Ros Moriarty was born in Devonport, Tasmania and moved to Canberra when she was 17 to study University. A former journalist, Ros has spent most of her professional life design business she established with her Aboriginal husband, John, in 1983. She is also co-founder and Managing Director of the not-for-profit Nangala Project. In 2012 Ros founded the Indi Kindi early literacy programme for babies to five-year-olds, to help remote-region Aboriginal families change life opportunities for their children. Ros was inducted into the Design Institute of Australia Hall of Fame in 2014 and named Australian 100 Women of Influence Awards 2015. She is also the author of several award-winning books, including her memoir, Listening to Country, and four children's books.