2021 WiBF and Macquarie Innovation Showcase featuring Shemara Wikramanayake

10th March 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Style of Event: FREE for Corporate Members (Use CODE: BRANDYOU)
WiBF Member: AUD $0.00 Website Subscriber: AUD $20.00
12:00-1:00pm AEDT


The COVID-19 global health crisis has impacted us all during the past year and continues to define the way we live and work as we enter 2021. Studies show that the pandemic and its economic consequences had a disproportionate effect on women. Not only were women at the forefront of the global medical response, but more women have faced unemployment or left employment, while female-run businesses have been hit hard by measures put in place to prevent the spread of the virus. 

As attention turns to recovery, this year’s International Women's Day event will look at the role and opportunities for women in building a sustainable future, post the pandemic. 

What are the opportunities to make systemic changes that will help shape an equitable future? How can we create new pathways for women to lead, to deliver to their potential and bring their diverse experiences, perspectives and skills? How can the contribution we all make to decisions, policies and laws help build a better future for the next generations?

Join our panel of speakers this IWD as we discuss these important topics and celebrate the achievements of women. 

Please join us:
12:00pm – 1:00pm AEDT (Sydney, Melbourne)
11:30am – 12:30pm ACDT (Adelaide)
10:30am – 11:30am ACST (Darwin)
11:00am – 12:00pm AEST (Brisbane)
9:00am – 10:00am AWST (Perth)

We acknowledge the generous support of Macquarie in hosting this event.

Pre Work

We encourage all attendees to prepare for our Innovation showcase by contemplating how COVID-19 has affected your own workplace and performance, and the opportunities this presents for promoting diversity and female leadership. 


The goal of this showcase is knowledge transfer from accomplished leaders who will share their personal and professional insights.


Designed to appeal to those seeking to learn from senior leaders in the financial services sector about the challenges and opportunities currently unfolding.


Shemara Wikramanayake, Managing Director and CEO, Macquarie Group

Shemara joined Macquarie in 1987 in Macquarie Capital in Sydney. In her time at Macquarie, Shemara has worked in six countries across several business lines. She established and led Macquarie’s corporate advisory offices in New Zealand, Hong Kong and Malaysia, and the infrastructure funds management business in the US and Canada. Shemara has also served as Chair of the Macquarie Group Foundation.

As Head of Macquarie Asset Management for 10 years before her appointment as CEO in 2018, Shemara led a team of 1,600 staff in 24 markets. Macquarie Asset Management grew to become a world-leading manager of infrastructure and real assets and a top 50 global public securities manager.

In 2018, Shemara was appointed a Commissioner of the Global Commission on Adaptation, a World Bank-led initiative which seeks to accelerate climate adaptation action and create concrete solutions which enhance resilience. In 2019 she was appointed by the UN’s Special Envoy for Climate Action, Michael Bloomberg, to the Climate Finance Leadership Initiative which seeks a six-fold increase in climate mitigation investment from the private sector.

Shemara holds Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws degrees from UNSW and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 1996.