Belinda Comninos

CEO

Belinda is an experienced public policy professional with qualifications in engagement, design, systems and co-design methodologies. Belinda brings multiple internal and external stakeholders to the table to enable proactive and deliberative place making. She works with our clients to develop content informed by and accessible to diverse audiences.

Belinda has deep experience and expertise leading projects through a design and systems approach, having studied at the Hasso Plattner School of Design at Stanford University (d.school) and with the Australian Centre for Social Impact. This has seen her collaboration on Liverpool’s Innovation Strategy, regional city activation in Cessnock and infrastructure service needs for students with disability and students requiring intensive English support.

Utilising her engagement experience, Astrolabe has delivered the Smart Cities Accelerator with the Center for Technology and Entrepreneurship at Harvard along with masterclasses, networking events and engagement events.

As a leader within the organisation, Belinda is responsible for ensuring Astrolabe’s quality management and continuous improvement. In February 2020, she led the organisation to international certification in the standard for quality management (ISO9001:2015). Belinda is also a Non-Executive Board member of Open Cities Alliance and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Before co-founding Astrolabe, Belinda led the development of UNSW’s first Disability Inclusion Action Plan, working with multiple stakeholders to develop an actionable plan to promote diversity, inclusion and equity. Belinda’s experience as a Senior Advisor in the NSW State Government saw her bring her collaborative approach to working with stakeholders and service providers to inform government policy and strategy.

Belinda has a contagious sense of humour. She loves bringing joy to her workplace and has a zeal for using play and warm-up activities to encourage creative and innovative mindsets for any challenge.

Belinda has never played golf but walks the 18 holes of the Eastlakes public course weekly.