Nalini Joshi AO holds the Payne-Scott Professorial Chair of Applied Mathematics at the University of Sydney and is a Georgina Sweet Australian Laureate Fellow. Professor Joshi was born and lived in Burma, before her family emigrated to Australia. She was awarded a BSc (Hons) by the University of Sydney and a PhD by Princeton University. Professor Joshie was also a foundation co-Chair of the Science in Australia Gender Equity initiative managed by the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, which led to a pilot of the Athena SWAN scheme.
In the 2016 Queen’s Birthday honours, Professor Joshi was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to mathematical science and tertiary education as an academic, author and researcher; and as a role model and mentor of young mathematicians.