Ros Moriarty

Moriarty Foundation Co-Founder & Co-Chair / Hon. Managing Director & IFA Council Member


Tasmanian-born Ros Moriarty is a business owner, social investor and author. She is Co-Founder, Co-Chair and Honorary Managing Director of Moriarty Foundation, and Co-Founder, Creative Executive and Managing Director of Balarinji, Australia’s foremost Indigenous design and strategy studio.

Ros was formerly a Commissioner for the Future of Sydney CBD (2021), Inaugural Chair of the Football Australia Women’s Football Council (2019-21), and Board member of Menzies School of Health Research Darwin (2019-21, National Gallery of Australia, Australian Major Events SA and the Australian Academy of Design.

Ros was named Winner Business Enterprise in the 2015 Financial Review/Westpac Australian 100 Women of Influence Awards. She is an inductee of the halls of fame of the Australian Design Institute, the Australian Graphic Design Association, and the Australian Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame.

An alumnus of the Australian National University, Ros’ honours include the St Peters Citizenship Award and the Advance Australia Award for Service to Industry and Commerce. In 2018 she was named a Companion of the University by Charles Darwin University. In 2021 she was the recipient of a UNESCO Achievement Award and the Good Design Australian Design Prize.

Ros is the author of the memoir 'Listening to Country' (Allen & Unwin 2010), shortlisted for both The Age 2010 Book of the Year, and the Australian Human Rights Commission Literary Award. She has also written eight picture books for children (Allen & Unwin 2012-18), variously listed for The Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Award (2012 & 2015), and the 2013 Australian Environment Award for Children’s Literature, with text in both English and Yanyuwa, one of the languages spoken by Aboriginal families in Borroloola.

Ros hopes the Moriarty Foundation’s work will lead to a more equitable Australia that respects and values a rich and unique Aboriginal worldview. She is proud of the Foundation’s commitment to enabling families to unlock their children’s potential through the power of football and innovative culturally-cognisant walking classrooms.