Women’s Economic Equality

Celebrating International Women’s Day

12 March 2024

Sam Mostyn AO

Keynote Speaker


Sam Mostyn AO is a businesswoman and sustainability adviser, with a long history of executive & governance roles across business, sport, climate change, the arts, policy, and NFP sectors.
Sam was the first woman to be appointed as a Commissioner with the Australian Football League (AFL) where she advocated for the inclusion of women at all levels of the AFL, including the creation of the AFL women’s league. In 2009, Sam was a member of the Crawford Sports Funding Review expert panel which examined sports funding in Australia.

Sam chairs the boards of the Foundation for Young Australians, Ausfilm, ANROWS (the Australian National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety), Alberts and Australians Investing In Women and is President of Chief Executive Women (CEW)

Sam serves on various boards including Mirvac, Transurban, the Sydney Swans and the GO Foundation (founded by Adam Goodes and Michael O’Loughlin to provide education scholarships to indigenous students), the Centre for Policy Development, The Climate Council, and until recently was an inaugural board member of Climateworks Australia.

She was also a founding supporter and Chair of the women’s climate action group 1 Million Women and serves on the Australian faculty of the Cambridge University Business & Sustainability Leadership Program.

Sam previously served on the Global Business & Sustainable Development Commission, and on the boards of Reconciliation Australia, the Australia Council for the Arts, the Sydney Theatre Company, Virgin Australia Australian Volunteers International, and has chaired Carriageworks and The Australian Museum.

Between 2013-2017 Sam was President of the Australian Council for International Development. She was an inaugural commissioner with the National Mental Health Commission and was Deputy Chair of the Diversity Council of Australia. Sam was named Winner – Individual, in the IGCC 2019 Climate Awards.

Sam was recently presented the distinguished 2020 United Nations Day Honour Award for her significant contribution in advancing the work of the United Nations; in recognition of her outstanding efforts in the advancement of sustainable development as defined by the UN and her leadership in the areas of diversity and inclusion in Australia.

Her executive and non-executive roles have encompassed business strategy, human resources, culture change, corporate and government affairs, risk management, community engagement, climate change, gender equality, and sustainability.

Before taking on non-executive roles, Sam held numerous senior executive roles and was a senior Policy advisor for Senator Bob Collins (Minister for Transport & Communications) and The Hon Michael Lee MP (Minister for Communications & the Arts), and senior communications Policy advisor for the former PM, The Hon Paul Keating.

Sam has a BA/LLB from the Australian National University, and in 2018, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the ANU, in recognition of her work as a pioneer of gender inclusion and equity, and leadership in sustainability and climate change.
In 2021 Sam was awarded an AO in the Australia Day Honours for distinguished service to business and sustainability, and to the community, through seminal contributions to a range of organisations, and to women.