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Margaret Zhang for Forty Under 40
Photograph: Margaret Zhang

Forty under 40

The future is networked

Written by
Alyx Gorman
,
Jordi Kretchmer
&
Freya Herring
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We asked style queen and social media maven Margaret Zhang to nominate her three top Sydneysiders under 40. Then we asked them to nominate their three. And their three. The result? A snapshot of the connections that will define Sydney for years to come...

Click here to read Time Out's interview with Margaret Zhang

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Margaret Zhang says: “I admire the way Dion Lee has grown his business, with such generosity and ethic. He’s truly original, which is rare in the fashion industry.”

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Tom Tilley's nominations

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Tom Tilley says: “Christiaan is a genius. If I think back to things that have really stood out in Australian TV comedy over the last few decades – Full Frontal, Fast Forward, Chris Lilley – he is right up there.”

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Tom Tilley says: “I think it’s cool someone as hilarious, charismatic and sometimes loose as Oscar has channelled his energy and creativity into this company that’s going to be one of the big beer brands of the future.” 

Tai Hara's nominations

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Lachlan Harris's nominations

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Lachlan Harris says: “Anne- Louise is forcing [us] to think about who we are and where we came from. I think in the future she’ll have a big influence on the way we think about our own identity and who we are as Australians. She can help us reconcile with our past which is the only way we’ll truly be at home here in Australia.”

Chris Minns
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Lachlan Harris says: “Chris has a sense of the big picture – he has a real sense of what leadership is and he understands how intellectual and ambitious you have to be.”

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Tom Malone
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Lachlan Harris says: “Tom understands the medium of mass communication through visual outlets. The shape of the media is going to change a lot but it’s still going to be one of the most powerful cultural forces in the world – Tom is one of those guys who is able to reinvent himself in those new delivery modes of communication no matter what they are.” 

Sally Rugg's nominations

April Holcombe
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Sally Rugg says: “I really admire her solidarity with a bunch of causes and the nuance she brings to a lot of debates.”

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Jess Scully's nominations

Dr Nikki Stamp
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Jess Scully says: “Nikki is a key part of the campaign called ‘I Look Like a Surgeon’ which is in line with the ‘I Look Like a Scientist’ campaign that was launched internationally a few months ago. She’s trying to counter the preconceptions that we might have about who engages in that kind of work.”

Kelly Tagalan
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Jess Scully says: “Kelly is one of the women whom I think is really making strides in gaining access for women and kids in the technology industry.”

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Jess Scully says: “John’s work takes virtual reality and rather than taking us into outer space or fantasy realms, he takes us on a journey within the cell. John’s a pioneer in this field.” 

Amrita Hepi's nominations

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Amrita Hepi says: “He’s got the kind of presence that affects people when they see him perform – it’s like they walk away wanting to be a little more graceful in life.”

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Nakkiah Lui
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Amrita Hepi says: “She’s bold in all the ways I wish I could be, and she doesn’t put up with bullshit.” 

Sarah Gittoes' nominations

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Sarah Gittoes says: “Gracie is just amazing. She’s such a talented filmmaker and actor. It’s really exciting to see a young Australian receive international acclaim.”

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Sarah Gibson's nominations

Dana Tomic Hughes
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Sarah Gibson says: “She’s a great person in the interior design community. She gives the Australian design aesthetic a lot of influence internationally.”

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Felicity Stewart
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Sarah Gibson says: “Early on in her career Stewart’s firm (which she co-owns with Matthias Hollenstein) were given the Green Square Library. It was a very large project for someone so young, and architecture can be quite an ageist industry.”

Kit Webster's nominations

Eamon Flack
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Kit Webster says: “Eamon Flack is taking the theatre landscape in a new direction.”

Kale Brock
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Kit Webster says: “I’m interested in nutrition at the moment and Kale’s someone I’ve been listening to.”

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Rachel Bajada
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Kit Webster says: “Rachel is combining food and nutrition with entrepreneurialism – she’s raising awareness about health and in particular, sugar.”

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