Cassandra Kelly is a global thought leader, speaker and coach to leaders who dare to care, both corporate and political. A tech entrepreneur and former CEO, Cassandra has served as advisor, board director and chairperson for some of the world’s most influential organizations.
She has lived and worked in Africa, Asia, North America, Europe and Australia. As a result of her experience, she co-founded Pottinger and subsequently CChange. Pottinger is a multiple award-winning global corporate advisory firm that works with leaders to help them solve their most complex problems through creating a destination-led strategyTM and assisting on inorganic growth through the execution of mergers and acquisitions. CChange accelerates meaningful change by working with influencers to make change happen quickly: leaders of large organisations or founders of start-up companies – both who dare to disrupt the companies and industries they lead. By aligning strategic destination with the right people, culture and day to day action, change can be rapidly felt.
Cassandra’s track record in assisting organizations to embrace new opportunities, challenge the status quo and seize business opportunities placed her on the list of 100 Women of Influence in Australia by the Financial Review/Westpac. In 2015 she was name a US Director to watch and in 2017 Cassandra was named one of Australia’s top 10 Chairs.
A respected advisor to governments, she worked with the B20/G20 on matters including digitalization, entrepreneurship, health, finance and growth. She was also appointed as an international expert advisor to China’s One Belt One Road initiative. Reflecting her experience in technology as well as economic development, Cassandra was appointed in 2018 as an inaugural member of the European Union’s Global Tech Panel, alongside other members including the chair of Nokia, President of Microsoft, the Vice President of Google and the President of the World Economic Forum.
A passionate advocate for helping women connect across industries, from public and private sector, she founded the Glass Elevator. Investing in female talent is a passion and a business imperative for Cassandra.
Among other duties, she serves as Chair of the board for one of Australia’s largest central financing authorities, Treasury Corporation of Victoria, is chair of LiveTiles and Her Heart and a director of Pink Hope. Previous directorships include Flight Centre Travel Group.
Cassandra is a graduate of the University of Sydney with a focus on Economics, Finance and Commercial Law. Her honors year focused on the economics of developing nations.
Cassandra lives in New York with her family.