Media/Professor Nadia Badawi named as one of Australia’s ‘100 Women of Influence’

Professor Nadia Badawi named as one of Australia’s ‘100 Women of Influence’

Macquarie Group Foundation Chair of Cerebral Palsy awarded for her Global Influence

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Professor Nadia Badawi named as one of Australia's '100 Women of Influence'
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Professor Nadia Badawi has been announced as a winner in The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards for 2014.

Professor Badawi has been recognised in the Global Influence category for her contribution in leading international research into cerebral palsy prevention and cure as well as her contribution to ensuring educational opportunities in developing countries.

‘While Australians often see themselves as being distant from the rest of the world and being small in number, our great wealth, universal educational and health systems enable us to exert great influence on a global level’, Professor Badawi said. ‘Millions of children around the world are affected by cerebral palsy, other disabilities and scant educational opportunities. My work as a paediatrician has taught me that health and education are intertwined and inseparable.

‘This is what attracted me to the School for Life Foundation which was founded by two young Australians, Annabelle Chauncy and Dave Everett, who are striving to provide educational opportunities for children who would be deprived of this chance otherwise. 

‘My colleagues and I, who are fortunate to work at three outward looking institutions – Cerebral Palsy Alliance, School for Life Foundation and the Children’s Hospital at Westmead – feel a duty to try and really make a difference’, she said.

Now in its third year, the 100 Women of Influence Awards celebrate outstanding women from a wide variety of sectors across Australia. There are ten categories: Board/Management, Public Policy, Young Leader, Social Enterprise and Not-for-profit, Philanthropy, Global Influence, Innovation, Local/Regional Community, Diversity and Business Enterprise. Entrants into the awards were assessed by a panel of esteemed judges and have been recognised based on their outstanding ability to demonstrate vision, leadership, innovation and action in and beyond their fields.

Gail Kelly, Westpac Group Chief Executive Officer said, “The breadth and calibre of our 100 Women of Influence for 2014 is remarkable.

“It is such a privilege to be able to recognise and celebrate the outstanding contributions these women are making to Australia. The 2014 winners will join the now 300 strong, prestigious alumni of these awards.

“With over 40% of leadership roles at Westpac filled by females, I am fortunate to be surrounded by inspirational women every day.  We are blessed to have such great numbers of influential women doing incredible things in many industries and organisations right across Australia.

Fairfax Media CEO Greg Hywood said: “This year’s 100 Women of Influence join a growing movement that is changing our society for the better in a myriad of ways. Thanks and congratulations to everyone for the contribution they are making.

“Many of this year’s finalists were nominated by men. It’s a powerful development to see men wholeheartedly supporting women across all the categories. In order to move the dial, more men need to step up and take an active interest, alongside women, in addressing gender equality.”

On Wednesday 22 October, a gala event will be held at Sydney’s Town Hall to celebrate these women and the significant impact that each has made within their chosen field. The ten category winners and overall winner for the year will also be announced on the evening. 

Released on 2 Oct 2014