Kia Dowell Executive Director, Strategy and Innovation, Indigenous Business Australia (IBA)
Creating Collaborative Solutions: Innovations in Governance
Harvard Kennedy School
Kia Dowell is the Executive Director, Strategy and Innovation, Indigenous Business Australia (IBA). Kia oversees the development, implementation and performance of IBA’s strategic plan, market research and insights, impact measurement and evaluation, thought leadership and advocacy and strategic partnerships.
Prior to joining IBA, Kia co-founded an Indigenous strategic advisory and consulting firm, Codeswitch.
Kia is currently appointed to the Board of Gelganyem Trust, Tourism WA and is an advisory member of the Australian Human Rights Commission –Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women’s Voices Special Project). Kia has an MBA in International Business.
Kia is a Gija woman from Warmun Community (Turkey Creek) in the East Kimberley of Western Australia. Her traditional Aboriginal name is Wadjbarreyal and her skin name is Nangala.
She is passionate about working to support the growth of profitable and sustainable organisations that serve a greater social purpose for Aboriginal communities.
Gillian Cagney – Projects and Engineering Manager at WorleyParsons
Leading for Results
Gillian Cagney is the Projects and Engineering manager for the WorleyParsons Alliance with Viva Energy at their Geelong Refinery. Gillian manages the contract and P&L for the engineering and project management services provided to Viva and is accountable for operational and functional management of her team of over 40 people. As well as managing the customer relationship, Gillian is responsible for delivering a portfolio of projects worth approximately $60 Million per annum. In addition, she contributes to the wider WorleyParsons business as part of the extended management team for Australia East.
Gillian graduated with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Cork Institute of Technology, Ireland in 2001 and has over 16 years’ experience working in Ireland, Canada, and Australia. Gillian joined WorleyParsons in 2004 in Ireland and moved to Queensland with them in 2005. She has held various positions in engineering, project/portfolio management and operational management that span multiple industries.
Kirsty Liddicoat – Manager Coal Production, BHP
Leading for Results
Kirsty is the Manager Coal Production at BHP’s Mt Arthur Coal. Over 14 years’ in the mining industry has seen her career cover mine and project management, mine planning, engineering, geoscience and exploration in coal, gold, iron ore, bauxite and copper-gold.
Having worked in remote and regional areas Kirsty is well accustomed to working with people from a wide variety of backgrounds in demanding conditions. Her dedication to the progression of inclusion and diversity in the industry has developed into a passion for supporting women through their careers.
Kirsty has a Bachelor of Science in Geology (Honours), a Masters in Mining Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration. In 2012 she received the Women in Leadership Australia Scholarship designed to develop high potential female leaders and in 2013 Kirsty was recognized in the inaugural 100 Global most Inspirational Women in Mining published by Women in Mining United Kingdom.
Anna Leibel – Chief Information Officer, UniSuper
Driving Strategic Innovation MIT Sloan Executive Program
Anna Leibel joined UniSuper as Chief Information Officer in 2017 to create a strategy for the $69 billion fund to achieve the strategic goal of differentiating on service.
Anna is an experienced executive and corporate advisor and has previously held senior consulting and general management roles with PwC, Telstra and NAB. Anna’s cross-industry career spans more than two decades in transformation programs, management consulting and technology start-ups.
Anna is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and attended MIT Executive Summer School in the USA on the Digital Economy. Motivated by bringing out the best in others, this year Anna is participating in Monash Business School’s group mentoring program.
Fiona David – Research Chair of the Minderoo Foundation
Driving Strategic Innovation MIT Sloan Executive Program
Fiona David is the inaugural Research Chair of the Minderoo Foundation, established in 2001 by Andrew and Nicola Forrest. The Foundation has committed over $772 million to initiatives that focus on some of society’s most pressing challenges.
Fiona’s role is to work with the leadership team across the Foundation to deliver a strong and coherent research program that informs and enables the achievement of the Foundation’s diverse outcomes.
A lawyer and criminologist, Fiona has worked for more than twenty years at the intersection of research and human rights. She led the team that created the Global Slavery Index, published by the Walk Free Foundation, from inception to its 4th edition. Fiona has also led major research projects on crime, justice and labour issues throughout Africa, Middle East, Asia and Australia with UN organisations, aid projects, private companies and research institutes. .
Louise Adams – Global Board Director & Regional Director Vic & SA Aurecon
Wharton Executive Development Program
Louise Adams is Aurecon’s Regional Director for South Australia and Victoria, and a Director on Aurecon’s Global Board. She is responsible for all elements of people, safety and strategic leadership across three business units providing multidisciplinary engineering and infrastructure advisory services for a range of markets. Louise has worked across varying sectors in Australia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, India, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Guyana, Pakistan, Libya, Singapore, North America, Iran, Qatar and the UAE.
