The Value of Networking - South Australia

The Value of Networking - South Australia

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The Precinct Conference Centre

The Bragg Room

2 Ann Nelson Drive

Thebarton, SA 5031

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IMNIS welcomes you to our very first "Value of Networking" event where you will hear from high profile industry leaders in the MedTech-Pharma and Energy Resources sectors. Learn about the unexpected benefits of networking as our expert panellists discuss and share their advice. Topics will include: how to network effectively, how to connect with a range of professionals in different settings, how developing an extensive network can help with career development, how to break into new networks, and how someone can ‘give back’ to their network.

This event will include breakfast networking sessions half an hour before and after the panel discussions (7.30-8.00am and 9.00-9.30am). All IMNIS mentors and mentees are encouraged to attend and connect in person at this event.


Lee Walker-Roberts is Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Creat!ve Ju!ces, a global advisory and commercialisation firm that advises key stakeholders of start-ups and SME’s across the biotechnology, medical technology and other life sciences industry sectors. Lee has held senior executive, and advisory, roles in global high-tech high-revenue companies whilst also being instrumental in commercialising new technologies across multiple geographical locations. Further, as an experienced business leader and entrepreneur, Lee has co-founded four biotech start-ups.


Melanie Gentgall has had a somewhat diverse career, transitioning from specialist nursing roles across various disciplines to senior management and business leadership/executive roles, with a focus on research and research ethics - largely related to clinical trials. With a successful "green fields" business model in early phase academic and pharma sponsored clinical research established under her watch for one of Australia's Go8 Universities, Melanie is now responsible for the leadership of PRAXIS Australia. PRAXIS is an independent NFP, that was created to promote excellence in research and research ethics review, design and conduct in Australia and internationally. Through their training models and other services, PRAXIS aim to increase research outputs, improve research efficiency and most importantly, protect the welfare of research participants.

Mathew Palmer has 22 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry; 15 of those years being within CROs and the other 7 within pharmaceutical companies. His experience in the clinical research arena extends from phase I to phase IV and includes experience in multiple therapeutic areas. He is also the SA Branch Chair of AusBiotech. Mathew's current role is Director, Business Development at INC Research. Immediately prior to this, his role was Project Director for the Early Phase Development Asia Pacific Business Unit at INC Research. In this role he was responsible for the oversight of the Project Management team and the delivery of the early phase studies in Asia Pacific for INC Research. Prior to this, he was responsible for the management and coordination of the study start-up group operating in Australia and New Zealand for INC Research. With his expertise in these areas, coupled with regional experience, Mathew provides valuable insight into the conduct of clinical studies to expedite drug development.

Teof Rodrigues was educated in the UK with a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Nottingham. Teof joined Core Laboratories in 1981 and came to Australia with them in June 1981 where he worked in the Field Operations and then in the laboratories performing analyses on Petroleum Rocks and Fluids. Teof joined Santos in April 1984 as a Reservoir Engineer and had a 31 year career with the company. He was the Chief Reservoir Engineer for 6 years, a role in which he mentored many Engineers. After leaving Santos in April 2015 he set up Teof Rodrigues & Associates and has since worked on a number of projects on a broad range of issues. Teof still mentors Engineers at Santos and has taught at the Australian School of Petroleum.

Janet Skinner has over 28 years of experience as an exploration geologist within the oil and gas industry. Janet was an exploration geologist for Origin Energy and for the last 16 years she has been employed by Beach Energy in roles ranging from Senior Geologist to Manager of Growth Exploration – her current position. During her career she has explored the hydrocarbon potential of sedimentary basins in countries such as Egypt, Albania, Spain, Romania, Tanzania, New Zealand and Australia and is also a member of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. In addition, Janet has been a part of many varied projects that have included exploring for geothermal energy and investigating the geological storage of CO2 in a collaboration between industry, academia and government organisations.


Dr Marguerite Evans-Galea is the Executive Director of the Industry Mentoring Network in STEM (IMNIS) at the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering. In her scientific career she led biomedical research programs in the US and Australia, published in leading journals, served on the executive of professional societies and won several grants and awards internationally. Marguerite has received an Australian Leadership Award for her vision for the future of Australian science and is an inductee and Ambassador for the Victorian Honour Roll of Women.

  • Marguerite Evans-Galea

    Marguerite Evans-Galea


    Executive Director

  • Melanie Gentgall

    Melanie Gentgall

    PRAXIS Australia Ltd


  • Mathew Palmer

    Mathew Palmer

    INC Research

    Director, Business Development

  • Teof Rodrigues

    Teof Rodrigues

    Teof Rodrigues & Associates Pty Ltd


  • Lee Walker-Roberts

    Lee Walker-Roberts

    Creat!ve Ju!ces

    Chief Executive Officer

  • Janet Skinner

    Janet Skinner

    Beach Energy Ltd

    Manager of Growth Exploration

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The Precinct Conference Centre

The Bragg Room

2 Ann Nelson Drive

Thebarton, SA 5031

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