An expert group of mentors and advisors will assist the finalists in South Australia’s Low Carbon Entrepreneur Prize to help develop their ideas by providing expertise, mentoring and collaboration with local businesses over the coming months during the incubation period.

We are grateful to the following experts for their time and contribution to this process.

Kym Winter-Dewhirst

Kym Winter-Dewhirst

Co-Chair of Advisory Panel

Chief Executive, Department of the Premier and Cabinet

Kym Winter-Dewhirst commenced as the Chief Executive of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet in January 2015, relocating to Adelaide from Brisbane. Prior to returning to South Australia, Kym was a senior Vice President within BHP Billiton, based between Melbourne and Brisbane. 

Dr Don Russell

Dr Don Russell

Chief Executive, Department of State Development

Dr Don Russell was appointed as Chief Executive of the Department of State Development on 1 July 2014. From 2011 to 2013, Dr Russell was the Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.

Wasim Saman

Wasim Saman

Professor of Sustainable Energy Engineering, University of SA

Wasim Saman is professor of sustainable energy engineering and Director of the Barbara Hardy Institute, University of South Australia.  His career has focussed on sustainable energy education and industry targeted research since the 1980s. He has published over 200 technical articles and supervised 31 post graduate...

Dr Jana Matthews

Dr Jana Matthews

Director and Professor, UniSA Centre for Business Growth

Professor Jana Matthews is an international expert on entrepreneurial leadership and business growth. As the ANZ Chair in Business Growth, Director of the UniSA Centre for Business Growth and the founding CEO of The Jana Matthews Group, Jana helps CEOs, corporate executives and boards unlock their...

Matthew Salier

Matthew Salier

Director, New Venture Institute

Matthew is a senior executive with broad experience in strategic and change management in the welfare, environmental and sports management fields. He is presently Director of the New Venture Institute at Flinders University which he founded in 2013.

Tim Jarvis AM

Tim Jarvis AM

Sustainability Strategist, Arup

Tim is an environmental scientist, author and adventurer with Masters degrees in environmental science and environmental law. He is committed to finding pragmatic solutions to major environmental issues related to climate change and biodiversity loss and uses his public speaking engagements, films and books about his expeditions and sustainability...

Stephen White

Stephen White

Energy for Buildings Manager, CSIRO

Dr White leads CSIRO's Energy Efficiency Research. He also manages the “Engaged Communities” Program in the Low Carbon Living Cooperative Research Centre (LCL CRC).

He has served on numerous national committees helping to inform government policy on building energy efficiency including (i) the NSW Climate Change Fund Ministerial...

Jasmine Vreugdenburg

Jasmine Vreugdenburg

​Manager, Innovation & Collaboration Centre

Jasmine is the Manager of the Innovation & Collaboration Centre, a strategic partnership between the University of South Australia, SA Government and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Jasmine has more than 15 years of policy and government experience across the portfolios of innovation and research in the higher education sector.