Jahna Cedar is a Nyiyaparli/Yindjibarndi woman from the Pilbara region of Western Australia and is recognised as a strong Indigenous community leader.
She has worked for over 18 years advocating for equal rights and reconciliation of Indigenous people. She has represented her people at the United Nations in New York with regards to children’s rights and equal access to employment, education and training for women and returned in March 2017 where she advocated for the inclusion of Indigenous empowerment wording in the agreed conclusion at the United Nations Commission on the status of Women.
Jahna is a current director of Institute of Community Directors Advisory board, IBN Corporation, WA Country Arts and the Curtin University Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee.
A motivational leader, Jahna’s corporate experience includes 14 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. Jahna was recently awarded the 2017 Telstra Business Women Award for purpose and not for profit winner for WA, the “first amongst equals” in the Business News 40 under 40 awards for 2017 and was elected into the West Australian International Women’s Day Hall of Fame in 2012.