"Don't underestimate the power of your vision to change the world. Whether that world is your office, your community, an industry or a global movement, you need to have a core belief that what you contribute can fundamentally change the paradigm or way of thinking about problems." Leroy Hood

iAccelerate is run by a small group of passionate professionals who believe in the potential of the Illawarra region to reinvent itself into a thriving innovation + technology hub.

Omar Khalifa circle 2016

Chief Executive Officer, iAccelerate | Email: | LinkedIn

Omar Khalifa is the CEO of iAccelerate, and is driven by fuelling new ideas through innovation and collaboration. Omar has a passion for entrepreneurship particularly in the in the social enterprise and sustainability space and is driven by the possibilities that the interception of creativity and technology can deliver to innovation. Omar’s vision for iAccelerate is to create a place where artists, students from all disciplines, researchers and the community can rub shoulders and get exposed to new ideas to create sustainable businesses in the Illawarra. Omar has had a diverse career working with many businesses undergoing transition and growth, delivering new products and services in digital and technology-driven sectors including Apple Computer; Hewlett Packard; Optus; Telstra BigPond; Citigroup; and the Business Council for Sustainable Development. 


Melissa Ryan 15

Innovation Development Senior Manager | Email: | LinkedIn

As a senior member of the ICR team I develop and implement business and marketing strategy to enhance UOW's traction within the commercial marketplace via research, technology transfer and key initiatives such as iAccelerate. I have a strong corporate background in marketing and communication strategy, relationship building and business development.

Genevieve Gatt 15

Marketing Communications & Events Manager | Email: | LinkedIn

My role is as a support mechanism for the strategic execution of iAccelerate’s marketing, communications, digital and social media management and event management to enhance awareness and involvement across the Illawarra. My background is media and digital strategy, marketing and communications.  

John Kerr 15

Program Manager, iAccelerate | Email: | LinkedIn

I am responsible for the administrative, operational and execution of essential client-centred iAccelerate Program events, management of client related data and support systems, as well as the coordination and administration of a smooth running iAccelerate Centre facility.

AA 2015

Executive Assistant to CEO iAccelerate - Director, Innovation and Commercial Research | Email: | LinkedIn

Executive support to the CEO iAccelerate - Director of Innovation and Commercial Research as well as administrative support to the Commercialisation team.