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Emma McDonald

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Emma is the A/Executive Director of Impact Missions at Minderoo Foundation, which drives philanthropic initiatives to address global societal challenges with agility and tangible impact goals.

She has over three decades of experience in regulatory and corporate affairs, policy development, communications, philanthropy, government relations, business and legal affairs, commercial negotiations, and business strategy.

Her background includes roles such as General Counsel at several Australian media and television production companies, Director of Public Affairs at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and as Senior Policy Adviser to a Cabinet Minister, advising on broadcasting, news media, content and digital platforms, screen production, copyright, classification, and advertising regulation.

Emma is a published author, having contributed articles and op-eds to prominent Australian newspapers and she authored a chapter in The Public Square Project: Reimagining Our Digital Future (Melbourne University Press 2021).

Emma holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney.

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