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Name: Lorna Deng
Your role: Consultant, People Professional Services
Region: Docklands, Victoria
What’s your story?
When a civil war broke out in Sudan in the mid 1980’s my parents were forced to leave the country and they escaped to neighbouring Kenya, where I was born. We were refugees and fled to countries including Egypt, Botswana and Wales before finally migrating to Adelaide when I was 10 year old. After high school I moved to Melbourne after receiving a scholarship to study at Monash University. After graduating I decided to stay in Melbourne and got an opportunity to join NAB through the African Australian Inclusion Program.
How have you made a difference?
I work in the People team and have held various roles within Talent and Leadership. A core component of NAB’s strategic commitment to be known for great leadership, talent and culture is to find the best people. In my current role I lead the delivery of an assessment and development experience for our senior leaders, which enables us to objectively identify our most talented people and support their development so that they can continue to grow as leaders at NAB.
What are you passionate about?
Being a migrant my whole life I always felt ‘different’ so I am passionate about making sure everyone feels like they belong. I’m a member of NAB’s Cultural Inclusion Resource Group, a supporter and mentor within the African Australian Inclusion Program and a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion.
Living around the world has also instilled in me a great love for travel.