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Monash Business School addresses the lack of Indigenous participation at the most senior levels of corporate life

Monash University 3 mins read

Showing key leadership qualities, Monash Business School is partnering with Indigenous leaders as they pursue their aspirations to make change.

A series of special vodcasts, in partnership with Mundanara Bayles, the creative force behind the successful Black Magic Woman podcast and company, Black Card includes interviews with guests and experts involved in Monash Business School’s Master of Indigenous Business Leadership and successful Indigenous leaders in business, policy, academia and entrepreneurship.


One guest is Joshua Duke – Chartered Accountant, the Inaugural Chair and founding member of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Chartered Accountant Committee, board member for two organisations, including the highly successful Bangarra Dance Theatre company, and is a consultant for Deloitte.


Mr Duke’s interview is insightful and thought provoking as they discuss how change can happen.

“You can’t be what you can’t see and universities have a leading role to play in that,” says Mr Duke.

At present, there are only two ASX 100 Board members who are Indigenous: “The last time I looked at ASX listed Boards there were two [Katina Law from IPS Consultants and Ben Wyatt, Rio Tinto]. 

“If you think of the number of folks who sit on the top (ASX) 100 Boards, it's not good enough.” 


Joshua Duke and Mundanara Bayles are available for interview to discuss creating capabilities and opportunities for indigenous leadership roles.

About Joshua Duke:

Josh is proud Dunghutti man with over nine years’ experience providing professional services to a wide range of clients across Australia including Federal Government, listed and non-listed entities. Josh is a highly accomplished Chartered Accountant and was the recipient of the 2021 ACT Young Chartered Accountant of the Year award and the Indigenous Leaders Program Scholarship through the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Josh is currently a Senior Manager within Deloitte’s Indigenous Services Group.

Josh is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors that currently holds and has held a number of Directorships including Bangarra Dance Theatre, the YMCA Canberra, Inaugural Chair and founding member of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Panel for Charted Accountants Australia and New Zealand, Ausdance ACT, Deputy Chair of the Young Chartered Accountants’ Committee ACT. Josh engages in the Master of Indigenous Business Leadership as an industry expert and Indigenous knowledge holder.


About Black Magic Woman:

The Black Magic Woman podcast is hosted by Mundanara Bayles and interviews First Nations people from Australia and around the world sharing their stories of diversity and resilience amongst First Nations peoples. It  features diverse relaxed interviews with CEOs and entrepreneurs, politicians, artists, singers, models and mentors. Mundanara draws from a long family history in the media industry and has grown up in a culturally strong, politically active family who have been at the forefront of the Aboriginal Rights movement since the 1960s. 

About the Master of Indigenous Business Leadership (MoIBL)

Launched in 2021. MoIBL has already been recognised with the ABDC Award for Innovation and Excellence in Learning and Teaching at the Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) Network Awards; and the Innovative Koorie Learner Pathways – Non-TAFE Award at 2022 Victorian Aboriginal Education Association (VAEAI) Wurreker Awards. As Australia’s largest business school, Monash Business School is in  a unique position to offer business leadership to the next generation of Indigenous leaders. Monash University’s Impact 2030 Strategic Plan  commits to fostering a society that recognises, respects and includes Indigenous peoples, cultures and knowledge by working with and celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as well as Indigenous peoples of other places where Monash has a campus or major presence.

To arrange interviews or for further information:

Loretta Wylde

Media and Communications, Monash University

M: +61 432 123 106  E: 

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