AEDA Welcomes New Members to its Advisory Committee

Last updated 13 Nov, 2023

The Adelaide Economic Development Agency (AEDA) has welcomed three accomplished people to its Advisory Committee.

The new additions, Dr Lauren Giorgio, James Black and Precinct Representative Nikki Hamdorf, bring experience in biotech, financial services, and arts and culture, enhancing the Committee’s ability to address sector-specific opportunities and further the city's economic development.

Meet the new members

Dr Lauren Giorgio, an experienced scientist, entrepreneur and company director in the biotech and pharmaceutical sector, is committed to growing the city’s economy through commercialising Adelaide’s renowned medical research and innovative technology. She is the current Chief Operating Officer of GPN Vaccines and co-founded Wild Women, a social enterprise established to improve diversity on Boards which delivers the Women in Leadership Development (WILD) Program to 25 Australian women every year.

James Black, a leader in the financial services sector, joins the Advisory Committee with valuable industry and Board experience. He is the current Chief Executive Officer of Perks Accountants and Wealth Advisers and has delivered successful outcomes across technology start-ups, large proprietary and ASX listed companies.

Nikki Hamdorf, the elected Precinct Representative, is the Development Director at JamFactory and a Committee Member of the Adelaide West End Association. She has worked with areas of government, media, corporate and the community and is dedicated to cultivating relationships with and promoting local city businesses.

A word from the Chair of the AEDA Board

Nikki Govan, AEDA Board Chair, acknowledged the contributions of the outgoing Advisory Committee members and welcomed the new members.

“On behalf of AEDA and the Board, I’d like to thank Dino Vrynios, Eloise Hall, David West and Precinct Representative Andrew Wallace, for their contributions during their term on the AEDA Advisory Committee.

We are excited to have Lauren, James and Nikki, who are all highly regarded in their respective fields, join the Committee and provide support to the Board by connecting the Agency to city businesses and business communities. Biotech, financial services and arts and culture are all strong growth areas in Adelaide’s economy, so it’s important opportunities and challenges in these areas are represented.”

To learn more about AEDA’s Advisory Committee, click here.