Ishtar Vij is a public affairs practitioner who has held senior roles in public policy, government affairs and law in private firms and global digital technology player. She advises on strategy and advocates across a broad range of policy areas including media, communications, privacy, security, copyright and technology policy. She has a practical understanding of brand and reputation in competitive markets. She works collaboratively with leadership to shape the strategic direction of the organisation.
Most recently, Ishtar was the Director, Government Affairs and Public Policy for Google in Australia and New Zealand where she led public policy, government affairs and community investment across Australia and New Zealand. She was a key contributor to the cross-functional leadership team of Google Australia and New Zealand, informing and helping to formulate organisational strategy and implementation. In her time at Google, Ishtar spearheaded the establishment of the community investment program.
Ishtar is also on the boards of Next Wave Festival and Hello Sunday Morning. Prior to joining Google, she was a media, communications and copyright Senior Associate at Minter Ellison Lawyers, focussed on law reform.