Passion for Profit for Purpose
business, author, advocate for hearing awareness
Elaine is a passionate advocate on the issue of hearing loss. A Biomedical Engineer, Elaine has co-founded and led two award-winning companies which have changed the hearing industry: Blamey Saunders hears, a hearing aid and telehealth company; and Dynamic Hearing Pty Ltd (now part of Cirrus Logic), supplier of award winning digital signal processing for ultra-low power chips for the hearing aid and Bluetooth headset industry.
In 2015 the Blamey Saunders IHearYou® self-fit hearing aid system received the Australian Good Design Award for Social Innovation. Elaine’s recent personal awards include the BioMelbourne Network’s Women in Leadership Award (2015), AFR/Westpac’s 100 Women of Influence (2015), the American Academy of Audiology’s Samuel F. Lybarger Award for Achievements in Industry (2010) and the ATSE Clunies Ross Medal for Entrepreneur of the Year (2016). In 2004 she was the National Telstra Business Women of the Year winner in the Government, Private and Corporate Sector.
Elaine, Churchill Fellow, is Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology, Swinburne University, and Chair of its Innovation Precinct Advisory Board. She is a Non-Executive Director of the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) and a former Non-Executive Director of Alfred Health. She also led the Cooperative Research Centre team that developed a new electrode for Cochlear Ltd, leading to the company gaining the Australian Design Award in 2000.