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Nominations called for research and data industry’s 2021 Leadership award

MEDIA RELEASE: August 13 2021: The Australian Data and Insights Association (ADIA) is calling for nominations for its Jayne Van Souwe Research Industry Leadership Award. The award is presented biennially to a single individual who has made a significant contribution to the growth, promotion or advancement of the Australian research, data, and insights industry.

From humble beginnings, the Australian market research, data, and insights industry has evolved into a billion-dollar industry employing thousands of Australians and playing a central role in informing the decisions of business and government alike. The Jayne Van Souwe Research Industry Leadership Award was created to pay tribute to those people who have dedicated significant time, energy, and expertise to move the wider research and data industry forward.

The award is named after research veteran Jayne Van Souwe, who passed away in April 2019, the same year as the inaugural award was presented to Darren Pennay, Founder and CEO of The Social Research Centre (owned by the Australian National University), recognising his long-term contribution to industry, the profession and academia.

Jayne Van Souwe

“Jayne gave so much to our industry during her 35-year career, and we are delighted to continue her legacy in the form of this important award. Today’s thriving research, data and insights industry exists due to the activities and efforts of individuals like Jayne, who devoted their time and energy to building businesses, lobbying the government, and advancing our research practices to drive the industry forward. As the industry grows and continues to evolve, it’s important we continue to acknowledge and pay tribute to the work of industry leaders who helped get us here,” ADIA President, George Zdanowicz, said.

Individuals from ADIA member companies and the wider industry are invited to nominate anyone based on the following criteria:

  1. The nominee has contributed to the growth, promotion or advancement of the Australian research, data, and insights industry.
  2. The nominee has made a significant contribution beyond that required in their paid employment.
  3. The nominee has demonstrated the highest ethical standards in their conduct.

The independent judging panel will also consider the following:

  • How has the nominee contributed to the industry to benefit others
  • How have they demonstrated leadership, innovation, and creativity
  • The degree of difficulty of the achievement (and sacrifices made)
  • The nature and length of activity or service
  • Current and likely future impact of their contribution.

Nominations for the leadership award open Friday 13 August and close on Friday 10 September. All members of the research and data and insights industry (ADIA and non-ADIA research professionals) are eligible for nomination.

The award winner will be announced at the ADIA AGM event on 28 October 2021.

Further information is available here.

Website: ADIA

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