Kelly Pohatu

Events and Communications Coordinator


Kelly is the Events and Communications Coordinator with the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre.

Originally from New Zealand, Kelly is proud Maori of Ngati Awa (Bay of Plenty) and Ngai Tamanuhiri (Gisborne), and aspires to make use of her skills in partnership with organisations that have strong, meaningful values focusing on ‘people first’.

Equipped with a Bachelor of Communications degree from the Auckland University of Technology, her career in communications spans ten years with professional experience in stakeholder engagement, strategic communications, media relations, event management and account management in the health, social services, not-for-profit, education, higher education and corporate sectors.

Having worked in various areas of Waipareira Trust – an organisation delivering social, education, health and justice services, Kelly draws on her experience to manage the development, implementation and evaluation of communications and engagement campaigns.

After enjoying success as the national campaign manager for Stoptober in 2015, Kelly relocated to Western Australia and joined the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre. She is responsible for the delivery of communications and stakeholder engagement campaigns, and polished, high-profile events.

Her strongest asset is her extremely high work ethic and ability to coordinate projects. Building relationships is key to her success as she both enjoys communicating, and has an aptitude, for connecting with people.