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Dr Bronwyn King AO

Dr. Bronwyn King is an Australian oncologist and founder and CEO of Tobacco Free Portfolios, a not-for-profit organisation that collaborates with the world’s largest financial organisations to drive global change towards tobacco-free finance.

Inducted:
2018
Category:
Trailblazer

Dr. Bronwyn King is an Australian oncologist and founder and CEO of Tobacco Free Portfolios, a not-for-profit organisation that collaborates with the world’s largest financial organisations to drive global change towards tobacco-free finance.

Bronwyn started her medical career working on the lung cancer unit at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne. The devastating impact of tobacco on her patients left a deep impression. Years later, Bronwyn discovered her unwitting investment in tobacco companies through her superannuation fund and felt obliged to try and bridge the gap between the health and finance sectors.

Through Bronwyn’s work, tobacco-free finance policies have been implemented by more than 40 Australian superannuation funds and by financial organisations in 10 countries. This influence has collectively diverted more than AU$12 billion away from investment in tobacco.

A former elite swimmer for Australia and Team Doctor for the Australian Swimming Team for over 10 years, Bronwyn is actively involved in a range of community initiatives. She is the Tobacco Control Ambassador for Cancer Council Australia, an Australia Day Ambassador, an Ambassador for Big Brothers Big Sisters Australia and a fellow of Leadership Victoria’s Williamson Community Leadership Program.

In 2017, Bronwyn was made the Inaugural Distinguished Fellow in a joint initiative between Kings' College London and the University of Melbourne. She also became a “Diplomat of the Global Charter” of the World Federation of Public Health Associations, and was made a VicHealth Champion.

Reviewed 01 October 2019

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