Cassandra Kelly AM is an international director, entrepreneur, author, and private coach to influential business and government leaders in multiple countries. She provides advice to clients across the globe, leveraging her expertise in innovation, sustainability and technology, alongside her background in finance and markets, risk analytics and M&A.
In 2003, Cassandra co-founded the multi-award winning global corporate advisory firm Pottinger, helping leaders solve their complex problems and seize the opportunities that lie ahead. Previously the CEO of Pottinger, she is now an international advisor, philanthropist, thought leader, speaker and board director. With experience living and working on most continents, Cassandra speaks regularly about disruption and the need for organisations to embrace uncertainty and complexity to ensure vibrant and thriving growth. A respected advisor to governments, she worked with the B20/G20 on matters including digitalisation, entrepreneurship, health, finance and growth. Her appointments include Chair of the Treasury Corporation of Victoria since 2015; Chair of sustainable livestock food producer, FutureFeed; and on the Brookings Advisory Council for the Center of Universal Education. Cassandra has supported multiple national and international causes and is a champion for diversity, including co-founding the Glass Elevator. She continues her commitment to accelerating the success of women through her WomanUp programs which allow women around the globe to have access to similar content and advice that she provides to some of the world’s most influential leaders.
Reflecting her experience in technology as well as economic development, Cassandra was appointed in 2018 as an inaugural member of the European Union’s Global Tech Panel, alongside other members including the chair of Nokia, President of Microsoft, the Vice President of Google and the President of the World Economic Forum. Contributing to business leadership, productivity, people and diversity, Cassandra was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2019 for her ‘significant service to business through executive roles and as an advocate for gender equality.’ She was also named a ‘Director to Watch’ in 2015 by Directors & Boards Magazine & one of the Top 10 Australian Chairs in 2017.