SOUTH AUSTRALIA STATE WINNER
2015 Australian Award for Excellence in Women’s Leadership.
Natasha Stott Despoja AM is Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls and is the founding Chairperson of Our Watch (the Foundation to Prevent Violence Against Women and their Children).
She is a former Senator for South Australia (1995-2008) and former Leader of the Australian Democrats. In 2011, she was made a Member of the Order of Australia for her service to the Australian Parliament, education and as a role model for women.
In 2001, she was made a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum. She is the youngest woman ever to enter the Australian Federal Parliament.
She held the positions of Australian Democrats’ Leader and Deputy Leader and is the longest-serving Democrat Senator in the party’s history.
Natasha is an Honorary Visiting Research Fellow at The University of Adelaide; a columnist for The Adelaide Advertiser, and a guest panellist on Channel 10’s The Project.
Natasha is the former Deputy Chair of Beyondblue, a former non-executive Board member of The Burnet Institute; and was on the board of the South Australian Museum (SAM) (2009-2013), the Advertising Standards Board (ASB) (2008-2013) and the Museum of Australian Democracy (MOAD) (2010-2013). She is a member of the Australian Privacy Foundation Advisory Board.
She has been Patron or Ambassador for a number of not-for-profit groups including The Orangutan Project; Ovarian Cancer Australia, ENUF the HIV/AIDS anti-stigma campaign and secondbite.
She lives in Adelaide with husband Ian and their two children Conrad and Cordelia.