Chief Executive Officer
Aasha is currently CEO of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL). A New Zealander based in Sydney, Aasha has lived and worked in many countries including the USA, Europe, England, and the Middle East. Her recently released book (co-authored with Vikram Murthy), “Being! Five Ways of Leading Authentically in an iConnected World,” is an international best seller. It has been hailed as “a leadership book of our times,” by Professor David Hopkins and provides leaders in diverse contexts the concepts and practices of leadership to navigate uncertain times.
Her senior corporate roles have included amongst others; CEO of AFS Australia, Head of Operations for Weight Watchers Asia Pacific, Managing Director of Starbucks Coffee - Australia and New Zealand, Director Meal Solutions for the Woolworths Group NZ, and Marketing Director for Genetco and National Training Institute, in the lower Persian Gulf. She is also the Adjunct Principal Associate of the Academy for Collaborative Futures.
Aasha has a proven track record in delivering growth in revenue and bottom-line profitability through expansion into new markets/channels, building strong brand equity, reinvention of product portfolios and the delivery of operational excellence. She has an informed perspective of markets in the Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America across several industry sectors and has a keen understanding of the key drivers of success in the prevailing global context, having stewarded regional operations of large multi-national organisations.
She has been the Executive in Residence for the Business School in Auckland University and visiting faculty at the Waikato Management School, Waikato University. She lectures on Leadership, Strategic Planning, Strategic Innovation, and Reaching Global Markets.
Aasha has a passion for leadership and developing early career and mature professionals by providing them with exciting learning opportunities through formal education as well as experiential learning. She delivers the suite of ACEL Executive Leadership programs aimed at high-performing school and system leaders. She regularly speaks at conferences and seminars across the Asia-Pacific on topics that include leveraging diversity, challenges of female leadership and leading multi-cultural teams.