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Kirstin Ferguson

Author, columnist and company director

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Kirstin Ferguson

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Kirstin is one of Australia’s most prominent leadership experts.

An award-winning author, columnist and company director, Kirstin is also making a global impact, with UK-based Thinkers50 naming her one of the world’s top 30 “Thinkers to Watch” and she was shortlisted for the Distinguished Award in Leadership in 2021.

Kirstin’s career includes three decades of leadership experience including a previous appointment by the Australian Prime Minister as Acting Chair and Deputy Chair of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Kirstin has previously been the CEO of a global consulting firm, was a senior executive at a leading corporate law firm and spent nearly 10 years as an Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force.

Kirstin’s second book, Head & Heart: The Art of Modern Leadership (published by Penguin Random House) has been described by #1 NYT bestselling author, Adam Grant, as “A timely, actionable book on the virtues that every great leader needs to learn.” It was also named by Thinkers50 as one of the top 10 best new management books in the world in 2023.

Kirstin writes a popular weekly column for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age called Got a Minute? answering the nation’s work, leadership, and culture questions. She also contributes to the Financial Review.

A passionate advocate for women, diversity, and inclusion, Kirstin was responsible for sparking a viral social media campaign called #CelebratingWomen, and is the co-author of award-winning book, Women Kind: Unlocking the power of women supporting women.

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