Agenda-setter shortlisted for Women’s Leadership Awards

Associate Professor Susan Harris-Rimmer.

For her inspirational work with the W20, Associate Professor Susan Harris-Rimmer from the Griffith Law School has been shortlisted as a finalist in Agenda Setter of the Year category in the 2016 Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards.

Now in its fourth year, the awards celebrate emerging female leadership across a range of industry sectors.

“It’s a privilege to be nominated with such sparkling and diverse colleagues,’’ Associate Professor Rimmer said.

“Australian women need to be agenda setters and use the power we have to make policy gains. Not just for our sons and daughters but for our sisters in the Asia Pacific region. Be difficult if necessary. But don’t be ignored.”

Associate Professor Rimmer was instrumental in the formation of the W20 — a new advisory group to G20 leaders promoting gender-inclusive economic growth and often represents Australia internationally on setting a new agenda for women’s economic empowerment.

Named Australia’s first representative to the W20, along with journalist Anne Fulwood, she was part of the core drafting group for the communique, calling on the G20 leaders to consider 22 recommendations.

She also helped design the Chatham House UK Gender and Growth Forum and met the German W20 leadership in Bellagio to craft the process for Chancellor Merkel to chair the W20 in Berlin, April 2017.

Associate Professor Rimmer is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow with the Griffith Law School and an Adjunct Reader in the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy at the Australian National University.

The awards will be announced in Sydney in October. Susan will be overseas as a Visiting Fellow at the International Studies Centre, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University.