Meet the Team

 

Jeanette Cheah

JEANETTE CHEAH

CO-FOUNDER & CEO

Jeanette Cheah is our Hawaiian-born, Melbourne-based co-founder and CEO of The Hacker Exchange. Passionate about startup community building and diversity in business, Jeanette has been listed as a woman of influence in Smart Company, named a Finalist in the Telstra Business Women's Awards, 2019 'Public Sector & Academia' and most proudly, was the Melbourne Ambassador of Like Minded B!tches Drinking Wine. Before co-founding The Hacker Exchange, Jeanette’s corporate career involved building digital products, innovation and marketing strategies. She has also represented Australia at the G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance in Argentina and SXSW in Austin, Texas.

 

BEVIS CHENG

CO-FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Bevis is a Melbourne-born banker turned angel investor, turned property entrepreneur, turned full-time hustler identifying fresh talent & investment opportunities. Bevis founded The Hacker Exchange out of a desire to support next-gen talent and build global connections. He’s based in San Francisco, US, is a startup advisor, and always happy to meet new folks.

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Chris Hoffmann

VP PARTNERSHIPS & ENGAGEMENT

Chris is a Californian-born international higher education expert making life easier for our university and corporate partners. A resident of Australia, the US and Canada, Chris is passionate about evolution of education, professional development and international experiences. He’s currently based in Adelaide, South Australia, which is a great base to pursue his qualifications in wine appreciation (no, really).

 

Jaclyn Benstead

HEAD OF PROGRAM EXPERIENCE

Jac is a tertiary education maven with experience across the UK, Australia, Japan and Canada. Now based in Melbourne. Jac leads student program experience design and academic alignment. Jac is also an e-commerce entrepreneur. She’s into drumming, craft beer and she’s been briefly famous on Reddit for her product, Cat Camp.

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Dominic Alvaro

Community Manager & Tech Project Delivery

Dom is a HEX 1.1 alum with a computer science background. When he’s not working, Dom is a gamer, drummer and a bone fide rock star with his band MDRN LOVE.

 

Matthew Kwong

Business Development Coordinator

HEX 1.3 alum, Matt, is a jack-of-all-trades and master of everything. Co-founder of Charity Tap and on the Unihack organising team, Matt is passionate about creating positive social impact through business and design.

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Introducing our Expert Advisory Board

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Dr Katy McDevitt

Director Learning & Digital Innovation

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Gordon Rennie

Innovation & Value Stream

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Kim Anderson

Digital Lead, Cloud Innovation Centres

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Professor James C. Hall

Dean, School of Individualised Study

Sarah Gormon

Startup Advisor & MD Spaeth Communications

Dr Eva Cheng

Deputy Director, Women in ENG & IT (UTS)


Meet our student engagement leaders