Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

24 February 2021 7:00am to 9:00am


Grand Ballroom
Level 5
Hilton Hotel
190 Elizabeth St, Brisbane City

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Is it possible to create a future that is inclusive, unbiased and gender equal? How do we make the hard choices to take on the challenge of stepping up, taking action and leading change?

Find out at the annual Women in Engineering corporate breakfast hosted by the UQ Women in Engineering Alumni Ambassador Council as we hear from a panel of innovators leading change in the engineering community.

Alumni, industry and friends of UQ are invited to join us as we question and discuss the theme of “Choice, Challenge, Change: Create Your Future” with our experienced panel: Jo-Anne Dudley, Chief Operating Officer of Turquoise Hill Resources, Mark Fairweather, Managing Director (Australia) at HDR and Naureen Alam, Senior Manager, Data Value (Integrated Energy Operations) at AGL, who will share the choices they have made to challenge longstanding norms and how their actions have led to direct changes in industry and our future. 

What is your catalyst to create change for your future?

We look forward to seeing you there!

This event will comply with the required COVID Safe guidelines in line with the Hilton Hotel's COVID Safe event plans and Government advice. The details of any specific COVID Safe requirements for attendees will be provided closer to the event.

Event proceedings 

6.45am                       Guest arrival, registration and networking

7.10am                       Guests seated & official proceedings begin

7.15am                       Welcome from UQ Faculty of EAIT Executive Dean Professor Vicki Chen 

7.20am                        Breakfast served: Individual continental plus hot plated breakfast 

7.45am                        Panel session 

8.30am                        Audience Q&A with panel

8.45am                        Official proceedings conclude followed by time for networking

9.00am                         Event concludes

About our speakers

Jo-Anne Dudley
Chief Operating Officer, Turquoise Hill Resources

Jo-Anne Dudley was appointed to the role of Chief Operating Officer of Turquoise Hill Resources in 2019.  TRQ is a US and Canadian listed company focused on the development of the Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold Mine in Mongolia. Jo-Anne has over 25 years of experience in the mining industry, predominantly in underground metalliferous mining.

A Chartered Professional mining engineer, Ms. Dudley was awarded Fellow membership in 2016 from the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, was selected as the 2018 Exceptional Woman in Queensland Resources, and was also honoured to be named as one of the 2018 Global 100 Inspirational Women in Mining.

Mark Fairweather
Managing Director Australia, HDR

Mark works with HDR, a global company of 10,000 employees providing engineering and architectural services. HDR is a 100% employee-owned company known for maintaining a strong focus on employee training and career development, and providing opportunities that enable our people to build the careers they want.  

He leads HDR’s operations across Australia as Managing Director. Mark sees a key component of HDR’s future by building a diverse and capable team, and works with his team to create a culture at HDR that fosters creativity, innovation and teamwork. 

Mark is actively involved in a range of community and industry organisations which support diversity, career development and mental health. 

Naureen Alam
Senior Manager, Data Value and Enablement (Integrated Energy Operations), AGL

Naureen is an awarded change-maker in the clean energy industry and passionate about how to operationalise innovation to realise a sustainable energy future. She is a Senior Manager Integrated Energy Operations in the Data and Analytics Centre of Excellence, Future Business and Technology team at AGL.

In 2020, Naureen was awarded as an Engineers Australia's Young Engineer of the Year finalist and was accepted into EnergyLab's Women in Clean Energy Fellowship program to inspire, educate and support women to start clean energy startups. She is also a Girl Geek Academy Ambassador and an advocate for Women in STEM and leadership.

Naureen holds a Masters in Sustainability Leadership from Cambridge University, UK, is a Chartered Engineer with a Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering degree & Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Energy from UQ, and has written several publications.

UQ Women in Action Fund

This event is proudly supporting the UQ Women in Action Fund which supports female engineering, design and technology students to engage in community and industry based experiences - via study tours, student exchange, and short term professional and personal development experiences. By mobilising our best and brightest female talent, we hope to nurture young women who aspire to careers in these fields, and positively action diversity change beyond the university environment. For every $1,000 raised, a grant can be awarded to support an aspiring female student wanting to make a global impact.

Voluntary donations can be made to the Women in Action fund when completing your ticket purchase.


Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology Advancement Team 

Email: alumni@eait.uq.edu.au
Phone: (07) 3365 4302