All eligible applications will proceed to the judging panel for review and selection. Judges will select four outstanding finalists to be represented in each of the three award categories.

The judging panel will consider each finalist against the following criteria, and will be looking for information that supports and demonstrates examples and evidence of each of the following:

  • Hardship endured.
  • Financial obstacles overcome.
  • Social obstacles overcome.
  • Company financial viability.
  • Fiscal application to company.
  • Positioning in the marketplace.
  • Potential future growth in the marketplace.
  • Ingenuity and creativeness in the marketplace.
  • Contribution to Australia and its social fabric.
  • Contribution to the community.
Judging Panel
Eve Crestani

Eve Crestani

Eve Crestani is a professional director and business consultant, specialising in strategic project management and business solution implementation. She is Chairman of Mercer’s Trustee Company, and a director of the Australian Unity Group, Pillar Australia and Booking.com. Eve also acts as a mentor to a number of CEOs and partners of professional firms.

Following an enviable track record in executive management at the most senior levels in the finance sector with both international and Australian based financial institutions, Eve has been instrumental in the development and implementation of critical strategies for many large organisations and more recently, e-commerce businesses. She has consulted to various organisations including the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX,) where she is now a member of the ASX Disciplinary Tribunal, Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission, Fairfax Interactive (F2), ecorp, ING Australia and currently to KPMG. This is Eve’s eleventh year as a judge for the Ethnic Business Awards.

Allan Gyngell AO

Allan Gyngell AO

Allan Gyngell was appointed Director-General of the Office of National Assessments (ONA) in July 2009. Before his appointment to ONA, Mr Gyngell was the founding Executive Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy. He has a wide background in international policymaking and analysis and has written and spoken extensively on Australian foreign policy, on Asian regional relations and on the development of global and regional institutions. After graduating in history and political science from Melbourne University he served as an Australian diplomat in Rangoon, Singapore and Washington. He also spent a number of years with the Office of National Assessments, Australia’s national intelligence analysis organisation, where he worked on South East Asian issues and headed the branch dealing with great power relations at the end of the Cold War. He was later First Assistant Secretary in the International Division of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. From 1993 to 1996 he was foreign policy adviser in the office of the Australian Prime Minister, Paul Keating.

In 2009, Allan was made an Officer of the Order of Australia, for his service to international relations and his contributions to the development of public and governmental debate on foreign and security policy

Carla Zampatti AC AM

Carla Zampatti AC AM

Carla Zampatti is one of Australia’s fashion pioneers. Carla has been recognized with a number of Australian and international awards for achievement and excellence. She is a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) and has been appointed by the Italian government as Commendatore (Commander) in the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. She has also been named Bulletin/Qantas Businesswoman of the Year, and has been named Designer of the Year by Australia fashion industry circles. Carla has been a judge of the Ethnic Business Awards since its inception in 1988.

In 2009, Carla was made a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC), for her leadership in the fashion and retail sectors, for her contributions to multicultural broadcasting, and being a role model and mentor for women.

Major General the Honourable Michael Jeffery, AC, AO(Mil), CVO, MC (Retd)

Major General Jeffery was born in Wiluna, Western Australia in 1937 and educated at Kent Street High School and the Royal Military College, Duntroon. He graduated into Infantry and served operationally in Malaya, Borneo, Papua New Guinea and Vietnam, where he was awarded the Military Cross and the South Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.  After command of all combat elements of the Army from platoon to division – including the Special Air Service Regiment – he retired in 1993 to assume the appointment of Governor of Western Australia, which he held for almost seven years.  His major interests during his tenure were in youth affairs, education, environment and the family.

For his services to the State he was appointed a Companion in the Order of Australia, a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order and a Citizen of Western Australia. On his retirement as Governor in 2000 he established in Perth, a not for profit strategic research institute – Future Directions International (FDI) – whose objective is to examine longer term issues facing Australia.

On 20 December 2000 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Technology by Curtin University.

On 11 August 2003 he was sworn in as the twenty-fourth Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, serving in that capacity until 5 September 2008. Upon his retirement as Governor-General, he accepted Chairmanship of FDI, Outcomes Australia and Soils for Life, along with patronages of a number of other not-for-profit organisations.

He is the Australian Chairman of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust and was appointed the National Advocate for Soil Health in 2003 by Prime Minister Gillard.

Major General Jeffery is a Companion of the Order of Logohu (PNG), a Knight of St John, a Citizen of Western Australia, a Paul Harris Fellow and an honorary life member of the Returned and Services League.

The finalists are then notified with a filming date. A professional producer, director and film crew will visit the finalist’s business and film an interview with the finalist, including an overview of the company. The footage is edited into a short documentary style presentation to be screened during the Gala Presentation Dinner and subsequent broadcast to national and international television audiences.