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Michelle Deshong AIGI CEO

AIGI announces CEO’s departure

Fri 26 Feb 2021

Australia’s peak Indigenous Governance organisation, the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute (AIGI) today announced its Chief Executive Officer, Michelle Deshong, has resigned from the organisation to pursue other opportunities.

Ms Deshong joined AIGI in 2016, shortly after undertaking a Fulbright Scholarship researching First Nations governance models.

Well placed to steer AIGI through its next chapter, Ms Deshong brought a strong vision for growth and was successful in driving new service and training initiatives, despite the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19. 

The AIGI Board of Directors today wished to acknowledge Ms Deshong’s significant contribution in shaping the Institute during the past five years.

“The AIGI Board thank Ms Deshong for her leadership, dedication and contribution to the organisation, and to the First Nations community through her governance work and vision. We wish her well in her future endeavours,” said AIGI Chairperson Jason Glanville.

Hallmarks of Ms Deshong’s tenure include the inception of a series of Indigenous governance Masterclasses and Webinars, and co-ordinating two international gatherings for the Common Roots, Common Futures initiative.

Ms Deshong was also instrumental in the formation of the inaugural International Indigenous Governance Conference in December 2020, which garnered much global attention and featured a powerhouse line-up of speakers.

Under Ms Deshong’s leadership, the AIGI has also delivered a series of publications focusing on governance success stories; increased advocacy efforts; and worked closely with local communities and organisations to develop governance capacity, while activating and expanding research and analysis projects.

“I am very proud of the achievements we have made, which has changed the narrative around Indigenous governance,” Ms Deshong said.

“Through events like the International Conference, through publications like the Success Stories series, and by creating stronger international First Nations governance networks, we have been able to shine the spotlight on the positive stories and successes of Indigenous people.

“This has played a crucial role in changing the image and the perspective of the contribution that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people do make, and will make into the future.”

Ms Deshong completes her duties as CEO today,  26th February 2021.