Patrice Braun is an Action Researcher with a PhD in regional network development underpinned by ICT and a Masters by Research on the use of the internet for community informatics. She is Principal Consultant at Patrice Braun & Associates and also holds an Adjunct Professorship in Research & Innovation at Federation University Australia. Her global research and consultancy work in economic inclusion and ICT-enabled development focuses on gender, entrepreneurship and the weaving of technology with sustainable economic, social, environmental, and governance practices. Patrice consults with government, organisations, non-profits and industry on gender and SME policy, inclusive standards and collaborative forms of capacity building. A seasoned speaker and contributor to ICT, trade and economic development forums, Patrice was the Australian focal point for a 5-year APEC research and capacity development program to enhance women’s participation in the digital economy. Prof Braun’s publications include gender-responsive ecosystems and trade practices, knowledge economy skilling, and female entrepreneurship as a path for economic empowerment and social change.