Eleanor Brown

​Elly is an associate partner with McKinsey & Company, where she leads McKinsey’s social impact practice across Australia and New Zealand, and works mainly with public and social sector clients who are leading big changes within their organisations. She has published research on non-profit organisational health, and developed a suite of free leadership development programs for boards, executives and team managers in the for-purpose sector, reaching 4000 leaders a year. She is also dean of McKinsey’s Rising Leaders Forum, which brings together hundreds of high-performing leaders across sectors each year.

​With her strong focus on social equity and gender equality, Elly is a vocal advocate for change within McKinsey. Over the years she has helped increase McKinsey’s pro bono hours investments, and helped broaden parental leave and flexible work practices.

​During time away from McKinsey over the past decade, she led the strategic refresh of an $800 million US state social services agency as a Harvard Government Innovation Fellow, designed and led negotiations on the merger of one of Australia’s oldest women’s not-for-profit organisations (the YWCA), and worked with former sex discrimination commissioner Elizabeth Broderick as program director of the elite sport Male Champions of Change.

​Elly holds a dual Master of Public Policy and Master of Business Administration from the University of Oxford, and a BA in Politics & International Studies (Honours) from the University of Melbourne.

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