Louise holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) for the University of South Australia and a Graduate Diploma in International & Community Development from Deakin University. She is a graduate of the AICD, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers and is listed on the National Professional Engineers Register.
Sarah Styles – Head of Female Engagement Cricket Australia
Wharton Executive Development Program
Sarah Styles is the Head of Female Engagement at Cricket Australia, responsible for driving gender equality in Australia’s national sport through to the greater inclusion and involvement of women and girls across the full spectrum of cricket.
Originally from country Victoria, Sarah is a former investment banker with Macquarie, who was also Senior Strategy Advisor at Medibank ahead of its IPO.
Sarah is co-founder of X-Golf, the largest network of indoor golf centres in Australia and New Zealand. She holds a Master of Finance from INSEAD, and a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science from Monash University.
Katherine Innes – Commander of Operational Policing and Leadership, Queensland Police Service
AGSM @ UNSW – General Managers Program
Superintendent Katherine Innes has over 26 years’ experience as a Police Officer and is an appointed Detective. Her span of command influences all sections of the Queensland Police, having over 200 staff spread throughout Queensland.
Katherine leads several integral units of the Service including Detective Training, Intelligence Training and Incident Command training, along with implementing Operational and Active Armed Offender training for all operational police.
Katherine is designated a Command Capability Owner under the QPS Command Structure along with driving change in training for Command management. Katherine has recent experience as the Principal Intelligence Officer for the Commonwealth Games, Commander: Specialist Response Group, State Intelligence Group and Security and Counter-Terrorism Group.
Katherine has undergraduate degree in Education, a Master’s in Business and post-graduate qualifications in Security.
Patricia Latu – Region Manager, Remote Servicing, Northern Queensland, Department of Human Services
AGSM @ UNSW – General Managers Program
Trish Latu joined the Department of Human services, formerly known as the Department of Social Security and Centrelink twenty-four years ago. After holding various project and management positions in the department, Trish became Region Manager for Remote Servicing in November 2013.
Prior to joining the department, Trish spent ten years with the Commonwealth Department of Education and the Department of Employment, Education and Training where she held several positions including Education Officer working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander secondary school students in Far North Queensland and South East Queensland and management and project positions leading teams in operations and State Office responsible for administering education programs across Queensland.
Trish identifies as Aboriginal and comes from the Kuuku Ya’u people of Eastern Cape York Peninsula and Djabugay rainforest people of Far North Queensland.
Jenni Collard – Executive Director Offender Management, Department of Justice WA
Harvard Kennedy School – Leadership for the 21st Century: Chaos, Conflict and Courage
Jenni Collard is Executive Director Offender Management in the Department of Justice WA. Her previous roles were executives in regional development, child protection and health. Jenni is an Aboriginal woman with cultural connections to both the Jawoyn-Wadaman groups in the Northern Territory, and connections in Cape York Queensland and the Torres Strait Islands.
Jenni has worked in the State Government of Western Australia (WA) for the past 30 years, in a range of areas in human services, Aboriginal Affairs and Regional Development. She has led very difficult agendas, rebuilding and redeveloping significant work areas, whilst involving and balancing staff, key stakeholders and political influences. Jenni has a Bachelor of Business Accounting.
Lesley Nelson – CEO, South West Aboriginal Medical Service (SWAMS)
Harvard Kennedy School – Creating Collaborative Solutions: Innovations in Governance
Lesley Nelson is the CEO of the South West Aboriginal Medical Service (SWAMS) and has over 25 years’ experience working in the Aboriginal Community Controlled health sector, holding various executive leadership roles including Director of Indigenous Banking Solutions for WA at Westpac.
Lesley is a proud Noongar woman from the Balladong and Whadjuk clans.
Lesley is passionate about introducing technology and innovation to strengthen the vital role SWAMS plays in the local Noongar community. Her vision is to see SWAMS continue to expand and deliver high quality, accessible and culturally appropriate holistic health services for the entire South West region.
Lesley is currently a Board member of the National Aboriginal Community Control Health Organisation, Heart Foundation WA, Business SouthWest, Bunbury Chamber of Commerce and Industry. She also chairs the Aboriginal Health Council WA CEO’s Network.
In 2016, Lesley received the NAIDOC Community Female Award in recognition for her remarkable contribution to improving the lives of people in her community and beyond, promoting Indigenous issues and showing excellence in her field.
Bridie O’Donnell – Head of the Office for Women in Sport & Recreation, Victoria
Harvard Business School – Authentic Leader Development Program
Dr Bridie O’Donnell was appointed the inaugural Head of the Office for Women in Sport and Recreation by the Victorian Government in 2017. Her role is to level the playing field for women and girls across all roles in sport and improve their access to participation opportunities, increase the number of visible leadership positions and enhance their access to facilities.
