Elly Desmarchelier


Throughout my career I’ve been driven by the values of fairness and equality – developing strategic communication plans for government, business and the non-government organisations to deliver positive social change.

As Stakeholder Manager at MDA Queensland I established relationships with like-minded organisations – from large corporate businesses to government departments and unions – to raise substantial funds for newly arrived asylum seekers.

As the Principal Campaign and Media Manager for advocacy group The Parenthood, I led national campaigns on issues directly impacting Australian families, including Paid Parental Leave, childcare reform and education funding.

I have also held several communications roles within state and federal government, including Media Advisor to the Queensland Deputy Premier.

I have been proud to play a role in developing and implementing important policy changes to raise awareness and prevent the spread of domestic and family violence. From the review into the Domestic Violence Act to the development of the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and the campaign for the introduction of Domestic Violence Leave.

While these reforms have made a real difference to the lives of people facing domestic and family violence, it is clear that this issue is far too complex for government to solve on its own. All parts of our community need to work together if we are to significantly reduce the prevalence of domestic and family violence.

This is the power of Australia’s CEO Challenge’s vision.