Advisory Board

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The expertise and knowledge of our team of industry leaders ensures our programs not only meet but exceed expectations in quality of content, training of students and delivery of outcomes.

Our Advisory Board is comprised of leading specialists in STEM, digital technologies, neuroscience, corporate finance and cyber security.

Their invaluable guidance and support of our senior management has been instrumental in positioning Junior Engineers as Australia’s leading provider of coding, robotics and digital technologies education to primary and high school students.

Dr Lilach Avitan

Dr Lilach Avitan is a computational neuroscientist with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Statistics from Israel.

Determined to apply her knowledge on real-world questions, she transitioned to the discipline of neuroscience and was awarded a PhD in computational neuroscience with highest distinction. She subsequently moved to Australia to pursue her academic career at the Queensland Brain Institute at the University of Queensland where she regularly mentors research higher degree students and actively promotes women in science tackling issues of equity and diversity.

Her work with the Queensland Brain Institute involves researching how our brains process information in order to understand brain function, how to build more intelligent computing devices and how to develop brain-machine interfaces.

Recently Dr Avitan was selected by Science & Technology Australia to be a “Superstar of STEM”, showcasing Australia’s most dynamic female scientists as role models for young women and girls.

Kim Jacobs AM

Kim Jacobs is the Chairman and Founder of Inteq Limited which he established in 1988 which is a specialist corporate, strategic and financial advisory house based in Sydney, Australia.

He is also the Chairman of Online Media Holdings Limited (trading as Local Measure) which is a public company specialising in customer intelligence using social media; Chairman of Camp Quality, a national charity assisting children whose lives have been affected by cancer; and a member of the Advisory Board of UTS Business School.

Kim has also held the position of President of the Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce (NSW Division), Non-Executive Director of the Weizmann Australia Institute, Non-Executive Director of Concept Systems Limited (ASX Listed payroll and systems company), WorldNet Communications Inc. (US Telecommunications Company) and The Shalom Institute.

In 2016, Kim was awarded the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to business through a range of senior roles, from Australia-Israel relations, to higher education and to the community.

Kim brings extensive experience in investment banking, strategic and financial management, M&A, project finance, corporate advice and corporate governance. His clients have included resource, technology, transportation, agricultural, health care and life sciences companies as well as universities and he has been involved in more than $4 billion of transactions.

Leigh Angus

Leigh Angus has various degrees and certificates in Organisational Psychology, Social Science, Technology Management, Adult Education, Company Directorship, Financial Valuations and Venture Capital Management from Australia universities, AICD and UC Berkeley. She is also Adjunct Professor for ITEE at The University of Queensland and member of their Industry Advisory Board.

Currently Head of Innovation and Commercialisation at ASB, which is part of the Australian-based CBA Group, her role is to oversee an innovation lab consisting of engineers, HCD and experimentation specialists for research, rapid prototyping, customer validation and commercialisation activities related to emerging technology, customer experiences and new business models developed by either ASB or its partners.

Leigh has built a successful career creating technology and digital platforms, programs and teams and has worked with large corporates, research labs, commercialisation units as well as hi-tech start-ups in Israel, China, Australia and now NZ.

William Ulyate

William Ulyate is a trusted advisor to government, military and enterprise organizations with an in-depth knowledge of international security issues and trends, particularly in the cyber-crime and threat intelligence arena.

William has been involved in the defense and cyber security industry for over 15 years. Having worked in Europe, the Middle East and South Africa he still travels to Israel regularly where he has strong contacts in the defense, technology and start-up sectors.

Currently working for Content Security as their Queensland General Manager, William is responsible for helping organizations implement a blueprint for security that aligns with business needs.

William is also Vice President of the Australian Israel Chamber of Commerce (QLD), a Director for Camp Quality (Children’s Cancer Charity), Chairman of the Strategy & Revenue Committee in Queensland, and sits on a number of other boards in the technology and startup sector.

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