Joe Skrzynski AO Board member

Joe has had a dual career of leadership positions in business and the public and not-for-profit sectors.

In business, he is a pioneer of venture capital and private equity funds management in Australia. In 1987 he co founded with Bill Ferris the first Institutionally private equity fund in Australia, The Champ Private Equity group (CPE Capital), which has since invested over $5 billion in companies in Australia and south east Asia.

He has served on the boards of many of these portfolio companies, public and private, across various industry sectors. He was the president of the industry association in Australia, and is the co-recipient of the inaugural Life Time Achievement awards from both the Australian and Asian Private Equity Associations.

In the not-for-profit sector, he has served on 20 boards, notably as chairman of several statutory authorities, including The Australian Film and TV School, The National Capital Development Authority, The Sydney Opera House Trust, and the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS TV and Radio).

His other directorships have included Broadcast Council, National Investment Council, University of Sydney Senate, Sydney Dance Company, and Aboriginal Arts and Crafts.

Currently he is on the global boards of Human Rights Watch and The Conversation Media Group, as well as the Australian boards of The Observership program, and Philanthropy Australia.