/ / / Neurodiversity in the Workplace Forums: The Speakers
|Jacinta Reynolds, Optika Solutions|
Jacinta Reynolds, whose skills include research, data analysis and problem solving, is a strong media and communications professional with a Bachelor of Science majoring in astrophysics from Curtin University. She is experienced in science with a demonstrated history of working in the museums and institutions industry. She now works as a data scientist and technical writer at Optika Solutions and represents the next generation of tech leaders.
|Kieran McCluskey, BHP|
Kieran McCluskey is an IT professional with over 25 years’ industry experience in both innovation and leadership roles. For the last 13 years he has had the opportunity to live and work across three continents for BHP. Kieran is passionate about creating the right environments to foster diverse and high performing teams with a specific interest in the Software Engineering and Data Science disciplines. An avid supporter of inclusion and diversity, Kieran has been working with educational institutions and support agencies since 2016 to improve gender and neurodiversity in the workplace by establishing sponsorships and programs within BHP where people feel enabled, safe and empowered.
Michael New was one of the first ever interns to be a part of the Autism Academy for Software Quality Assurance (AASQA) autism internship program in 2016 working for Bankwest and where he would spend another two years as an employee in test automation. Now an employee of BHP, delivering web applications through front end UI and backend integration, Michael also spends considerable amount of time helping develop and spread diversity throughout the organisation and beyond. Michael is a current advisory board member for AASQA and has also contributed in the co-design group for the 2020-2030 state disability plan.
Shelly Dival, CF, is an autism design specialist with passion. With over 20 years of building design expertise, her grandson’s diagnosis was the catalyst for her research of our built environment and how individuals with autism relate to it. When awarded a prestigious Churchill Fellowship, she took that research internationally to the US, Denmark, the Netherlands, the UK and France.
Counted amongst a small number of experts worldwide, Shelly was recently included on the international Leadership Advisory Board for “A Place in the World” research undertaken by Arizona State University Morrison Institute. Having presented her work nationally and internationally, her voice is gaining attention both in Australia and globally.
|Tele Tan, Curtin University and AASQA|
Professor Tele Tan obtained his PhD degree in Electronics Engineering at Surrey University (UK) in 1993 in Electronics Engineering. He is the Founder and Director of the Autism Academy for Software Quality Assurance, a social innovation initiative with the vision of harnessing the special talents of people on the autism spectrum for the collective benefit of those with autism, industry and the wider community. Its mission is to enable individuals with autism to leverage their unique skills through training, educating and mentoring programs, creating pathways to valued, long-term employment. Tele sees the importance of collaboration as a tool to help build resilience within our community, both local and global.