Michelle Deshong

Australian Indigenous Governance Institute

Michelle Deshong is from Townsville , North Queensland and draws her connection to  Kuku Yulanji nation.  She has completed a BA with First Class Honours in Political Science and Indigenous studies and is finalising her PhD at James Cook University. 

Michelle has worked in both the Government and NGO sectors, and has held many senior leadership roles, and most recently has been appointed as the CEO of the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute.   

In 2015 Michelle was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and undertook research in USA and Canada on Nation building and governance.  She was also named as the 2015 National NAIDOC Scholar of the Year.    

Key Speaking Points

Good governance and best practice

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