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Michelle King

Chief People Officer

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Portrait of Michelle King

Dr Michelle Penelope King is a globally recognised expert on inequality and organisational culture. Based on over a decade’s worth of research, Michelle believes that we need to learn how workplaces work, so we can make them work for everyone. She is the host of a popular podcast called The Fix and the author of two books: The Fix: Overcome the Invisible Barriers that are Holding Women Back at Work (2020) and How Work Works (2023).

Michelle is a published, award-winning academic with five degrees including a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Organisational Psychology, a Master of Arts in Industrial-Organisational Psychology, a Master of Business Administration, a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism and a PhD in Management. Michelle is pursuing a post-doctoral research fellowship with Cranfield University in the United Kingdom.

Michelle has been featured in The Economist, Harvard Business Review, CNBC, CNN Business, Fortune, Financial Times, Bloomberg, Time, Business Insider, The Times, Daily Mail and LinkedIn Editors.

Prior to joining ODI, Michelle founded The Culture Practice, a global consultancy that provides leaders with the assessment, development and inclusion coaching needed to build cultures that value difference, and was Director of Inclusion at Netflix. Previously, she was the head of UN Women’s Global Innovation Coalition for Change, which includes managing over 30 private sector partnerships to accelerate the achievement of gender equality and women’s empowerment.

In addition, Michelle is a Senior Advisor to the UN Foundation’s Girl Up Campaign, where she leads the NextGen Leadership Development Program, which enables young women to navigate and overcome the barriers to their success.

In each of her roles, Michelle lends her expertise to advance gender equality and enhance global opportunity and achievement for women. In 2022 Michelle was named LinkedIn’s Top Voice for workplace equity and was recognised as one of the Top 100 Women at Davos by Global Women’s Leadership Experts. In addition, in 2019, Women Tech Founders, a Chicago-based organisation dedicated to advancing women in the tech industry, awarded Michelle the 2019 Inspiring Innovator Award for her outstanding achievements in the sector.