Our Ambassadors

The following people have committed to help us achieve our objective and achieve 50/50 gender representation in Australia’s parliaments.

Ann Sherry, AO

“I have signed on as a WFEA ambassador to help make sure the face of Australia is fairly reflected in our political system. To achieve this we need to increase the number of women in all our elected forums across all political parties.

We currently have too few women in parliaments and governments across Australia and we have even poorer representation of women in key portfolio positions in state and federal politics in particular. The outcome is lack of voice, lack of role modelling for young women and mono cultural debates and discussions leading to poor outcomes.

I believe we need interventions to change this as incremental change is too slow. It requires cultural change in political parties, it requires the setting of hard targets to be achieved in pre-selections (quotas) and it requires a regular refresh of sitting members so they do not get an entitlement mentality to their positions when refresh is needed.”

As a WFEA ambassador I will be able to help drive this change.

  • Ann Sherry is one of Australia’s leading business executives with a career that spans Government, Banking and Cruise Tourism.
  • Ann is the Chair of UNICEF Australia and currently holds non-executive roles with National Australia Bank, Sydney Airport, Palladium Group, Infrastructure Victoria, Rugby Australia, Cape York Partnerships, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.
  • She is an Advisor to and the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Carnival Australia, the largest cruise ship operator in Australasia and a division of Carnival Corporation & Plc.
  • The Australian Government awarded Ann the Centenary Medal in 2001 and in 2004 she was awarded an Order of Australia.
  • In 2015, Ann was named as the overall winner of the Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Award.
  • Ann devotes considerable energy to her passion for women’s rights (currently as convenor of the MCC STEM group), supporting opportunity for Indigenous communities, personal philanthropy and support of the arts.

Anna Bligh, AC

“I am honoured to be a WFEA ambassador to be part of the change needed to see more women elected across all levels of our political system.

I know first-hand the challenges women face in public life, particularly in the first few steps of seeking and achieving election.

The 50/50 target that is set is ambitious however I believe not only is it achievable, it is necessary to ensure a strong voice on the key issues confronting our country.”

Dr John Hewson

Academic, economist, businessman, politician, columnist and commentator.

“I am honoured to be an Ambassador for WFEA.

I consider gender inequality to be one of the most important economic, social, and ethical issues of significance in Australian society today.

Women urgently need to have an equal and effective voice in Parliament and in government and I can hopefully contribute, through WFEA, to help make this happen.”

John is currently finishing two books – ‘ Public Policy Book’ and another as a Collection of major public policy columns and speeches etc.

  • He is currently a Professorial Fellow at Crawford School, Australian National University
  • Professor and Chair, Tax and Transfer Policy Institute, Crawford School.
  • John is an adjunct Professor at UTS Business School
  • Adjunct BCEC Professorial Fellow Curtin University
  • Professorial Fellow, Thinker-in-Residence, and Member Advisory Board, Institute of Applied Ecology at the University of Canberra.
  • He is currently a director at The Sir Ronald Wilson Foundation at ANU.


  • Fellow, Academy of the Social Sciences of Australia (FASSA)
  • Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD)
  • Fellow, Finance and Treasury Association (FFTP(Hon))
  • Affiliate, The Securities Institute of Australia (ASIA)
  • Fellow, The Hong Kong Management Association
  • Member in the Order of Australia Centenary Medal
  • Woodrow Wilson Fellow
  • Lifetime Achievement Award University of Regina, November 2009
  • Order of Merit, Australian Olympic Committee May 2010

Emelda Davis Chairwoman- Australia South Sea Islanders (Port Jackson)

(Waskam) Emelda Davis is a social justice advocate with a skill base in Media, Events Management and Community Development having worked for over three decades across state and federal government agencies with a genuine interest and focus on grassroots communities.

As a proud women of colour I am grateful for the opportunity to represent ‘Women for Election Australia’ as a symbol of equal opportunity and access to the pathways and learnings to encourage women to engage across all areas of government and importantly decision making especially for marginalised communities.

In my current position as founder and chair of Australian South Sea Islanders (Port Jackson), national representative since 2012 our board consists of 70% female directors inclusive of youth representation as founding members.

Achievements include:
2020 Parliament of NSW, Legislative Assembly Community Recognition Statement
2020 Premiers Multicultural Community Medals (Settlement Services International NSW Human Rights Medal)
2020 Masters of Arts (FASS) Children of the Sugar Slaves ‘Black & Resilient’
2017 Rotary Inspirational Women’s Award
2017 Inspirational Wall Medal, Ultimo – Public School Sydney NSW
2016 NSW Women of the Year (Sydney Local)
2015 NSW Council for Pacific Communities Award
2015 ASSI National Assoc. constitution consult and adoption (Tweed)
2013 Parliament of NSW Recognition of Australian South Sea Islanders
2012-2015 ‘Wantok’ ASSI National Conferences (7)

The Hon. Nick Greiner, AC

Nick Greiner was Premier and Treasurer of New South Wales from 1988-1992.   Since his retirement from politics, he has been heavily involved in the corporate world.

He is currently Chairman of QBE Asia Pacific and is a Director of SGSP (Australia) Assets Pty Ltd and CPE Capital (formerly CHAMP Private Equity).

He is also Chairman, Council of Advisors, Rothschild Australia Limited and Chairman of Advisory Board, Crosby Textor.

Nick is also Federal President of the Liberal Party, Chairman of the European Australian Business Council (EABC) and a Member of the Board of Governors, Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA).

He is also an Adviser for Wattle Hill RHC Fund, McKinsey and Company and is a member of the Advisory Board for the John Grill Centre for Project Leadership.

In the Queen’s Birthday Honours List of 1994, he was awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia for public sector reform and management and services to the community and in 2001 the Centenary Medal.

Nick holds an Honours Degree in Economics from Sydney University and a Master of Business Administration with High Distinction from Harvard Business School.

Sue Cato

“I am honoured to join WFEA as an ambassador because not only have they recognised that we need greater civility in our political discourse – they are doing something meaningful about it.

Research has again and again shown that many women stay out of politics and broader public debates because of the nature of the engagement. It’s well overdue that we had those best placed to make a meaningful contribution leading our nation, not just those up for a fight.”

Sue has worked on business-critical issues and corporate activity for Australian and international corporations and entities for almost three decades. With an early career as a political staffer and having co-founded and then sold a corporate affairs company to multi-national interests, Sue established Cato Counsel in 2003 as a corporate communications company providing high-level strategic transaction support and public and corporate affairs advice. Cato Counsel has since evolved into Cato & Clive Partners.

Sue is recognised as one of Australia’s leading issues management experts, having managed some of the largest issues confronting corporate Australia. Sue is an advisory board member of Sydney Contemporary. She is a member of Chief Executive Women and is on the steering committee of the creative think tank, A New Approach. Sue is a regular commentator on business issues for the national media.