Dalene Wray, Leanne Kemp and Dr Renae Beaumont

Queensland’s Advance Awards winners Dalene Wray, Leanne Kemp and Dr Renae Beaumont.

A Queenslander who pioneered the export of organic beef is one of three locals honoured in the 2018 Advance Awards, which recognise Australians who exhibit talent, vision and ambition in the international arena.

Birdsville-born Dalene Wray, Managing Director of Queensland’s OBE Organic, was named the 2018 Advance Food & Agriculture Award winner for her work in driving change, innovation and digital adoption in the Australian beef industry.

OBE Organic was formed in the mid-1990s by a group of outback cattle farmers, and is now Australia’s oldest organic beef marketing company, exporting to multiple overseas markets.

Ms Wray joined OBE in 2003 and spent 6 years in Asia advancing the company’s Asian and Middle East expansion, and boosting the overall profile of Australian beef.

Back in Brisbane since July 2015, she now works tirelessly to run a successful farmer-owned business, as well as driving important innovations to improve the sustainability of beef supply-chains across the industry.

She also invests her time as a member of the Telstra Queensland Regional Advisory Committee, and as Deputy Chair of the Council for Australian-Arab Relations, coordinated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

TIQ has worked with OBE Organic to help them expand into priority export markets.

Two other globally successful Queenslanders were also named winners at the Advance Awards ceremony in Sydney on 18 October.

Queensland businesswoman Leanne Kemp, founder and CEO of the groundbreaking blockchain start-up Everledger, won the Technology Innovation Award.

Everledger was listed as one of the World Economic Forum’s most promising technology pioneers of 2018, and Ms Kemp is a member of the Global Blockchain Business Council and the World Trade Board’s Sustainable Trade Action Group.

Ms Kemp has also just been named the new Queensland Chief Entrepreneur, responsible for leading and promoting Queensland’s start-up and entrepreneurial community.

Queensland’s third winner at the Advance Awards was US-based Dr Renae Beaumont, who won the Education Award for the computer game she developed for children with autism spectrum conditions.

Dr Beaumont, a psychology graduate from The University of Queensland, is now Program Developer and Research Associate at the Social Skills Training Institute and Weill Cornell Medicine at the New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Her game, the Secret Agent Society, helps autistic children to develop their social skills, and is currently used by more than 1,500 professionals in 9 countries.

You can read the full list of 2018 winners on the Advance Awards website.