Summit 2018

 

Program Design

The Summit is designed to allow delegates to connect the financial, intellectual, creative, and social capital of their generation in an action-oriented and solutions-focused safe space. It is a rare opportunity for this highly influential network of young philanthropists and social entrepreneurs to meet, buildlearnshare and create.

 

BUILD

It is at NEXUS that we aim to build a community and space for all to feel safe, inspired, connected and activated. By bringing together young philanthropists, impact investors and social entrepreneurs, we have a rare opportunity to have a highly influential network discuss the challenges facing the world today and collaborate in finding solutions to them. 


LEARN

Go on a learning journey. Everyone has something to learn and something to teach. The Summit will be an incredible opportunity to learn from each other’s perspectives and from the diversity in networks, communities and individuals who are attending the event. 


share

Over the 3 days of the 2018 Summit, delegates will have the opportunity to share new ideas and lessons they have learnt. Our mission is to connect and inspire exceptional social innovators and the next generation of young philanthropists.


CREATe

The Summit is a time to create ways to solve new challenges. It is a time to embrace synchronicity as the unexpected moments are often the most meaningful. Take time to create new relationships. We don't want the conversation to end after the Summit. Allow the creation and collaboration to continue.


Our Speakers

NEXUS Australia will bring together leading Australian philanthropists, change-makers, entrepreneurs and artists. Our full speaker roster will be announced closer to the Summit.

 
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SARA El-AMINE

Sara El-Amine is Director of Advocacy at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, one of the world’s most ambitious new philanthropies. She was a key leader within the Obama campaign, and Executive Director of the President's ‘Organising for America’ movement. She has a degree in diplomacy and world affairs from Occidental College.

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YAEL STONE

Yael Stone is an Australian actor known for her work in Deep Water, High Maintenance, Picnic at Hanging Rock and as Lorna Morello from Orange is the New Black. Her six seasons on OITNB lead to a deeper involvement with criminal justice reform. She Sits on the board of Liberation Prison Yoga which advocates for healing justice for all incarcerated people by bringing Yoga and Meditation into jails and prisons. Yael actively teaches for the organisation as a certified yoga teacher in the women’s prison on Rikers Island in NYC. A proud member of The Resistance Rivival Chorus, a wing of the Women’s March organisation, Yael joyfully counts herself as an intersectional feminist.

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PROFESSOR MUHAMMAD YUNUS

Professor Muhammad Yunus, the pioneer of modern microfinance and social business, started Grameen Bank in Bangladesh in 1983.  Grameen Bank uses micro finance to empower very poor people to escape from poverty by building their own businesses. Professor Yunus has been the thought leader globally in advocating the use of social business to solve entrenched social problems. He is one of only seven individuals in history to have received the Nobel Peace Prize, the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom and the United States Congressional Gold Medal. Other notable awards conferred upon him include the Ramon Magsaysay Award (1984), World Food Prize (1998), The Prince of Asturias Award for Concord (1998), Sydney Peace Prize (1998) and the Seoul Peace Prize (2006). Professor Yunus featured on Fortune Magazine's list of ‘The 12 Greatest Entrepreneurs of Our Time’ in March 2012. He has been an advocate of sustainable solutions to poverty for many years at the World Economic Forum and other international policy platforms. 

 

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ANNA ROSE

Anna Rose is an Australian author and environmentalist who is currently an Innovation Fellow for The Myer Foundation. She is the Australian Geographic Society’s Conservationist of the Year 2015. Previously, she was the National Manager for Earth Hour with WWF-Australia. Earlier, Anna co-founded the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, authored the book Madlands: A Journey to Change the Mind of a Climate Sceptic (MUP, 2012) and co-starred in the ABC documentary ‘I Can Change Your Mind on Climate Change'.

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GRACE FORREST

Grace is a founding director of the Walk Free Foundation, director of the Minderoo Foundation and recently joined the board of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue. Grace has spent extensive time working in South East Asia and the Middle East, using photography and storytelling to share the stories of survivors of modern slavery, with a current focus on refugee communities. She regularly represents the Walk Free Foundation at international forums, including recent events at the Vatican and United Nations.

