Paula is the Global Development Director for D&AD, with a key focus on accelerating the growth of D&AD Impact. D&AD Impact celebrates and awards start-ups, technology companies, social enterprises, innovations in media and entertainment; in short any enterprise, product, campaign or initiative where the power of creative, innovative and brave thinking and the application of great ideas is having a positive, transformative impact on the world - on whatever scale. Prior to this, Paula was D&AD Regional Director (ANZ & SE Asia) & also Awards Director in London.
Paula is the Co-Founder of the West Tech Fest - a week-long festival and celebration of Asia-Pacific’s startup and innovation ecosystem. The program attracts an annual level of +1 billion in technology investment funds coming to Western Australia every year.
Paula has raised more than 20 million GBP for UK not-for-profits and NGOs. In her role as Chief Growth Officer & Co-Founder of the Western Australian Ocean Foundation, Paula and her colleagues were the lead agency in driving the Houtman Abrolhos Islands as a Mission Blue Hope Spot. The WAOF team are also in the early stages of development of an ocean health blockchain platform.