Past Award Finalists and Recipients
Australian of the Year
State Finalist Australian of the Year 2015
Professor Yogesan Kanagasingam
Despite a childhood of extreme hardship, Professor Yogesan Kanagasingam has become a world-renowned scholar, innovator and champion, who is bringing eye care to the doorsteps of under-served populations. After completing his studies in Norway with distinction, Yogi, as he prefers to be known, moved to Perth in 1996 with his family to take up a research position at the University of Western Australia. Today, as the Research Director of the Australian e-Health Research Centre at the CSIRO, Yogi is changing the way eye care is delivered around the world. He is also a visiting scholar at Harvard University and was a Fulbright scholar to Stanford University. A ‘serial inventor’, Yogi holds more than 30 patents and is the creator of a number of low-cost diagnostic imaging technologies for early detection of conditions, ranging from those that directly threaten sight, through to stroke and Alzheimer’s disease. His team is the first in the world to research and develop an eye test for Alzheimer’s disease.