Hannah Wandel

Hannah Wandel leaning against timber structure smiling at camera

Hannah Wandel is a social entrepreneur, gender equality advocate, public speaker and the Founder and CEO of Country to Canberra.

Passionate about country communities and youth, she is committed to ensuring all young women across rural Australia are empowered to take on leadership roles and realise their full potential.

Hannah’s vision and motivation stems from her upbringing in South Australia. Having recognised that distance, time, gender inequalities and funding barriers often isolate rural students from education and career opportunities, Hannah was inspired to build an organisation that creates more opportunities to empower young rural women.

Under Hannah’s leadership, Country to Canberra is successfully delivering education and career opportunities to young women across rural Australia including a nationwide leadership competition, a blogger team, leadership workshops, and a Power Trip initiative that connects young women with high-profile politicians and executives to combat gender and geographical barriers to success.

She has presented at multiple conferences and has become a media spokesperson for young rural women.


  • Board directorship/governance
  • Leadership & management
  • Public speaking
  • Youth engagement & education


  • Government/Public Service
  • Rural industries
  • Not-for-Profit
  • Women’s leadership


  • Founder/CEO: Country to Canberra
  • Board Director: National Rural  Women’s Coalition
  • Board Director: YWCA Canberra
  • Winner: National Emerging Leader, 2017 Australian Leadership Excellence Awards
  • Winner: 2017 Institute of Managers  & Leaders ACT Emerging Leader
  • 100 Women of Influence, 2015  The Australian Financial Review
  • Finalist: ACT Young Woman of  the Year, 2015


M 0418 135 989
E hannah@countrytocanberra.com.au
W countrytocanberra.com.au