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Dr Catherine Ball

Associate Professor, Dr Catherine Ball is a scientific futurist, speaker, advisor, author, founder, executive producer, executive director and company director working across global projects where emerging technologies meet humanitarian, education and environmental needs. Catherine also likes to create businesses and champion movements, collaborate with peers, and advise game-changers.

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Testimonials for Dr Catherine Ball

Thank you again for taking the time to speak at the Women in Leadership event. It was great to have you there yesterday. Attendees have already shared very positive feedback. Your frank address brought a new perspective, contributed to an informed discussion and to deeper understanding of the complex issues you are leading on. We will continue to brief CEDA members and guests on important issues for the State and the nation and will always welcome your advice on this work.

CEDA Queensland

 

Brilliant! Catherine uses knowledge, experience and passion to engage and hold an audience to deliver inspirational messages.

VIEW - Voice, Interests and Education of Women

 

A very big thank you for presenting at our Women in Leadership breakfast this morning. We have had rave reviews about your speech and cannot thank you enough for coming along and adding such a great energy and mood to the event. I saw our guests laughing with you at one moment and then shedding a tear the next. You left our audience with inspiring messages and I am sure they all left today feeling positive.

Australia Property Institute

 

Many thanks for your valuable contribution to our GHD Executive Forum yesterday afternoon. We thought the forum was a great success and were delighted with not only your direct contribution, but also your valuable interaction with Virginia Trioli and all the other panelists.

GHD

 

A truly engaging speaker, your knowledge on RPAS technology and uses was a perfect complement to the theme of our business lunch – Drones, Big Data and the National Map. A very informative, inspiring and energetic address.

Executive Officer, Regional Development Australia

 

Securing Dr Catherine Ball as guest speaker at a recent forum proved a highly valuable investment. During her presentation, the room was captivated by her presentation which ticked all the boxes; informative, engaging and thought provoking. It was off the stage where Catherine totally exceeded our expectations. With her dynamic personality, approachable nature and generous character, Catherine enthusiastically interacted with organisers, exhibitors and attendees whilst happily responding to media requests promoting the event.

Western Downs Regional Council

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Dr Catherine Ball's Biography

Associate Professor, Dr Catherine Ball is a scientific futurist, speaker, advisor, author, founder, executive producer, executive director and company director working across global projects where emerging technologies meet humanitarian, education and environmental needs. Catherine also likes to create businesses and 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.

 

Having been called a ‘social architect’, Catherine likes to connect people from different backgrounds across common themes. A champion of diversity and inclusion, Catherine believes we need points of difference to truly innovate and curate the changes we want to see in the world. Working to protect the natural environment and empowering all members of society through mutual education are core aspects of the projects Catherine chooses to spend her time 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 at the heart of how we operate and curate emerging trends and capabilities. Catherine lives in Queensland with her husband and two sons.

 

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 is the only Australian on the International Advisory Board of the Schmidt Ocean Institute, which follows her work as a judge on the Ocean Discovery XPrize. A proud #SheFlies ambassador for Girl Geek Academy, and a mentor and advisor to the CEO of Women Who Drone, and a regular mentor to many rising stars across the STEM fields in Australia and abroad, Catherine believes in actively paying it forward.

 

An Associate Professor at the Australian National University and Honorary Associate Professor at the 3AI Institute; 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 two sons.

 

Some of the awards Dr. Ball has won include:

 

2020 – Lord Mayor's Business Awards: Outstanding Micro Business Winner

2020 – Analytics Insight World’s 50 Most Renowned Women in Robotics Award

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 

Speaking Topics Include

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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