The Team

Alex McCauley - Chief Executive

Alex McCauley - Chief Executive

Alex is Executive Director and CEO of StartupAUS. He has previously worked as a lawyer, a diplomat for Australia’s foreign service, and a startup founder.

Having spent three years as an Australian diplomat in Tel Aviv, Alex came home to Sydney and started a tech company in 2015. Later that year he joined StartupAUS as Head of Strategy and Advocacy. He was responsible for developing StartupAUS’ extensive contribution to the Federal Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda.

Alex was appointed StartupAUS’s first full-time CEO in February 2016 and has grown the organisation rapidly since.

During his time in Israel, Alex led the Australian Embassy’s strategy and analysis on regional security issues, as well as entrepreneurship & innovation policy.

Alex has qualifications in law, political science, and economics from the University of Sydney.

Alex Gruszka - Chief Operating Officer

Alex Gruszka - Chief Operating Officer

Alex is the Chief Operating Officer of StartupAUS, taking responsibility for managing its research, data, and communications.

After an eight-year career in media, Alex transitioned into the startup space, initially as a founder, then educator until he found a home at StartupAUS, working to further Australia’s burgeoning startup ecosystem.

Alex has previously co-authored the Powering Growth AgTech report, edited Crossroads 2016 and the upcoming Crossroads 2017.

Kate Dezarnaulds - Head of Partnerships

Kate Dezarnaulds - Head of Partnerships

Fleur Brown - Head of PR, media and events (outsourced)

Fleur Brown - Head of PR, media and events (outsourced)

Amit Shah - Treasurer

Amit Shah - Treasurer

Pandora Shelley - Company Secretary

Pandora Shelley - Company Secretary

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