Clare O’Kelly


Executive Director Outback Academy Australia
Clare was a key driver in forming the Outback Academy in 2013 with Aboriginal leaders from Victoria and Western Australia. After working closely with Traditional Owners and community members over 30 years, Clare and her colleagues had become frustrated at the slow pace of investment and lack of attention to the core base infrastructure needs of start-up Aboriginal enterprises and organisations. Clare’s work over the past eight years has focused on supporting Aboriginal organisations to position themselves for sustainable business, training and employment. This work informed the establishment of the Outback Academy. Today this includes driving establishment of the East West Alliance of Aboriginal Landholders committed to building viable, ethical, environmentally and socially sound land based businesses as a connected supply group.

Critically this also includes a clear community benefit from the use of traditional knowledge about plants and food, and intellectual property protection for knowledge holders.