Nikki Dawson


CEO, The Katrina Dawson Foundation

Nikki was born in Sydney’s western suburbs, moving to Hong Kong when she was 10. Upon returning to Australia at age 16 (to Brisbane), she finished school at Everton Park State High (a former Beacon school). She then went on to complete a B.Econ (Hons) from the University of Queensland and then later, 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 career since has been spent in professional services, including time with CS First Boston (Investment Banking), and six years with McKinsey & Company in Sydney, London and San Francisco (initially as a consultant then as the Director of Professional Development in Australia). Currently, she is a consultant with Egon Zehnder in Sydney, where she has been for over 14 years, specialising in Leadership Assessment & Development work. She also spent two years at a software start-up (Perks at Work) in San Francisco from 2000-2001.

Nikki has been working pro bono with Beacon for over eight years, helping them 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’.