Karyn Baylis AM


Karyn Baylis AM
CEW Member

Chief Executive
Jawun Indigenous Partnerships

Karyn Baylis has been Chief Executive of Jawun since 2009. Jawun is an Australian, non-profit organisation which manages secondments from the corporate and public sectors to a range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander partners in urban, regional and remote communities across Australia. The Jawun model aims to strengthen the capacity of Indigenous organisations and leaders and in leveraging the expertise of corporate and government partners to support Indigenous led projects, including major programs for reform. Jawun is a place where corporate, government and philanthropic organisations come together with Indigenous people to effect real change.

Karyn has led a distinguished business career in Australia and internationally, having held a range of senior management and C-suite executive roles in multinational businesses including Director of Organisational Renewal at Optus (2004 – 2008), Group Executive Sales and Marketing at Insurance Australia Group (2002 – 2004) and Senior Vice President the Americas at Qantas Airways (1998 – 2001).

Karyn is currently on the Board of the privately-owned Grocon Group. She was previously a Board member of CARE International Australia and Cure Cancer NSW.

In 2015, Karyn was awarded the Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 ‘Women of Influence’ Award in Diversity.

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