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CAITRIONA FAY

Caitriona Fay is National Manager – Philanthropy and Non-Profit Services at Perpetual's $2.5b funds under management philanthropy business. Prior to joining Perpetual, Caitriona led townscape regeneration funding programs in the UK and more recently The Ian Potter Foundation’s granting team. 

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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 and a Board member of the Australian Women Donors Network. 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 Summit organising committee since its inception in 2013.

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RENEE CARR

Renee is a campaigner and strategist dedicated to growing movements for positive change. She is the Founding Executive Director of Fair Agenda - a community of 35,000 Australians campaigning for fairness and equality for women. Previously she chaired the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, co-directed the 2011 Live Below the Line campaign, and was a senior member of The End of Polio campaign team.

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DHAKSHY SOORIYAKUMARAN

Dhakshy is the Director of FYA's new social enterprise YLab. YLab's vision is to ‘build the ecosystem for young people fixing the world and those working alongside them’. She has previously worked with Netbalance, Small Giants, and the United Nations on projects spanning sustainability, social impact measurement, and climate risk.

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CATHY SCALZO

In her capacity as CEO of the Scalzo Family Office and as Trustee of the Grace and Emilio Foundation, Cathy is working with her family to align their investments with their values and has guided the development of the family's impact investment portfolio. She also serves as a board member of a social enterprise, the Social Studio and of Kids in Philanthropy, a not for profit which fosters a culture of social change making, volunteerism and giving in kids. Cathy is General Counsel of Scalzo Foods, one of Australia’s largest privately owned food businesses, and previously worked as a diplomat for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. 

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ROB MCLEAN

Rob chairs The Nature Conservancy Australia board and is a Council Member of Philanthropy Australia. Rob was the Managing Director of McKinsey and Co, Inc for Australia and New Zealand in a 25 year career with the Firm. Rob and his wife Paula are trustees of the McLean Foundation.

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NKOSANA MAFICO

Nkosana Mafico is the founder and chief of the Council for Young Africans Living Abroad (CYALA), a leading development organisation for young Africans aged 18 to 28.  To date, CYALA has hosted  workshops in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. Nkosana, who moved to Australia from Zimbabwe when he was 10, is also a World Economic Forum Global Shaper.
 

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JESSIE SUMMONS

Jessie is a co-founder and CEO of Nightingale Housing. Jessie jumped into the start-up social enterprise space after working across Creative Victoria, as a Senior Policy and Strategy Adviser and within the Strategic Infrastructure Project team. She's passionate about the opportunity for the emerging democratisation of the financing sector to positively influence the development of urban environments. While working in government, Jessie completed an MBA with Distinction. Jessie has recently spoken and chaired panels at Purpose conference SYD, Remix Conference QLD, Fifth Estate’s Hacking Housing Event SYD.

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PATRYCJA SLAWUTA

Patrycja Slawuta, MA, PhD(c) Psych, is a New York based behavioural scientist. After spending 10+ years in academia, Patrycja founded SelfHackathon, a boutique consultancy that uses cutting edge scientific research for business innovation. As an expert on the complexity, nonlinearity and messiness of the human nature, Patrycja lectures globally and works with some of the most exciting and disruptive startups and organizations in the world. In her free time she runs marathons, reads scientific articles and meditates. In that particular order.

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MATTHEW BOYD

Matthew is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Vollie  an online marketplace that is unlocking a new style of skills-based remote volunteering. Vollie connects non-profit needs with the skills and experience of modern day professionals. Matthew has 10+ years marketing and business development experience which spans across start-ups, ad agencies and corporate land. Vollie was inspired by Matthew’s extensive volunteering experience and love of working with NFP’s. 

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RACHEL ENGLISH

Rachel English works in Philanthropy at Mutual Trust, assisting families with their giving. She is also 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.

