Natasha Stott Despoja AO

Former Senator; Chair, Our Watch; Member of the UN Treaty Body CEDAW

2021 National Award Winner

Natasha Stott Despoja AO is the founding Chair of Our Watch.

She was Australia’s Global Ambassador for Women and Girls (2013-2016), is a former Senator for South Australia and was Leader of the Australian Democrats. 

In 2020, she was elected to the United Nation’s Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

She is the author of On Violence.

Natasha has served on the World Bank Gender Advisory Council (2015-2017) and was a member of a 2017 UN High Level Working Group on the Health and Human Rights of Women, Children and Adolescents.

Natasha is an Honorary Research Fellow at The University of Adelaide, a member of the Australian National University Council, and a member of Broad Agenda 50:50 by 2030 Advisory Group.

She is a Non-Executive Director of Carrie’s Beanies for Brain Cancer, Global Citizen Australia and a member of the Global Women's Institute Leadership Council at George Washington University.

She is a former Deputy Chair of beyondblue, former board member of the Burnet Institute, the SA Museum, the Advertising Standards Board and the Museum of Australian Democracy. She served on the Prime Minister’s Referendum Council and was a member of the successful FIFA 2023 Women’s World Cup Bid Steering Committee.