Mikaela is a Cabrogal woman of the Dharug-speaking Nation of Sydney. She began her career as a national park ranger, drawing on her background in environmental biology. While working in the remote Northern Territory, she started a project that led her to found Indigital: Australia’s first Indigenous Edu-tech company.
Through Indigital, Mikaela seeks to develop innovative ways to digitise and translate knowledge and culture from remote and ancient communities. Her aim is for Indigital to help create meaningful pathways for Indigenous people into the digital economy and the creation of future technologies.
Mikaela’s visionary work and achievements have been widely and internationally recognised. In 2022 alone, Mikaela was announced as one of 15 leaders to be awarded the Schwab Foundation 2022 Social Innovators of the Year award, was nominated for the ACT Australian of the Year Award, and was named ANU Indigenous Alumna of the Year. Mikaela has spoken at the United Nations in New York to demonstrate the impact of new technologies in Indigenous communities, is a member of the WEF Metaverse Governance Steering Group, and a delegate on the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.