Tamanna Monem

Founder and Director, SME Growth Centre


Tamanna Monem is the Head of Growth and Partnerships at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute. She drives the growth strategy for biomedical innovation and manufacturing and builds strategic partnerships with economic stakeholders including public sectors and institutes in Australia and overseas.

Tamanna is an award-winning, strategic and commercially focused senior executive, and worked within corporate, research and public sectors over two decades.

Tamanna has extensive experience and a broad understanding of public policy, industry development, export facilitation and investment attraction strategies. She developed strategic networks with key stakeholders including governments, research and corporate sectors in Australia and overseas. Tamanna led multiple large-scale commercial, industrial and investment attraction strategies across sectors including health and MedTech, manufacturing, defence, marine, agriculture, energy and infrastructure. She is highly regarded as a trusted, collaborative and authentic leader, and received a number of industry awards for her contribution towards supporting the growth of Australian SMEs, enhanced bilateral Australia India export relationships and being a strong advocate of triple helix collaboration with industry, academia and governments for industry growth. Tamanna won the Female Defence Leader Award in 2021, Rising Star for Defence Industry in 2020 and Professional of the Year award in 2016.

Tamanna is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), studied MBA and Hons in Public Administration.

Tamanna is the Director of the Robotics Australia Group, a Mentor at Brisbane Business Hub and the founder of the Women in Export, Innovation and Investment (WEII) Foundation.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Governance and strategy
  • International export market plan and strategy
  • SME business growth plan
  • Cross-border and international stakeholder consultation and engagement framework
  • Mentoring for global supply chain readiness

Other Languages: Bengali and Hindi


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