Lisa Annese


Lisa Annese is the current Chief Executive of DCA, heading a team to lead public debate, conduct research and develop resources for organisations in all areas of diversity and inclusion.

Lisa is an active contributor to publications and regularly presents and speaks publicly in all areas of diversity. She was named one of the AFR’s ‘100 Women of Influence’ in 2018, designed the Employer of Choice for Women Citation while at the Agency now known as the Workplace Gender Equality Agency and is a recipient of a Medal for Significant Contribution to the Australian Public Service.

Lisa has had a long career in corporate, government and the not for profit sector. Under Lisa’s leadership, Diversity Council Australia have released numerous pieces of research on flexibility, including, Get Flexible: Mainstreaming Flexible Work in Australia Business; Men Get Flexible; Future-Flex: Mainstreaming flexibility by Design; Future-Flex: Mainstreaming Flexibility by Team Design; and Myth Busting Flexibility: Using evidence to debunk common myths and assumptions. DCA’s flexible working model, Future-Flex involves re-designing work at a team or organisation level to maximise performance and wellbeing. Future-Flex creates organisations in which employees can access flexibility across all roles, for any reason, and can have successful engaged careers.

Lisa is passionate about workplace flexibility as she believes it is the key to enabling greater gender equality at work and making life more manageable and meaningful outside the workplace. She is raising three independent and broad minded daughters with her husband in Sydney, along with a large contingent of dogs, birds and rabbits.