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Jennifer Davis & Kirsten O’Doherty

Jennifer Davis

Triathalon | Australia


Jennifer Davis is an elite amateur Triathlete who has represented Australia at World Championships for Ironman, 70.3 and the Xterra triathalon. She has also raced as a guide with Paralympic Gold Medallist triathlete Katie Kelly. Jennifer is a Veterinary Science graduate from the University of Queensland, with postgraduate qualifications in Veterinary Public Health Management from the University of Sydney, and membership by examination in the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists Epidemiology Chapter. Since graduation, Jennifer has worked for the Australian Government in a variety of veterinary technical roles, and more recently, in a leadership role as Director of the Office of the Chief Veterinary Officer. Jennifer is passionate about animal health in Australia and worldwide. In particular, she seeks to understand how improvements in animal health and production can support the global sustainable development goals. Jennifer has been coaching triathlon for five years and is particularly interested in getting more female athletes involved with the sport. Outside professional and athletic endeavors, Jennifer shares her interest in competitive triathlon and associated sports with her husband Luke. She also enjoys spending time with her extended family, which helps bring perspective to what she has achieved, and allows them all to bond through shared interests in outdoor activities and farming.

Kirsten O’Doherty

ANZ General Manager | Abbievie

MENTOR | IWF Australia

Kirsten O'Doherty is the ANZ General Manager of biopharmaceutical company, AbbVie where she leads a team of 300+ staff across Australia and New Zealand. She is a member of the AbbVie regional leadership team in Asia, including Japan. AbbVie is focused on discovering, developing, and delivering medicines in therapeutic areas where the company has proven expertise and where the most impact can be made. These areas include immunology, oncology, virology and neuroscience. AbbVie has been ranked second in the global PatientView reputation survey since 2016 and has been named one of Australia's 'Best Places to Work' in the Great Place to Work index for several consecutive years, including a category ranking of #7 in 2018.

Originally qualified and working as a hospital pharmacist, Kirsten's career has subsequently spanned more than 20 years in the Australian pharmaceutical industry, moving from initial clinical research and medical roles to commercial roles, and finally into senior leadership roles. Throughout her career, Kirsten has remained committed to continuing professional development. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and has undertaken residential senior leadership programs at the London Business School, and at IMD in Switzerland. Kirsten has a breadth and depth of experience including leadership of financial performance, marketing and sales excellence, strategic planning, change management and creating high levels of employee engagement. Kirsten is on the board of Medicines Australia, the industry association for the pharmaceutical industry. In this capacity, she is also the Chair of the Nominations Committee and is the Co-Founder of the Pharma Australia Gender Equity (PAGE) Group. In recognition of her commitment to advancing workplace gender equality, Kirsten is listed as a Pay Equity Ambassador with the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.

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