Di is a champion of the under-privileged who has worked tirelessly helping young people in Africa get the opportunity to live, learn and grow into tomorrow’s leaders.
She has built an enviable reputation through her entrepreneurial drive, leadership and skills placing her in demand as a keynote inspirational speaker throughout the world.
Di Fleming is a truly dynamic woman in every sense of the word. She has had a fascinating and exciting career as an educator, entrepreneur and innovator and is currently working with students across Africa preparing them to live, learn and grow into tomorrow’s leaders.
As a director of the Ducere Foundation and President of the Australia Africa Business Council (Vic), Di has many stories to tell, challenges to wager and principles for adult and student leadership to share.
The Ducere Foundation is involved in transforming public school systems in Africa by establishing education principles and practices unparalleled in philosophy, design, innovation, problem solving and engagement with industry.
Di was formerly director and associate professor in Digital Design at RMIT University where she established and developed the Victorian Government’s Centre for Excellence in Digital Design, steering the centre’s evolution into the Victorian Government design fulcrum.
Prior to her years at RMIT, Di was CEO and founding director of Digital Harbour Holdings Pty Ltd, which won the bid to develop the Commonwealth Technology Port Precinct at Melbourne Docklands.
She was Principal of Kilvington Girls' Grammar from 1993 to 2001 and the first educator to achieve the Telstra Victorian Businesswoman of the Year and the National Telstra/AusIndustry Awards.
In 2001 she was featured in the Federation Celebration Exhibition Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives - a chronology of significant woman across the previous 100 years.
Di began her career as an educator and a director of Fleming Flight Services, a most successful small business, enhanced by government investment, which she and her late husband were recipients as young entrepreneurs. This start-up changed the course of their young lives at the age of 25.
Since 1976 she has given over 250 keynote presentations, workshops, university lectures and after-dinner addresses for both public and private sector organisations throughout Australia, Europe, the United States of America, Canada, China, the United Kingdom, Indonesia, New Zealand, Japan and Africa.
Di travels from Melbourne.