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ROB IRVING

Rob is passionately involved with corporate and non-profit organisations as executive and pitch coach, brand consultant and workshop facilitator. He is the lead pitch coach at The Funding Network, a not-for-profit organisation building the capacity and brands of grassroots non-profits via live crowdfunding events. Rob's aim is to inspire people to be their best - igniting talent and possibility. He is the founder of the Impact Investment Summit Asia Pacific, an ambassador and former Chair of SchoolAid and formerly CEO of J Walter Thompson, global advertising agency. 

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SIMON GRIFFITHS

Simon is the Co-Founder and CEO of Who Gives A Crap, a profit-for-purpose toilet paper company that uses 50% of its profits to build toilets in the developing world. He was also a co-founder of Shebeen, Australia's first non-profit bar, which was located in Melbourne's CBD. In 2011, Simon was recognised by The Age's Melbourne Magazine as one of Melbourne's Top 100 Most Influential People, and in 2013 he was shortlisted for Young Australian of the Year. He is an outstanding entrepreneur and philanthropist who has built two social enterprises, generating donations of more than $1,000,000.

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LUCY DOYLE

A passionate and knowledgeable corporate responsibility leader, Lucy manages NAB's primary philanthropic vehicle, the NAB Foundation, a private charitable trust. The vision is to affect social change by funding social innovation. We look to support the big ideas in the for-purpose sector – those ideas that have the potential to be truly impactful, scalable and provide sustainable solutions to complex societal issues. With over 15 years’ working in CSR / sustainability and corporate affairs teams in leading organisations, Lucy has a varied tool-box of skills and knowledge in the areas of strategy development, program and partnerships management, philanthropy and corporate giving, sustainability reporting, issues management and stakeholder engagement and governance. Lucy also has not-for-profit experience having held two board directorship positions in the arts and human rights fields. Lucy believes strongly in the power of business as a force for good in the world and has a real passion and energy to harness this might to foster, support and drive social change.

 

 

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CYAN TA'EED

Cyan Ta'eed is the Founder of Hey Tiger and the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Envato. Cyan began her career as a graphic designer and in 2006 founded Envato out of her parent's garage. Envato is a creative eco-system, encompassing the largest digital marketplace in the world. Its 7 million members buy and sell digital stock and services, and Envato has delivered over $500 million dollars of earnings to their community of creatives so far. In 2017, Cyan founded Hey Tiger, a speciality chocolate company based in Melbourne. Each chocolate bar is handmade from quality and ethically sourced ingredients combining surprising and delicious flavours. A passionate social enterprise, Hey Tiger benefits cocoa farming communities in West Africa, where 60% of the world’s cocoa is grown. Cyan is also the founder of New Day Box, an initiative that mobilises the community to make boxes of skincare and cosmetics for women in domestic violence crisis accommodation. Last year New Day Box distributed over 2,000 boxes to women around Victoria. Cyan was 2015 Telstra Victorian Business Woman of the Year, Australian Financial Review’s 2016 100 Women of Influence Enterprise Winner, and InStyle Magazine’s 2017 Woman of Style, Business Enterprise Category.

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RADEK SALI

Radek is the former CEO of Swisse Wellness and a brand visionary who revolutionised the vitamin and supplements product category making it aspirational. Radek pioneered the use of brand ambassadors to promote health and happiness as a way of life and ultimately led Swisse Wellness to become Australia’s largest global wellness company. He is now the Chairman of Light Warrior, having founded the group with Adam Gregory in early 2016. In addition to his role as Chairman of Light Warrior, Radek is a Board Member for not-for-profit, National Institute of Integrative Medicine, a Campaign Cabinet member for La Trobe University, a Chairman of Made Establishment and a board member of Igniting Change, MyDNA, Hydralyte, Udify, Stratosphere, B Team,  Hawthorn Football Club and Made by Cow. Radek was awarded GQ business person of the year 2012, La Trobe honorary Alumni 2016 and was Melbourne Universities CEO in residence 2017.

