Global Shifts - Speakers
RMIT Social Enterprise Group has invited change-makers, thought-leaders, policy-makers, social entrepreneurs, theorists, commentators, the passionate and the informed from all around the world to come together in Melbourne to discuss, debate, share and explore the many issues facing the world today. Our speakers will share their solutions, strategies, toolkits, ideas, arguments and their stories.
Social Innovation Strategist, The Australian Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR)
Rosemary is a pioneering leader with over 20 years’ track record providing strategic insight and brokering innovative solutions and collaborations which are practical, outcomes focussed and create long term positive change. Rosemary's current role as Social Innovation Strategist for the Australian Department of Education Employment & Workplace Relations focuses on building the market for social impact investment, productive cross-sector collaboration and innovations in how government works.
Rosemary led the work to establish the Social Enterprise Development and Investment Funds (SEDIF), the first social investment funds of their kind in Australia with a total capital of over $40 million. Three SEDIF fund managers have been selected to offer social enterprises finance and support to increase the impact of their work in the community.
Other flagship projects include collaborative research on place based impact investment in Australia and developing a new approach to incubation within government, the first outcome of which is Children’s Ground, working with children and families experiencing the greatest disadvantage to create very different outcomes for them and their communities over a generation.
Rosemary had a successful international legal career including being a partner of Allens Arthur Robinson (now Allens-Linklaters). She has since held senior executive roles at the Victorian Department of Premier & Cabinet, The Smith Family and ran her own consulting business, LangfordAddis. She is a member of the NSW Government Social Investment Expert Advisory Group and the international advisory committee for The Impact Investor project, a Director of the UN Secretariat for the Principles for Social Investment and Chair of the Reference Committee for development of an arts participation incubator at Deakin University. She is an experienced director, has a first class honours degree in Law, the New York Bar, and is accredited as a broker of cross sector partnerships.
Founder, Tupuanga Coffee
Emeline Afeaki-Mafile’o is the founder of Affirming Works which provides mentoring and educational lifeskills support to young people in Manukau City.
The company employs 18 young Pacific men and women who base their work on Tupu’anga (to grow from your roots) — a Pacific model of collective mentoring. The mentors work with up to 500 young people across all school levels addressing social and educational needs such as numeracy, literacy and the transition from school to work.
Emeline’s work in this area has led to the establishment of Fofola Consultancy Ltd, which contributes to public policy development in New Zealand and the South Pacific. This company has played a vital role in creating the Pacific Youth Development Strategy for Auckland, and has a vision of working with all Pacific peoples across the globe.
Emeline acts as an advocate on behalf of the Pacific community on social and economic issues within Government. She has served as Community Advisor to the Minister of Pacific Island Affairs, Member of the National Advisory Committee to the Ministry of Social Development, and to the Youth Court by the Youth Court Pacific Liaison Service, and as a Pacific representative on the Youth Mentoring Association.
Emeline has successfully completed three degrees — a Bachelor of Social Work (Hons.), a Postgraduate Diploma in Social Science and a Masters in Philosophy majoring in Social Policy. She actively encourages Pacific Island people to take the initiative and create businesses for themselves, and she has also provided mentoring to help establish several not-for-profit organisations.
Global Development Director, Change.org
Nick Allardice is a social change entrepreneur and advocate, with a history of creating and leading high impact campaigns, movements and organisations on national and global issues.
Nick is the Global Development Director of Change.org Australia - Change.org is the fastest growing web platform for social change in the world, with more than 700,000 users in Australia and more than 20 million globally using Change.org to run campaigns on the issues they care about.
Nick is also the co-founder of the Live Below the Line campaign. Since its founding in mid 2010 more than 20,000 people in over 30 countries have taken the challenge to live on the extreme poverty line for a week, raising more than $5 million for fighting international poverty.
Nick has previously held significant roles at the executive or board level of The Oaktree Foundation, The Australian Youth Climate Coalition, Make Poverty History and OzGREEN.
Director, Barefoot Power
John Altmann is an early stage investor and board member of Barefoot Power Pty Ltd, an award winning Australian micro-solar lighting and power company that provides robust and affordable solutions to people with no access to electricity. The company is a social enterprise that equally values its social impact and making a reasonable financial return. It aims to eliminate the need for the world's poorest people to burn kerosene for light and give 20 million people a first foot up on the energy ladder by 2015. Its micro-solar products are now sold in over 20 countries around the world and it has achieved sales to nearly 400,000 households, having a positive impact on the lives of nearly 2 million people. He is also the founder and executive director of The Grace Foundation, a Christian charitable fund that invests in social enterprise development and entrepreneur and business skills training in Tanzania and Cambodia. In a former life he was a commercial solicitor and an Anglican minister. He lives and works in Box Hill but seems to spend most of his life on Skype to Africa.
General Manager, Buffed
Buffed is a network of shoe shine stands across Australia and Australia’s first social franchise. Buffed creates real business opportunities for people whose employment outlook is limited. Following a career in investment, banking and corporate finance Peter has dedicated the last few years to applying the benefits of commercial practise and capital markets to assist in addressing systemic social issues. Peter has worked on the capacity building of non-profit organisations, community asset development strategies and designing investment product to mobilise appropriate capital for the social sector. He was a founding member of Social Investment Australia (SIA) Ltd and held the role of Property and Fund Manager. He believes that the creation of impact investment ventures, scalable social business models and the appropriate market infrastructure to support these fields will generate significant and lasting social outcomes within our communities. In addition to Buffed, Peter is involved in the development of various social enterprise initiatives including Street Foods Australia, Rocket Footy, ReTreds, I Contribute and other initiatives that will enhance and enable the broader landscape to support impact businesses.
Deputy Leader, Australian Green Party
Adam Bandt is the Federal Member for Melbourne. He was elected in 2010 when he made history by becoming the first Greens MP elected to the House of Representatives at a general election.
Adam was elected Deputy Leader in April 2012 and is the federal Greens spokesperson on industrial relations, banking, science and industry spokesperson. He was also a participant in the government’s Multi-Party Committee on Climate Change.
Adam received undergraduate Law/Arts Honours degrees at Murdoch University, where he won the Sir Ronald Wilson Prize for Academic Achievement and he completed a PhD at Monash University in 2008. He went on to work at the labour law firm Slater & Gordon. Where he became a partner in the industrial and public interest unit, the same job Prime Minister Julia Gillard used to have. He is now a barrister who specialises in the field of industrial, employment and public interest law.
Associate Professor of Social Enterprise, Queensland University of Technology
Jo Barraket is Associate Professor of Social Enterprise at Queensland University of Technology. She led Australia’s first effort to map the social enterprise field, and has researched and written extensively on social enterprise and social innovation. Jo has been involved in the start-up of several social enterprises and currently sits on the boards of Foresters Community Finance and Feral Arts.
CEO, Foodbank Victoria
For more than 30 years Ric has been involved with and shares a passion for community work, education and the creative arts. Ric has a Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Education from Monash University, and in 2009 he completed his MBA (Exec) at RMIT University.
In 1990 Ric took up the offer to move out of teaching and into the emerging IT industry. Starting as the National Marketing Manager for the largest locally built computer company, IPEX (which merged to become Commander in the mid-2000s), Ric was responsible for branding strategy, product marketing, dealer programs and internal communications. Over the next 20 years Ric took on roles at IPEX and other IT companies that included State Sales Manager, State Manager, General Manager and finally as a Senior Consultant at Southern Cross Computer Systems. In 2009 Ric completed his MBA (Exec) at RMIT University.
After 20 years in the IT industry working for local and overseas corporations, in July 2009 Ric transitioned from non-Executive Board member to CEO of VicRelief Foodbank (now Foodbank Victoria). Foodbank Victoria is the largest food charity in Victoria with an effective turnover in excess of $30 million (based on the value of food distributed). Servicing approximately 550 agencies and schools across Victoria, Foodbank Victoria shipped 5 million kgs of goods in 2011-12. Foodbank Victoria is a member of the Victorian Government’s Emergency Management Response with a direct responsibility for the supply of food to families and individuals recovering from a disaster.
