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Amanda Harkness

BEc (Hons) 1978, LLB (Hons) 1981

Career highlights

  • Trusted strategic advisor to the Board of the ASX, leading their global regulatory and legal functions for over a decade.
  • Became partner of one of Australia’s leading legal firms within five years of her graduation from ANU. In this role she was a pioneer in the de-regulation of Australia’s telecommunications industry in the eighties and early nineties.
  • Career extending across a wide range of businesses in financial services, telecommunications, energy and resources, in countries including Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Korea and Japan.
  • Named by the Financial Times as an FT Top 30 Worldwide General Counsel, and was also recently recognised with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her leadership in financial market regulation in Washington DC.
  • A recognised people leader, active in mentoring programs with students at ANU and Sydney University, and with female executives and entrepreneurs in the financial services and tech sectors.

Career philosophy

“Strive to make the complex simple. Dig deep to find the real concerns of all stakeholders, and identify the common ground on which to build outcomes that mean many can share in the achievement. Always enjoy what you do and look for opportunities to renew.”

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