Graz van Egmond commenced as CEO of the Banksia Foundation in 1998.
Originally starting her career in the Biochemistry Laboratories of St Vincent’s Hospital, Graz soon transitioned to the tourism industry where she spent eights years within Public Relations at Tourism Australia, before moving across to the Melbourne Tourism Authority and creating the Asia Pacific Incentives Meeting Expo (AIME). Graz also spent time at Telstra where she managed a number of programs including the Telstra Small Business Awards before inaugurating the Telstra Business Women’s Awards.
Graz van Egmond has taken the Banksia Foundation from a small community based environmental awards program to a growing social knowledge enterprise working towards a more sustainable Australia, where the essence is Banksia’s positive promotional platform and its ability to continually looking at innovating itself.
Graz’s interests include emerging disruptive technologies, music – in all its forms, learning from history and de-stressing with some intricate knitting projects. Graz’s family are a key interest with her passion for her work being even more driven, knowing that is has a direct impact on the type of life her daughters may enjoy into the future.