Mandy Richards

CEO / Founder

Mandy is a social entrepreneur fiercely passionate about human rights, animal welfare, eradicating poverty and empowering women. She established Global Sisters to democratise entrepreneurship in 2013 – with the goal of creating a scalable and efficient model for supporting women to create an income stream via self employment, when mainstream employment wasn’t accessible. Mandy’s diverse career path over the past 20+ years has spanned the commercial and not-for-profit sectors where she has worked internationally on government business incubation programs in Botswana and New Zealand, as well as for high profile charities including the Hamlin Fistula Hospitals in Ethiopia and locally as National Marketing Manager for the RSPCA.
Mandy established the ACT Social Enterprise Hub while working at Social Ventures Australia and was Director for Place Based Philanthropy with the Sydney Community Foundation. Following securing the highest investment on Channel 7’s Dragons Den, Mandy launched a $3.5 million startup and has commercialised an invention internationally.
Mandy has completed post graduate studies in Trade Mark Law as well as a Master of Human Rights Law at Melbourne Law School. She has also studied social entrepreneurship at INSEAD in Singapore. In 2019 she sat on a panel at APEC Chile in the Women and the Economy forum and in 2020 was a coach in the global Cartier Women’s Initiative. She has also been voted one of the 25 most inspiring and influential poplin the for-purpose sector as a Pro Bono Australia Impact 25 winner for 2022.
A country girl who spent her younger years growing up on a small farm outside Armidale, NSW before her family moved to Indonesia, Mandy now lives in Sydney.