Professor Paulo de Souza has made a distinguished contribution to the leadership of research in science. From his innovative approach in machine learning that has permitted mineral identification on Mars, to his worldwide recognition for informing the research on the health of Honey Bees, Paulo de Souza has carved a reputation as a globally recognised solver of complex problems. His leadership has extended beyond his regular work to bring together teams of others highly collaborative and highly successful ways. His work in the areas of micro sensors and sensor networks has furthered the ICT profession in Australia, and his combined leadership in both academia and in industry has inspired people involved in technology, computing, and science. In addition to his own ICT-related contributions, Paulo is regarded as a role model and mentor who has contributed to the growth and success of countless individuals, teams, projects and outcomes. His passion for ICT is both strongly magnetic and highly productive.