Kristina Keneally

Kristina KeneallyKristina Keneally The Hon Kristina Keneally Kristina Keneally is well-known as the first female Premier of New South Wales. Leading the biggest state in Australia Kristina showed toughness, dignity, style and integrity that won respect and admiration.In 2003 Kristina was elected the Member for Heffron in the NSW Parliament.  Appointed to Cabinet in 2007, she had the privilege of serving the people of New South Wales as a Minister in the portfolios of Planning, Infrastructure, Disability Services, Ageing, World Youth Day and Redfern Waterloo.In 2009, Kristina became the 42nd Premier of New South Wales, serving to 2011.

The daughter of an Australian-born mother and an American father, Kristina grew up in the United States of America playing both basketball and soccer.

She holds a BA in Political Science (Hons) and a MA in Religious Studies from the University of Dayton.

After politics, Kristina returned to sports – as an administrator, not a player – in 2011, joining Basketball Australia as Chair and then later taking on the role of CEO, a position she held until 2014.

Today Kristina’s primary responsibility is ‘at-home mother’, though whilst her teen-age sons are in school slips out of the house a few times a week to host Keneally & Cameron and other television programs on Sky News Australia.  She also appears regularly on Network Ten’s ‘Studio10′ and writes opinion pieces for The Guardian and the Sydney Morning Herald on a range of topics, including public policy, feminism and the Catholic Church.

Kristina is the mother of 3 children: Daniel (aged 16), Brendan (aged 14), and Caroline, who was stillborn. Kristina is the Patron of Stillbirth Foundation Australia, promoting awareness, understanding, support and research into stillbirth.

She serves as an Ambassador for Opportunity Australia International, an organisation that transforms the lives of some of the world’s poorest women by providing microfinance loans in India, Indonesia and the Philippines. Kristina is a keen South Sydney Rabbitohs fan and a Board Director of Souths’ charitable arm, Souths Cares

By virtue of her marriage to City of Botany Bay Mayor Ben Keneally, she is also a Mayoress, which means she often has an opportunity to wear pearls in public.

Kristina Keneally is exclusively represented by Wall Media. To engage Kristina for press, radio, television, or presentation engagements or to discuss speaking topics contact Peter Wall at Wall Media on 0408 489 057 or

Some Kristina Keneally speaking topics:

Leadership in adverse times

Women in Leadership

Work-life balance


Religion & Catholicism

Elite and recreational sport


Public policy

Change management

Cracking the glass ceiling


Download Kristina Keneally’s bio in PDF format


What people have said about Kristina:

Kristina was a delight to deal with. Her presentation was most engaging and very well received.  She was effortlessly articulate and delivered key messages around the importance of work/life flexibility, and having a written ‘statement of purpose’ to refer to as circumstances change throughout your life.  Kristina also provided a valuable message to the women in the room – be confident, back yourself and don’t be unreasonable in your self-belief.

All in all, the event was a great success.

Karina Lynch Project Manager James Cook University