Australian School of Entrepreneurship (ASE)


Entrepreneurship

Jeanette Kar Yee Cheah
CEO and Founder
Hacker Exchange (HEX)

Lisa Teh
Director and Founder
CODI Agency & Lisnic

Nick La
Founder
Weploy

Reggie Ba-Pe III
Founder
Club Media


Professions and Legal

Jayr Teng
Barrister
Victorian Bar

Amit Singh
Managing Director
Accenture

Hiroko Ito
Solicitor
Herbert Smith Freehills

Thuy Huong Rebecca Baggiano
Senior Associate
Fragomen (Australia) Pty Ltd


Public Sector/Government

Celia Tran
Principal Adviser
Victorian Multicultural Commission

Osmond Chiu
Senior Policy and Research Officer
Community and Public Sector Union

Charishma Kaliyanda
Councillor
Liverpool City Council


Nancy Lu Yang
Deputy Consul-General of Australian Consulate-General in Chengdu, China
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)


Science & Medicine


Qilin Wang
Associate Professor; FRSN; Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow
University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Associate Professor Xiaowei Wang
Lab Head, Molecular Imaging and Theranostics (MInT)
Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute


Eric Chow
Associate Professor and Unit Head
Monash University and Alfred Health


Noushin Nasiri
Senior Lecturer and Head of NanoTech Laboratory
Macquarie University

Associate Professor Sumeet Walia
Associate Professor
RMIT University


Sport

Samantha Kerr
Professional Footballer; Captain, The Matildas; team member, Chelsea FC
Matildas; FA Women's Super League


Under 25 Rising Star

Zahra
Global Advocate for Gender Equality
UN Women

Yash Dutt
Founder and CEO
Yuva AI

The 40 Under 40 Most Influential Asian-Australian Awards winners were selected with the help of leading executive search firm, JohnsonPartners, and a panel of judges that included Director of Asialink Arts at Asialink, University of Melbourne Dr Pippa Dickson; Former Socceroo Captain and humanitarian advocate Craig Foster AM; Founder and Chief Executive of iFLYflat SteveHui; Founder and Managing Partner at Johnson Partners Jason Johnson; Founding Partner of Kabo Lawyers and CEO at Aksara Group Konfir Kabo; Director of theCentre for Asian-Australian Leadership at the Australian National University (ANU) Jieh-Yung Lo; Australia Consulting Leader and ASEANZ Consulting CEO at PwC Australia David McKeering; Barrister and Overall Winner of the 2020 40 Under 40 Most Influential Asian-Australian Awards Lyma Nguyen; Chair, Non-Executive Director, Fellow of AICD and member of Chief Executive Women Katrina Rathie; Managing Director, Small and Medium Business at Optus Libby Roy; Chief Innovation, Marketing and Technology Officer at Stockland Sharmila Tsourdalakis; Chairman of Mering Corporation, Investor and Philanthropist Jason Yeap OAM.

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