Kia Dowell

Kia Dowell

Commissioner, Tourism WA & Executive Director, Indigenous Business Australia

Kia is a Gija woman from Warmun Community (Turkey Creek) in the East Kimberley of Western Australia. Her traditional Aboriginal name is Wadjbarreyal and her skin name is Nangala. Kia is passionate about working to support the growth of profitable and sustainable organisations that serve a greater social purpose with Aboriginal communities. With more than 15 years' experience in global business and leadership practices, Kia has spent her career working with organisations in Australia and the US to build models of cultural connection that enable positive impacts within communities. 

Combining her experiences living in regional Australia with her international sporting career, she has worked in sports marketing and sponsorship in the US, as an Australian ambassador for the University of Texas at Else Paso, implemented Native Title Agreements in the East Kimberley and Pilbara regions of Western Australia, participated in the W20 Asia Pacific regional consultation and co-founded a strategic advisory firm serving clients across Australia. Kia's work continues in her current role focusing on designing and implementing strategies to improve the systems and policies designed to facilitate economic independence with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Kia began her term as Commissioner of Tourism Western Australia on April 1, 2018.

The solution to indigenous disadvantage | Kia Dowell | TEDxPerth
New Appointment to the WA Tourism Board
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