The Walkley Directors are the members and directors of the company Walkley Foundation Pty Ltd, which is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission. They act as the management board.
Marina has over 25 years of leadership experience in the media industry, having started her career as a journalist. She was appointed Editor of Dolly magazine at the age of 23, before spending the next decade editing a number of leading women’s magazines. She has held senior leadership roles at Fairfax, Pacific, Emap, Bauer and Private Media, where she was CEO of news and business websites including Crikey and Smart Company, and founder of the career website Women’s Agenda.
She is a director of digital startup Daily Siren, and on the advisory board of Women’s Agenda. She is a former director of Netball Australia, Odyssey House, Sydney Symphony Vanguard, The Apparel Group and member of the Advisory Board of the Walkley Foundation`}`.
She lectures on digital media at the University of Technology, Sydney, is a Mentor with the Women In Media and NRL Women programs and a UNSW Alumni Leader and Ambassador.
She has an MBA from The Australian Graduate School of Management, a BA (Mass Communications) from Macquarie University and is a member of the AICD.
She is a mother of two young men and passionate about diversity and equality.
From 2006-2009 she was the ABC’s Southeast Asia correspondent, based in Bangkok.
In 2010 she went to Moscow and freelanced for a number of agencies including CBC, SBS, Radio France International, Deutsche Welle, Orf in Austria and Radio New Zealand.
While living in Russia she also tried her hand at charity work organising the Cold Plunge for the Homeless in Moscow from 2011-2013. She combined her passion for social justice and theatre by co-directing and performing in the first English version of The Vagina Monologues to be performed in Russia; it raised money for women’s services.
Karen is currently Treasurer of Women In Media Victoria, a MEAA initiative aimed at supporting women in the workplace.
She is also part of the ABC’s peer support program which provides support and advice to colleagues experiencing trauma and workplace stress.