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Petrina Coventry

Professor, Business School, University of Adelaide

Petrina Coventry is Industry Professor and Director of Development with Adelaide University Faculty of Professions and Business school and a senior partner with Asia based private equity firm COI Capital.

Petrina has spent over twenty years working in Asia, the United States and Europe performing global leadership roles with The General Electric Company, The Coca Cola Company, Proctor and Gamble and Santos Ltd. She has worked across multiple industry sectors including energy, oil and gas, education, fast moving consumer goods and financial services.

Her work in the area of ethics and governance, transformation and change, organization design, human capital planning and policy has led to increased involvement with governments, industry associations and consulting groups across the Asian region.

Petrina is an ethicist by background and has been appointed as a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Vincent Fairfax Fellow, and a Fellow of the Australian Human Resource Institute. She is a Non-executive director of AHRI, a Non-executive director of the Australasian Association of Philosophy, and a Non-executive director of Beston Global Food Company Ltd.


  • 2015–present
    Industry Professor, Adelaide University


  • 2015 
    International Buddhist College, MA Buddhist Studies
  • 2012 
    University of Sydney, Global EMBA
  • 2011 
    University of South Australia, MBA
  • 2009 
    University of New South Wales, M.Phil. Ethics
  • 1989 
    University Techonology Sydney, B.Ed.


  • 2022
    Anxiety: A Subconscious Workplace Mental Health Challenge: Developments in Subconscious Solutions, Journal of Behavioural Scicence
  • 2017
    While the study of philosophy may seem esoteric, it has underpinned the education of some of our greatest business leaders, and provides a framework for dynamic thinking, The Advertiser
  • 2017
    Departed, dearly: Counting the cost of that final farewell, The Advertiser
  • 2016
    Six ways the ancient philosophy of Stoicism can help business entrepreneurs, The Conversation

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow of Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Fellow of Australian Human Resource Institute
  • Fellow of the Australian Health and Safety Institute
  • Vincent Fairfax Fellow