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NIC BROWN

Graduating from Southern Cross University in 2011, Nic has a passion for using sport, adventure, and fun as a mode for engaging positive change in young people. Opportunities to work alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Far North NSW, using sport to advocate for health and providing recreational support to asylum seekers in Nauru’s Offshore Processing Centre’s are experiences Nic is grateful for. Previously batyr’s School Program Manager, then National Program Manager, Nic is now batyr’s General Manager and he is excited to work across all batyr teams and continue to help drive positive change around mental health across Australia.

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JONO PEATFIELD

Jono studied Commerce/Psychology at the Australian National University and previously worked in the commercial sector in National Account/Relationship Management roles. As Partnerships Manager at batyr Jono fosters long term relationships with universities, the corporate sector, Philanthropic foundations as well as community groups. Jono aims to create sustainable partnerships to ensure batyr can hit it's 2022 strategic targets so that we can change the way a generation of young people view mental health.

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JESSE MARKS

Jesse is Animals Australia's Director of Farmed Animal Advocacy. With more than a decade in advocacy, he's worked on campaigns to end live animal export, expose live baiting in greyhound racing, and has helped secure commitments from major corporations, like McDonald's and ALDI, to phase out their use of cage eggs. The primary focus of his work now is on effective and efficient interventions to reduce suffering and spare animals from factory farms. This work spans digital campaigning, behaviour change, community organising, food innovation, social entrepreneurship, and effective altruism.

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HUNTER JOHNSON

Hunter  is CEO of The Man Cave, a preventative mental health and emotional intelligence organisation for boys and young men. Hunter has a diverse background in emotional intelligence, youth leadership and social entrepreneurship having facilitated programs with over 15,000 young people across Australia with organisations such as HeadQuarters Australia, FYA, Kids in Philanthropy (KIP) and YMCA Victoria. Hunter is a winner of the 2017 Emerging Leader of the Year Award by Third Sector Australia, Finalist for the 2017 Leadership Category of the Victorian Young Achievers Award and a 2018 Queens Young Leader. 

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JAN OWEN

Jan is a highly regarded social entrepreneur, innovator, influencer and author who has spent the past 25 years growing Australia's youth, social enterprise and innovation sectors. In 2012 she was named Australia's inaugural Australian Financial Review and Westpac Woman of Influence; in 2014 she received the Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) from the University of Sydney; and was awarded membership to the Order of Australia in 2000. She is the author of Every Childhood Lasts a Lifetime (1996) and The Future Chasers (2014). Jan is the CEO of the Foundation for Young Australians and YLab, the global youth futures lab. Her lifelong mission is to unleash the potential of young people to lead positive change in the world. 

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ALLY WATSON

The Age named Ally Watson one of Australia’s nine most influential female entrepreneurs of 2017. After spending seven years working as a .NET developer across the UK and Australia her unique and refreshing insights into the life of a female in a male-dominated industry led her to co-found the highly acclaimed ‘Code Like a Girl’ in 2015. Code Like a Girl is an Australian organisation set out to inspire a new generation of girls to acquire coding as a skill through workshops and events. Ally and her team's efforts in addressing the gender gap in tech have been commended numerously; receiving a Gold Disruptor award at 2016’s Australian Computer Society Awards, 2016’s B&T Women in Media Award for Technology and taking home an Education merit award at the City of Melbourne's 2017 & 2016 #TechDiversity Awards.

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ALLAN ENGLISH

Allan is the Founder and Non-Executive Chairman of ASX-listed, and B-Corp accredited, Silver Chef Limited. Founded in 1986, Silver Chef’s core business is equipment funding for small to medium sized businesses across a range of sectors operating in 3 countries and employing 450 staff.  In 2010, he created the English Family Foundation to support local and overseas social entrepreneurs tackling some of the more challenging issues facing our society. Allan currently serves as a Council Member of Philanthropy Australia and on the Advisory Board of QUT's The Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies. He is a former recipient of the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.  In 2012, Allan was recognised by Queensland Community Foundation as Philanthropist of the Year and in 2014, he received Philanthropy Australia’s inaugural Philanthropy Leader Award. In 2017, Allan was included in the Australian Financial Reviews list of 21 True Leaders who are changing Australia for the better.

