Associate Director of RMIT Fastrack Innovation Program and Innovation Catalyst at RMIT University
Startupbootcamp Energy Australia Mentor
Sandra Arico represents the next generation of young leaders. She has been described as an enabler, a connector and a catalyst for change. Sandra’s curiosity, drive, and passion for making an impact has led her on an extraordinary journey.Graduating from RMIT with an Entrepreneurship degree, two prestigious university awards – the RMIT Business Medal and the Patricia Guthrie Memorial Award – and a successful entrepreneurial events-based start-up, she was scouted by the CEO of Deloitte Digital to help drive digital innovation in a conservative professional services firm.
Having successfully helped build an online education business from the ground-up, Sandra turned left and headed for the Guatemalan jungle, where she spent a year living in a remote community. The last seven years have seen Sandra bring her vision, creativity and commercial talent to CSIRO, to start-ups and community-building initiatives, and now to RMIT, where she manages a thriving industry-based innovation accelerator program and helps to catalyze innovation opportunities across the university. Sandra is skillful in harnessing the capability of others and believes strongly in empowering those she works with to turn their ideas into reality.