The solution to indigenous disadvantage

October 2016

Talk length:

10:38

The solution to indigenous disadvantage | Kia Dowell | TEDxPerth

What if Australia's approach to Indigenous disadvantage offers neither solutions nor value for money? This thought-provoking talk challenges current policies and suggests ways we, as individuals, in business and as a nation, can do better.

Kia is passionate about solving the economic disparity between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities in Australia. She helps co-create locally relevant solutions to complex business and social challenges. In doing this, she connects people from corporate, government, industry and community circles.

Kia is a Gija woman from Warmun Community (Turkey Creek) in the East Kimberley of Western Australia. Her traditional Aboriginal name is Wadjbarreyal and her skin name is Nangala.

Kia Dowell
Business Leader

Cultural diversity is good for business and the soul. Kia talks about business opportunities in Indigenous Australia.

Kia is a Gija woman from Warmun Community (Turkey Creek) in the East Kimberley of Western Australia. Her traditional Aboriginal name is Wadjbarreyal and her skin name is Nangala.

Kia is passionate about solving the economic disparity between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities in Australia to achieve greater social equity. She works with clients across corporate, government, industry and community sectors implementing fresh new ways to grow strong connections between corporate companies and Aboriginal groups. Her goal is to develop the core capabilities of business leaders to co-create locally relevant solutions to complex business and social challenges.

Her company, Codeswitch has graduated 500 business and community leaders, worked with over 70 clients including ASX listed companies and redesigned the strategic direction of a number of Aboriginal organisations.

She is a past participant of the Global Ambassadors Program, a partnership between Vital Voices and Bank of America Merrill Lynch, a finalist in the 2016 AIMWA and The West Australian’s WestBusiness Pinnacle Awards for Emerging Business Excellence, a 2015 BusinessNews 40under40 Award Winner and holds her MBA in International Business from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).