Harold Mitchell AC

Former Chair 2014 - 2024

The Australia-Indonesia Centre

Harold Mitchell AC 1942 – 2024

He was the founder of Mitchell & Partners and former Executive Chairman of Aegis Media Pacific. Mitchell & Partners, the company he founded in 1976, is the largest media and communications group in Australia, with a growing presence in New Zealand and across the Asia-Pacific region.

In December 2000, he launched the Harold Mitchell Foundation to promote health and the arts in the community. The organisation has since provided over $6 million in grant funding to over 100 different organisations.

Harold has been Chairman of CARE Australia, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Television Sydney, University of Western Sydney’s television service for Greater Sydney, Florey institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, and Art Exhibitions Australia. He was the Vice President of Tennis Australia and Director of Crown Limited and New York Philharmonic. In previous years, he was Chairman of the National Gallery Australia, President of the Melbourne International Festival of Arts, President of the Museums Board of Victoria and a board member of the Opera Australia Council.

In 2010, Harold was appointed Companion of the Order of Australia for eminent service to the community through leadership and philanthropic endeavours in the fields of art, health and education and as a supporter of humanitarian aid in Timor-Leste and Indigenous communities. He died in February 2024 at the age of 81.