Dr. Amaya Gillespie

Dr. Amaya Gillespie

Diplomat, Adjunct Professor, Executive coach and champion for the rights of women and children.

Amaya is an executive coach and career mentor, who has recently returned to Australia after more than 20 years away working in international development. She has extensive experience in organisational change management and in leading diverse teams, and supporting personal development through different career stages and life transitions.
As a diplomat and senior leader in the United Nations system she has championed the rights of women and children as part of her work with organisations such as UNICEF, the World Health Organisation, and UNAIDS. Her work has taken her to more than 70 countries engaging with a range of sectors and managing challenging environments. As a coach and mentor she draws on her depth of experience in complex senior management roles brokering the needs of communities, governments, private sector and other stakeholders – including leading global responses to the recent Ebola and Zika outbreaks, as well as violence against children, and HIV prevention.
She has a PhD in health related behavioural science and is an adjunct professor at QUT and advisor to the Institute for Health and Biomedical Innovation. Amaya is Australian and Spanish, and is originally from Brisbane.