Dr. Catherine Ball

Founder, Remote Research Ranges; Co-Creator and Technical Convener, World of Drones Congress; Co-Founder, She Flies

Dr. Catherine Ball is a business owner, advisor, director, author, co-founder, and ethics advocate working across global projects where robotics and new technology meet environmental protection and empowerment of communities.

A sought-after voice in industry, Dr. Ball is now working with the application of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS)—a.k.a., drone technology—across remote communities, schools, industry, and citizen scientists. Dr. Ball’s biggest passion is found working on projects that have a humanitarian aspect, ranging from the use of RPAS for emergency response, to recording cultural heritage, and agricultural assessments. Dr. Ball has traveled and worked globally on cutting-edge projects that combine science, entrepreneurship, empowerment, education, and training.

Dr. Ball’s latest passion project is #SheFlies (www.sheflies.com.auwww.facebook.com/shefliesau) whereby women and girls get a chance to fly and try drone technology. #SheFlies aims to reach over 10,000 Australian women and girls in 2017 with global expansion already in the planning stages.

Dr. Ball holds a B.Sc. Honours (Environmental Protection) and a Ph.D. (Spatial Ecology, Descriptive and Predictive Statistics) from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the United Kingdom.

Some of the awards Dr. Ball has won include:

  • Westpac 100 Women of Influence 2016 (Innovation)
  • National Telstra Business Woman of the Year 2015, Corporate and Private Award
  • Queensland Telstra Business Women's Awards Winner 2015: Queensland Business Woman of the Year, Queensland Corporate and Private
  • 2015 BOSS Magazine Young Executives of the Year (Winner)
  • Innovator of Influence at Innovation Week 2015
  • Q Magazine: Queensland 50 Best and Brightest, 2015