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Kirra

Kirra Pendergast 

Kirra Pendergast is the Founder of both Safe on Social and The Online Safety Agency.

 

Kirra's journey from the early days of the internet to the current era of AI has made her a leading consultant, speaker, and educator in online safety education. At the helm of Safe on Social, she has steered the organization to become the top independent provider of online safety education, emphasizing empowerment and awareness.

With a pioneering role in technology since 1991, Kirra's experience in IT, Business Consulting, and Cybersecurity has given her unparalleled insight into the dynamics of human-technology interactions, establishing her as a leading authority in cyber safety education. Kirra is a sought-after public speaker and international media commentator on online safety, cyberbullying, and the responsible, safe and ethical management of AI use in education.

Kirra's background in technology and cybersecurity is wide-ranging. She was instrumental in the QLD Government Identity and Access Management projects, the development of Counter-Terrorism Strategies post 9/11 and was a key member of committees that helped forge the early cybersecurity industry in Australia and New Zealand in the late '90s including the QLD eSecurity Industry Cluster Board under Hon. Premier Peter Beattie and Minister for the Innovation Economy Hon. Paul Lucas. She has presented to Australian Federal Government Parliamentary Inquiries and has provided strategic advice to government Premiers, Ministers and Executive Directors and consulted to organisations, from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses with less than 5 employees.

Renowned for her straightforward, non-sensationalist approach, Kirra is praised for integrating her journey with a compassionate and pragmatic methodology. She empowers individuals to navigate technology with confidence and awareness, advocating for a mindful consumption of technology that enhances rather than dominates their lives.

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