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Lisa Annese

CEO | Diversity Council Australia


Lisa Annese was appointed CEO of DCA in June 2014. Under her leadership, DCA has conducted a broad array of ground-breaking, evidence based research, including Australia’s first national index on workplace diversity and inclusion, seminal research on the economics of the gender pay-gap and original work on building Asian Leadership Capability, main-streaming flexible work and creating inclusive workplaces. Lisa has also established a wide program of events for DCA members including the Annual Diversity Debate in Sydney and Annual Diversity and Inclusion Oration in Melbourne.

Lisa is a regular contributor to publications including The Guardian and Huffington post and makes regular appearances on ABC’s The Drum. Lisa represented DCA at the United Nations Alliance of Civilisations in both Doha (Qatar) and Kerala (India) and during her time at the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (formerly EOWA), developed the first ever census of ‘Australian Women in Leadership’, and created the ‘Employer of Choice for Women’ citation. Lisa is the recipient of a Centennary Medal for Significant Contribution to the Australian Public Service and is the co-author of “Chief Executives Unplugged: CEO’s Get Real About Women in the Workplace”.