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STEFANI ADAMS

Stefani works at the heart of corporate and startup collaboration within Australia Post.As an Innovation Partner at Australia Post she leads investment, incubation and partnerships with Australian startups - exploring problems impacting 21st century communities with a focus on the future of work and entrepreneurial capability. Always looking for creative ways to support entrepreneurs, especially rural and regional and female-founded startups, Stefani does her best work bringing people together around an idea; creating something real with genuine impact. Stefani has worked as a senior corporate affairs, partnerships and communications professional with some of Australia’s most respected public and private sector organisations and leading global brands. With a proven track record leading brand and culture transformation programs and managing complex communication issues with multiple stakeholders, Stefani is an optimistic, strategic, resilient and persuasive people-person.

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SAM MCLEAN

Sam manages Policy and Business Development for Tesla in Australia and New Zealand. He was previously the National Director of campaigning group GetUp, and an advisor to Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten. 

 

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ANDREW WILSON

Andrew is Managing Director of Wolf Capital Pty Ltd, a private investment company and single family office set up in 2011 and a director of the family’s foundation, The Wolf Foundation. Andrew has over 15 years of business experience with leading national and multi-national companies; both domestic and international appointments and sits on the board of various private businesses. Andrew and his family are active impact investors with a range of investments spanning all asset classes and firmly believe that their investments can and should achieve both profit and purpose. Andrew holds a BBA (RMIT), is a Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA/CGMA) and a Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors.

KATHERINE LEONG

Katherine is part of the product and channel development team at NAB where she creates business opportunities that address social and environmental issues.  Over the past three years she has been responsible for strategy development and coordination of initiatives within NAB to support the growth of the Australian Impact Investment market and eco-system.  One of the key activities has been establishing the Impact Investment Ready: Growth grant and Discovery grant which provides capacity building grants to for-purpose organisations.

LEONARD VARY

Leonard is the CEO of The Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund. The Foundation and Fund, which are among the oldest, largest and most respected philanthropic foundations in Australia, continue the philanthropic legacy of Sidney Myer and the succeeding generations of the Myer family. Leonard has served as a Director of the Malthouse Theatre, Chairman of the Centre for Contemporary Photography and Vice President of the Melbourne International Arts Festival and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Prior to his appointment to The Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund, Leonard was an Executive Director of the Fox Private Group and the General Counsel and a Director of the Linfox Group. Earlier in his career Leonard was in private practice at Clayton Utz, a leading Australian law firm. Leonard holds Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Laws degrees from the University of Melbourne.  Leonard also holds a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment, and has undertaken the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

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DIANA MAO

Diana Mao co-founded Nomi Network after a rewarding career in economic development and management consulting. Since its inception, Diana has played an instrumental role in making Nomi Network the catalytic international organization it is today. She is responsible for the strategic direction of the organization since its founding and building Nomi Network’s Board and strategic partnerships with large corporations, funders, and investors. A 2015 Presidential Leadership Scholar and New York Academy of Medicine Fellow, Mao earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Master of Arts in Public Administration with a specialization in International Management from New York University. She received the Pioneer Award from Asian Americans for Equality for her impactful work in conceiving and building Nomi Network to the powerful force it is today in the anti-human trafficking movement.

ALAN SCHWARTZ

Alan is a successful entrepreneur and investor across industries as diverse as publishing, manufacturing, professional services, finance and software. His involvement in the not-for-profit sector includes Volunteering Victoria, Jewish Care and Philanthropy Australia. Currently, Alan is the Managing Director of Trawalla Group. He is co-founder and director of the property investment bank Qualitas Property Partners and of Armitage Associates, a growth equity investment fund. Over the years Alan has enjoyed the complex satisfaction of contributing to the not-for profit sector. He contributed to the creation of Jewish Care, a merger of Jewish Community Services and Montefiore Homes, and was appointed its inaugural President. Alan is currently the President of Philanthropy Australia and a council member of Swinburne University.

