Speaker Profile

Sam Mostyn

Chair, ANROWS and non- executive director
Sam Mostyn is a non-executive director, speaker and sustainability adviser, with a long history of governance roles across business, sport, the arts, policy, and NFP sectors. Her current Chair roles include Citi Australia, Carriageworks, GO Foundation (founded by Adam Goodes and Michael O’Loughlin to provide education scholarships to indigenous students), ANROWS {the Australian National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety}, the Australian Women Donors Network and the Board of the Foundation for Young Australians. Sam’s board roles include Mirvac, Transurban and the Centre for Policy Development. She joined the board of the Sydney Swans in 2017, after over a decade serving as a Commissioner with the Australian Football League. In 2005 she was the first woman to be appointed to the Commission where she advocated for the inclusion of women at all levels of the AFL. She was a proponent for the creation of the AFL Women’s league and was the 2018 AFLW Cup Ambassador. In 2009, Sam was a member of the Crawford Review expert panel which examined sports funding in Australia. Sam has a long-held interest in climate change, serving on the boards of Climateworks Australia and The Climate Council. She was also a founding supporter and Chair of the women’s climate action group 1 Million Women and serves on the Australian faculty of the Cambridge University Business & Sustainability Leadership Program. Sam has served on the boards of Virgin Australia, Reconciliation Australia, the Global Business & Sustainable Development Commission, the Australian Museum, the Sydney Theatre Company and between 2013-2017 was President of the Australian Council for International Development. She was an inaugural commissioner with the National Mental Health Commission and was Deputy Chair of the Diversity Council of Australia. Her corporate roles have encompassed human resources, culture change, corporate and government affairs, community engagement and corporate sustainability.

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