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.

Amit Shah - Treasurer

Amit Shah - Treasurer

Amit is the founder of The Startup Shop, a Sydney-based CFO advisory firm. He has worked in both professional and commercial finance roles within Australia and overseas, but has found his passion working with Australian startups. Amit previously served as Treasurer of Fishburners.

Jonathan Hunter - Company Secretary

Jonathan Hunter - Company Secretary

Jonathan is the Company Secretary of StartupAUS. He is an experienced corporate and commercial lawyer, having held legal and company secretarial positions in the media, software and retail industries and, more recently, in tech startups. In addition to assisting StartupAUS, Jonathan is currently General Counsel & Company Secretary of Expert360.

People We Work With

Fleur Brown - PR, media and events

Fleur Brown - PR, media and events

Alex Gruszka - Policy development, research and operations

Alex Gruszka - Policy development, research and operations

Kate Dezarnaulds - Partnerships

Kate Dezarnaulds - Partnerships