Natalie is a STEM commercialisation and marketing expert, with more than 17 years’ experience turning innovative ideas and technologies into thriving businesses. She holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Chemistry from UNSW and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Wollongong (UOW). She is the founder and Managing Director of Gemaker Pty Ltd.
As Leader of Business Development and Marketing at ANSTO, Natalie directed the strategic commercialisation of multiple innovations in mining, energy, environment, advanced materials, medicine and defence. As General Manager of Commercialisation at the Smart Services CRC, she helped to launch two successful spin-off businesses from research projects.
Natalie founded Gemaker in 2011 and has since has turned her bold and creative idea – a commercialisation consultancy with a team working remotely and flexibly – into a successful reality. She’s proud that Gemaker’s achievements were recognised with a 2017 NSW Telstra Business Award.
Natalie is also: Corporate Communications Manager for ASX-listed Alkane Resources; an advisor to the UNSW School of Chemistry and the UOW Faculty of Business; and an active mentor and presenter. She won a 2013 Asia-Pacific Stevie Award for Female Entrepreneur of the Year, was a NSW Finalist in the 2017 Telstra Businesswomen’s Awards and received the 2018 UOW Alumni Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.