Molly Harriss Olson is the CEO of Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand. Recognised for her three decades of leadership in sustainable development, Molly has convened, driven and contributed to numerous boards, business leadership and sustainability initiatives. She was the Chair of the Board at Fairtrade International for five years, from 2008 to 2013.
Among Molly’s achievements, she delivered the opening plenary of the World Economic Forum’s 2000 meeting in Davos, chaired Swedish King Carl Gustaf’s Business Leadership and the Environment Symposium in 1996, and was named one of the Australian Financial Review’s “100 Women of Influence”; in 2014. She served as the Executive Director on President Clinton’s Council on Sustainable Development at the White house from 1992 to 1996.
“If we‘re to avoid diminishing life for future generations, then our greatest opportunity is to unlock the power of many – for all of us to contribute to a sustainable future; because if we are not each a part of the solution – we’re definitely a part of the problem”