Judges

  • grahammcdonald

    Graham McDonald

    Graham McDonald has practiced law for 40 years. In his early career Graham was deeply involved in the establishment of legal services for indigenes. He was a Presidential Member of the Federal Administrative Appeals Tribunal for 20 years, during which time he also served as the inaugural Australian Banking Ombudsman and as Chairman of the Superannuation Complaints Tribunal.

    Graham has extensive experience as a partner in legal firms, as a barrister and has held a number of state and federal government appointments.

  • Judge Vanisa Dhiru

    Vanisa Dhiru

    Vanisa is the National Vice President for the National Council of Women New Zealand, and Trustee of the Inspiring Stories Trust. She is a member of the Asia New Zealand Leadership Network, and the only kiwi represented in the BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Global Network. As a Executive Judge for New Zealander of the Year for several years, and assisted with many national community awards, she has reviewed many outstanding people and projects across New Zealand.

    As previous Executive Director of the 2020 Trust, an organisation focused on digital inclusion projects and programmes across New Zealand, Vanisa is connected with a wide range of tech sector experts and networks in New Zealand. She is a Hootsuite Ambassador, an individual member of both InternetNZ and TUANZ.

  • Judge Alan Dee

    Alan Dee

    Alan Dee has been involved in the technology sector since writing his first basic program when he was 12. He started out his professional career involved in large scale technology projects spanning the resources, education and defence sectors for corporate and government clients.

    Over past 10 years, Alan has lead the creation and growth of multiple technology startups, riding the highs and lows that startup founders experience everyday. Today, he is highly active in the Australian startup community, taking leading roles in Fishburners, Startup Leadership Program and Startup Walkabout Melbourne amongst numerous other projects. Alan holds a Masters degree in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

  • Judge Denis Moriarty

    Denis Moriarty

    Denis is the founder and Group Managing Director of Our Community - Australia’s pre-eminent social enterprise. Denis has a strong background in executive management in both the public and private sectors. He has served as head of the Victorian Government's Information Service, Managing Director of Strategic Australia Pty Ltd and Commissioner and Deputy CEO of the Victorian Tourism Commission. Denis is a graduate of the Vincent Fairfax Ethics in Leadership program and the Williamson Community Leadership Program, and a member of several not-for-profit and private boards. Denis was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2001 for his work in establishing Our Community.