Mentors in Sydney

Audette Exel AO

Founder and CEO

Adara Group

Audette is Founder of the Adara Group which has two quite different parts, but one united purpose – to support people in poverty.
The first part is an international development organisation called Adara Development. The second part consists of two Australia-based corporate advisory businesses, Adara Partners and Adara Advisors, of which Audette is CEO.
From 2012 to September 2020 Audette was also a NED of Suncorp Group Limited. Audette is a lawyer by profession specialising in international finance. She was formerly Managing Director of one of Bermuda’s three banks, and also acted as chair of the Bermuda stock exchange. She was one of the youngest women in the world to have run a publicly-traded bank. Audette was NSW Telstra Businesswoman of the Year and was one of The Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence in 2012. In 2013, Audette was awarded an honorary Order of Australia for service to humanity and in 2014 was recognised by Forbes as a Hero of Philanthropy. In 2015, Audette was inducted into the Australian Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame, and was a recipient of a World Class New Zealander Award.
In 2016, Audette was named Australia’s Leading Philanthropist by Philanthropy Australia. In 2019 she received the YPO Global Impact Legacy Honour.

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