Speakers Profile - Michelle Deshong

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Michelle Deshong is a Kuku Yalanji woman and lives in Townsville. She is a successful businesswoman running her consultancy company along with extensive experience in the public and private sector. Michelle has held senior executive positions across the Public Service and the Not-for-profit sector. From 2016 to 2021 she was the CEO of the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute and is currently the Interim CEO of Supply Nation.

Michelle holds a BA (Honours) in Political Science and Indigenous Studies as well as other professional qualifications. In 2015 she was awarded the National NAIDOC Scholar of the year for her contribution to academia and community development. In 2016 Michelle received the Australian/American Fulbright Indigenous Professional Scholarship to undertake research across CANZUS countries on First Nations Leadership and Governance, particularly centred around Nation Building and Self-Determination. This was followed by a Churchill Fellowship in 2018 to continue researching Indigenous rights in a global context.

Michelle is involved in a number of professional networks, including being a Fellow with the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (ARLF), a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (MAIATSIS).

Michelle's consultancy business draws on her in-depth knowledge of Indigenous affairs and more broadly in the machinery of government, advocacy and political change. She is an accredited trainer and facilitator in Leadership, Governance.