Showing that you can overcome adversity to impact change, Melinda Cruz is the award-winning founder of Miracle Babies Foundation. She is a published researcher, influencer, and expert speaker on topics such as not-for-profit start-ups, social entrepreneurship, health, and consumer advocacy, and living a life of inspired action. She is also currently working on publishing her first solo book.
Social Entrepreneurship: Starting the Foundation in 2005 after having three premature babies, the incredible difference Melinda has made to thousands along with her impact as a successful entrepreneur, has seen her win numerous awards including the 2011 EY Social Entrepreneur of the Year and also be a regular guest on radio, TV, podcasts, and speaker at national and international conferences. In 2013, Melinda was inducted into the Australian Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame and was a 2015 NSW Woman of the Year - Premiers Award finalist. She now sits on the panel of judges for Australian Entrepreneur of the year
Research and Consultancy: She is a trusted consumer expert to medical professionals seeking to improve treatments for premature and sick babies and the impact it has on the family unit. In 2012, she was awarded the title of Honorary Research Associate by the University of Sydney and was the first parent to be invited as an Associate Investigator on a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) neonatal trial.
In 2014, Melinda joined the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand's (PSANZ) Consumer Advisory Panel as their inaugural Chair and accepted a position on the PSANZ Clinical Trials executive committee. In 2016, she joined the NHMRC Clinical Trials Ready Development Committee and in 2017 and 2018, was part of two award-winning global trials improving the lives of millions of premature newborns. Melinda also sits on the Red Cross Blood Service Milk Bank Advisory Committee.