INNOVATORS

Australian Innovator: John van Roemburg

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john_van_roemburg_smart_company.jpgJohn van Roemburg mechanical engineer by training came across an idea while listening to the radio on the drive home while he was living in the Netherlands.

 

In 1999 he moved to Australia and developed a range of diffusing equipment designed to deliver pleasant aromas for private homes to large corporate complexes.


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Chinese Innovator: Zhengrong Shi

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zhengrong_shi_aussie_renewables.jpg In the mid-1990s, Zhengrong Shi had been a graduate student at Sydney's University of New South Wales and worked on a "solar cell" technology called Crystalline Silicon on Glass (CSG) with a Professor Martin Green and colleagues.

 
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Singapore Innovator: Olivia Lum

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olivia_lum_forbes.jpg Growing up as an orphan in Perak, Malaysia, Olivia Lum's entrepreneurship began early. As a child, she peddled homemade ice-lollies. At 16, the straight-A student came to study at Tiong Bahru Secondary School in Singapore, where she paid her own way by giving tuition and peddling wares. She proceeded to Hwa Chong Junior College and then to the National University of Singapore where she graduated in applied chemistry during the 1986 recession.
 

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