Ric has been involved with a variety of community programs and groups, holding positions that included Chairman Zionist Youth Council of Australia (1984), President of Jewish Aid Australia (1998-2009), President of One Umbrella (now called FareShare) 2001-2, Board Member of VicRelief Foodbank 2005-9 and a participant of the Williamson Leadership Victoria program 2000.
Chief Executive and Co-founder - International Centre for Social Franchising (ICSF)
In early 2012 Dan left his job as the first Director of Tzedek—a worldwide poverty alleviation organization engaged in projects in Ghana and India—to work full-time on founding the ICSF. Tzedek more than quadrupled in size during his four years of leadership. Dan founded the ICSF to help proven social projects replicate to scale.
Dan is currently a Clore Fellow—a prominent MBA programme for the charity sector—and recently spent three months working with Oxfam, assessing which of their UK projects are franchise-ready. He has a BSc in Management from Nottingham University, and is a Rothschild Fellow at the Cambridge Judge Business School.
Director of Strategic Ideas, Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF)
Charles Berger (Chuck) is Director of Strategic Ideas at the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF), one of Australia's leading environmental advocacy organisations. He leads ACF's efforts to better align economic thought and policy with ecological and human reality, and to address the underlying drivers of environmental degradation such as unsustainable consumption, growth in resource use and population pressures. Prior to his current role, Chuck worked as a corporate lawyer in private practice in New York and Brussels, and then as ACF's in-house lawyer for several years. He holds law degrees from Yale University and the University of Frankfurt, Germany.
Research Director, Mobium Group
Nick Bez is a co-founder and the Research Director of Mobium Group.
He has over twenty years’ experience in the consumer research industry, having studied and worked in both the USA and Australia.
Prior to establishing Mobium Nick was the winner of the Masterfoods retail scholarship for his work on retail brand strategy and spent 6 years in executive positions within the Merchandise & Marketing functions with Coles Group, working in analytical, project management and strategic roles.
When Nick left Coles he founded smi, a consultancy providing specialised services in research, marketing and business strategy with specific emphasis on the fast moving consumer goods sector. At smi Nick worked with a number of Australia’s leading consumer companies on diverse channel strategy, business planning, consumer behaviour and category management projects.
Nick was a national finalist in the Joe Berry memorial awards for his research and strategic paper on the future of the Australian Organic industry.
At Mobium Nick heads the research and insights team and is also the lead researcher on the Living LOHAS report series.
He has academic qualifications in Marketing (Boston) (Hons), and a Master of Business Administration (Melbourne). He is a professional member of the Australian Market & Social Research Society (achieving Qualified Practicing Market Researcher (QPMR) status).
Nick is a keen sailor and windsurfer, holding several state and national titles and has successfully competed in events in Australia, Hawaii and mainland USA over the last 20 years. In 2006 and 2008 Nick competed in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht race. His sailing travels have exposed him to the damage done to the oceans through pollution and coastal degradation and have been instrumental in fuelling his interest in protecting the oceans and coastal communities.
Managing Director, Australian Centre for Corporate Responsibility
Leeora D. Black, Ph.D, is founder and managing director of the Australian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility and an honorary visitor to the La Trobe University Graduate School of Management.
Leeora works with senior managers and executive teams to analyse and solve complex CSR issues and problems, create effective corporate and stakeholder strategies and build management capabilities.
She applies a capability-development approach to every engagement, ensuring knowledge and skills transfer that facilitate continuous improvement for clients and colleagues both during and after engagements.
A widely published author and speaker, Leeora is an experienced and highly sought-after facilitator of workshops and seminars on CSR.
Leeora is responsible for all aspects of ACCSR’s direction, strategy and services. After beginning her working life as a journalist and then corporate affairs manager, Leeora established Synergy Communications Pty Ltd, a boutique corporate communications and advisory firm, which she ran for 12 years before undertaking her doctorate in corporate social responsibility through the Department of Management at Monash University. She established ACCSR in 2003.
Leeora is a Board Member of the Karma Currency Foundation and a member of the Advisory Council on Corporate Responsibility at National Australia Bank
Marketing, Communications & Community Engagement Manager, CERES Fair Food.
With a background in both community & business development, Eleonore is now the Marketing & Community Engagement Manager of CERES Fair Food: a Melbourne-based social enterprise with a mission to promote healthier, fairer and more sustainable food systems through the sale of organic fruit and vegetables, sourced directly from local farming families paid a fair price for sustainably grown produce. Part of CERES Community Environment Park in East Brunswick, Fair Food aims to convert customers' shopping dollars into wider social and environmental benefits, while supporting the good work of the larger not-for-profit community organisation of which it is an integral part. Eleonore is committed to supporting the development of a sustainble, dynamic and profitable fourth sector in Australia
Managing Director, Social Traders
David Brookes was appointed as Managing Director of Social Traders Ltd in January 2009.
David has over fifteen year of senior management experience in the corporate sector having held a range of corporate affairs roles with Rio Tinto, Toyota and Amcor. During this period, David had responsibility for government, media and community relations. At all three companies he was closely involved in the development of strategic business community-partnership programs and was a strong advocate for social and environmental responsibility at a corporate and industry level over this period.
David also has policy and economic development experience having worked with a major industry association and local council in NSW.
At Social Traders, David is the Executive Director on the Board and has responsibility for organisational management and strategy, corporate governance and stakeholder engagement. He has a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) from the University of Wollongong and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).
Founder & CEO, uncompromise
I’m a commercialisation strategist, systems thinker, writer, speaker and agitator – and for the past seventeen years have been focused on founding, catalysing and commercialising sustainable ventures with a view to shifting the needle.
I've worked actively across four continents with organisations at all levels of development, with the primary focus being to create coherent and sustainable organisations that operate in integrity with their founding principles.
I am an active venture-fair deal-screener and support the interrogation of go-to-market and commercialisation plans in order to ensure that documentation presented to potential investors and partners is accurate and effective.
I'm structure-agnostic - in short, I believe in neither the inherent performance-benefits of for-profit or the ethical benefits of non-profit; I believe that all organisations have a responsibility to minimise waste and maximise impact and should reward participants in this process with agreement from their stakeholders.
I’m an innovator in sustainable ventures in Australia and amongst other things:
- setup the first organic restaurant.
- setup the first environmental cleaning company.
- setup the first dedicated cause marketing consultancy.
- was a founding partner and current advisor to One Health Organisation.
- am a former committee member of the Natural Health Care Alliance (a governing body that worked to bring together 140 disparate professional organizations).
- am a former executive committee member of The Big Issue (Qld).
- have overseen services to over 400 projects – from micro business to multi national – in nine countries in the past four years alone.
My company operations are virtualised allowing me to move freely around the world in response to my interests and the needs of my clients. I'm currently on the East Coast of Australia.
(re)visioning, strategic development, commercialisation, investment-readiness, deal-screening, brainstorming, crisis-management, business process re-engineering, communications, marketing strategy, brand strategy, creative direction, project management, keynote speaking, workshop facilitation.
Managing Director, Knode
Ingrid is Managing Director of Knode, a social business that aims to build the knowledge base underpinning social innovation and to help community organisations, governments and businesses to foster and share innovative practice.She is a social designer, designing processes, products and knowledge that deepen social impact and facilitate social innovation. She has contributed to the design of policy and processes in a diversity of fields, including community development, impact investment, social enterprise and social procurement.
Ingrid is the President of the International Association for Community Development and is committed to fostering an international dialogue about designing innovative methodologies for sustainable development. Ingrid Burkett also works part-time as the Social Design Fellow at the Centre for Social Impact, at the University of NSW in Sydney.
Ingrid has worked in the community sector, government and with the private sector and believes that each of these sectors has a valuable role to play in social innovation. Ingrid has qualifications in Social Work (B.SocWk, first class Honours); Business (Masters in Business); and Community Economic Development (PhD). She has particular expertise in the design of economic processes and products and is recognised internationally for her work in community economic development.
Director, Partnerships, TACSI
Brenton is the Director, Partnerships of The Australian Centre for Social Innovation and was our founding CEO.
Brenton's focus is on building the external partnerships needed to make both TACSI and our solutions sustainable into the future.
He began his career in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, later consulting to Australian and British governments on public policy, performance improvement and change management. He returned to South Australia to pursue his passion for public sector reform through executive positions with the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Government Reform Commission and WorkCover.
