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Julie McKay

Executive Director, National Committee for UN Women Australia
Julie McKay

Julie McKay, 29, has a passion for achieving social change and gender equality, in Australia and internationally.  Having held the position of Executive Director at the National Committee for UN Women Australia (formerly UNIFEM Australia) since March 2007, Julie has overseen many campaigns to raise awareness of gender equality issues. She has previously also been the National Campaign Manager for White Ribbon.

As a young professional, Julie advocates on key issues affecting women including women’s leadership, pay equity, political participation and violence against women. With experience in both the corporate and NGO sectors Julie actively works to support strong partnerships between the community, the private sector and government.

Julie was the Australian Institute of Management’s Young Manager of the Year in 2010 and was named Telstra Young Business Woman of the year (ACT) in 2011. Julie sits on the Steering Committee of the Australian Institute of Management ACT, the Equality Rights Alliance and the Royal Australian Navy’s Success Implementation Committee. In 2012, Julie was also appointed to the Australian Defence Force Gender Advisory Board.

Adding to her experience, Julie has recently completed her Executive MBA at the University of Sydney, with a Scholarship for Excellence in NGO Leadership. During her EMBA, Julie studied at Stanford, London Business School and the Indian Institute of Management. She holds a Masters in Public Policy from ANU and Bachelor’s degrees in Business Management and International Relations. Julie is also a current fellow in Ethical Leadership through the Vincent Fairfax Fellowship Program at Melbourne Business School.