MALINDA WINK

Malinda Wink is Executive Director of Good Pitch Australia and Shark Island Institute. Malinda’s professional experience spans senior roles within the corporate, political, philanthropic and NGO sectors. Malinda has been the recipient of a number of scholarships including the Jeanne Sauvé Fellowship at McGill University (2006-2007), and most recently, the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship from the European Commission (2010-2012). She has served as a mentor for pitch and impact workshops including Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program, GP South East Asia, GP Miami, GP Colombia, Dokumenter Yogyakarta, an impact consultant at the International Documentary Film Festival, Amsterdam (IDFA), on the jury of Antenna and Environment Film Festivals, and a number of advisory boards including the Social Enterprise World Forum and AIDC. In 2016 Malinda was recognised as one of the Australian Financial Review / Westpac 100 Women of Influence. Malinda is Deputy Chair of The Caledonia Foundation, a Board Member for Centre for Australian Progress and The Reichstein Foundation. 

 

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RONA GLYNN-MCDONALD

Rona works with high impact organisations to propel social change. She has a background in economics and a passion for disruptive ideas. Rona is a proud Kaytetye woman and the founder of Common Ground, an online space that shares Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, history and lived experiences. Rona aims to help create an Australia that embraces and celebrates its first peoples. 

EDWARD VONG

Edward is a Juris Doctor student at the University of Melbourne and currently works for the Foundation for Young Australians in their Legal team. He has previously held roles in UN Youth Australia as a senior facilitator, Chief Communications Officer and has worked with other youth-led organisations on organisational capacity building and strategy. Edward has worked as a consultant and board member to various charities and worked at the United Nations on governance, economics and policy projects. Edward is a Google Fellow and has written research on the use of Blockchain for non-financial purposes. In April, he will be speaking at one of their accelerator programs about how we can use emerging technologies, in particular blockchain, for social good.

BRYCE TAYLOR

Bryce is a young social entrepreneur, writer/speaker, and founder of TTC Australia. TTC Australia is a consultancy/project development organisation tailored to meet the needs, and concerns of grassroots community members. Passionate for Indigenous excellence, Bryce aims to empower through self determination, specifically our youth. "I don't want to be another voice 'on behalf' of our young people I want to be the guidance behind that scenes that allows them to use their own voice on the same platforms as anyone else." 

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LOUISE MERCER

Louise Mercer is the Director of Innovation for Everledger, a global enterprise that tracks the provenance of high-value assets on a digital global ledger in an authenticated immutable manner. She also looks after operations in the region. Louise is a creative and forward-thinking strategic leader with a talent for breaking and reconceiving of business models. Trained in translating disruption and strategic risks into opportunities for innovation, she has held senior roles with Australia’s largest general insurers Suncorp and IAG, designing, facilitating and delivering the strategy for strategic renewal of existing business models. Louise is a pattern finder, lateral thinker, relationship builder, facilitator and explorer of the interactions between technology, society and business. Louise has a Masters in Business Administration (Entrepreneurship and Finance) and honours in B. Commerce (Arts and Science). She has held Directorship and strategic advisor roles with multiple not-for-profits and social enterprises, including as Deputy Chair of the Oaktree Foundation and in her own business ventures.

KAT DUNN

Kat Dunn is the CEO Australia and Group Deputy CEO of Grameen Australia, which is part of the Grameen family of organisations worldwide founded by Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus. Grameen Australia envisages an inclusive economy in which all humans lead dignified, meaningful lives and is eliminating poverty through social business. Kat started her career as a lawyer at Clayton Utz, was on the senior leadership team and Diversity Council at Perpetual Limited and most recently served as COO of tech media company, Ideapod. She is the creator of F-OFF: Fear of Failure Forum, and publically advocates the need to overcome our national fear of failure in order to innovate. She is on the expert panel of new media disruptor Cockatoo Co.Lab, which showcases innovation & entrepreneurship from rural Australia. Kat is passionate about empowering humans rich or poor to grow their potential.

