Dr Clare Harding is MAP’s Deputy Director. Clare’s role is imperative in ensuring the MAP team and initiatives reach their full potential. Clare approaches each new MAP or Compass initiative with a focus on key outcomes, an emphasis on careful planning and a commitment to delivering a superior quality experience.
With a background in consulting, Clare drives the overall strategic direction of our programs, builds strong relationships with key partners and ensures the MAP team are well supported. Clare emphasizes the importance of communication between all parties involved, ensuring team members and stakeholders are happy, expectations are met and nothing falls through the cracks. A vocal supporter of female entrepreneurs, Clare is also a strong driver behind MAP’s female founder initiatives, including The Franklins and the Female Founders meetups, the largest networking event of its kind in Australia.
A Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, Clare gained her doctorate in English Literature, but was soon drawn away from academia towards the emerging field of social entrepreneurship. A fierce advocate for the power of entrepreneurship to transform Australia’s economy and society for the better, Clare co-founded an early Australian social enterprise (The Number 8 Group). Her abiding interest in this space led to a longstanding role as Director and Chair of Social Firms Australia. She also sits on the Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee.
Prior to joining MAP in August 2015, Clare worked as a consultant at McKinsey and Company, as a director in the Victorian Government, and as principal in her own consulting practice. She has extensive experience working on and for Boards, has volunteered in many community organisations and throughout her career has established an incredibly rich understanding of the strategy and governance challenges faced by not-for-profits.
Clare has a Bachelor of Arts with majors in English and French from The University of Otago, New Zealand, as well as a Master of Studies and a Doctor of Philosophy in English Language and Literature from The University of Oxford, England.