Brenton has degrees in economics and international relations and a Master of Public Administration from Flinders University, where his research focused on public sector innovation in South Australia.
Brenton is an innovative and strategic thinker, advisor to the Adelaide Festival of Ideas and Board member of the global Social Innovation Exchange, and regularly presents to national and global audiences on a wide range of issues relating to social innovation and public sector reform.
Director, Centre for Social Change
Amanda is the Director of the Centre for Social Change that supports individuals and organisations working towards positive social, economic and environmental change by building their capacity to work with their community to design and manage projects. Based in Brisbane, she is also a Co-Founder of the recently established Shakti Fountain, which provides social finance to those creating more sustainable and conscious ways of living. Amanda’s interest in social enterprise and alternative economic development has grown through her work in the Philippines over the last ten years, where she has worked in partnership with local government and non-government organisations to establish group-based enterprises by building on local assets and ‘traditional’ and ‘informal’ economic practices.
Senior Associate, Netbalance
Rebecca Cain is a passionate sustainability professional who has worked across government, consulting and the not-for-profit sector during her 11 year career. Rebecca leads the Net Balance Social Sustainability practice which assists many of Australia’s largest corporate and not-for-profit organisations to deliver social value through core business activities and corporate community investment. She works with clients in the banking and finance, retail and government sectors on strategy development and social and environmental impact evaluation. Rebecca is a leading practitioner within Australia of Social Return on Investment, which is recognised internationally as being at the forefront of social impact measurement.
CEO, The Principles of Social Investment
Shaun’s career has spanned a number of professional interests, including philanthropy, human rights, higher education and industrial relations. He is the current CEO of the Principles for Social Investment Secretariat. The United Nations Global Compact established PSIS to support the implementation of principled social investment practices by UNGC signatories. PSIS was officially launched from its Melbourne headquarters in December 2011.
PhD candidate, sustainable business models, Monash University
Erin has worked at the forefront of international develompents in sustainability and clean technology for the past ten years. She has lived and worked in the US, India, Latin America, Taiwan and Australia. Her experience includes public and private finance for some of the world’s largest clean technology investors, government consulting projects on renewable energy and materials waste exchange, teaching outdoor environmental education, radio and communications work, start-up and turnaround support for non-profit organizations, and entrepreneurial ventures in sustainability consulting and social enterprise.
She is currently pursuing a PhD at the school for Geography and Environmental Science at Monash University on the emergence of social and sustainable enterprises. In addition, she recently launched a website to support Australian mums at joeyandgus.com.au and is undertaking a family challenge and writing a blog on buying nothing new for the year.
Managing Director & Co-founder, Unitus Capital
Kylie Charlton is Managing Director and Co-founder of Unitus Capital, a financial services firm specializing in arranging capital for companies benefiting those at the bottom of the economic pyramid. Working at the intersection of mainstream capital markets, social impact investing and philanthropy since 2004, Kylie has arranged capital for microfinance institutions and social businesses, structured specialised impact investment funds, advised banks, investment funds and governments, and written widely on the topic of impact investment. She has also authored submissions and participated in roundtables for commissioned studies of the Australian Government Productivity Commission and Senate Economics References Committee in regard to the development of a social capital market in Australia, consulted to and served as an ex-officio committee member for the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations in regard to Social Enterprise Development and Investment Fund (SEDIF), co-authored reports for the Centre for Social Impact (CSI) on the NSW Government Social Impact Bond Pilot and Understanding Social Impact Partnership in Western Australia, and has written widely in publications on the topic of social impact investment. Kylie is actively committed to developing the market for impact investing in Australia and mobilising capital to enable innovative solutions to local and global challenges.
Head of the GNH Centre
Dr Chetri is the the Head of the Gross National Happiness (GNH) Centre. GNH is a holistic and sustainable approach to development which balances between material and non-material values with the conviction that humans want to search for happiness. The objective of GNH is to achieve a balanced development in all facets of life which is essential to our happiness. The goal of GNH is happiness. One of several means to achieve this goal is sustainable economic growth. GNH is a unique approach to national and global development.
The concept of Gross National Happiness consists of four pillars: Fair socio-economic development (better education and health), conservation and promotion of a vibrant culture, environmental protection and good governance.
The four pillars are further elaborated in nine domains: psychological well-being, living standard, health, culture, education, community vitality, good governance, balanced time use and ecological integration. In accordance with these nine domains, Bhutan has developed 38 sub-indexes, 72 indicators and 151 variables that are used to define and analyze the happiness of the Bhutanese people.
Director, Equilibrium Partnership
Emily is a Senior Analyst with MSCI ESG Research in Beijing, China, where she analyzes the performance of listed companies in managing financially material environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks, to produce high quality research utilised by socially responsible investors. In her work with MSCI, Emily focuses on Asian emerging markets and financial stocks, and recently co-authored the industry’s first data-driven report on ESG trends among Chinese listed companies. Previously, she worked as a funds management lawyer in Australia, and in human rights advocacy and legal services in Australia, East Timor and the US. Emily serves on the board of the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival and the China Carbon Forum, and holds an LLB/BA from Melbourne University and an MBA from Oxford University’s Saïd Business School.
Co-Founder and CEO, YGAP
Elliot Costello, initiated an international volunteer project which lead to the formation of YGAP (Y-Generation Against Poverty) – a youth based not-for-profit organisation entirely run by volunteers. Elliot now represents the organisation as both Co-Founder and CEO. Managing volunteers across Australia, UK, Denmark and the US, Elliot is responsible for YGAP’s international project outcomes across both Africa and Southern Asia. In 2010, Elliot launched the Kinfolk Project – a cafe which channels all funds to YGAP’s international work as well as local charitable projects. Kinfolk has been recognized as one of Melbourne’s most successful social businesses.
Director, BioRegional Australia
Ed is the Director of BioRegional Australia. BioRegional is an internationally recognised award winning charity that initiates and delivers practical sustainability solutions, such as the creating of One Planet Living with WWF and the development of BedZED (the UK’s first large-scale Zero Emission Development).
He previously spent a stint in the UK working for the Building Research Establishment. At BRE his roles and responsibility included leading the development of BREEAM Communities, and as the Head of BREEAM International, assisting in the adaptation and adoption of BREEAM outside of the UK.
Ed has worked for a range of local and international organisations on projects that have successfully delivered world’s best practice sustainability outcomes. Other roles include working for, the Malaysian Green Building Council, the Green Building Council of Australia, Moreland City Council and Yarra Valley Water.
He is currently leading the adaptation of the Australian Governments Clean Energy Future Plan for planning and built environment professionals of behalf of the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency.
CEO, Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative Ltd.
Tracey Currie is a Badtjala woman from the Fraser Coast, Queensland. She holds a Bachelor of Social Science. Tracey is currently the CEO of the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative. Tracey also is a Director on the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation and is a member of the G21 Disadvantage pillar. Her previous jobs include CEO of Awabakal Aboriginal Co-operative in Newcastle and the CEO of the peak body The Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Council of Tasmania. She has held numerous positions on boards and advisory committees at a local and national level including the Alcohol and Drug Council of Australia Policy Council, National Co-Morbidity Forum, the National Aboriginal Workforce Committee for the Department of Education, Science and Training and the Department of Health and Ageing the Weetapoona Aboriginal Corporation. Tracey has a social science background and has worked in the field of health for the past 20 years and is venturing into the social venture space to improve the viability of the organization’s business venture Wathaurong Glass and a planned medical surgery enterprise to fund Aboriginal community activities that are currently unfunded.
Head of Innovation Development, World Vision Australia
As Head of Innovation Development at World Vision Australia, Dave is part of a small team responsible for exploring and developing alternative economic models and innovative initiatives beyond the organisation’s traditional core ‘business’. Prior to that he held a senior leadership role within World Vision with a brief to assist in the refinement and implementation of a new 3 year strategy for the engagement of the Australian public and the development of market driving capabilities within the sales & marketing team.
Outside of his current role, Dave acts as an advisor to:
- Small Giants - sitting on the management forum that reviews a portfolio of enterprises seeking to create a more socially equitable and environmentally sustainable world; and
- The de Bono Institute - working with the CEO on the development of an innovative education program for Australian secondary schools called, ThinkPlus.
