Dr Janin Bredehoeft

CEO Science in Australia Gender Equity

Janin joined Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE Ltd) as its CEO in December 2022. SAGE is the only transformational gender equity, diversity and inclusion program of its kind in Australia. It enables institutions to achieve meaningful systemic, structural and cultural change through the internationally recognised Athena Swan accreditation and awards framework.  

Janin began her career as a nurse in Germany. However, coming from a rural, low socioeconomic background, her true passion lay in tackling economic inequality. She went on to study economics and immigrated to Australia in 2006.

Since then, Janin has worked in various education, data and policy roles. Most recently, she led the research and education branch of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA), where she was responsible for data management, analysis and benchmarking. She completed her PhD at the University of Sydney in 2019, comparing precarious employment in academic labour markets in Germany and Australia.

Having experienced firsthand the barriers facing women and diverse employees, she is more determined than ever to transform all workplaces to be diverse and inclusive. Janin believes that we have enough data and evidence to make this change. We know which behaviours and norms perpetuate inequities; what we need now is action to disrupt the status quo. Let’s build innovative and collaborative programs to create workplaces where everyone can thrive.