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Antara Mascarenhas is an executive in the renewable energy sector, having worked across policy development, regulatory, stakeholder engagement and reform delivery roles in energy and infrastructure. Antara specialises in building and leading teams to deliver strategic priorities. Her previous roles have included national energy reforms and setting up a new CEO Office and stakeholder engagement function at the Australian Energy Market Operator. In doing so, Antara has worked closely with executive leadership teams, boards, and a wide range of external stakeholders.
Antara completed her Masters in Political Science at the University of Cambridge, England, on a Commonwealth Scholarship after completing her undergraduate studies at the University of Melbourne and Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. As a new arrival to Canberra to take up a graduate policy role at the Department of Industry, Antara discovered she likely had endometriosis. On the fifth day of her new graduate job, she collapsed in pain and was taken to hospital in an ambulance. With pain management, she continued to battle debilitating pain in the early years of her career. Some years later, Antara underwent laparoscopic surgery in her early thirties to receive the official endometriosis diagnosis.
Antara has noticed a lack of awareness about endometriosis and its prevalence in the corporate sector. For this reason, Antara is passionate about building awareness about this condition by telling her own story as a professional woman. In addition to building awareness about endometriosis, Antara is committed to creating pathways to tertiary education for high-performing students and is a Board Director of Cambridge Australia Scholarships, which funds a number of PhD and Masters scholarships to Cambridge each year through philanthropy. Antara is also passionate about inclusion in sports and is actively involved in a tennis coaching program for children of refugee backgrounds in inner Melbourne.