What is NEXUS?

NEXUS is an international network of young philanthropists, social entrepreneurs and influencers who work to increase and improve philanthropy and social investing. This network of diverse leaders collaborate to advance the potential of next generation leadership across nations and bridge communities of wealth and social entrepreneurship.


Each year, the NEXUS Australia Summit and the supporting Salon Events are organised by a volunteer committee drawn from past participants. We're affiliated with a global network of events including NEXUS Global (held at the United Nations), and Summits in the United States, South America, Asia and Europe.


In 2018, the NEXUS Australia Youth Summit will be held in Melbourne and is a rare opportunity for a highly influential network of young wealth givers and social entrepreneurs to meet, build, learn, share and create. 


About the Summit

Over three days, the Summit will create a space where individuals of all backgrounds can build a common understanding, learn from each others perspectives, share ideas and lessons learnt in solving problems and create ways to solve new challenges facing the world today. The 2018 NEXUS Australia Summit will be a mix of keynote presentations, dynamic workshops and networking opportunities.

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Who attends NEXUS?



young people affiliated with business or family philanthropy


young social change-makers, activists, artists, public servants


entrepreneurs, impact investors, corporate partners

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2018 Team

NEXUS Australia operates with the support of founding partner and Summit host, the Foundation for Young Australians. The NEXUS Australia Summit and the supporting Salon Events are organised by a volunteer committee drawn from past participants. This is the 2018 NEXUS Australia Committee:


Rachel english, chair

Rachel English has worked on many sides of the non-profit sector, in fundraising, service delivery and granting. She now works in Philanthropy at Mutual Trust, assisting families with their giving and strategies, whilst at the same time formulating her own strategies as a trustee of the English Family Foundation which focusses on driving transformational change through partnerships with early stage social enterprises in Australia and South East Asia. Rachel is Chair of NEXUS Australia.


amanda miller

Amanda is a co-founder of Impact Generation Partners, which advises and invests in enterprises that deliver financial as well as social and/or environmental returns. Amanda is a member of the Council of Philanthropy Australia, the peak membership body for philanthropic foundations, individuals and not for profits in Australia. She is a member of the Board of the Australian Women Donors Network, which advocates for a gender lens to be applied in philanthropic giving. Amanda chairs Kids in Philanthropy, a not for profit that engages children and their families in hands-on volunteering opportunities and aims to develop empathy and a social conscience in children. She has been on the NEXUS Australia Youth Summit Organising committee since its inception in 2013.


lucinda steggles

Lucinda is passionate about philanthropy and social entrepreneurship, contributing her time and skills in various capacities. Lucinda has been a member of Philanthropy Australia’s New Generation of Giving Program since 2014, and has been a mentor in FYA’s Young Social Pioneers Program. Lucinda has been on the NEXUS Australia Youth Summit Committee since 2015 and has attended the global conferences at the United Nations in New York. Lucinda is a Business Development Manager for Global law firm Dentons. 


Dean Delia

Dean is a social entrepreneur, strategist and storyteller with a passion for connecting our global community through education and inspiring others into action. His unique approach to facilitation has connected and inspired thousands of people across four continents. A talented trainer, program developer and strategist, Dean has led national and international organisations such as Me to We, Free the Children and High Resolves and is currently GM of Community Engagement at The Foundation for Young Australians. He has founded several start ups and built relationships and partnerships across the corporate, private, and philanthropic sectors.


Nick Moraitis

Nick is Executive Director at Australian Progress, a national organisation building the capability, connections and courage of Australian civil society. At 18, Nick co-founded one of the world's first social networks, TakingITGlobal.org, and then worked with Amnesty International's International Secretariat, GetUp and Greenpeace Australia Pacific. Before founding Australian Progress, Nick was CEO of a creative and strategy consultancy, with more than eighty clients spanning charities, politics and progressive business.


Rachel Howard

Rachel is currently working as a research analyst for the Australian Trade and Investment Commission. She previously worked for Policy Cures, a not-for-profit research organisation in Sydney specialising in global health and specifically, neglected diseases. Policy Cures provides research, decision-making tools and strategic analysis to governments and philanthropic groups, such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to enable them to make optimal pharmaceutical research and development policy and funding decisions for diseases of the developing world. Rachel is a member of Philanthropy Australia's New Generation of Giving network and is passionate about bringing about positive change to improve our world.


Nicole Seils 

Nicole has worked for two decades in the public and private sectors in Health, Defence, Finance, Education, Primary Industries, Fisheries, Regional Development, Legal Practice Management, Policy Analysis and Legislative Drafting.  Most recently she was Deputy Director-General, Innovation, ACT Health leading a divisional team of 120, including Policy and Stakeholder Relations, the Systems Innovation Group and the Office of Research. Previously Nicole was Head of Government Relations, Lockheed Martin Australia & NZ, a worldwide tech innovator.


Amelia Wilson

Originally from Sydney, Australia, Amelia is a Designer specialising in Graphic and Textile Design having graduated from the College of Fine Arts, UNSW.  Amelia is currently based in New York working as a Content & Design Specialist at Advance Global Australians. Her experience to date has largely focused on textile and graphic design, content creation, event organisation and working with projects that generate social impact. Amelia is a director of the Wilson Foundation and is passionate about youth mental health, supporting children at risk and sustainable textiles. 


Nicole Freeman

Nicole Freeman is an Associate at Landerer & Company. She previously worked at Clayton Utz, where she was first a paralegal and then solicitor from 2012. Prior to this, Ms Freeman studied at both the University of Sydney and Humboldt University of Berlin. Throughout her legal career, Ms Freeman also maintained a director position in the YWCA NSW.


Jay Boolkin

Jay Boolkin is serious about positive social change and the power of social entrepreneurship to tackle some of the world’s biggest problems. Believing that for-purpose business models can become part of the mainstream, he is enthusiastic about advocating for business models that are genuinely built around a social or environmental mission. Jay was selected as a 2015 Myer Innovation Fellow, the Young Entrepreneur Finalist in the Sydney SHINE Awards, and recently as an SE100 for one of the "most inspiring Social Innovations and Social Entrepreneurs around the world". Jay blogs at Social Good Stuff and is founder at Promise or Pay and Social Change Central, Australia’s first online opportunities portal for social enterprise.


Tali Benjamin

While originally from Melbourne, Tali has been living in Sydney since 2013. Tali has recently completed a double degree in Law and Arts, majoring in Modern History. Tali’s experience ranges from law, to tech, to start ups. Most recently, she’s worked in a venture capital firm in New York, a clerkship at Arnold Bloch Leibler, and a six month internship in Google’s legal team. She is soon to start her new job as an Advisory Analyst with PMY Group. Tali is especially passionate about the bridge between the corporate world and social impact, aiming to harness the power behind large corporations in order to achieve systemic change. She is excited by the rise of social enterprises and the growing demand from employees and consumers that companies conduct business in an ethical and sustainable manner.


Our Partners

NEXUS is possible thanks to the collaboration of key corporate, philanthropic and community partners.
For more information on all of our partners click here.










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