Dave has a ‘blended’ background in business building, venture investment and organisational strategy that has seen him take on a variety of challenging assignments ranging from helping to establish the largest (at the time) retail private equity fund in Australia to helping consolidate and transform the non emergency patient transport industry in Victoria.
He combines the skills and knowledge acquired from working in corporate law and investment banking with the experience of having been a founder of, and adviser to, several small enterprises established on the basis of original and creative approaches to doing business within their traditional markets.
Dave enjoys the personal challenge of new business development, innovation and strategy, particularly where there is a focus on community building, generating a social return or just making a difference.
Manager Learning & Development, Social Traders
Mark was appointed Social Traders Manager Policy and Development in 2008. He has wide ranging experience in service delivery, advocacy and policy development.
Prior to Social Traders, Mark worked with the Brotherhood of St Laurence managing a number of social enterprises aimed at assisting people into mainstream employment as well as providing expertise to other agencies looking to establish social enterprise.
Mark has extensive experience developing policy and community development activities for public housing estates in inner city Melbourne. Mark is a Director on the Board of Yarra Community Housing.
Prior to joining GoodStart as its Chief Executive Officer in February 2011, Julia held numerous senior management roles in the health sector in Australia and the UK. Her career spans 25 years, with highlights including eight years in various roles, including as Assistant Chief Executive, at National Health Services in the UK, and five years as CEO at Flinders Medical Centre, a large teaching hospital in Adelaide. Most recently she held the position of CEO of WorkCover SA. Julia is the Chair of Catherine House, a not-for-profit organisation working to solve women's homelessness with sustainable long-term solutions, and is a Director of the Territory Insurance Office, NT. Julia has a strong interest in public policy, and in 1998 she completed a Masters in Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Co-founder and Director, StartSomeGood.com
Tom Dawkins is Co-Founder of StartSomeGood.com, a crowdfunding platform for social good initiatives globally. He was the founder and CEO and is now a Director of Australian youth media non-profit Vibewire, leading the organisation from 2000-2008 before moving to Washington DC to become the first Social Media Director at Ashoka, a global NGO fostering social entrepreneurship. He has supported numerous non-profits, governments and arts organizations to better engage communities using technology and culture and been recognised with awards and Fellowships from the World Summit Youth Awards, International Youth Foundation and Future Summit.
Executive Director, The Australia Institute
Dr Richard Denniss is Executive Director of The Australia Institute, a public policy think tank based in Canberra. An economist by training, Richard has worked for the past 20 years in a variety of policy and political roles. In recent years he has been at the forefront of the national policy debates surrounding climate change policy and the Australian mining boom. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Crawford School of Economics and Government at the Australian National University.
Prior to taking up his current position Richard was the Strategy Adviser to the Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Bob Brown, was Chief of Staff to the then Leader of the Australian Democrats, Senator Natasha Stott Despoja, and held teaching and research jobs at Australian universities.
He has been appointed to a number of government advisory bodies, including the current review of Australia's retirement income system. He is known for his ability to translate economic issues into everyday language. Richard has published extensively in academic journals, has a fortnightly column in The Canberra Times and Australian Financial Review and was the co-author of the best selling Affluenza (with Dr Clive Hamilton) and An Introduction to Australian Public Policy: Theory and Practice (with Dr Sarah Maddison).
General Manager, Development, BankMECU
Rowan is General Manager Development with Australia’s first customer owned bank.
With assets approaching $3billion bankmecu has proven the business case for being a successful cooperative enterprise and conducting its business of banking in a more sustainable and responsible way.
Rowan has greatly influenced bankmecu’s approach to responsible banking and sustainable development and works to align the way the bank conducts its business with the expectations of its customers located throughout Australia. bankmecu is regarded as a leader in Sustainability Reporting, product innovation and responsible investment.
In 2010 Ethical Investor recognised bankmecu as Australia’s most sustainable small company. In 2012 Money Magazine awarded bankmecu Australia’s most socially responsible bank (Unlisted).
Rowan has worked within the mutual banking sector for almost 20 years and previously held senior management positions in the community, government and property sectors.
Belinda Drew is the CEO of Foresters Community Finance Ltd, a Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI) pioneering the development of community finance and social investment in Australia. Belinda has more than fifteen years experience in the non-profit and social enterprise sectors in Australia in the areas of homelessness, child protection, disability and young people combined with many years experience in the fields of finance and investment. Bringing these skills and insights together Belinda is committed to the development of a social capital market in Australia that creates financial inclusion for individuals, social enterprises and non-profits.
Co-Founder, ISIS Group; Chief Executive Officer, ISIS (Asia Pacific), ISIS (Asia Pacific) Pty Ltd
Audette Exel is a founder of the ISIS Group and Chief Executive Officer of its Australian company, ISIS (Asia Pacific) Pty Limited.
The ISIS Group was established 14 years ago and consists of a boutique financial services firm and a non-profit foundation, which provides services to people in poverty in the developing world.
Ms Exel is the Vice Chairman of the Board of Steamship Mutual Underwriting Association Trustee (Bermuda) Limited. Steamship Mutual is one of the world’s largest Protection and Indemnity clubs for the shipping industry.
Before establishing ISIS, Ms Exel was Managing Director of one of Bermuda’s three Banks, Bermuda Commercial Bank. She is one of the youngest women in the world to have run a publicly traded bank. During 1995 and 1996, Ms Exel was also Chairman of the Bermuda Stock Exchange. Ms Exel was on the Board of Bermuda’s central financial services regulator from 1999 to 2005.
Prior to joining Bermuda Commercial Bank, Ms Exel practised as a lawyer specialising in international finance. She began her career with Allen, Allen and Hemsley in Sydney, Australia before joining the English firm of Linklaters & Paines, in their Hong Kong office. She is called to the Bars of New South Wales, Australia, England and Wales and Bermuda. In 1995, Ms Exel was elected a “Global Leader for Tomorrow” by The World Economic Forum. She was the recipient of the Economic Justice and Community Impact Award from the Young Presidents Organisation Social Enterprise Networks in 2010.
Senior Consultant, Social Ventures Australia
Simon Faivel joined SVA in 2007 and has been a part of the SVA Consulting team since August 2009. Simon has worked extensively with non-profit organisations and social businesses in Australia. His focus is on Measurement and Evaluation, and leads SVA’s work on Social Return on Investment (SROI). Simon is an accredited SROI trainer and practitioner.
Prior to joining SVA Simon traveled extensively, working and volunteering in challenging and remote locations including China, Papua (Indonesia), India and Australia. He has consulting experience in commercial and community sectors, having advised global resources companies, Australian utilities, small businesses and community organisations. Previously Simon was a strategy consultant in Accenture’s Resources Operating Group, advising clients on strategic and operational decisions. He has also started, owned and operated two companies.
Simon holds a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts (Hons. in Philosophy) from Monash University.
Margaret Gardner AO
Vice-Chancellor and President, RMIT University
BEcon (Hons), PhD Syd., DUniv Griffith, FAIM, GAICD
The Vice-Chancellor and President is the Chief Executive Officer of RMIT, both
for higher education and vocational education. She is responsible for ensuring
strong, effective leadership and clear direction within the university through an
appropriate vision and strategic plan.
Professor Margaret Gardner was appointed as Vice-Chancellor in April 2005,
having previously held the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at the
University of Queensland. She has extensive academic experience, having held
various leadership positions in Australian universities throughout her career.
Armed with a first class honours degree in Economics and a PhD from the
University of Sydney, in 1988 she was a Fulbright postdoctoral fellow spending
time at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cornell University, and the
University of California, Berkeley.
Project Manager, Difference Incubator
Bessi Graham is the Project Director of The Difference Incubator (TDi), a project of donkey wheel Charitable Trust. TDi aims to help build the market place for impact investors by building the capacity of social enterprises so they can deliver blended value returns, both social and financial.
Bessi has a background in business consulting and the development sector and holds a BA majoring in politics and a MA in International Relations. Bessi is particularly interested in helping improve organisational impact and promoting cross-sector collaboration between NGOs, Business and Government.
Bessi aims to work with each sector in establishing organisational cultures that are conducive to positive engagement and increase the chance of high impact collaboration.
