Kristal Kinsela has more than 16 years’ experience in education and training, organisational and workforce development, and supplier diversity working across government, corporate and not-for-profit sectors.
A well-known Aboriginal businesswoman and entrepreneur, she has worked across Australia and is highly regarded as a skilled facilitator, expert in stakeholder engagement and project management.
Kristal is a self-employed business owner (Kristal Kinsela Consulting), she works closely with corporate and government leaders to articulate their supplier diversity vision, change organisational culture, develop procurement policies, action their plans and connect with talented Indigenous businesses. She wrote and published the first book in Australia on supplier diversity and Indigenous business procurement, titled Supplier Diversity How.
Kristal is passionate about creating lasting pathways and increasing the capabilities of Indigenous businesses and individuals. She contributes at the interface of Aboriginal business development and government and business procurement.
Kristal is also a Director Uniting NSW/ACT, Director Many Rivers, and a Board member of Woolworths Group First Nations Advisory Board. She is also a Reconciliation Adviser to many leading Australian brands.
Her many awards include:
- 2019 Indigenous Defence Leader of the Year Award
- 2017 NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year
- 2017 Supplier Diversity Advocate of the Year, recognising her outstanding contribution in working with Indigenous communities, Indigenous businesses, leaders and women across Australia.
In September 2019, she was recognised in the prestigious Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence. She was previously a finalist in the Women’s Agenda’s 2017 Agenda Setter of the Year, and was featured in The Agenda 30, an e-book highlighting 30 women redefining business in 2018.