Bridie graduated as Valedictorian from the University of Queensland Medical School and won the J R S Lahz Prize for Most Outstanding Intern at the Mater Hospitals in Brisbane in 1999. Between 2000 and 2006 she was a rower and then an Ironman triathlete and finished the Ironman Hawaii World Championships in 2006.
In 2007, she began road cycling. From 2008 to 2012 she raced in the Australian National Team, and then Professional Italian teams in Europe and the United States, representing Australia at three World Championships.
Dr O’Donnell returned to full time work in 2013, starting at Epworth HealthCheck and teaching doctor-patient communication at Deakin University Medical School.
In 2014, Bridie took on an inaugural role as a breast physician at the Epworth Breast Service.
In 2016, she became the first Australian woman to make an attempt on the UCI World Hour record in 15 years, and broke the National record, the Masters record and set a new world record of 46.882km
Dalene Wray – Managing Director of OBE Organic
Harvard Business School – Disruptive Innovation Program, Women In Export
Dalene Wray is Managing Director of OBE Beef Pty Ltd, a mother and business leader, driving change, innovation and digital adoption in the Australian Beef industry. Dalene, a champion for women, also donates her time tirelessly to a number of important initiatives – including: a program to to deliver under-utilised tools to farmers to improve their profitability and productivity; forums to improve farm safety; drafting a reconciliation plan; introducing a program to measure the extent and cost of disease and parasites in carcasses; hosting forums for outback producers to encourage them to adopt technology, and advocating for improved bush broadband connectivity and more.
Dalene, who speaks a number of languages, grew up in the open spaces of outback Australia, adapted to living in the densely populated cities of Asia for many years. There, she built strong relationships and markets, while helping to further enhance the profile and reputation of the Australian Beef industry offshore.
Dalene is as a member of the Telstra QLD Regional Advisory Committee; an Industry Advisory Group Member for the Australian Government Farm Cooperative Project; and a member of the DFAT Council for Australian Arab relations.
Dalene has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Medical Radiations (Uni SA) and a Graduate Certificate in Food Business Management from Monash University.
Amy Barouch – General Manager Strategy at icare NSW
Harvard Business School – Disruptive Innovation Program
Amy Barouch is the General Manager, Strategy at icare NSW, the Government provider of insurance and care services to the NSW community and one of the largest insurers in Australia.
Prior to joining icare, Amy held a number of corporate strategy and business line roles at NAB and Westpac, including developing and leading NAB’s robo-advice business and leading the strategy and business development at UBank.
She started her career in management consulting at Accenture and has also lectured at the University of New South Wales in the School of Banking & Finance and the School of Organisation & Management.
Kate Munnings – Chief Operating Officer, Ramsay Health Care Australia
INSEAD France – Advanced Management Program
Kate Munnings joined Ramsay Health Care as Chief Operating Officer in January 2016 and has operational and financial responsibility for Ramsay’s 73 Australian hospitals.
Prior to joining Ramsay, Kate was the Chief Executive of Operations at Transfield Services. Kate qualified as a registered nurse in the 1980’s, and went on to complete a Bachelor of Health Science and a Bachelor of Laws. In 2003, she was appointed as a partner at Corrs Chambers Westgarth, specialising in contract and construction law. Kate then joined the partnership at Baker McKenzie where she held a number of leadership positions prior to joining Transfield in 2006.
Kate is currently a director on Ramsay Hospital Research Foundation Board.
In 2014 Kate was the recipient of a CEW Scholarship to attend the Women’s Leadership Forum at Harvard Business School.
Suzy Nicoletti – Managing Director, Twitter Australia
Stanford Graduate School of Business – Interpersonal Dynamics for High Performing Executives
Suzy Nicoletti is Twitter Australia’s Managing Director, responsible for leading the strategy, revenue and operations across the organisation.
Originally from Silicon Valley, California, Suzy has spent the last ten years in Australia. Prior to joining Twitter, Suzy spent eight years at Google including as Industry Manager for the Education team, responsible for sales strategy and commercialisation for Google’s product suite across Australia’s education institutions.
Suzy is a strong advocate for the empowerment of women in the workforce. She is a SheStarts Advisor and an Ambassador for Dress For Success’s Empower Hour Campaign.
Chris Went – Chief Executive Officer, Greenslopes Private Hospital, Ramsay Health Care
MIT Sloan – Leading Change in Complex Organisations
Christine is the Chief Executive Officer of Greenslopes Private Hospital, one of Australia’s largest private teaching hospitals. She leads the executive team managing the 650 bed hospital which employs more than 2000 staff.
Chris has represented the private sector on the Queensland Clinical Senate, was a member of the Department of Health Patient Safety Board and has represented the Australian Private Hospitals Association on the Queensland Clinical Education and Training Council.
She is currently a member of the Board of Ipswich Grammar School and the Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation.
Chris completed a Bachelor of Nursing in 1992, and has attained post graduate qualifications in the clinical specialties of Cardiology and Emergency as well as Business Administration.