Director, Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
Pamela Hartigan is the Director of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, and a founding partner of Volans Ventures, an organisation launched in 2008, that is focused on building innovative scalable solutions to challenges affecting our future. Prior to starting Volans, Dr Hartigan spent eight years as the first Managing Director of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship (2000-2008), a sister organisation of the World Economic Forum where she was also on the Forum Managing Board. The Schwab Foundation is focused on advancing the practice of social entrepreneurship globally, building and supporting its community of practitioners whose efforts have achieved transformational social change.
Throughout her career, she has held varied leadership positions in multilateral health organisations and educational institutions as well as in entrepreneurial non-profits. She has been responsible for conceptualizing and creating new organisations, departments or programs across a variety institutional arrangements and multi-stakeholder platforms. A graduate of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in Washington, DC, she also holds Masters' degrees in Economics and Public Health and a PhD in Cognitive Psychology. Dr Hartigan is a frequent lecturer on social entrepreneurship and innovation at graduate schools of business in the USA, Europe and Asia, and is an Adjunct Professor at the Columbia Business School. Her book, co-authored with John Elkington, founder of SustainAbility (UK) and entitled The Power of Unreasonable People: How Entrepreneurs Create Markets to Change the World was published by Harvard Business Press in February 2008.
Co-founder & Director, CoDesign Studio
Lucinda Hartley is an award winning Landscape Architect and Urban Designer who is passionate about transforming neighbourhood design. She is a Co-Founder and Director of CoDesign Studio, a non-profit, planning and design enterprise, committed to helping disadvantaged communities to envision, design and implement neighbourhood improvement projects. Since its inception in 2010, CoDesign has delivered projects in six countries in Asia Pacific and engages over 400 people. Lucinda is also an elected representative to the UN-Habitat Youth Advisory Board (United Nations Commission on Cities), focusing on how to engage young people in city making. Her work in community and international development has been widely recognised including most recently the 2012 AILA Jim Sinatra Leadership Award. Lucinda is also one of the Foundation for Young Australian's 'Young Social Pioneers', and has been profiled by Austrade as one of Australia’s ‘Top 100' Creative Entrepreneurs.
Business Manager, Consulting, Social Ventures Australia
Olivia is a former CEO of an Australian publicly listed communications company, where she devised, led and managed the company’s strategy and day-to-day operations, including a staff of 100 employees in five countries. She has extensive experience in strategy development, implementation, communications and operations.
In 2007 Olivia turned her attention towards the non-profit sector and took up a position in Mozambique to work as a consultant for Technoserve, an American NGO focused on assisting entrepreneurial men and women in poor rural areas of the developing world to build businesses that create income, opportunity and economic growth.
Olivia holds a Bachelor of Business (Hons) from RMIT and a diploma in Financial Markets from FINSIA
CEO, The School for Social Entrepreneurs
Celia Hodson joined the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) Australia as Chief Executive in July 2012 and brings a wealth of experience as a business person, entrepreneur and founder of one of the UK’s most successful social enterprise schools, The Eastern Enterprise Hub. In her role at The Eastern Enterprise Hub, Celia established SSE East so is already part of the SSE global family and has first hand experience of supporting and advocating for social entrepreneurs. Previously Celia’s UK based roles have included Chief Executive Officer at Cambridge Co-operative Development Agency, Deputy Chief Executive at the Social Enterprise Coalition and Chief Executive of Choose Suffolk. She has also held numerous board positions with UK based nonprofits and social enterprises. She is passionate about partnership development, corporate engagement and social enterprise development.
Founder & Free Agent, Doing Something Good
David Hood has been working with not-for-proﬁts and community organisations for close to 15 years - including almost four years at Greenpeace Australia where he worked in Communications and Public Engagement and was the Campaign Project Leader on the successful viral campaign against Nestle for deforestation.
In the last five years David has experienced the growing effectiveness of the web and social media to connect and enable communities to come together, collaborate, and take action on issues ranging from malaria and climate change, to mental health and girls' education.
The use of social media has been deeply integrated into David's current projects as founder of Doing Something Good, host of The Collaboratory Melbourne and producer of the Gathering Unconference. His mission is to realise the potential of the strategic use of the social web, emerging models for business and collaborative networked communities to build better futures for all, together.
A graduate of the School for Social Entrepreneurs program of 2011, David was named Melbourne Social Entrepreneur of the Year.
CEO, Fitted for Work
Jane Hunt is the inaugural CEO of Fitted for Work, a not-for-profit that has transformed the lives of over 10,000 women since first opening its doors in Melbourne in 2005.
Before joining Fitted for Work in 2008, Jane was the Victorian Strategy and Operations Manager, Community Services at Mission Australia with a staff of over 50. Jane’s experience spans more than 15 years in the community and education sectors working with families, young people, Aboriginal Australians and disadvantaged communities.
As an active contributor in advancing social innovation in Australia, Jane currently provides consulting services and coaching to four organisations in different sectors including the arts, legal, preventing domestic violence and community services. Examples of her ability to draw a synergy between business and the community sector include the social enterprises, Dear Gladys (Fitted for Work) and Charcoal Lane (Mission Australia).
Jane has the unique ability to work with individuals and organisations wanting to make a real difference to social inclusion by developing programs and partnerships that have a sustainable impact. This has been showcased by her recent invitation to join the Advisory Group for Affinity Private (a boutique wealth advisory practice).
Jane received the global Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur Award in 2012. As part of this Award she is invited to attend World Economic Forum events. Jane was also the winner of the Victorian Telstra Business Women's Award - Nokia Business Innovation Award 2011 and awarded the 2010 Melbourne Business 3000 Award for Community Innovation. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts (Hons), Masters of Arts (Hons) in Community Development and a Masters of Business Leadership, specialising in organisational change and development.
Kaitohutohu matua Māori (Chief Advisor Māori), Family Commission
Kathie has built a career as an academic specialising in Māori research, development and scholarship and is an active member of her whānau and iwi. She is a published author and has held academic positions at Massey University (1981–1988), Victoria University (1988–2000), Christchurch College of Education (1999–2001), Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust (2002–2005) and Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi (2005–2008).
In the government sector Kathie was chief analyst culture at Te Puni Kōkiri (2008–2010) and chief analyst policy, research Māori at the Families Commission before being promoted in 2011 to chief Māori advisor. In 2011 Kathie was seconded into the team which drafted the Green Paper on Vulnerable Children. In February 2012 she was appointed as a member of the Whānau Ora Review Working Party by Minister Turia.
Kathie established He Parekereke: The Institute for Māori Education, Research and Development in the School of Education at Victoria University and was the director for its first five years (1991–1995). She is an active member of the Royal Society of NZ, the Association of Social Sciences Researchers NZ, Maori Association of Social Science Researchers, the Institute of Directors, Te Awe (Wellington Māori Business Network) and the Māori Women’s Welfare League. She was an inaugural member of the board of Ako Aotearoa: The National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence and a member of the Turakina Māori Girls School Board of Proprietors and Board of Trustees.
Consultant, Graduate School of Business, Cape Town University
Tamsin is a dynamic, passionate professional who has delivered social innovation on three continents and in the public, private and community sectors. Her resume includes over a decade of senior work in social policy, enterprise development and programmes with a focus on cross disciplinary collaboration. She recently earned a MBA at Oxford University with its Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship. Tamsin is an independent consultant.
Most recently, Tamsin has been working on enterprise incubator and accelerator development and missing middle financing solutions. These are the latest in a string of projects she has embarked on driven by her interest in devising new approaches to intractable social challenges.
Always curious to embrace new and often disruptive ideas, Tamsin developed the concept for a new London based international charity called Science for Humanity that used an online platform to match scientific experts in the UK with large NGOs operating in the developing world that needed technical and practical advice. This experience convinced Tamsin of the benefits of tapping expertise that falls outside of the traditional government and social sectors to develop transformational new ways of thinking. She further pursued such collaborations through East London Business Alliance where she set up a new ten-borough, supply chain partnership that won business for 3000 small- to medium-sized enterprises in support of urban regeneration (2012 London Olympics) in disadvantaged areas of east London. Armed with new knowledge and experience, Tamsin then moved to southern Africa as country director for mothers2mothers, a model of care that empowers, educates and employs women living with HIV to reduce transmission of HIV from mother to child.
