Amanda Harkness


Amanda Harkness
CEW Member

Non-Executive Director and Corporate Advisor

Amanda has extensive experience in business leadership roles across Asia Pacific. She works closely with listed companies, the government sector, regulators and start-up businesses, and has been a non-executive director for Vodafone’s Australian business since 2009.

In September 2017, Amanda stepped down as ASX Group General Counsel & Company Secretary, a role she held for a decade. The ASX is a Top 50 ASX listed company and sits at the centre of Australia’s capital and financial markets. In the early 2000s, Amanda was the COO and led the Asian business for Looksmart, a NASDAQ listed internet business.

During the 1990’s she developed her broader business experience as a consultant at McKinsey & Co and as an internet and e-commerce pioneer at Telstra, Australia’s largest telecommunications company. In the mid 1980’s Amanda was a partner in a leading Australian law firm building a communications, technology and corporate law practice at the time of market structure change and deregulation in Australia’s communications sector.

Along with membership of CEW, Amanda is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Governance Institute of Australia and the International Institute of Chartered Secretaries. She is a director of the WeirAnderson Foundation, a Private Ancillary Fund with an emphasis on projects that improve the lives of women and girls. Amanda is involved in mentoring and actively encouraging women to broaden their skills and experience base so they maximise their full potential and to give them greater choice during their careers.

Amanda’s leadership and professional contributions were recognised in 2017 when she was inducted into the Australian National University’s College of Business and Economics Alumni Hall of Fame. In 2016, the UK Financial Times named her as a FT Top 30 Worldwide General Counsel.

She is an enthusiastic supporter of the Biennale of Sydney, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney University and the Australian National University.

Amanda graduated with first class honours in Law from the Australian National University, where she also graduated in Economics. She was awarded a Master of Arts from Macquarie University in Sydney. Since the early 1990’s Amanda has served on a number of Australian and NSW Government advisory boards focused on innovation, Asia and technology development.

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