Paul Ronalds is the Chief Executive Officer of Save the Children Australia. Save the Children works in every state of Australia and in more than 120 countries around the world on children’s education, health and protection issues.
Paul is also currently a non-executive director of the Centre For Social Impact, the Campbell Collaboration and the Community Council of Australia.
Prior to joining Save the Children, Paul was First Assistant Secretary responsible for the Office of Work and Family in the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet. In this role, Paul provided advice to the Prime Minister of Australia on a broad range of social and economic policies designed to assist families and communities.
Paul has also worked as Deputy CEO of World Vision and as chief operating officer of Urban Seed, an innovative and dynamic NGO that provides a range of services to marginalised people in Melbourne’s inner city.
He started his career as a corporate lawyer with international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills before co-founding wishlist.com.au, one of Australia’s most successful e-commerce companies.
Paul is a graduate of the St James Ethics Centre’s Vincent Fairfax Fellowship in Ethics and Leadership and has degrees in economics and law with honours from Monash University, a graduate diploma in applied finance and a masters in international relations from Deakin University.
He is the author of The Change Imperative: Creating a Next Generation NGO, a book that examines the organisational challenges faced by international NGOs in a rapidly evolving global political context.
In 2016, Paul was made a Fellow by Monash University in recognition of distinguished service to civil society.