Baringa is a Turrbal and Gubbi Gubbi woman from Queensland. As a Roberta Sykes Scholar, she completed a Master of Business Administration in Culture & Arts Management and Social Innovation at the University of Cambridge in 2018.
Baringa holds a Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Queensland, graduating in 2012. She was a recipient of the Queensland Indigenous Student Ambassador Scholarship to Canada in 2011 and the Dean's Commendation for Academic Excellence in 2011 and 2012. Baringa went on to complete a Graduate Diploma of Chartered Accounting in 2016. Prior to undertaking the MBA, she worked in various finance and strategy roles for Virgin Australia Airlines and Queensland Treasury.
After completing her MBA, Baringa joined Uber in Amsterdam as a Finance Business Partner for Community Operations across Europe, Middle East & Africa. Now back in Australia, she is leading the re-launch of her community's cultural enterprise where she is committed to ensuring the survival and continuous sharing of Turrbal traditions. Through this initiative, Baringa aspires to create employment opportunities for Aboriginal people.
Baringa Kukoyi, Cambridge MBA 2017
One of the main reasons I am undertaking an MBA is to acquire the knowledge to unleash and unlock the potential within Indigenous Australian communities. In particular, I'm hoping to start an organisation that fosters a collaborative environment in which Indigenous Australians can work together to have more self-sustaining communities.