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Chiefs for Gender Equity profile - Eva Balan-Vnuk

State Director, South Australia, Microsoft Australia Dr Eva Balan-Vnuk

Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more. Microsoft also works to empower all employees to come as they are to achieve more. Microsoft strives to create an environment that helps the organisation capitalise on the diversity of their people and the inclusion of ideas and solutions to meet the needs of an increasingly global and diverse customer and consumer base.

Dr Eva Balan-Vnuk is State Director for Microsoft in South Australia, and, with her team, works to support the modernisation of South Australian public sector, commercial, education and non-profit organisations with technology as a key enabler. Eva spent nine years working for Microsoft in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia, in a variety of sales, marketing and strategy roles, based in both Vienna, Austria, and Singapore before coming back to Adelaide with her family. Eva is a member of Microsoft Australia’s Diversity and Inclusion Council, and her focus area is on initiatives to support women in ICT, and to encourage girls to consider STEM disciplines as a path to rewarding career options.

Eva completed a PhD in innovation and entrepreneurship at the University of Adelaide to better understand the business model strategies of non-profit social enterprises in Australia, as well as innovation capabilities, entrepreneurial orientation and the absorptive capacity of non-profit organisations. She is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre at the University of Adelaide.

Eva is passionate about building the innovation ecosystem in South Australia through the Microsoft Innovation Centre SA, showcasing STEM opportunities, and developing a strong growth mindset. She is co-deputy chair of the SA Council for the Australian Information Industry Association, and a Director for Novita Children’s Services.