Paul Zahra is a board and company advisor and one of Australia’s most influential diversity advocates. A leading force in the Australian Retail Industry for over 30 years, Paul’s corporate roles have included CEO and Managing Director of David Jones Limited as well as senior leadership roles at Target Australia and Officeworks Superstores.
A powerful champion for diversity and inclusion in the workplace, Paul has also led numerous high profile LGBT+ campaigns and initiatives. Paul is also Chair of The Pinnacle Foundation, a not for profit which assists disadvantaged LGBT+ youth with scholarships and mentoring.
A passionate advocate for Australian fashion, Paul believes that local talent is an imperative part of the economic and intellectual growth of the country. Paul is an alumni of Stanford University, CA
Paul currently works as an independent Global Retail Advisor where he is focused on helping Australian brands achieve omni-channel transformation and global expansion as well as assisting international retail brands entering the Australian marketplace. Paul is also the Chair of PwC’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board, providing leadership on the firm’s diversity and inclusion strategy.
NORA and Salesforce partnered recently to run a prominent Diversity and Inclusion event with senior leadership in the Australian retail ecosystem. Paul Zahra was our keynote and also moderat ... keep readinged the expert panel. Paul is not only one of Australia’s leading retailers, he is also a prominent advocate and role model for D and I. His presentation was a standout, authentic and eloquent. His moderation of the panel was masterfully handled, navigating some sensitive and often misunderstood principles and facts. I unreservedly recommend Paul Zahra as a keynote. Paul Greenberg, Founder NORA Network
I had the pleasure of working with Paul Zahra on a diversity and inclusion panel and also listening to his keynote speech at a recent NORA and Salesforce event. Paul creates the perfect atmosphere and, with his ability to connect with many people at the same time, engages easily with his audience. Paul is inspirational, insightful and uplifting - a true professional and one of my all-time favourite speakers. I can recommend Paul as a keynote speaker without reservation or hesitation.