UQ’s Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) and Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) invite you to a talk by Mrs Raynuha Sinnathamby, Managing Director of Springfield City Group, the development group behind award-winning satellite city, Greater Springfield to celebrate International Women’s Day. 

Mrs Raynuha Sinnathamby will be joined by Dr Sallyanne Atkinson AO (former Lord Mayor of Brisbane), Dr Dee Gibbon (Associate Director, Workplace Diversity and Inclusion), Dr Barbara George-Jaeggli (Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) researcher), and Dr Rebecca San Gil (Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) researcher) for a lively panel discussion.

Lunch will be provided on the QBI Terrace following the formal proceedings.

Date: Wednesday 6th March

Venue: QBI, Building 79, The University of Queensland, St Lucia

Time: 11:00am 

Please note: This is a free event however registrations are necessary. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Jess at qbievents@uq.edu.au.

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Key Note Speaker: Mrs Raynuha Sinnathamby








Mrs Raynuha Sinnathamby is Managing Director of Springfield City Group, the development group behind award-winning satellite city, Greater Springfield. After graduating from The University of Queensland (UQ) with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws, she practised property law before joining the Springfield City Group in 1998 as Director of Corporate and in 2013 she was appointed Managing Director. In an industry that is under-represented by women, Sinnathamby has excelled in her career in property development. A champion of diversity, she is a strong supporter of the Property Council of Australia’s gender diversity initiatives. Under her leadership, the group has seen a large percentage of executive women take up roles in the development industry.


Panel Discussion: What can we do to foster a culture that leads to having more women in leadership roles?


Dr Deanne (Dee) Gibbon CSC OAM is the Associate Director of Workplace Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Queensland. She holds a PhD from the University of New South Wales and has published a range of book chapters and journal articles on her areas of expertise; increasing women’s representation in non-traditional occupations and operationalising United National Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325, Women, Peace and Security. She is currently seconded, on a part-time basis, to the Australian Government’s Office for Women, to develop Australia’s next Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.   


Panel Members

Dr Barbara George-Jaeggli is a Research Scientist with the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and Queensland  Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI). She has a Master of Science degree in Biology and a PhD in Crop Physiology. Dr George-Jaeggli’s research focuses on increasing crop yields in variable environments. She has always been passionate about equal opportunities and believes that truly sharing family responsibilities between men and women is the best recipe for everyone’s work-life balance and for gender equity in leadership.



Dr Sallyanne Atkinson AO was the former ― and still only ― female Lord Mayor of Brisbane and has blazed a trail as a journalist, political and business leader, and working mother. She is a long-standing member and former chairman of QBI’s Advisory Board, Sallyanne, President of The University of Queensland’s Women’s College and former Queensland Chair of the Crawford Fund for Agricultural Research. She places a high value on education and is committed to the exploration of the science that underpins learning.



 Dr Rebecca San Gil completed her PhD at the University of Wollongong and is in her second year of postdoctoral research working on Motor Neuron Disease (MND) at the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI). Her research focuses on establishing new techniques such as CRISPR (a gene editing tool) to find new strategies to treat people living with the disease. She is extremely passionate about her work and she wants to continue innovating in this field for the rest of her career.


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About International Women's Day

International Women's Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women around the world. 

Each year the Queensland Brain Institute hosts an event to celebrate women in science, education and industry. Progress towards gender parity is slow and QBI and The University of Queensland are discussing issues surrounding inequality to bring awareness and change. 

The University of Queensland is excited to be a part of the national SAGE Pilot of the Athena SWAN program to address and improve gender equity in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) disciplines. Forty-five Australian organisations, including universities, medical research institutions and government research institutions, are involved in the SAGE Pilot of Athena SWAN.


Queensland Brain Institute at the University of Queensland
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