Malinda’s professional experience spans senior roles within the corporate, political, philanthropic and NGO sectors. Before joining the Doc Society team, Malinda was Executive Director of Good Pitch Australia and Shark Island Institute from 2013-2019. During her time as Executive Director of Good Pitch Australia, Malinda raised more than $AUD14 million in philanthropic grants and built over 400 strategic partnerships for 19 social impact documentaries including: That Sugar Film, The Hunting Ground, Frackman, Gayby Baby, The Opposition, and In My Blood It Runs.
Malinda’s work in Australia transformed the social impact documentary landscape, proving the case that documentary film can serve as a key strategic tool to shift consciousness, change behaviour and influence policy. Her contribution has been formally recognised in a number of awards including the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence in 2016, and the B&T Women in Media Award for Social Impact in 2019. In 2018 Malinda delivered a TEDx talk on the role that social impact documentary and campaigns can serve as a tool to strengthen democracy.
Since 2014, Malinda has worked as a mentor for pitch and impact workshops including Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program and Good Pitch programs in South East Asia, Miami, Mexico, Brasil, Kenya and Colombia, an impact consultant at IDFA Festival, and on the jury a number of festivals including Festival International du Film documentaire Océanien (FIFO), Hawaiian International Film Festival, Antenna and Environment Film Festivals.
Malinda is Executive Producer of 2040 (dir. Damon Gameau), The Final Quarter (Dir. Ian Darling), and Big Deal: Is Our Democracy for Sale? (Dir. Craig Reucassel). She also currently serves as Deputy Chair of The Caledonia Foundation, Board Director of Australian Communities Foundation, and is Trustee of The Reichstein Foundation. Malinda is an adviser to Mannifera Democracy Funders Network, served on the Screen Australia Gender Matters Taskforce (2020 – 2022), and the Editorial Advisory Board of Pro Bono Australia (2020-21).