Overall Winner

Dr Muneera Bano

Lecturer and Software Engineer

Dr Muneera Bano

Vietnamese-Australian solicitor, advocate, organiser and Community Development Manager at Marrickville Legal Centre, Mrs Nguyen-Tu Le has been named the overall winner of the 2022 Most Influential Young Asian-Australian Awards, for her powerful contributions to the Asian-Australian Community.

Her inspiring journey in the community legal sector assisting victim-survivors of domestic, family and sexual violence embarks a remarkable recognition towards the Asian-Australian community. She is committed to advocating for greater diversity and justice in Australian society and politics and was featured as one of 21 Inspirational Women of 2021 in Vogue Australia.

Amongst the 40 awardees this year are vocalist, producer and multidisciplinary artist, Rainbow Chan, through her multi-faceted practice, she strives to raise awareness of Asian-Australian art & culture and celebrate Australia’s diverse cultural heritage; a biomaterials engineer, Academic Fellow, and Deputy Head of School (Education) at the School of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Sydney, Dr Young Jung No, who has been active in mentoring Asian students through unique challenges during university, and seeks contribution from First Nations peoples to increase engagement with engineering; and the three-time TEDx speaker, Founder and Speaker of Breathe Mr Jahin Tanvir, as a first generation migrant, his vision is to empower people from diverse backgrounds in decision-making and to be a role model to show that young multicultural voices matter and should be given importance.

“Significant bias, discrimination and racism exists against Asian-Australians in both work and non-work situations. To date, there is a lack of focus by senior leaders on leveraging Asian-Australian talent. At a time when everybody is complaining about the lack of talent, the Awards put Asian-Australians under the limelight by celebrating their journey in reaching such an awe-inspiring milestone” says Martine Letts, CEO of Asialink Group.

Trailblazing software engineer Dr Muneera Bano has been named the overall winner of the inaugural 40 Under 40 Most Influential Asian-Australian awards, a list that includes well-known educator Eddie Woo, author Benjamin Law, infectious disease specialist Dr Meru Sheel and Airtasker founder Tim Fung.

Dr Muneera is an academic and researcher at the Swinburne University of Technology. She works at the intersection between computers and humans – looking for ways to engineer technology to work better with the people that use it.

“Dr Bano is a highly visible role model for women in STEM, whose personal journey is incredibly inspiring,” says Jason Johnson, Managing Director of executive search firm Johnson, and one of eight judges responsible for identifying this year’s winners.


Category Winners

Arts, Culture & Sport
Community & Advocacy
Public Sector / Government
Science & Medicine


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