Big Four consultants among Australian Space Awards finalists

30 April 2023 3 min. read
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Scheduled to take place mid this month, the Australian Space Awards recognise the leading professionals who are helping to propel the local sector. Five Big Four consultants have been named as finalists.

The second space race continues toward full thrust, this time with a commercial bent, and both Australia and Big Four are along for the ride. As a reflection, a number of consultants from Ernst & Young, Deloitte and KPMG have been nominated alongside their industry peers as finalists in the 2023 Australian Space Awards, which are set to be announced at the Australian Space Summit in May.

The event, which will take place on 17 May in Sydney, will also feature Big Four speakers.

Big Four consultants among Australian Space Awards finalists

Hosted by industry platform Space Connect and now into its fourth year, the Australian Space Awards are an industry benchmark recognising the country’s leading individuals and businesses across sectors driving the development of Australia’s burgeoning space economy. Altogether, the awards cover twenty separate categories, with Academic, Executive, Rising Star, Graduate and Female Space Leader of the Year among the individual gongs.

The latter category – Female Space Leader of the Year – has seen three Big Four professionals nominated among the ten finalists; KPMG associate director Stephanie Wan, EY product development director Emma James, and Deloitte consultant Myrthe Snoeks, who is also a finalist in the ‘Rising Star’ category for the second year running (previously with the Australian Youth Aerospace Association) and will feature as a guest speaker at the summit.

Snoeks – who is vying for the Female Space Leader title for the third consecutive year (as previously the co-founder and director of UQ Space) – joined Deloitte toward the end of 2021, working in the area of Climate & Engineering. James has meanwhile been with EY for close to four years, after more than a decade in business and tech roles at QANTAS, while Wan serves as space industry lead in KPMG’s Adelaide office, having joined the firm from the US in 2021.

Also among the category finalists are Jack White, head of data science for Ernst & Young’s space tech team, who has been nominated for overall Space Professional of the Year, and Deloitte analyst Daniel Wikner in the ‘Graduate’ category, who joined the firm late last year after serving at UQ Space. White is also a fairly recent recruit from the university realm, having joined EY full-time last year after completing a PhD on computer science at Swinburne uni.

A trio of Big Four consultants are also due to appear as guest speakers alongside Snoeks, including Deloitte colleagues Olivia Sackett and Liesda Marsdon, respectively space practice director and associate director. Sackett joined the firm last year after serving as space tech and AI lead at EY, while Marsdon has a policy background with the Queensland public service. KPMG’s space industry account leader Jacob Hacker will also appear on the bill.