Core Team

Our main team is made up of professional volunteers and contracted advisors / project leaders.
The NSIN is always looking for more pro bono help!

Jono Hermann
Chairman

I consider myself a devotee of the Australian startup & innovation scene, especially supporting efforts to network members of this ecosystem on Sydney’s north shore. My key ‘hats’ are Chair of Squirrel Street, formerly Shoeboxed Australia and Chair of North Sydney Innovation Network, but also passionate about family office issues (family dynamics, philanthropy and the move by younger generations into higher risk assets). Aside from direct investments in Sydney startups and Sydney-based VC, I also invest in Israel and support efforts to engender closer ties between the tech (investment) communities of Australia & Israel.

Shireen Bernstein
Partnerships Manager

I am currently completing my doctorate degree at Macquarie University with a focus in developmental psychology and media. I have been working at NSIN for the last two years and it has been such a joy. I am able to see the direct impact we have within North Sydney. Whether we are promoting STEM education in local schools or laying the groundwork for city councils to jump into the new generation of smart cities, NSIN is working around the clock to make positive leaps for the future of innovation and technology.

Jyotsana Shukla
Technology Advisor

Jyotsana is is an award-winning consultant with an extensive background in IT Consulting, Service Delivery and customer experience. She possesses a keen understanding of how marketing and technology go hand in hand to up-level a brand’s loyalty and enhance customer experience . She is highly passionate towards helping the world become more digitally inclined and connected.  Jyotsana offers her consulting expertise to various startups and established businesses as well as business enablers to help them make the best use of technology for the benefit of their brand.

Hilary Brainard
Project Lead: Monopoly Board

Hilary is a results-driven marketer with 10+ years of experience working with brands including: BlueChilli, Salesforce, Accenture, Bank of America and Zurich Insurance. She is currently the Head of Marketing & Communications at the BlueChilli Group, and we are lucky to have her on-board with us at the NSIN as the project lead for our upcoming Monopoly board showcasing innovative Australian businesses and startups.

Filipa C. Araújo
Project Lead: Startup Mentoring Program

Filipa is a Program Director at the BlueChilli Group and is passionate about supporting entrepreneurs, particularly those who may be struggling to get the support that they need. She strongly believes that in order to develop a range of innovative solutions, we need to build an inclusive and diverse startup ecosystem. Filipa is also a skilled consultant in entrepreneurship and international development, and a mentor and pitch coach. We are excited to have Filipa heading the NSIN’s mentoring program for startups and business owners.

Pete Lead
Project Lead: Innovation Ecosystem Map

Pete is Head of Programs at the BlueChilli Group and is an expert in developing business strategies, designing training programs, coaching leaders, building communities, and making comedy. He is also the creator of the Elegant Village networking event format. Pete is currently lending his skills and talents to the NSIN through delivering the Australian Innovation Ecosystem map project.