Melanie Tran

Named the winner of the Recalibrate Gender Equity Award 2022 and one of the Top 100 Women of Influence 2019 by the Australian Financial Review, Melanie Tran is a designer, an innovator, an activist, and a public speaker.

As a Design Manager at Nous Group, Melanie’s work brings together the worlds of technology, design, health, business and social change. Her work has been recognised internationally, including being named the winner of the Laureate International Universities Global Here for Good Award 2018. The award recognises a student from the Laureate network who is using education as a platform to drive social change.

Melanie is currently a Board of Director at the International Youth Foundation and also completing her PhD on design innovations in healthcare at Torrens University Australia. With experience in user experience design, coupled with expertise in academic research and board governance and leadership, Melanie specialises in solving complex problems by harnessing the power of technology to create solutions that innovate and disrupt.

In 2017, Melanie’s work and influence were once again recognised globally when she was selected as one of the Laureate Global Fellows – an international fellowship for young social entrepreneurs.

Following her success, Melanie has become a sought-after international public speaker. Some events she has presented at include She’s on the Money International Women’s Day Conference, TEDxYouth@Sydney, TEDxSydney Pitch Night, Laureate Leadership Summit, Reimagination Thought Leaders Summit at ACS, the United States Sustainable Development Goals Action Zone Conference and a keynote at Google, opening their first ever Asia Pacific UX Design Summit.

Speaking topics


  • The promise of education
  • The role of education in delivering access and inclusion
  • Educating future leaders – What matters most?

Design and innovation

  • Creativity and design - Enabling social innovation
  • The product development process and the impact of user-centric products
  • The principles of access and inclusion embedded within the product development process

Social entrepreneurship

  • Business + design = positive social change
  • The journey of social entrepreneurship - mistakes made, lessons learned and the risks, uncertainties and rewards that come with working in a startup
  • Gender and disability as drivers of social entrepreneurship

Access and inclusion

  • The physical environment – The entrenched barrier to access and inclusion
  • How a greater focus on access and inclusion can create opportunities and uncover talent
  • Access and inclusion through the lens of design and product development
  • Women’s and disability rights – Bold innovation to overcome challenges

The power of technology

  • Disruptive technology and breakthroughs within the disability sector
  • How technology should be leveraged to drive innovation and social change
  • How technology and design must be used to improve the Australian healthcare sector
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