Founder & CEO
Louise is an award-winning social entrepreneur, founder & CEO with a 15-year background in social work and business. Louise is highly recognized for her ability to work with disadvantaged young people and to inspire them to create their own solutions out of poverty. To achieve this Louise created KIK, which is a brand-led company, that creates jobs through co-designing business solutions with young people. KIK’s mission is to end youth unemployment through enterprise.
Since August 2016, KIK is an enterprise that includes 2 Kik Coffee stores across Adelaide, KiK Cleaning Services plus the newest venture Kik & The Chocolate Factory. Led by the top KIK inspires a culture of curiosity, disruption and purpose.
Chairperson & Director
George is a multiple award-winning Business Strategist, Presenter and Best Selling Author.
Over the last 15 years, he has directly helped more than 350 business owners across 34 industries add an estimated $150+ Million in new revenue, as well as improve all areas of business performance.
George has owned multiple businesses of his own as well as built and led one of the highest performing teams in the business coaching industry worldwide.
He has written two best selling business books. The recently published “Small Changes Huge Results - How Successful Businesses Grow, Scale And Thrive” launched to best-seller status nationally and abroad, while his previous title "Bold Brave Business - Strategies to Amplify Your Profit, Scale and Growth" became a best-seller within 7 days of launching in the USA, Canada, UK, Australia and Germany.
With a passion for learning, education and all things business, a staple of George’s success has been a focus on strong leadership as well as the utilisation of proven frameworks that are simple to understand and easy to implement.
Shakhlo is a qualified CPA who has extensive financial, strategic, procurement, risk management and audit experience through her various roles in public and private sectors.
Shakhlo is currently Chief Financial Officer at South Australian Museum and the Treasurer at Women in Innovation Board.
Throughout her career she has been delivering range of corporate governance outcomes, including those associated with business planning and reporting, management and business process improvement. In her current role, Shakhlo is constantly finding innovative ways to drive better business performance through technology, change management and other continuous improvements to ensure that organisation provides exemplary service delivery practice.
Shakhlo brings her knowledge in all things finance and process improvement to the Board together with a keen interest to share experiences with likeminded individuals who aim to promote and support Kik Innovation.
Rhys is a passionate advocate for the uptake of technology in industry and the community and has delivered and led collaborative projects throughout metropolitan and regional South Australia for the past 15 years with a focus on all things digital including: digital transformation, smart cities, IoT, digital education/elearning, data sharing and connectivity. Economic development projects and roles have included, Digital Growth Program and Digital Enterprise Program at City of Salisbury, Future Retail Program at City of Adelaide and Economic Development Manager at City of Whyalla delivering the Smart Jetty project.
In High Tech and IoT, Rhys is a Founding Executive Board member and current committee member of the Growing Data Foundation, a non profit formed from a win at 2014 Govhack and delivering community focussed IoT and data sharing projects.
Now Business Development Manager for South Australian technology company FOUR, Rhys continues to take a collaborative approach to projects focusing on business intelligence and transformation, work based compliance/learning management and IoT with regional LGAs and councils, universities, businesses and the SA State Government as key stakeholders.
Sam is an experienced international finance professional and lawyer.
Sam is currently Managing Director of Capital Prudential funds management and a Non-Executive Director of the Social Impact Investment Network of South Australia.
Sam previously held Board and Senior Management positions at Rural Bank Limited and Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Ltd where over 13 years he held positions across all aspects of banking including structured finance, capital raisings, mergers and acquisitions, credit, lending, operations and products.
Sam has previously been a Director of Homesafe Solutions a specialist fund manager in the retirement sector. Prior to this Sam spent 10 years as a lawyer both in Australia and Europe specialising in international cross border structured finance transactions.
Dr Judy Halliday is the Chief Operating Officer of the Office of the South Australian Chief Entrepreneur in the Department for Innovation and Skills (DIS). In this role, she is responsible for supporting the Chief Entrepreneur and the Entrepreneurship Advisory Board, as well as delivering on the Government’s commitment to growing entrepreneurship and supporting start-up and scale up business in South Australia. In this role, she is also responsible for delivering the Startup Hub at Lot Fourteen.
Judy has more than 30 years’ executive and management experience in entrepreneurship and innovation as an inventor, founder, investor, academic and industry professional in the private and public sectors. She has published in academic peer reviewed journals and has been a successful applicant in competitive grant programs as both an academic researcher and as an industry partner.
She is an inventor on granted patents and has been involved in raising millions of dollars for multiple start-up companies. She has negotiated multi-million-dollar licensing transactions and collaboration agreements in the development of early stage technologies.
Judy has extensive experience in strategy development and implementation and been a non-executive director of 7 start-up companies and is currently a member of several Advisory Boards. She has been a member of venture fund investment committees for the Medical Research Commercialisation Fund and Uniseed.
Judy has a strong interest in diversity and inclusion and access to opportunity She has served on a number of committees and working groups including Chair of the DIS Diversity and Inclusion working group and current chair of the Reconciliation Action Plan working group. She is a SheEO activator.