Virginia Haussegger AM
Virginia Haussegger AM is Chair and Founding Director of the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation, at the University of Canberra and Chief Editor of BroadAgenda, Australia’s leading research based Gender Equality media platform. She is the 2019 ACT Australian of the Year.
An award-winning broadcast journalist and social commentator on women, power and the challenges of 21st century leadership, Virginia’s views on gender, inclusion and diversity are widely published. Her extensive media career spans 30 years, in which she has reported around the globe for primetime current affair programs on Channel 7, the 9 Network, and ABC TV. She anchored the ABC’s flagship TV News in Canberra from 2001-2016. Her book ‘Wonder Woman: the myth of ‘having it all’, was launched in a live ABC broadcast at the National Press Club.
A passionate advocate for women’s rights and gender equity, Virginia served six years on the board of UN Women Australia, where she hosted numerous gender equality campaigns. In 2017 she was commissioned by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to facilitate the Australian and Philippine Governments co-hosted event 'Women's Economic Empowerment' in Manila, at ASEAN 2017. She was also commissioned by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) to facilitate the inaugural ‘Empowering Women to Lead’ side event at CHOGM 2011.
In 2014, Virginia was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), for her "significant service to the community, particularly as an advocate for women's rights and gender equity, and to the media”.
A leading communication strategist and gender equality advocate, Virginia has worked across Commonwealth departments on the design and delivery of bespoke masterclasses on strategic communication; media insights; presentation skills; and women’s leadership.
Virginia is Patron of the Canberra Rape Crisis Centre. She has served on a number of boards and committees including: the Snowy Hydro SouthCare Trust; Our Watch, Media Advisory Committee; Women in Media, Canberra; and served six years as a Board Director on the ACT Government’s Cultural Facilities Corporation. She is Chair and Founding Director of the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation, at the University of Canberra.