Simon Hackett

Simon at Base64 3Simon Hackett is an Australian business leader who combines entrepreneurial energy with technical expertise. After building Internode into Australia's largest privately-owned broadband company, Simon sold Internode to iiNet Ltd, Australia’s second-largest provider of DSL broadband services. After serving as a non-executive director on the iiNet board for 18 months, Simon resigned that role in November 2013 to become a non-executive director of NBN Co, the government-owned company building the National Broadband Network. Simon has also invested in a number of innovative Australian start-up technology companies.

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Pia Peterson WEvoke founder and CEO Pia PetersonAustralia’s first fleet of chauffeur-driven, zero-emissions cars, Evoke, has launched in Melbourne, providing Victorian customers with the carbon-free transport they have long requested.

Launched in Sydney in 2015, Evoke operates a fleet of electric cars that can each avoid emitting more than five kilograms of carbon dioxide into the air every time it takes a passenger from the Melbourne CBD to the airport.

Evoke founder and CEO Pia Peterson said the Melbourne launch was due to customer demand. “Melburnians who use our cars in Sydney have long asked us when we would be there,” said Pia. “It is great to now provide them with comfortable emission-free transport at both ends of their journey.

ARA Director Dr Andrew McGrath 2 WAirborne Research Australia Director Dr Andrew McGrath Philanthropic organisation Hackett Foundation has donated $100,000 to Airborne Research Australia, a not-for-profit Australian research institute that conducts world-leading measurements of climate change.

Airborne Research Australia (ARA) operates two purpose-designed single-engine Diamond aircraft equipped with globally unique self-developed or adapted environmental measurement equipment.

With climate change a growing concern globally, and ongoing debate about human contribution to it, precise environmental measurements are vital for a deeper understanding and better-informed policy.

Simon Hackett (left) with Jorg HackerAn SA-based airborne research institute that tracks everything from dinosaur footprints to cattle flatulence has received a major research boost from a more than $1 million donation by the Hackett Foundation.

Airborne Research Australia (ARA) was born 30 years ago at Flinders University and has established itself as a unique, national and international research group for airborne research. This donation sees ARA move to an independent, not-for-profit company that will maintain strong links with university-based research and education.  Members of the ARA Board of Directors have strong scientific backgrounds as active researchers and educators at Australian and overseas universities.

The support from the Hackett Foundation will assist ARA to invest in new scientific instrumentation and capabilities, as well as specialist staff to map the Earth in all of its aspects using a fleet of unique small aircraft to obtain new and important information about our living environment, including the atmosphere and coastal submerged features.