Nicola Hazell

Nicola is Head of Diversity and Impact at BlueChilli – Australia’s leading startup and innovation group. She leads the company’s efforts to improve gender equality, inclusivity and social impact in the growing startup economy, including through her role as Director of SheStarts – a national programme and campaign driving female participation in tech and innovation.

Nicola is an expert in communication and innovation for social change, with more than ten years’ experience as a public affairs specialist in the not-for-profit sector, a senior political advisor and a television news journalist.

An experienced speaker and moderator, Nicola is passionate about gender and social equality, with an emphasis on raising awareness, shaping public debate and developing innovative partnerships to improve investment and action around some of the most important public policy issues in Australia and around the world.