Astrid Edwards is our resident polymath. She is responsible for business strategy and project management. She is also a creative soul, and the force behind our third podcast, The Garret.
She is originally from Sydney, and after a brief sojourn in Paris she has made Melbourne her home since 2011.
Astrid spent eight years as a management consultant working for state and Federal government, ASX-100 companies and not-for-profit clients. On behalf of her clients, she managed commercial and creative content. Best of all, in the high risk profession of consulting she learnt how to thrive on uncertainty and challenge. She can identify an opportunity, pitch an idea, develop a business case, manage the risks and then deliver, on time and on budget.
After a health crisis in 2014, Astrid left the consulting world to pursue what she loves: ideas, advocacy and storytelling.
In addition to her role at Bad Producer Productions teaches professional writing at RMIT University, is a Board Member of Melbourne Writers Festival and is a National Advocate for MS Australia. She has also judged the Aurealis Awards each year since 2016. Astrid served on the Board of Writers Victoria for four years, including two as Deputy Chair.
Astrid has been recognised for her creative efforts. In 2017, The Garret was shortlisted for the inaugural Cast Away Australian Podcast Awards. In 2016 she was awarded a scholarship for Leadership Victoria's Igniting Leadership program, and in 2015 she was awarded a Hot Desk Fellowship at The Wheeler Centre for her project We Don't Talk About. For an up-to-date list of her publications, see astridedwards.com/publications.
Prior to her years as a consultant and this new creative life, Astrid explored the road-less-travelled. She taught Classical Latin in Sydney, represented the Australian Government at the United Nations in New York, was awarded a fellowship at the US Department of State in Washington, and worked for a private American intelligence agency in Austin (yes, really).
Astrid has a Master of International Business (cum laude), as well as a Bachelor of Arts (Honours)/Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the University of Sydney. She also has a Graduate Diploma of Legal Studies from the University of Melbourne and the Diplôme de langue et civilisation Françaises from Sorbonne University in Paris. Astrid also completed the CERT IV in Training and Assessment. Astrid is a member of Mensa Australia.