A Chinese Australian, Lavender (Qingxiang) brings an incredible technical skillset alongside her strong leadership skills to make a real difference for Australia’s geospatial industry. In her early career, she demonstrated both an outstanding grasp of complex technical knowledge and skills as an Earth Observation Data Scientist, and strong leadership capabilities. She is dedicating her career to using Earth Observation data and techniques to solve real-world problems, with a key focus on environmental monitoring as a driver of impact for people and planet. Lavender received a full scholarship to complete her PhD at UNSW after her undergraduate studies in China. Following completion of her PhD, she started working as a Remote Sensing Analyst for Astron Environmental Services and was promoted as a Senior Analyst after only one year due not only to her strong technical capabilities, but her ability to grasp complex problems quickly, to work with a variety of stakeholders well, and to showcase leadership through delivery of several highquality projects. After over two years of consultancy experience, she worked as a lecturer for Harbin Engineering University before joining FrontierSI as an Earth Observation Data Scientist in 2022. She has also presented at several conferences and workshops in the past 18-months. Judges said Lavender is an outstanding geospatial professional with wealth of knowledge and leadership capabilities who has achieved great things and will continue to do so.