Carol Schwartz (businesswoman)

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Carol Schwartz is an Australian business woman.[1] In 2019, she was appointed an Order of Australia|Officer of the Order of Australia during the Queen’s Birthday Honours for her contributions in improving gender equality and social justice.[2][3] In 2012, she was nominated in Westpac's 100 Most Influential Women.[4] [5][6][7]

She's on the board of directors of Reserve Bank of Australia, Melbourne Business School and Melbourne International Arts Festival.[4]


She was born Carol Besen in Melbourne in 1955 to Marc and Eva Besen who were founders of the retail fashion chain Sussan.[8] She studied at a small Jewish school in Elwood. She then graduated with degree in law/arts at Monash University.[9]

Personal life

She established the Trawalla Foundation together with her husband Alan and four children. The foundation invests in social enterprises and opportunities that focus on innovation, arts, and ideas.[10]


  1. "Carol Schwartz, Reserve Bank board member and women's advocate". Australian Financial Review. 2017-05-24. Retrieved 2021-08-10.
  2. Bungard, Matt (2019-06-10). "Queen's Birthday 2019 Honours: The full list". The North West Star. Retrieved 2021-08-10.
  3. "Carol Schwartz AM". Engaging Women Australia.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Carol Schwartz". Advance. Retrieved 2021-08-10.
  5. "Carol Schwartz awarded Australia's highest philanthropic honour". Women's Agenda. 2020-11-17. Retrieved 2021-08-10.
  6. "Carol Schwartz AO crowned Australia's leading philanthropist". Pro Bono Australia. Retrieved 2021-08-10.
  7. Watkins, Holly (2020-11-17). "Carol Schwartz recognised with 'Leading Philanthropist' award". Newsroom. Retrieved 2021-08-10.
  8. Dunckley, Mathew (2019-04-11). "Lunch with: powerhouse Carol Schwartz". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2021-08-10.
  9. Melbourne, The University of. "Schwartz, Carol - Woman - The Encyclopedia of Women and Leadership in Twentieth-Century Australia". Retrieved 2021-08-10.
  10. "Carol Schwartz". BoardLinks. 2021-03-10. Retrieved 2021-08-10.

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