Ms. Louise Watson

Chairman, The Global Foundation and Founder & Managing Director, Symbol Strategic Communications, Australia


Louise has over 30 years’ experience as a strategic adviser to national and international corporations, and Government, as well as over two decades of experience contributing to civil society as a NonExecutive Director of not-for-profit organisations. Having achieved many ‘first female’ roles from her school days and throughout her career, Louise has been a lifelong supporter of, and mentor to, women and girls, as well as the recipient of support and mentoring from amazing and diverse groups of people.

Previously a leader in Australia of a global communications firm, Louise founded Symbol Strategic Communications 20 years ago. Symbol is now recognised as one of Australia’s leading corporate advisory firms in communications, advising leaders and companies on seminal events and issues, significant transactions, and transformation projects.

Louise is currently Chairman of The Global Foundation. She was previously a Non-Executive Director of CARE Australia, a Non-Executive Director of the Odyssey House McGrath Foundation charity, an Advisory Board Member of Grant Samuel & Associates, and a committee member of the Prime Minister’s Supermarket to Asia Council Communications Working Group.