(Governor-in-Council member - from October 2017)
Olivia is an Associate Principal at McKinsey & Company. Her experience includes advising large private sector companies, and major public sector institutions, on transformational change, strategy, capital management and mergers & acquisitions. Her sector experience spans financial services, telecommunications, retail & consumer, industrials, energy & resources, services and property.
She is well regarded for her leadership capabilities. Olivia leads McKinsey & Company’s Executive Leadership Program, supporting the development of the next generation of leaders in Australia and New Zealand. In 2014 Olivia was awarded in the Westpac/Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Awards. In 2014 she represented the Australian business community as part of the B20 Leaders’ Summit in Sydney. In the same year she was also invited to speak as a representative of the Australian financial services sector as part of the historic Federal Government delegation to China.
Olivia has significant experience in international markets having lived and worked in China, South Korea, North America, the Middle East, Europe, New Zealand and Australia. She has deep experience in Asia and previously worked for Samsung Electronics in Seoul, South Korea on the commercialisation of Samsung’s then leading Mobile WiMax technology.
Olivia has a strong interest in social business. In 2015 she joined some of Australia’s most prominent business leaders to launch Australia’s first ‘Investment Bank-for-Purpose’, Adara Partners, as Corporate Advisory Director. The organisation provides advice to major corporate and government clients, with 100% of profits from client fees funding important health and education projects in developing countries. She was also previously Chairman of the Board of innovative micro-finance institution, Global Sisters, supporting women entrepreneurs in disadvantaged communities. Olivia is also the co-founder of the Glass Elevator, an initiative supported by Australia’s most prominent CEOs aimed at increasing the number of women in senior positions in business and in government. Olivia was previously Vice President of Women & Banking & Finance, an organisation contributing to enhancing the role of women in the financial services sector in Australia.
Olivia graduated from Griffith University with a Bachelor of International Business and was the University Medal awardee. Olivia also holds undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in International Relations, International Commerce and Finance. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.