Nikki Dawson


CEO, The Katrina Dawson Foundation

Director since 27 July 2018. Nikki was born in Sydney’s western suburbs, moving to Hong Kong when she was 10. Upon returning to Australia at age 16, she finished school at Everton Park State High (a former Beacon school). Nikki has a B.Econ(Hons) from the University of Queensland and an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management in Sydney.

After starting as a graduate economist with the Reserve Bank of Australia, most of Nikki’s subsequent career has been spent in professional services, including CS First Boston, McKinsey & Company in Sydney, London and San Francisco, and more recently as a consultant with Egon Zehnder in Sydney, where she has been for over 16 years.

Nikki has been working pro bono with Beacon for over ten years, helping with professional development matters. She is also the CEO of The Katrina Dawson Foundation, a non-profit focused on ‘finding, funding [education] and mentoring inspiring young women.’