Captain Mona Shindy was born in Egypt in 1968 and migrated to Australia with her family at the age of three. She holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Hons) degree and a Masters of Commerce (Advanced Major in Organisation and Management Studies) degree from the University of New South Wales. She also holds a Masters of Politics and Policy from Deakin University and a Diploma in Export Management.
She joined the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in 1989 as an undergraduate Engineer. Having served in various ships during her career, the Navy has taken her around the world. She has seen active war time service and led technical teams in various operational roles. Interspersed between the sea postings, she completed many technically challenging and demanding shore positions within the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG), Fleet Command and Navy Systems Command
Captain Shindy is currently a director at the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies, at the Australian Defence College in Canberra.
She is the most senior Muslim currently serving in the Royal Australian Navy and in March 2013 was appointed the first Strategic Adviser on Islamic Cultural Affairs to the Chief of Navy. She was awarded a Conspicuous Service Cross in the 2015 Australia Day Honours list for her work in this capacity. Her career achievements as well as her considerable community service activities were recognised when she was named Runner Up for the 2015 NSW Woman of the Year Premier’s award and the 2015 Telstra Business Woman of the Year.
A member of a large culturally diverse extended family, her spare time is consumed participating in community mentoring programs, ferrying children to sporting events and attending seemingly endless gourmet feasts. She is married and has three children.