 

JIRRA LULLA HARVEY

Jirra Lulla Harvey is a brand and communications strategist who
promotes Indigenous knowledge and entrepreneurship. She founded
Kalinya Communications to shift the narrative away from negative news
of violence and addiction, and promote Indigenous knowledge through
stories of connection and beauty.  In Jirra’s language, Yorta Yorta,
Kalinya means good, beautiful and honest. These are her guiding
business principles.  Through Kalinya Communications she collaborates
with entrepreneurs from across Australia, develops marketing
strategies for Aboriginal organisations, and assists companies deliver
impactful Reconciliation Action Plans. She was the inaugural
Indigenous arts leadership fellow at the National Gallery of
Australia, and is industry fellow of Indigenous enterprise and
innovation at RMIT University. She travels often, considers adventure
to be her hobby and is always inspired by small business owners who
create unique lives. Jirra is the MC for the NEXUS Australia Summit.

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BEN SCHOKMAN

Ben Schokman is a human rights advocate and consultant who is passionate about social justice and achieving systemic change through collaboration. In 2014, he was awarded a Myer Innovation Fellowship to examine opportunities that justice reinvestment initiatives overseas present to tackle the over-imprisonment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Ben is a founder of Schokman Consulting Group, and previously worked at the Human Rights Law Centre.

KIERAN NOLAN

Kieran Nolan is a qualified Network Engineer, certified Cloud Migration Architect, and Educational Technologist, with certifications from Google, Microsoft and Cisco and a Degree in Network Engineering. He has 10+ years of experience working in schools from K-12 schools.

Under Kieran’s leadership, Wooranna Park Primary School (WPPS) has established itself as an exemplar in introducing the digital world to students. The school has led the way in establishing a ‘24/7 International Virtual Learning Environment’ in Minecraft, Victoria’s first CoderDojo, Australia’s first Immersive Education Club (iED Club), the World’s youngest Cisco class., and the very first ‘School on the Blockchain’

 

TOM MCGANN

Tom McGann is an Educational Technologist with a passion for exploring new technologies with students. Tom teaches programming classes at Wooranna Park Primary School using Minecraft mods to teach coding as well as a weekly Cisco class where he teaches computer networking and network infrastructure. In 2017, Tom participated in the Young Social Pioneers program run by the Foundation for Young Australians through his work in bringing blockchain technologies to the education space.

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GEOFF WILSON

Geoff Wilson is the Founder and Chairman of Wilson Asset Management, Founder and Director of Future Generation Investment Company & Future Generation Global Investment Company. Geoff Wilson has over 37 years’ direct experience in investment markets having held a variety of senior investment roles in Australia, the UK and the US. Geoff founded Wilson Asset Management in 1997. Geoff created Australia’s first listed philanthropic wealth creation vehicles, Future Generation Investment Company and Future Generation Global Investment Company. Geoff is Chairman of WAM Capital, WAM Leaders, WAM Research, WAM Active and WAM Microcap. Geoff holds a number of additional directorships with investment companies and non-profit organisations.

LOUISE WALSH

Louise Walsh is the Chief Executive Officer of the Future Generation companies and works with Wilson Asset Management on its philanthropic initiatives. Louise is a senior executive with a strong mix of experience in the not-for-profit, government and private sectors. A former solicitor at Allens, she has spent most of her career in sport, arts and philanthropy. Louise was previously the CEO of Philanthropy Australia, the peak body for philanthropy in Australia. Louise is a board member of St Vincent’s Curran Foundation and the City Recital Hall in Sydney.

