Dr. Julie Vonwiller
Julie Vonwiller received her PhD in linguistics from Macquarie University, and then worked for a number of years in academia.
She founded Appen, a speech technology company in 1996, taking the opportunity to develop a fusion of linguistics and technology to help launch products in new markets around the world.
In starting Appen, she envisioned a way for linguists, who typically work only in academia after receiving their degrees, to have the opportunity to build their careers in a commercial setting.
is now a successful global company, with over 98 percent of the company's products and services exported and used by global technology leaders in some 50 countries worldwide.
To do this, Appen
has offices in Australia, United States, United Kingdom and facilities in Asia and the Philippines.
In 2007, Dr Vonwiller
received an Innovation Hero award from The Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering at the University of Sydney; the Alumni Award for Distinguished Service from Macquarie University
in 2008; and also in 2008, Julie
& Chris Vonwiller received the Inaugural Prime Minister's Exporter of the Year Award for Appen