Theodora Elia-Adams

Board Member, Former EY Partner, Business Advisor and Tax Specialist

Theodora Elia-Adams was appointed to the Board as a new Director of BioMelbourne Network on 6 October 2020, and was elected Treasurer at the 2020 Annual General Meeting on 11 November.

Theodora Elia-Adams holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Taxation from The University of Melbourne and is a Chartered Accountant and an Associate Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is a Board Member, Former EY Partner, Business Advisor and Tax Specialist.

As a skilled Board Member and Company Secretary, Theodora has key skills in governance and quality assurance, finance and budget management, and risk identification and management. She has worked in the medtech, bioscience, construction, health, retail and banking, Saas and wealth management industries.

With 25 years of experience as a trusted business advisor and tax professional working with a broad and diverse range of enterprises from pre-revenue start-ups to some of world’s largest and best known brands, Theodora has valuable insight and experience into what makes businesses successful and the common pitfalls and traps that catch many businesses out.

Rapidly rising through the global professional services firm of Ernst and Young (EY) into the role of Partner and soon after joining the EY partner leadership team, including her appointment as EY’s Oceania Leader for virtual CFO support services and finance managed services, Theodora is a proven leader with a reputation amongst her peers as a lateral thinker, adept at problem solving, risk identification and management, and effectively engaging stakeholders.


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