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Kirstin Ferguson

Dr Kirstin Ferguson is a business leader, company director and award-winning leadership expert. Kirstin is also a sought-after keynote speaker and author.

Sitting on a range of corporate boards across a variety of industries since 2008, Kirstin is an experienced Non-Executive Director, Board Chair, Remuneration Committee Chair and Nominations Committee Chair. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a QUT Colin Brain Corporate Governance Fellow. Kirstin has been recognised as one of Australia's 100 Women of Influence in the Board & Management category.

An Adjunct Professor at the QUT School of Business with a PhD in leadership as well as a leader herself for more than 30 years, Kirstin is a sought-after commentator, author and keynote speaker on leadership, trust and emotional intelligence. Kirstin is also a passionate advocate for women, diversity and inclusion and was the creator of the widely acclaimed #CelebratingWomen campaign. Kirstin is the co-author of the award-winning book Women Kind and is currently researching her next book.

During her executive career, Kirstin was the CEO of an international consulting organisation as well as a senior executive of a large corporate law firm. Kirstin began her career as an Officer in the Air Force and was Dux of her Air Force graduating class at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

As well as a PhD, Kirstin also has honours degrees in Law and History and she is a Sir Winston Churchill Fellow.

In 2018 Kirstin joined forces with Walkley Award winning journalist Catherine Fox to write Women Kind : Unlocking the Power of Women Supporting Women. In 2019 Women Kind was named Management & HR Book of the Year in the Australian Business Book Awards. Kirstin is currently working on her next book and writes "Got a Minute?", the weekly leadership and career advice column for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

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