Sam Mostyn AO, CEW President

Sam Mostyn AO is a businesswoman and sustainability adviser, with a long history of executive and governance roles across business, sport, climate change, the arts, policy, and not-for-profit sectors.

She serves on the boards of Mirvac, Transurban, Sydney Swans, GO Foundation, Centre for Policy Development, The Climate Council. Sam Chairs the boards of the Citi Australia, Foundation for Young Australians, Australians Investing in Women, Ausfilm, ANROWS (the Australian National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety) and Alberts. Sam is also President of Chief Executive Women. She serves on the Australian faculty of the Cambridge University Business & Sustainability Leadership Program. Sam served as a Commissioner with the Australian Football League and was a member of the Crawford Sports Funding Review expert panel which examined sports funding in Australia. She was as an inaugural board member of Climateworks Australia and a founding supporter and Chair of the women’s climate action group 1 Million Women. Sam has served on the Global Business & Sustainable Development Commission, and on the boards of Reconciliation Australia, the Australia Council for the Arts, the Sydney Theatre Company, Virgin Australia Australian Volunteers International, and has chaired Carriageworks and The Australian Museum. Sam is a past President of the Australian Council for International Development and inaugural commissioner with the National Mental Health Commission and was Deputy Chair of the Diversity Council of Australia. Sam was named Winner – Individual, in the IGCC 2019 Climate Awards and was presented the distinguished 2020 United Nations Day Honour Award for her significant contribution in advancing the work of the United Nations; in recognition of her outstanding efforts in the advancement of sustainable development as defined by the UN and her leadership in the areas of diversity and inclusion in Australia. Sam was awarded an AO in the 2021 Australia Day Honours for distinguished service to business and sustainability, and to the community, through seminal contributions to a range of organisations, and to women. Her executive and non-executive roles have encompassed business strategy, human resources, culture change, corporate and government affairs, risk management, community engagement, climate change, gender equality, and sustainability, and was a senior Policy advisor for Senator Bob Collins (Transport and Communications) and The Hon Michael Lee MP (Communications & the Arts), and senior communications Policy advisor for the former PM, The Hon Paul Keating. Sam has a BA/LLB from the Australian National University, and in 2018, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the ANU, in recognition of her work as a pioneer of gender inclusion and equity, and leadership in sustainability and climate change.