Cristina Cifuentes brings extensive experience in policy development, decision-making and governance to her work in promoting the interests of consumers and improving Australia’s economic and social wellbeing.
As Commissioner of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission – the federal body responsible for promoting competition and fair trade for the benefit of consumers, businesses and the community – Cifuentes oversees the organisation’s regulatory role in relation to key infrastructure areas including telecommunications, wheat ports, rail, and water. She is also a Board member of the Australian Energy Regulator, responsible for regulating Australia’s national electricity market.
In her 35-year career, Cifuentes has garnered a breadth of experience at the highest levels in both the public and private sectors, spanning public policy, finance and utility regulation. She has applied her strategic and legal expertise to deliver positive change in the superannuation sector and led regulatory reforms to increase transparency and accountability in investment markets.
"I truly believe that having more women in traditionally male-dominated environments will deliver better organisational and social outcomes. It should be the priority of all organisations to embed a culture of diversity as part of their business."
Underpinning her career is a personal belief in using her skills and experience for the benefit of others.
“I have long believed that what really matters is not what you have, but what you do with it,” she says. “It’s important to me that I use my skills and experience to contribute to better public outcomes.”
Alongside her role as Commissioner, Cifuentes is currently the Australian delegate to the OECD Network of Economic Regulators. She has previously held directorships with the NSW Treasury Corporation, Hunter Water Corporation and First State Super Trustee Corporation, and was a member of the NSW Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal for almost ten years.
She offers guidance to others as a mentor, including through the Women in Energy International program, and is an ardent supporter of workplace diversity and the financial independence of women.
“I truly believe that having more women in traditionally male-dominated environments will deliver better organisational and social outcomes. It should be the priority of all organisations to embed a culture of diversity as part of their business.”
2016 Alumni Awards Winner Cristina Cifuentes
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