Tamsin started her career as an adviser to the Premier of South Australia, where she provided policy and communications expertise on various issues and two successful election campaigns over a four year term of government.
Kon Karapanagiotidis OAM
Founder & CEO, Asylum Seekers Resource Centre
Kon is founder and CEO of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, Victoria’s premier provider of services to asylum seekers. He founded the organisation 10 years ago with an idea fuelled by the Tampa incident, a few students and a small shop front.
Today ASRC has provided services to over 7500 asylum seekers, employs 30 staff and has over 700 volunteers. As CEO, his duties include managing and leading the ASRC, reaching the community through public speaking, providing legal services and spearheading fundraising campaigns.
Kon has been recognised for his passion for helping people in need by being a finalist in the 2008 Australian of the Year (Victoria) and also one of the Age newspaper’s “100 Most Influential People”. He is also the “My Favourite Australian” at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra. Most recently, Kon was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2010 and an Order of Australia Medal in 2011. Kon holds Bachelor degrees in Law, Social Work and Behavioural Sciences. He also has a Masters in Education and Training and International Development Studies
Director of Innovation, Communication and Social Business, AMP
Annalie Killian is Catalyst for Magic at AMP. She brings creativity and innovation to business by cultivating a culture of collaboration, championing the exploration of trends, and fostering experimentation with new ideas and emerging technologies. Annalie founded AMP’s crowd-sourcing innovation programme for employees, which grew from a grassroots movement in 2003 to a company-wide programme by 2009, and is producer of AMP’s biannual festival of innovation in business, leadership and technology: Amplify. Amplify Festival attracts edge-thinkers and change agents to Australia from all over the world, and provides an immersive learning experience for AMP employees, customers, partners, and a growing public audience. In between festivals, Annalie curates monthly Social Business Salons to accelerate the technology transfer and adoption rate by business leaders.
In 2011, the US based Aspen Institute invited Annalie to become a Fellow of their First Movers Programme, designed to develop and connect global leaders working at the intersection of business growth and social innovation.
Prior to AMP, Annalie lead the Public Affairs function of BHP Billiton’s Aluminium Division in South Africa where her work won numerous international awards for social innovation. Annalie’s corporate career started with Deloitte as an accountant.
Annalie practices an open innovation approach, and shares what she learns through frequent public speaking engagements, via her blog Catalyst for Magic (recently named one of Australia’s top 25 business blogs by Smart Company) and on twitter as @maverickwoman, where she has been tweeting her magic from Twitter’s early days.
Lead Partner - Victorian Government, Ernst & Young
Janine Kirk is currently Lead Partner - Victorian Government for the global consulting firm Ernst & Young.
As a founding Director, Janine joined the Board of VESKI in Nov 2003 and continued in the role until July 2009. Janine now holds an ambassadorial role as a VESKI Fellow.
Previously she was the Chief Executive of the Committee for Melbourne from 1995 to 2007. The Committee is a privately funded, not- for- profit think tank of Chairmen and Chief Executives of major national and global corporations, universities, medical and scientific research institutions and community organisations developing innovative solutions to enhance Melbourne as a dynamic and globally relevant city. While at the Committee Janine initiated a range of innovative start-up organizations covering young leadership development, biotechnology and medical research, business support for disadvantaged communities and global city renewal.
Over the last decade Janine has been a Ministerial appointee to an extensive range of State Government Committees, Councils and Boards in sectors as diverse as industry; marketing & branding; innovation; tourism and events; community development; infrastructure; finance; education; drug prevention; international trade and urban planning.
In addition to her role as a Director of the Victorian Endowment for Science Knowledge & Innovation (VESKI), Janine is also currently the Chairman of Tourism Victoria; Deputy President of Berry Street Victoria; Director of the Melbourne Prize Trust; Member of the Victorian Collage of the Arts Advisory Board & Ambassador for the Melbourne Community Foundation . In 2006 Janine was appointed as an Honorary Aide to the Governor of Victoria Professor David de Kretser AC.
She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (FAIM); Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD); Affiliate of the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAA); and a Member Institute of Public Administration Australia (Victoria) (MIIPA).
CEO & Founder, Hub Melbourne
Brad Krauskopf co-founded Hub Melbourne in 2010 following his dicovery of the global Hub network in Europe (where he worked with Hub Madrid and the former Hub World team). Brad is passionate about cultivating connections and innovating new business models that create both economic and societal value. He is also an avid traveller, entrepreneur and learner, and has enjoyed all of these pursuits in places such as USA, Spain and South America. Brad previously founded two successful businesses in events management and technology respectively. He serves on the advisory team for RMIT’s Social and Environmental Enterprise Development program (SEEDs).
Director of Impact Partners/Investor Relations, Asian Impact Investment Exchange
En Lee is a Director at Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX). He leads the Investor Team at Impact Partners, IIX’s private platform for investment in social enterprises. Impact Partners helps investors identify, evaluate, and invest in social enterprises and currently offers over US$100 million of impact investment opportunities across Asia Pacific. Formerly an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs, En worked with numerous Asia-focussed funds. He was a Corporate Associate before that with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and specialized in private equity, mergers and acquisitions and capital market transactions. En is a Chartered Alternative Investments Analyst (CAIA) Charter Holder and was a member of the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA). For over a decade, En has been actively involved with charity work and philanthropy and in recent years, with social enterprises and impact investing. He judges several social enterprise and start-up competitions and is a trained social assessor with the SROI Network.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Liberty and Justice
Chid Liberty founded Liberty & Justice (L&J) after a short career in finance. He was born in Liberia, West Africa, but left as an infant when his father became the nation's ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, with residence in Bonn. His family was later exiled in the United States. In 2009, Chid returned to Africa after 28 years abroad. Inspired by the Nobel Peace Prize winning Liberian Women’s Peace Movement, Chid co-founded Africa’s first Fair Trade Certified apparel factory in order to provide economic opportunities for internally displaced women. These women were vulnerable to unemployment and economic exclusion. He is currently leading L&J’s rapid expansion in Liberia and throughout the region.
In addition to his work at Liberty & Justice, Chid serves as the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the University of Liberia's Monrovia Business Startup Center. He also lectures internationally on social innovation and entrepreneurship. Chid was recognized by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in her 2011 State of the Nation Address for his leadership in shaping trade policy and entrepreneurship. He is a recipient of the 2011 SVN Social Innovation Award and works as an advisor to leading organizations addressing global challenges including Fair Trade USA, GIIRS, and the Opportunity Collaboration.
Director of Strategy, Small Giants
Kaj Lofgren (BCivEng/BA) is the Director of Strategy at the Small Giants group of companies. Small Giants invests in businesses that are shifting us to a more socially equitable and environmentally sustainable world. Kaj works closely with the Small Giants businesses on strategy and management support, whilst positioning Small Giants itself as a leader in the diverse world of Impact Investing. Prior to this dream job, Kaj worked with both Engineers Without Borders and Engineers Australia. He is also currently serving as a director on the board of Engineers Without Borders, and is a co-founder of Bridge Fellows – a new program seeking to bridge the gap between the Social Enterprise and Corporate Social Responsibility movements.
Executive Director, St James Ethics Centre
Dr Longstaff’s distinguished career includes being named as one of the AFR Boss True Leaders for the first decade of the 21st century with Carol Schwartz noting ‘I don’t know one CEO or chairman in corporate Australia who has not worked with Simon Longstaff.’ Dr Longstaff has a PhD in Philosophy from Cambridge and his doctoral research centred on related questions arising in the areas of political philosophy, ethics and the philosophy of education. Prior to becoming the inaugural Executive Director of St James Ethics Centre in 1991, he worked in the Northern Territory in the Safety Department of BHP subsidiary, GEMCO, lectured at Cambridge University and consulted to the Cambridge Commonwealth and Overseas Trusts. His book, Hard Cases, Tough Choices was published in 1997 and numerous articles have been published over the years. Dr Longstaff was inaugural President of The Australian Association for Professional & Applied Ethics and is a Fellow of the World Economic Forum. He is Chairman of Woolworths Limited Corporate Responsibility Panel, AMP Capital Socially Responsible Investment Advisory Committee, Defence Science and Technology Organisation Probity Board and the International Advisory Board of the Genographic Project. Dr Longstaff serves on the Australian Institute of Company Directors Corporate Governance Committee, BHP Billiton Forum on Corporate Responsibility, CSIRO Niche Manufacturing Flagship Advisory Committee and Nestle Oceania Creating Shared Value Advisory Board.
