Louise Adams is Aurecon’s Chief Executive for Australia and New Zealand, responsible for leading approximately 4000 people, together with the financial and operational performance to meet Aurecon’s strategic and operational business goals across both locations. Prior to her current role, Louise was the Regional Director responsible for Aurecon’s operations across South Australia and Victoria and was focused on building high performing teams through leadership development, strong client engagement and delivery excellence. Louise became the first female Executive Director on Aurecon’s Global Board in 2013 and is Aurecon’s global spokesperson for Women in Leadership. She has a passion for organisational diversity and the role it plays in innovation, and is an advocate for female leadership and equality within STEM. In 2016, Louise received a high commendation for Female Champion of Change in Consult Australia’s Excellence Awards and in 2018 she was awarded a Chief Executive Women Scholarship to attend the Wharton Business School in Philadelphia. She has recently been announced as a committee member for Infrastructure Partnerships Australia’s Women’s Infrastructure Network Steering Committee. As a Chartered Civil Engineer, Louise has over 19 years’ experience managing and designing works in both civil and multi-disciplinary projects in land development as well as technical advisory for project planning. With a background in stormwater management, flood risk assessment and mitigation, Louise has undertaken work in the public and private sectors as well as part of emergency relief efforts. In previous roles, Louise has led major civil and multidisciplinary projects in the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland, Iran, India, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Singapore, Guyana, North America, Pakistan, Libya, Qatar, and the UAE.