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Dr Catherine Ball Travels from Brisbane, QLD

Catherine Ball


  • Achievements
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  • Science
  • Technology

Catherine Ball is an associate professor, advisor, author, speaker, founder, executive producer, executive director, company director, charity patron, future-thinker, wife, mother, and a bit of a rebel.

Catherine enjoys working across global projects where emerging technologies meet humanitarian, education and environmental needs alongside world-leading academics and outliers.

Catherine also likes to create businesses, champion movements, collaborate with peers, and advise game-changers.

A sought-after voice across the start-up, futurist and tech world, Catherine works globally across a wide range of projects from creating documentaries and world-leading conferences and events to advising on the use of novel approaches (e.g. drones) across environmental and humanitarian projects. Catherine is a proponent of community engagement with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), and likes to demystify emerging tech.

A ‘social architect’, Catherine likes to connect people from different backgrounds across common themes. As achampion of diversity and inclusion, Catherine believes we need points of difference to truly innovate and curatethe changes we want to see in the world. Working to protect the natural environment and empowering allmembers of society through mutual education are core aspects of the projects Catherine chooses to spend hertime and energy on.

Catherine continues to support Australia as being the world leader in the advancement of ethically driven technological applications. Industry 5.0 is emerging; with society and community is at the heart of how we operate and curate emerging trends and capabilities.

Currently, Catherine is the 2020 patron of the Tech Girls Movement, a #SheFlies ambassador for Girl Geek Academy, and a mentor and advisor to the CEO of New York based Women Who Drone, as well as a mentor to the #SuperstarsofSTEM project by Science and Technology Australia.

An Honorary Associate Professor at the Australian National University, and an Industry Fellow at the University of Queensland; Catherine is leading national conversations around technology and its place in the current and future challenges in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

Catherine’s latest business ventures include the internationally renowned World of Drones and Robotics Congress, established in Brisbane in 2017 and the free community resources of World of Drones Education, established in 2018.

Catherine is a board director for Aviation Australia, and is on the international advisory board for the Ocean Impact Org, a not-for-profit ecosystem for businesses working towards a healthier ocean. Catherine holds a BSc Honours (Environmental Protection) and a PhD (Spatial Ecology, Descriptive and Predictive Statistics) from the University of Newcastle- upon-Tyne in the United Kingdom.

Catherine lives in Queensland with her husband and 2 young sons.

Awards and Honours:

2018 – Drone World UAV Congress 2018: Global UAV Award

2017 – AFR’s BOSS Magazine True Leaders Game Changers

2017 – Women in Leadership Awards – Finalist Innovation Category

2016 – Financial Review & Westpac 100 Woman of Influence

2016 – Top 25 Women in Robotics List

2016 – Courier Mail QBM Magazine: 25 Influential Movers and Shakers of Queensland

2015 – AFR’s BOSS Magazine Young Executives of the Year Winner

2015 – National Telstra Business Woman of the Year, Corporate and Private Award

2015 – Queensland Telstra Business Women’s Awards Winner

2015 – Queensland Telstra Business Woman of the Year, Queensland Corporate and Private Awards Winner.

2015 – Innovator of Influence at Innovation Week

2015 – Courier Mail Q Magazine: Queensland 50 Best and Brightest

Keynote Titles

  • Gigs and Start-Ups: The Future of Business is not the same as the Future of Work
  • The Education Revolution and the age of the ‘never-graduate’ Student
  • Beauty and The Beast: How Artificial Intelligence (AI) will allow us to be more human
  • Diversity and Success are Two Sides of the Same Coin: Why we need points of difference to truly innovate.
  • Industry 5.0 (Boardroom Briefing)
  • Where X marks the spot: Geo-ethics, location data, and the rise of drones.

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