Professor Nareen Young is one of Australia’s leading and most respected workplace diversity practitioners and thinkers.
Professor for Indigenous Policy at the UTS Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research, Nareen leads Jumbunna’s highly innovative Indigenous People and Work Research and Practice Hub.
The only one of its kind internationally, the Hub focuses on robust research and analysis, policy, practice, people and law reform around the workplace experiences of Indigenous people. It collaborates extensively with other organisations in the employment diversity sector, and other UTS faculties, and works with private and public sector organisations.
Nareen sits on the Indigenous Advisory group of National Australia Bank and the Aboriginal Advisory group of Insurance Australia Group.
Influenced by her Indigenous and culturally diverse heritages, Nareen has made a major contribution to awareness and understanding of diversity in Australian business and workplaces and in the wider community. Prior to her work in diversity employment, Nareen was a Trade Union official and sat on the executives of both the ACTU and Unions NSW representing women’s employment interests during this time.
Nareen has led two influential and successful diversity peak bodies. She transformed the Diversity Council Australia (2007-2014) into a flourishing not-for-profit workplace diversity advisor to business, the public sector and industry, providing members with a wealth of knowledge, research and expertise.
At the NSW Working Women’s Centre (1998-2005), funded by state and federal governments as the peak body for women’s employment in NSW, she ensured the Centre was accessible to all women in the state and that it played a significant role in mainstream employment matters. Nareen was nominated for an Australian Human Rights Award and Medal for her work during that time.
She was also Director and Employment Lead at Price Waterhouse Coopers for Indigenous Consulting (2014-2018), and has significant governance experience, having spent a term as Director at Indigenous Business Australia. She currently sits on the boards of Souths Cares, BlakDance, Per Capita and Diversity Arts Australia.
She has received numerous awards and acknowledgements for her work, including the inaugural AFR 100 Women of Influence honour for Diversity, receiving the top honour in that category in 2012. In the same year, she was named by prominent news and lifestyle website Daily Life as one of the 20 most influential female voices in Australia.
Nareen has presented her research nationally and internationally, and is a published researcher. She is also a regular contributor to the public debate about diversity, writing for and speaking to the media.