Henrietta Marrie is an Aboriginal Australian from the Yidinji tribe, directly descended from Ye-i-nie, an Aboriginal leader in the Cairns region. She is an advocate for the rights of her own Gimuy Walubarra Yidinji families, as well as for the cultural rights of indigenous peoples nationally and internationally. Currently she is also a Senior Fellow at the United Nations University Institute for Advanced Studies, Traditional Knowledge Initiative.

Henrietta took up a position in 1997 with the United Nations Secretariat for the Convention on Biological Diversity, researching and drafting documents on issues relating to traditional knowledge, access to genetic resources and benefit-sharing, protection of traditional knowledge as intellectual property, and the conservation and management of biological diversity. She was the first Aboriginal Australian to be appointed to a full-time professional position in a United Nations agency. In 2003, she accepted a position as Program Manager for North Australia with the Christensen Fund, a California-based private philanthropic body which makes grants to indigenous and local communities in a number of regions around the world. She has also written grants in support of local indigenous artists and exhibitions of their work at KickArts.

Henrietta Marrie has worked for many years as an academic with over 30 publications to her credit on issues relating to the protection of indigenous cultural heritage, intellectual property and the bushfood industry.

At CSRM Henrietta is assisting with the establishment of theĀ Indigenous Enterprise Initiative.