Samantha Fernando

Samantha Fernando

Head of Public Sector

Contracting Executive search Policy & Program

Samantha joined Six Degrees Executive Brisbane office in 2021 as the Head of Public Sector.

Samantha has a Bachelor of Business Administration (Marketing) and a Bachelor of Science (Neuroscience) from the Australian National University. She has also graduated from her MBA with Distinction from Griffith University and is currently working on her post graduate research on unconscious bias and employee engagement.

She has worked with Not-for-profits, NGOs, Industry bodies and multi-national organisations, partnering with the Australian and NZ government organisations. As such, she is an experienced talent solutions specialist with over 10 years’ experience helping transform Public Sector organisations, by bringing industry insights, market trends and process benchmarking to inform strategic direction, create a strong talent pipeline, and enhance employee engagement for her clients.

Samantha is a strong advocate for Diversity and Inclusion and is the Queensland state lead for the Six Degrees Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Council.

Outside of work, she enjoys spontaneous road trips, board games, karaoke and taking her dogs to the beach with her husband.

As a self-professed optimist, her favourite quote is: “The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” — Winston Churchill