Ms Holly Ransom

Senior Fellow, Melbourne School of Government


As a Harvard Kennedy School Class of ’21 Fellow, Holly Ransom has long held a passion for social and economic inclusion that today sees her specialising in collaborative policy design and development.

Holly is passionate about designing democratic institutions for the digital age and a recipient of the prestigious Anne Wexler Public Policy Scholarship. Holly’s firm belief that Australia’s science, creative and technology sectors are key to a strong economic future, coupled with a deep knowledge of Australia’s innovation landscape, fuel her commitment to political inclusion by impacting robust and responsive policy for a better tomorrow.

Holly’s career spans corporate, non-profit and public sectors. As founder and CEO of consulting firm Emergent, Holly has led real-world results with clients such as P&G, Microsoft, Virgin, Cisco and KPMG. Holly’s track record demonstrates success in developing strategic policy frameworks that balance economic and commercial interests with social and ethical ramifications. She is also an accomplished company director.

Holly was asked to Co- Chair the G20 Youth Summit in 2014, the United Nations Coalition of Young Women Entrepreneurs in 2016, and is the youngest Director to have been appointed to an Australian Football Club. Named one of Australia’s 100 Most Influential Women by the Australian Financial Review, Holly has delivered a Peace Charter to the Dalai Lama, interviewed Barack Obama on stage and was Sir Richard Branson’s nominee for Wired Magazine’s Smart List of Future Game Changers to watch in 2017.

Holly is a popular contributor to a number of leading publications including the Australian Financial Review and the Huffington Post. She has featured on ABC’s Q&A, Reuters, Bloomberg Asia, Channel 7 News and Channel 10’s The Project and is well-known for her commentary on intergenerational economic and social challenges.