Diana Ferner

‘I stand for a world where everyone has a fair go because that’s what makes for a stronger, better society. I feel incredibly lucky to be able to contribute to this in my work every day.’

Diana is a Director, Consulting at Social Ventures Australia where she advises not-for-profits, governments, and funders on how to improve and sustain their impact, particularly in the wake of sector reform. She leads the team’s work in Disability, Strategy, and Operating model design.

Diana has led numerous high-impact projects spanning strategy, operating model design, collaboration and M&A, and outcomes management, including the merger of House with No Steps and The Tipping Foundation to form Aruma. Her work has featured in the Productivity Commission’s Overcoming Disadvantage Report as well as in the Guardian, Australia Policy Online, and Pro Bono Australia.

Previously, Diana was a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in San Francisco and Boston, advising commercial and public sector clients on strategy, growth, digital innovation, and operational efficiency. She was also an early employee at a U.S. big data health analytics start-up, managing and delivering projects for Fortune 100 payer and provider clients.

Diana holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government and a minor in Economics from Harvard University, and a Master of Public Health from the University of Sydney. She is currently a Non-Executive Director of the Physical Disability Council of NSW and of Holdsworth Community, and previously observed on the board of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.