Team

"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.

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Omar

Chief Executive Officer, iAccelerate | Email: omark@uow.edu.au | 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. 
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Melissa

Innovation Development Senior Manager, iAccelerate | Email: mryan@uow.edu.au | 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.

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Kelly

Marketing Communications and Events Manager, iAccelerate | Email: kelly@uow.edu.au | LinkedIn

My role is resposibile for implementing marketing and communications plans, event management and assistance in the development of the Innovation Ecosystem in the Illawarra. My background is in large scale events planning and management, relationship building and marketing.  

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John

Program Manager, iAccelerate | Email: johnk@uow.edu.au | 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.

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Amira

Educate Program Manager, iAccelerate | Email: antoun@uow.edu.au | LinkedIn

My role is responsible for all aspects of the iAccelerate Educate program, including educational content, scheduling of the program to ensure residents can complete the program in a timely and efficient manner and sourcing and managing relationships with iAccelerate Mentors.

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Moira

Office Manager and Executive Assistant to CEO iAccelerate | Email: mbuckley@uow.edu.au

I am responsible for providing administrative support to the iAccelerate team to ensure the smooth running of all programs and events. My role also provides executive support to the CEO of  iAccelerate.