Di Fleming

Leading through creativity and innovation.


As an Executive member of the Ducere Global Business School, Executive Director of the Ducere Foundation and Founding President of the Australia Africa Chamber of Commerce, Di Fleming has been working across Africa for over ten years building education programs and developing commercial relationships.

The Ducere Foundation Ltd is operating in 24 African countries focussed in increasing literacy through the development of the African Children’s Stories Program. The Foundation aims to publish stories from all 55 African countries by 2024 with 53 collections currently published, including over 700 student authors from over 20 countries.

Current work

Di is a Member of the Advisory Group on Australia Africa Relations, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australian Government and Honorary Consul for the Republic of Mauritius in Victoria.

Awards: As the former Principal of Kilvington Girls Grammar (one of the first digital schools in Australia) Di was the first educator to become Telstra Businesswoman of the Year (Vic) and national AusIndustry winner. This award was for leadership in digital schooling, integration of industry partnerships including industry standard robotics for girls.

Previous experience

Di is the founder and former CEO of Digital Harbour a major greenfield technology development at the Melbourne Docklands and founding CEO of Lab 3000-the Centre for Excellence in Digital Design (CEDD) at RMIT University and a former associate professor in education and digital design at the Universities of Melbourne and RMIT respectively.

In 2001 Di Fleming was featured in the Federation Celebration Exhibition Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives a chronology of significant woman across the previous one hundred years.

Di began her career as an educator and a director of Fleming Flight Services, a most successful small business, enhanced by government investment, which she and her late husband were recipients. As young entrepreneurs they were acknowledged for design and innovation in new flight technologies.


Talking Points
Leadership and Entrepreneurship
21st Century Education: Wonder in learning
Africa on the Move!
The Business of Design and the Design of Business
Generating Genius: Creating cultures of creativity