SARAH CARTER

Sarah traverses the federal and local government spheres as a Manager for highly respected aid organisation Save the Children Australia, as well as Deputy Mayor in a busy Melbourne local council. She has served as a non-executive director and board member of development and tourism bodies focussed on western Melbourne and worked as a government relations and communications consultant. Sarah has been a Maribyrnong Councillor since 2008 and has served on several committees and advisory councils. She was appointed the Council’s first Gender Equity Ambassador in 2013; Chaired the Council’s Disability Advisory Committee and the Council’s Youth Leadership and Advisory Council; and served as Mayor 2010-11. Sarah holds a Bachelor Communication from Victoria University and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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DAMIAN HAJDA

Damian Hajda is the co-founder of Socialsuite, and has over 10 years experience in the technology and finance industries. Damian is also a social impact measurement specialist and is passionate about introducing innovative technologies into the space. Damian's current interests include how new technology may be applied in social impact measurement specifically around blockchain based smart contracts that release funding based on verified social impact.

ALISON GREEN

Social Entrepreneur, Alison Green, is the visionary and the force behind Pantera Press, an Australian book publishing company that promotes Australian writing culture by investing in both the next generation of readers and writers'. Ali is the CEO and founding director of Pantera Press, a director of the Pantera Press Foundation and is also a director of the New South Wales Writers’ Centre. She sits on the Australian Publishers Association Trade Committee, the Australian Publishers Association’s Independent Publishers Committee and in 2017 was named one of the Westpac/Australian Financial Review's 100 Women of Influence.

JOHN M. GREEN

John is a company director, writer and publisher. Currently, he’s Deputy Chair of QBE Insurance Group. a non-executive director of Challenger Financial, the Cyber Security Research Centre and the Centre for Independent Studies. Previously he had 30 years’ experience as an investment banker and, earlier, a lawyer. He is a best-selling author, having written four thrillers and working on his fifth, as well as a business book. He also writes on business, eg for Company Director magazine. He is also a co-founder of independent book publisher Pantera Press.

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ELLIOT ANDERSON

Elliot joined National Australia Bank (NAB)  as a graduate in 2008 and has been working in the bank’s Corporate Responsibility team for more than 8 years. Elliot is currently the Head of Financial Inclusion and Indigenous Affairs at NAB and leads the team responsible for supporting and delivering the banks Microfinance programs, research and impact measurement in financial resilience and Indigenous Inclusion initiatives with a range of community and government partners. He has played an instrumental role in the development of Good Money and Speckle in partnership with Good Shepherd Microfinance. Elliot has also spent time working for the United Nations Development Programme as part of the Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme supporting financial capability initiatives, a microinsurance pilot and work to build the capability of the central banks in risk based oversight. Elliot is also on the board of the St Kilda Legal Service, a not-for-profit focussed on supporting groups that are disadvantaged in their access to justice.

CORINNE PROSKE

Corinne joined Good Shepherd Microfinance two years ago as General Manager Online and Retail and is responsible for delivering good money retail microfinance to financially vulnerable consumers as well as Speckle an innovative fintech solution that is looking at making small amount lending more affordable for young working people. Prior to joining, Corinne worked for NAB for 13 years in business banking and social responsibility.  As part of her responsibilities Corinne was responsible for NAB’s $130 million financial inclusion programs. Whilst at NAB Corinne also led a team of commercial bankers who specialised in government, education and community businesses.  As part of this she was involved in leading commitment to impact investment and impact measurement. Corinne is the Chairperson of The Difference Incubator who helps social enterprises become investment ready and a Director of the Melbourne Catholic Development Fund and Community Fund

CLAIRE AINSWORTH HERSCHELL

Clare Ainsworth Herschell has 10 years of experience in Development and Philanthropy, working with a broad range of NFPs, Boards and Advisory Councils. Clare is currently Next Generation Development Manager at the Art Gallery of NSW, while also lending her skills to various organisations in the environmental space. Clare and her husband Tommy are AEGN members and focussing their own philanthropic efforts on the environment. Clare is also a founding member of Philanthropy Australia’s New Generation of Giving. Clare has tertiary qualifications in Music, Visual Communications, History of Art and is mother to Betty and Alfie.