Shirley Chowdhary GAICD

Chair, Australian Institute of Architects

Shirley Chowdhary’s current portfolio aims to create commercially sustainable and inclusive services and products for all members of our community. Her career has been driven by a strong desire to create a connection between people, place and purpose and this work was recognized when she was selected as one of the 2019 AFR 100 Women of Influence. 

Shirley is currently the Chair of the Australian Institute of Architects and Women for Election, and is a Non-Executive Director on the boards of the Australian Associated Press and Northrop Engineers. She is also on the Advisory Boards of Propel, an organisation empowering companies and individuals to manage digital reputation, and Mentor Walks, providing accessible mentoring to over 6,000 women across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Canada. 

Shirley is an internationally experienced board director with a diverse set of expertise across law, financial services, the NFP sector and journalism. She is admitted to practice law in Australia and New York (having completed the New York bar) and has worked across Asia and Australia in the listed, private and for-purpose sectors. 

Career highlights include being Regional Counsel Asia Pacific for JP Morgan Investment Management; Chief Executive Officer for the GO Foundation, a large Australian Indigenous organisation; host of the Women’s Agenda podcast series The Leadership Lessons; and author of a range of writings including a biography for a WW2 prisoner-of-war.  

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