Asha Bhat



Chicago, Illinois

Mentored by:

Kathy Pickus


CEO, Southern Aboriginal Corporation

Asha Bhat leads the award-winning regional Aboriginal Corporation (SAC), which provides services and programs that address the Noongar peoples' needs and aspirations in cooperation with other community and business organizations. With an asset base of $29 million, SAC provides services and programs in areas such as structured indigenous training and employment, family violence prevention, affordable housing, healthcare support and legal services.

Asha has worked across all levels of the organization, from grassroots through senior management, and as CEO, she oversees all aspects of the organization and is responsible for ensuring that sustainability and viability are built into operations on a daily basis.

SAC has won awards for demonstrating its impact in the community, including the Community Business Award of the Year 2016.

Asha is currently working toward her MBA through the Kaplan Business School’s MBA Scholarship and holds master’s and bachelor's degrees in mathematics and business and professional accounting. She is an associate member of CPA and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2017 Asha received the Albany Citizen of the Year award.

Mentored by:

Kathy Pickus

United States of America

Trip: Chicago, Illinois