Melbourne Business School Events and Information Sessions What does it take to be Australia's most innovative company?

What does it take to be Australia's most innovative company?

Wednesday, 08 May 2024
7.00 AM - 9.30 AM
$50 (+GST)
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In conversation with SYPAQ CEO Amanda Holt

In the age of AI and analytics, one of Australia's biggest inventions involved a surprisingly simple material.

Melbourne engineering and systems integration company SYPAQ was named Australia's most innovative company last year for its ingenious cardboard drone that is being used by military forces in Ukraine.

The Corvo Precision Payload Delivery System is a low-cost, disposable drone made from cardboard that comes in a flat-pack and is easy to assemble and operate. It led to SYPAQ winning the AFR Boss Most Innovative Companies Award in 2023.

At this special event, SYPAQ CEO Amanda Holt will talk about cutting through the complex to achieve more with less, and how to build a culture of innovation during a period of rapid technological change.

Ms Holt is a graduate of the Senior Executive MBA from Melbourne Business School and serves on the RMIT Aerospace Engineering Advisory Board as well as Defence Council Victoria.

She will appear at the event in conversation with Professor Yalçın Akçay, Director of our Centre for Business Analytics, as well as taking questions from the audience.


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Amanda Holt

With a career spanning across the defence and technology sectors, Amanda brings a wealth of expertise and a deep understanding of innovation and enterprise-level solutions to address some of Defence’s toughest challenges, seeing Amanda recognised as the inaugural Defence Connect Executive of the Year in 2019, and leading SYPAQ to be recognised as the Australian Financial Review’s Most Innovative Company for 2023.

As the Chief Executive Officer of SYPAQ, a leading engineering and systems integration company demonstrating the innovation potential of local defence industry, Amanda has consistently demonstrated her capability to lead and influence complex organisational improvements across technology, plans, and people. 

Amanda has recently been appointed as Non-Executive Director for PWR Group Holdings and CEA Technologies – two innovative Australian advanced technology businesses.