We are proud to announce that AKF’s CEO Deborah Tabart OAM has won the 2011 Excellence in Communication Leadership (EXCEL) Award from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). The EXCEL Award is the association’s highest award given to a non-member, and recognises individuals who exhibit strong leadership in fostering excellence in organisational communication.

It is the first time the Award has been presented to a woman, and an Australian. The award is in recognition of Deborah’s dedication during the past two decades to conserving the koala and it habitat.

Under Deborah’s leadership, the Australian Koala Foundation has grown from a small group of scientists to an internationally recognised organisation. She is a gifted communicator who works tirelessly to influence decision makers and the community to protect our environment. Deborah was delighted to win this Award and will be sharing her experiences with 1400 delegates at the Awards presentation. This opportunity comes at a time when communication about the environment is more important than ever. Deborah is scheduled to accept the Award at the IABC 2011 World Conference in San Diego California in June. Many thanks to Flight  Centre who have generously donated the airfares for this trip.