Professor Michelle Haber honoured by The CEO Magazine at gala event in Sydney

17 Nov 2023

Professor Michelle Haber has been honoured for her outstanding contribution to childhood cancer research with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at The CEO Magazine’s Executive of the Year Awards in Sydney.

Executive Director of Children’s Cancer Institute, Professor Haber is a world-renowned scientist who has led the fight against childhood cancer. Her ground-breaking work has doubled the survival rates for some cancers and led to more effective treatments, which have given hope to patients and their families.

Michelle’s speech upon receiving her award was truly inspiring. 

“I’ve been privileged to receive accolades for my research, but to receive an award as a CEO… well, that’s a first, and I’m very proud!” she said.

“My proudest achievement, over almost 40 years, is establishing the Zero Childhood Cancer Program, or ZERO, which we run in partnership with the Kids Cancer Centre at Sydney Children’s Hospital.

“ZERO recognises that every child’s cancer is unique. By analysing the genetics of each child and their cancer, we can understand what’s happening at a molecular level, and use this understanding to formulate personalised treatment recommendations. Results have shown that this approach significantly improves outcomes, and there are children alive today who would not be without ZERO. 

“Over my career, I’ve learnt that flashes of inspiration can take years to translate into reality… but by thinking outside the box, leading the way, and bringing the right people together, extraordinary things can be achieved.

“I absolutely believe that one day, we will be able to cure all children with cancer, and that it’s not if, it’s when.”  Michelle said.

The CEO Magazine Founder, Chris Dutton, paid tribute to Michelle Haber, declaring her a worthy Lifetime Achievement recipient:

“Our magazine shines a light on leaders driving positive change, and few have achieved more in improving outcomes for young cancer patients than Michelle,” he said.

“Her extraordinary work makes this a thoroughly well-deserved award.”

The magazine had a record number of entries for its 12th annual awards, which were presented at a glittering Hollywood-themed ceremony hosted by Larry Emdur at The Star Sydney.