Connie Fernandez da Cunha
Connie is an award-winning project director and an entrepreneur.
She is a Filipino-Australian famous for generating innovative ideas and delivering complex projects and programs over the past 18 years. She has led several projects with State and National significance in Australia in which she won several Queensland Government excellence awards. She has extensive experience as a senior executive within the public and private sectors and across various industries such as infrastructure, ICT, transport, mining, renewable energy and oil and gas.
Having worked in several countries, Connie’s key strengths are her ability to lead and manage high performing teams with various technical backgrounds and from different cultures.
With a number of years of practice she has gained the ability to influence at all levels and persuades others towards the achievement of organizational goals. Her ability to find innovative ways of solving and pre-empting problems ensures that the implementation of business solutions are well thought through, collaborative, tested and meets clients’ expectations.
She is described by many influencers as a “game changer” and recognised by her peers as a capability builder. Connie mentors high level professionals and
entrepreneurs. She is a well-sought out business advisor of technology start-ups, providing advice in business and “go to” market strategies. She is a member of several boards in Australia, Singapore and the Philippines. Through her work, she is influential with heads of government and captains of industries, and influential in trade policies.
Connie studied accounting, computer science and has a Master of Business Administration from the Queensland University of Technology. She is a Certified Practising Project Director with the Australian Institute of Project Management.
Connie is the founder of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Australia Philippines Incorporated (est. 2000) and is the current President. She is a Board Member of the Brisbane Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Business Round Table since 2006. She was awarded the Philippine Recognition Award in 2000 and a recipient of the prestigious Queensland Filipino Women Achievement Awards 2000.