Menaka Cooke M.Com., M.App.Psy., FAHRI

Board member WEL, ES4W, ICSA, OWN-NSW

Menaka Iyengar Cooke is an Executive Coach and Facilitator in private practice. She holds a Masters in Applied Psychotherapy as well as a Masters in Commerce – Employment Relations and Employment Law. She consults in Change management, Cross-cultural communication, Organisation Behaviour and various Workplace concerns including Diversity and Inclusion. She has recently facilitated training programs for Women in Film & TV NSW and Screen Producers Australia (Sexual Harassment in the workplace); Ericsson (Cross-cultural Communication); WCEI NSW (Dealing with Difficult People); Indigenous leadership at an Aboriginal Land Corporation. She is a tertiary Educator (Australian College of Applied Psychology) in Ethics, Organisation Behaviour, Social Policy, Contemporary Culture; (Charles Sturt University) Bachelor of Business Studies and TAFE’s Diploma and Advanced Diploma of Management and HR Management. She is a Fellow of the Australian Human Resources Institute, a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (NFP category) and has won awards in Strategic HR Management, Best Practice in People Management, Employing People with a Disability and Diversity & Inclusion. She is the current President of the Older Women’s Network, Sydney and is a board member at Women’s Electoral Lobby, Economic Security for Women and Indian (sub-continent) Crisis Support Agency. She is the past President of Women Chiefs of Enterprises International, NSW, and has served on various boards in community services and not-for-profit organisations. She recently published her memoir ‘Monsoon Woman’ (Balboa Press, 2019, available on Amazon and Google books). She works as a social activist and commentator on political, social and cultural issues in order to bring about community change.