Lisa Annese

Chief Executive Officer, Diversity Council Australia

Lisa Annese has been the Chief Executive Officer of Diversity Council Australia since 2 June 2014. In this role she leads debate on diversity and inclusion in the public arena, and as a result appears regularly on ABC’s The Drum and in wider Australian media. 

In 2018, Lisa was named one of the AFR’s 100 Women of Influence. In 2019 she was elected to the Board of Amnesty International Australia.  Lisa is also Executive Producer of DCA’s podcast, The Art of Inclusion. 

Lisa has had a long career in the diversity and inclusion space across the corporate, government and not-for-profit sector. And some of her career highlights include: advocating for policy action in areas including government funded paid parental leave and closing the gender pay gap; presenting DCA’s leading research internationally; developing the first ever census of ‘Australian Women in Leadership’ while at the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, and co-authoring “Chief Executives Unplugged: CEO’s Get Real About Women in the Workplace”.