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Michael Gill Bio

Michael Gill – Sustainable Skills Chair of the Board

Michael Gill is a senior executive with extensive experience in media and international economic and social concerns. He has held leadership positions in business and not-for-profit organisations over a long period and is currently occupied with innovative ventures focused on problem solving and capacity building. Michael’s extensive media experience had a strong focus on digital media, change management and value creation. He has led a number of not-for-profit organisations in Australia, is a creative innovator and problem-solver with strong management and people skills. Over the course of his career, Michael had wide exposure to international markets with a focus on Asian Countries.

Michael started a national business newspaper in Australia at 33, worked in a variety of news media roles in Australia, Europe, the US and Asia before joining the foundation team of Fairfax digital operations in 1996, launching his first web site in 1997.

He was Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the Financial Review Group from 1998 to 2011 and assumed responsibility for all of its digital media assets in 2005. During a time of intense industry disruption and change, the businesses in his oversight delivered strong measured profitability and quality and outperformed global peers on benchmark financial and quality metrics.

Since 2011, his consulting has ranged from advice on investment proposals in developing countries, startup businesses in social media and SaaS through tertiary education transformation to reconstruction operations and digital product business models in a businesses services environment.

In addition to his role as Chair of the Sustainable Skills Board, Michael also serves as Executive Counsellor and Director Asia for Dragoman Global, a business advisory firm. He has completed a variety of assignments for clients of Dragoman and has advised on a number of business ventures and business strategy revisions related to digital media innovation. Michael is also Director of Breakthrough Technologies Ltd.

Between 2003 and 2014, Michael has served UNICEF Australia first as Board Director and then as President participating in global consultations and discussions on strategy for industrialised countries. Recently, he was also Vice Chairman of Royal Far West.

He first visited China in 1978 and Japan in 1980 and has maintained a close interest in the society and economy of both countries. Over the past five years he has worked on projects in Spain, Finland, Australia, Myanmar, The Philippines, and Indonesia and has undertaken desk research involving a wide range of business activities in the Asia-Pacific.

Michael’s record as a manager reflects a strong focus on value creation, continuity of purpose, consistent and strong people management and highly effective change management.

If you’re interested in how Michael can deliver positive outcomes in your market or for your organisation, please contact us.