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Indigenous social entrepreneur appointed Curtin Adjunct Professor

Media release

A Curtin University alumna and leading Indigenous social entrepreneur who has been influential in improving outcomes for Indigenous Australians has been appointed an Adjunct Professor at Curtin University.

Ms Amanda Healy, who graduated from Curtin University with a Master of Business Administration in 2017, is the Managing Director of Kirrikin, a social enterprise that transforms Aboriginal artwork into luxurious silk fabrics, turning them into scarves, ties and clothing, and CEO of Warrikal, an Indigenous owned and operated mechanical maintenance business in the resources sector.

Curtin University Faculty of Business and Law Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Nigel de Bussy said he was delighted to announce the appointment of Ms Healy to the Faculty.

“Ms Healy has had a highly impactful career, having previously held senior roles in the engineering industry across Australia, Africa and Canada, including successfully launching her own engineering business, Maxx Engineering in 2004,” Professor de Bussy said.

“As part of her new role at Curtin, Ms Healy will provide advice on the Faculty’s commitment to Curtin’s Reconciliation Action Plan, share her experience and knowledge on industry trends, research and development, and assist in the development of networks and partnerships that will support the next generation of business graduates.

“Ms Healy’s commitment to reconciliation, which includes increasing cultural awareness in the workplace and improving the health, life-expectancy and employment opportunities for Indigenous Australians, has made her a worthy leader in this space. I am delighted to welcome Ms Healy to her new role and look forward to her significant contributions to Curtin.”

Ms Healy, from the Wonnarua nation of the Hunter Valley region in New South Wales, said she was thrilled to join Curtin as an Adjunct Professor, working closely with the Faculty of Business and Law.

“Studying at Curtin has given me opportunities to enhance my skills and follow my passion in order to make a significant difference within Indigenous communities. Curtin has a strong commitment to reconciliation and I am delighted to provide advice and knowledge on how to better improve employment opportunities for Indigenous people,” Ms Healy said.

Ms Healy was named in the 2019 Class of Influential Leaders by AACSB International and was awarded the Business of the Year award for Kirrikin at the NAIDOC Perth Awards in 2019.