Natasha Stott Despoja AO portrait photo
  • Natasha Stott Despoja AO is the founding Chair of Our Watch (the organisation to Prevent Violence Against Women and their Children). 

  • She is a former Senator for South Australia (1995-2008) and former Leader of the Australian Democrats.

  • She is the youngest woman to enter the Australian Federal Parliament. 

  • She served as Australia’s Global Ambassador for Women and Girls (2013-2016).

  • In November 2020, she was elected by the General Assembly of the United Nations as a member of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

  • In May 2018, she was named one of the Top 100 Global Influencers on Gender Policy.

  • She is the author of On Violence, published March 2019.

  • 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.

  • In 2011, Natasha was made a Member of the Order of Australia for her service to the Australian Parliament, education and as a role model for women. In 2019, she was made an Officer of the Order of Australia.

  • In 2001, she was named a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum.

  • Natasha is an Honorary Visiting Research Fellow at The University of Adelaide. She is a member of the Australian National University Council, the Global Citizen Women’s Council, Broad Agenda 50:50 by 2030 Advisory Group, the George Washington Global Women’s Leadership Council and was member of the successful FIFA 2023 Women’s World Cup Steering Committee.

  • She is a non-executive Director of Carrie’s Beanies for Brain Cancer, Global Citizen and The Australian Ballet. She is a former Deputy Chair of beyondblue and has been a board member of the Burnet Institute, the South Australian Museum (2009-2013), the Advertising Standards Board (2008-2013) and the Museum of Australian Democracy (2010-2013). She was on the Prime Minister’s Referendum Council (2015-2017). 

  • She is/has been, a Patron or Ambassador for several not-for-profit groups, including The Orangutan Project, VicHealth, secondbite, Ovarian Cancer Australia, ENUF the HIV/AIDS anti-stigma campaign, Girls Takeover Parliament, the Fay Gale Centre at the University of Adelaide and ActionAid.

  • She has been an international election monitor in countries including Nigeria, Indonesia, Cambodia and Kenya.

  • In March 2021, she was awarded the National Award for Excellence in Women’s Leadership and in 2015, she was awarded the South Australian Award for Excellence in Leadership; she was a finalist in the 2017 AFR Women of Influence Awards; is one of South Australia’s “100 Most Inspiring Women of All Time”, and is a Distinguished Alumnus of The University of Adelaide. In April, 2019, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by The University of South Australia. 

  • She lives in Adelaide with her husband Ian and two children.