Director of ABS-CBN Foundation
Regina Paz L. Lopez is the Managing Director of one of the Philippines’ biggest non-government organizations, the ABS-CBN Foundation (AFI). AFI envisions a nation where Filipinos develop their full potential, care and respect for each other, and are stewards of their environment by leveraging the power and reach of media and partnering with concerned sectors of society.
Regina initiated Bantay Bata 163 (Child Watch), the country’s first media-based hotline. In 1997, Bantay Bata was the United Nations Grand Awardee for Excellence, selected from among 187 countries all over the world. She also spearheaded Bantay Kalikasan (Nature Watch), for which she received the 1997 International Public Relations Award of Excellence for the Environment and Outstanding Manilans Award for the Environment, 2009.
Regina produced educational television shows on Science, Math, Values, History and English for elementary and Philippine Literature for high school. For this, Ms. Lopez was honored with the Unesco Kalinga Award, the first Southeast Asian to earn such a distinction.
Regina is passionate about preserving and rehabilitating the environment of the Philippines. She has initiated the rehabilitation of the Pasig River and its tributaries. Once considered as the lifeline of the Filipino nation, the Pasig River is one of the most polluted and toxic river systems in the Philippines today. For her efforts in rehabilitating the river, she was appointed in 2010 by President Benigno S. Aquino as the Chairperson of the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission.
In 2010, Regina launched the “Save Palawan Movement” along with partner organizations. She stood up to the challenge to gather 10 million signatures to say in one loud voice that key biodiversity areas in the Philippines must be protected and not be ravaged by mining.
Regina is also Vice-Chairperson of ABS-CBN Bayan Foundation, which provides microfinance assistance to micro-entrepreneurs, and is the Chairman Emeritus of Southeast Asian Children’s Television.
The Philippines’ Lopez Family has been cited internationally with the Global Family Philanthropy Award, for more than a hundred years of philanthropic and corporate social responsibility achievements.
Ms. Lopez went to Assumption College and Newton College of the Sacred Heart in Boston. She has a Master’s Degree in Development Management from the Asian Institute of Management and a Doctorate Degree in Humanities, Honoris Causa from the Ateneo de Naga University. She has two sons.
Founder, Friends International
Sebastien Marot is the founder of Friends-International. Formerly a marketing executive with L’Oreal, Sebastien, a French national, was passing through Cambodia on holiday in 1994. The country was still recovering from the devastating effects of the Khmer Rouge rule fifteen years prior. One evening, Marot stumbled upon a row of young 20 children sleeping on cardboard on the footpath while an expensive Mercedes drove by. Marot wondered, how could it be possible that, in a country with so many organizations and so much donor money, children, the future of Cambodia, could be ignored like that? Within a few days, Marot decided to stay in Cambodia to do something constructive for the local youth, and decided to open Friends, a shelter for disadvantaged Cambodian children that serves as a place for transition and reintegration into society.
In recognition of its work, Friends-International has been awarded: Order of Australia for Service to Humanity, Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, Gold Medal of the Cambodian Government, Silver Medal, “Societe d’Encouragement au Progrès”, 2008 Espiritu Award from the Isabelle Allende Foundation, The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, and Social Entrepreneur of the Year, East Asia, 2009.
Director, Consiglio Tessuti Ltd
Having established a thriving and profitable Sales & Marketing Consultancy in the ever-changing International Textile Industry for the past 10 years, Andrew has just completed the One Planet MBA at Exeter University. Passionate about the role of values & ethics in business, his final research project on the emerging global Happiness/Wellbeing debate and its impact on business, took him to the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, the World Economic Forum in Geneva, the UK Government and a Dutch multi-national corporation. Being a multi skilled individual, Andrew thrives in dynamic situations and is always looking for new challenges where sustainable differences can be made.
Investment Manager, Starfish Ventures
Laura McKenzie joined Starfish Ventures in February 2010 after 10 years of finance and investment experience. Her role includes assisting with due diligence for new investee companies, and follow on investments or exits of current investee companies, together with ongoing monitoring of the portfolio. Laura has recently acted as CFO for Myriax and is an Observer on the BugHerd, DesignCrowd, Myriax and StyleTread Boards.
Prior to Starfish Ventures, Laura worked in social venture capital for several years as Investment Director with Opportunity International, a microfinance organisation. Her responsibilities included the due diligence, investment process, and portfolio management of institutions in India, Indonesia and the Philippines. Preceding this, Laura spent seven years at PricewaterhouseCoopers, both in London and Melbourne, where she specialised in corporate finance and valuations across a range of industries.
Laura holds a Master of Arts (Natural Sciences and Management Studies) from Cambridge University and a Master of Science (Development Finance) from the University of London. She is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.
Laura continues to be an Ambassador for Opportunity international, including coordinating the inaugural “Creating Opportunities” fundraising lunch on International Women’s Day. She is a participant in the 2012 Williamson Community Leadership Program.
Partner, Clayton Utz
Nick Miller has practised as a lawyer at Clayton Utz for over 23 years and has been a partner of the firm for over 13 years. Nick specialises in corporate and commercial transactions (for example, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures etc), commercial contracts, corporate law and governance.
Nick is known for his robust and practical legal advice and dedicated interest in social equality. Nick is the Pro Bono Partner in Clayton Utz's Melbourne office.
Nick has worked with a number of commercial clients as well as undertaking work with a range of not-for-profit organisations.
Nick is a director of Principles for Social Investment Limited, the secretariat company of the Principles for Social Investment initiative of the United Nations Global Compact. Nick is also chair of Experimenta Media Arts Inc, a not-for-profit organisation that commissions, exhibits and tours contemporary media art.
Managing Director, Our Community
Denis Moriarty is the Group Managing Director of Our Community. He has a strong background in executive management in both the public and private sectors. He was the former head of the Victorian Government's Information Service, Managing Director of Strategic Australia Pty Ltd, a boutique management consultancy, and former Commissioner and Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Tourism Commission.
Denis is a graduate of both the Vincent Fairfax Ethics in Leadership Awards and the Williamson Community Leadership program, and a member of several non-profit and private boards. He is passionate for change and improving the lives of the most disadvantaged in society, not in a charitable notion but one based on communities taking charge of their own destiny.
He was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2003 for his work in establishing Our Community and he sees Our Community as an organisation to assist, inspire and encourage debate and improve the social fabric and soul of Australia through its 600,000 community organisations.
Executive Director, Education, Social Ventures Australia
Justine is responsible for the development and implementation of SVA’s education strategy. Justine is an experienced non-profit sector professional with a strong track record in leading social change initiatives, most recently as Founder/CEO of the New Zealand Centre for Social Innovation. She has worked as a Senior Associate with McKinsey & Company, and as a specialist Indigenous lawyer, assisting Indigenous clients with land rights, environmental and governance issues. Justine has also been involved in a number of ground-breaking projects in the NZ social sector including: Establishing the social venture Accelerator (later the Springboard Trust), NZ’s first venture philanthropy vehicle; and conceiving and developing the Starpath Project, a research and practice initiative focused on equal access to tertiary education for Maori and Pacific Island students.
In 2008, Justine founded the NZ Centre for Social Innovation as a vehicle for bringing public, private and community partners together to create new solutions to NZ’s most pressing social needs. Justine is an invited member of NZ Global Women, NZ’s premier women leaders’ network.
Justine holds a Masters in Law from Oxford University as a NZ Rhodes Scholar.
Senior Associate, Net Balance
Cameron Neil is a social entrepreneur and strategist engaged in building and tweaking markets, institutions, businesses and networks to achieve more good for people and planet. He has been a Senior Associate at Net Balance for 18 months, after spending 7 years bringing the regional fair trade movement and market to life with Fairtrade Australia & New Zealand. He serves on the Ross House Association Executive Committee in finance and fundraising roles, is developing a pilot project on indigenous fair trade, is an advisor to an ethical event organising company, and advises an emerging social enterprise and collaboration hub in Cambodia. Over the last decade, Cameron has proven himself as a leader, campaigner, facilitator, public speaker, manager, researcher and writer. He communicates on food sustainability and ethics, social enterprise and innovation, good business, and tackling global poverty and sustainable development.
