Shirley Chowdhary


Non-Executive Director
Advisory Board Chair
Strategic Consultant
Mentor & Coach
AFR 100 Women of Influence

Shirley’s current portfolio aims to create commercially sustainable and inclusive services for all members of our community. Her career has been driven by a strong desire to create a connection between people, place and purpose and this work was recognized when she was selected as one of the 2019 AFR 100 Women of Influence.

Shirley is an internationally experienced board director with a diverse set of expertise across law, financial services, the NFP sector and journalism. She is admitted to practice law in Australia and New York (having completed the New York bar) and has worked across Asia and Australia in the corporate and for-purpose sectors.

Career highlights include being Regional Counsel Asia Pacific for JP Morgan Investment Management; Chief Executive Officer for the GO Foundation, an Australian Indigenous organisation founded by Adam Goodes and Michael O’Loughlin; host of the Women’s Agenda podcast series, The Leadership Lessons; and author of a range of writings including a biography for a WW2 prisoner-of-war.

Shirley is currently a non-executive director on the boards of the Australian Associated Press and the Royal Australian Institute of Architects, and is Chair of the Advisory Board of Octadoc, a med-tech start up. She is consulting with a number of organisations including the Criterion Institute on gender-lens investing, the Paul Ramsay Foundation on systems change within the NFP sector, Northrop Consulting and Scanlan Theodore, one of Australia’s leading fashion designers. Shirley is a keynote speaker and presenter for Saxton Speakers and her portfolio includes an extensive array of mentoring and volunteering.

NED & Chair | Gender-lens investing | For-purpose systems change | Lawyer NY & Australia | AFR 💯Women of Influence
Business and Motivational Speaker
Talking Points: Diversity & Inclusion as a Driver for Change; Harnessing the Changes of 2020; Reconciliation from a Non-Indigenous Perspective

Get in touch with Shirley

For all speaking enquiries, please get in touch via Saxton Speakers.