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  • Masters of Business Administration 2018 – AIM Business School
  • Leading for Results Program 2017 – INSEAD – Singapore
  • Company Director Program 2017 Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Advanced Management Program 2017 AIM WA/UWA
  • Diploma of Business Governance 2016-2017 Australian Institute of Community Directors
  • Signature Leadership Program 2016 Leadership WA
  • Certificate in Governance 2015 Governance Institute of WA
  • Cert IV Indigenous Leadership 2015 Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre
  • Murra Indigenous Business Masterclass 2014 Melbourne Business School
  • Cert IV Employment Services 2011
  • Cert IV Career Development Albany Institute of Technology
  • Cert IV Training and Assessing 2011 Pilbara TAFE
  • Bachelor of Business Management 2005 Charles Darwin University


Jahna Cedar is a Nyiyaparli/Yindjibarndi woman from the Pilbara region of Western Australia, with family connection to the Gija people of the Kimberleys, and is recognised as a strong Indigenous community leader. She has worked for over 20 years advocating for equal rights and reconciliation of Indigenous people and has represented Indigenous Australia at the United Nations in New York, on three occasions. In 2012, Jahna was the youngest person to be elected into the West Australian International Women’s Day Hall of Fame and in 2017 proudly won Business news 40 under 40, First amongst equals. Jahna was also awarded Telstra Business Women Awards WA – For Purpose and Social Enterprise Winner in 2017 and enjoys speaking at various events on issues of social justice, Indigenous rights and business management.

A motivational leader, Jahna’s corporate experience includes 18 years in business/human resources management and consultancy, including the implementation of organisational and change management strategies, projects and policy development, in both the Not for Profit and Private sector.

Offering an innate leadership style and proven business acumen, Jahna drives consistent results and is passionate about encouraging and developing others, while working ethically towards corporate and strategic goals. Jahna is dedicated to challenging preconceptions, breaking down damaging stereotypes and working hard to make a difference for Indigenous people, specifically women and youth.


  • 2020 Charles Darwin University – Indigenous Alumnus Award (Special Commendation)
  • 2018 Queen Baton Relay Runner for Commonwealth Games 2018
  • 2017 Telstra Business Women Awards WA – For Purpose and Social Enterprise Winner
  • 2017 Business News WA First Amongst Equals – 40 under 40
  • 2017 – Civil Society delegate with Australian Government Delegation to Commission on Status of Women – United Nations in New York
  • 2016 Winner – Australian Institute of Management WA (AIMWA) Emerging Leader Award and finalist for AIM National Emerging Leader Award
  • 2016 Recipient of AIM WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship
  • 2016 Leadership WA Signature Program
  • 2012 WA Women’s Hall of Fame Inductee
  • 2011 Australian of the Year nominee
  • 2011 BEC Small Business Awards finalist
  • 2011 NAIDOC Person of the Year – Port Hedland
  • Selected to attend a forum on Women’s Education, Employment and Training, at the United Nations in New York, as civil society delegate to Australian Govt. Delegation.
  • Runner in the 2006 Queens Baton Relay for Commonwealth Games


  • Chairperson Niapaili Aboriginal Corporation
  • Member Institute of Community Directors Advisory Boards
  • Member Curtin University Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Board
  • Director International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research Board
  • Director Australian Honey Ventures
  • Member Western Austalian Aboriginal Leadership Institute board

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