From July 2017, after three years heading the organisation, current Chief Executive Justin Mohamed will be moving on to pursue other ventures.


“I am delighted that Karen has agreed to take up the CEO role,” announced Professor Calma.


“Karen has been with our organisation since 2008, taking up the Deputy Chief Executive position in 2014.  Over this time Karen has gained a deep understanding of national reconciliation action and public engagement,” said Professor Calma.


“She is a highly capable executive, well regarded in business, community and government circles.  Her work in raising the national profile of our organisation and gaining major corporate support for our vision has been outstanding,” he said.


In making the announcement, Co-Chair Melinda Cilento, added: “Karen is an impressive leader and will bring renewed energy, together with a deep understanding of the reconciliation task ahead of us.”


“She has been an advocate for the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples her entire career, and I am delighted she has accepted this leadership position,” Ms Cilento added.


The Board acknowledged the contribution Mr Mohamed has made to advancing reconciliation in Australia over the past three years.


“He leaves Reconciliation Australia in a strong position to continue our work advocating for, and supporting a more just and unified nation.  Solid foundations that I am confident Karen will build on,” Professor Calma said.


Commenting on Karen Mundine’s appointment, outgoing CEO Justin Mohamed said: “Karen is a great friend and I am personally delighted to be handing over the reins to such an outstanding leader.”

Reflecting on her appointment, Karen said: “I am honoured and excited to have been selected to lead Reconciliation Australia at this time.”

“As Australia prepares to take another major step in our reconciliation journey with the delivery of the Referendum Council’s final report, 2017 and the years ahead promise to be both exciting and challenging for our organisation.”

“I am passionately committed to our national reconciliation journey and seeing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures valued and respected by all Australians,” she said.

“I have great faith in our team and look forward to their ongoing support and that of our key stakeholders, Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) partners and wider community,” concluded Ms Mundine.


Ms Mundine holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Technology Sydney and is a Director of the Gondwana Children’s Choir Board.  Previous roles include Mary Mackillop Board Director, Deputy Chief Executive and General Manager Communication and Engagement, Reconciliation Australia; Senior Consultant, CPR Communications; senior public affairs and communications roles with federal government departments including Prime Minister and Cabinet and Foreign Affairs and Trade.  She lives in Redfern, Sydney.



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