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Rona Glynn-McDonald


Rona is a proud Kaytetye woman and social changemaker who works with First Nations communities to create future systems in Australia that centre First Nations people, knowledge and cultures. She has a background in economics and a deep curiosity and passion for disruptive ideas. As founder of Common Ground, Rona works to record and share First Nations cultures to create an Australia that celebrates and embraces its First Peoples. Since launching in 2018, Common Ground has supported 180,000 Australians to learn more about First Nations people and cultures.

Rona is also the Director of YLab First Nations, where she is creating a platform for young First Nations people to lead systems change work in Australia and ensure that the future systems of Australia centre First Nations people.

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The Wheeler Centre acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the traditional owners of the land on which we work. We pay our respects to the people of the Kulin Nation and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders, past and present.