Audette Exel AO

Founder and Chair, Adara Group

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Elected a Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum, Audette Exel is the founder of the Adara Group, established in 1998, and Chief Executive Officer of its Australian financial services businesses, Adara Advisors Pty Limited and Adara Partners (Australia) Pty. Limited. The Adara businesses were established as “for purpose” businesses with the principle objective of supporting Adara Development. Adara Development is focussed on improving health and education for women, children and communities living in poverty, through best practice service delivery and sharing knowledge globally.

Audette Exel is a lawyer by profession specialising in international finance. She was formerly Managing Director of one of Bermuda’s three banks, and also acted as chair of the Bermuda stock exchange. She is one of the youngest women in the world to have run a publicly-traded bank.

Audette is a Non-Executive Director of Suncorp Group Limited, an ASX 20 company. Audette was formerly Vice Chairman of the Board of Steamship Mutual Underwriting Association Trustee (Bermuda) Limited (for 18 years). Audette was NSW Telstra Businesswoman of the Year 2012 and was one of The Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence in 2012. In 2013, Audette was awarded an honorary Order of Australia for service to humanity and in 2014 was recognised by Forbes as a Hero of Philanthropy. In 2015, Audette was inducted into the Australian Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame, and was a recipient of a World Class New Zealander Award. Most recently, Audette was named Australia’s 2016 Leading Philanthropist by Philanthropy Australia.

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