Dr Raji Ambikairajah
Dr Raji Ambikairajah was the winner of the Community Hero Award at the 2018 NSW Women of the Year Awards.
Dr Raji Ambikairajah is a highly values-driven individual, whose mission is to create a global, measurable, positive impact on the lives of others. She holds a PhD in electrical engineering and has spent most of her career in the technology start-up and venture capital sectors.
As the Chief Operating Officer of Women in Banking and Finance, Raji accelerated the organisation's growth over a 24-month period to span four cities in Australia, achieving a 32 per cent increase in annual revenue and impacted over 2000 Australian women through the new opportunities she curated for the business.
Her deep-rooted belief is that a quality education is key to unlocking the door to potential and possibility. Raji is an Ambassador for Room to Read, a global non-profit organisation that provides children in low-income countries with access to education. Before this, Raji was Room to Read's Sydney Chapter Leader for seven years. Under her leadership, the chapter reached 116,480 children, grew to be the biggest in the world in terms of volunteers and was in the top five for fundraising.
Raji is also an experienced board director and is currently a non-executive director of the Sydney School of Entrepreneurship.