General Manager and Director, Pots 'n Pans
Pots ‘n Pans is a social enterprise restaurant model in Vietnam, conceived in March
2011 with a mission of being a leader in sustainability in the restaurant industry in
Vietnam. Pots ‘n Pans is an innovative partnership between KOTO and its training
program graduates along with its international partner; Small Giants. Small Giants
is a boutique Australian impact investment company is dedicated to businesses that
are changing the world. Pots ‘n Pans is active in community work and supporting
social initiatives in Hanoi.
When Thao was introduced into KOTO program she had been on the streets selling
postcards. She graduated through the KOTO – Know One Teach One program in
its early days of development and is a member of the KOTO founding group. In
2007 she was awarded a KOTO Ambassador for her achievement and being actively
involved in community works and living the KOTO philosophy of Know One Teach
One. As a result, Thao gained a scholarship to study at Box Hill Institute of Tafe in
Melbourne for 2 years doing her Hospitality Management qualification.
Thao strives always to create an ethical business model that provides opportunity
to its people and the community that we all live in. In 2011, she returned to Vietnam
and became involved in setting up Pots ‘n Pans social enterprise, where she is the
current General Manager and Director.
Andrew Outhwaite is the Executive Officer of Pollinators Inc, a growing community of social entrepreneurs based in Geraldton — a dynamic regional city in the Midwest of Western Australia. He also works with government, business and community organisations to design sustainability strategies, facilitate community-scale cultural change and enable innovation.
After five years abroad Andrew was motivated to move to regional Australia to spend a decade seeing if his skills and knowledge could be of service to a community. Geraldton and the Midwest is in a major transitional phase, taking new approaches to its economic, ecological and social challenges and seeking to be a leading global regional city.
Andrew’s recent work includes:
- Facilitating ‘Catalyst’ – WA’s first leadership program for social entrepreneurs,
- Leading Pollinators Inc — a member-based organisation for social entrepreneurs,
- Founding CityHive — Australia’s first regional social enterprise coworking space,
- Design and facilitation of Spark Challenge — solving homelessness in the UK,
- Developing corporate sustainability and regional biodiversity strategies,
- International research and academic publications on Coaching for Sustainability,
Whether coaching leaders, facilitating strategic planning or managing a bustling collaborative workspace, Andrew brings a wealth of knowledge, skilful attention and creative flair to every engagement.
He enjoys sitting very still, or otherwise going with the ‘flow’ for hours at a time out on the ocean on his surfboard or across the landscape on his mountain bike.
Jan Owen, AM
Chief Executive Officer, Foundation for Young Australians
Jan Owen is CEO of the Foundation for Young Australians and a pioneer of the youth sector in Australia. She is a highly regarded social entrepreneur, innovator and child and youth advocate.
From 2002 – 2010, Jan was Executive Director of Social Ventures Australia, which aims to increase the impact of the Australian social sector. Prior to this Jan founded the CREATE Foundation and was its CEO for nine years. She is the only non US citizen to receive a fellowship for leadership and innovation to the Peter Drucker Foundation (USA) and has been awarded membership of the Order of Australia for services to children and young people. She serves on the Boards of the School for Social Entrepreneurs; Inspire Foundation; The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI); RMIT College of Business, Industry Advisory Board and the International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA).
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, KOTO
Jimmy Pham is the Founder and CEO of KOTO, he is a humanitarian whose determination and work has changed the lives of many street kids in Vietnam. Jimmy Pham opened a small cafe in Hanoi called KOTO (know one, teach one), there, he took nine street kids and trained them in the hospitality industry. KOTO has grown rapidly in its few years of operation and annually trains up to 40 young people to be chefs, as well as bar and service staff. By equipping young people with employment and life skills, and then finding placements for them in the hospitality industry, Pham is creating an opportunity for them to change their lives and those of their families, and to move out of the poverty so prominent in Vietnam.
KOTO was founded on the inspiration of one person who was determined to make a difference in the lives of the poor in Hanoi, KOTO Hanoi is now a 120-seat restaurant, with an internationally recognised training program committed to providing employment opportunities for the street kids of Hanoi. For Jimmy Pham, the greatest reward in life is to make a difference in someone’s life by helping them gain the skills to be self-sustaining and then to empower them to help others – ‘because if you Know One, then you should Teach One’. (Jimmy Pham, Street Voices).
Social Enterprise Hub Manager, Centre for Appropriate Technology
Jason Quin manages the Desert Hub, a “one-stop-shop” for supporting social-purpose ventures and the people who lead them. The Hub is part of the Desert Peoples Centre, a joint venture between Bachelor Institute for Indigenous Tertiary Education and the Centre for Appropriate Technology – two long-standing Indigenous-led organisations in Alice Springs. The Hub has been established in partnership with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.
In 2002, Jason joined UnLtd - the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs (UK), gaining valuable insight into the new social economy, where entrepreneurship and innovation are mobilised to create positive social change. Since 2008, he has worked with EGO - a collaborative partner for grassroots innovation - alongside his day job at UnLtd and then while setting up the Australian Centre for Social Innovation, back in his home town of Adelaide. Now in Alice Springs, Jason and his family are passionate about life in the arid lands; drawing on the “bush ingenuity” of the local communities. He is also the Public Officer of the Arid Lands Environment Centre.
Co-Founder and Executive Director, Green Collect
Sally Quinn is a Co-founder and Executive Director of Green Collect, one of Melbourne’s leading social enterprises and innovators in resource recovery. Working in the community sector for 10 years before being drawn into the possibilities of social enterprise, Sally has a passion for working alongside people to bring about change for a fairer world. Over the last 9 years she has nurtured and led Green Collect’s development as dynamic business and workplace that engages over 40 people in resource recovery, upcycling and retail services. Sally has very hands on knowledge of social enterprise, including the challenges and joys of building a business from the ground up. As well as this, she is actively involved with her partner and four kids in their community in Footscray, and loves having a backyard full of kids!!
Founder and CEO, Hello Sunday Morning
Chris Raine is the founder and CEO of Hello Sunday Morning (HSM), an organisation that challenges young people to give up alcohol for three, six or 12 months at a time. Chris’ goal for the organisation is to break his generation’s unhealthy obsession with binge drinking. While working at an advertising agency on an anti-alcohol campaign he first became interested in communicating to young people the adverse effects of excessive alcohol. In January 2009, Chris decided to abstain from alcohol for a year and began writing a blog to record his journey. The HSM blog and website are now influencing participants aged from 18 to 73 to reconsider their drinking habits. To change Australia’s drinking culture, Chris says young people need to believe in an alternative that will improve their lives, provide a sense of purpose and help build meaningful relationships. HSM has received major funding from The Australian Centre for Social Innovation, along with the Brisbane City Council and the Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Organisation. The not-for-profit organisation has so far helped more than 2,250 people share their short-term abstinence experience. Chris has already made a huge impact in combating the problem and he now intends to take the program to students in universities around Australia and New Zealand.
Creator/Producer/Executive Producer, Stand In My Shoes
Anna is a trans-media specialist known for her innovative communication strategies using multi-platform storytelling integrating film, television, online and social media. Anna is former media/IP lawyer, who has also worked as a legal, business affairs and brand manager for Australia's leading production houses, expanding their film and television brands across several platforms delivering significant ROI. She was also the Senior Legal Adviser at Film Victoria, a leading film finance organisation. She has founded several initiatives, such as Strategic Partners – an international co-production program and Fitzroy Shorts, a year long film festival which ran over 4 years. She recently worked as the US Campaign Director and content producer for a high profile worldwide anti-poverty campaign fronted by Hugh Jackman, which raised over $1.6 million for charities/non-profits globally.
Portfolio Manager, Tibra Investment Management
Stephen is a passionate and engaged finance professional with a background in setting up & running large derivatives and investment product businesses for Australian banks. Although Stephen has been awarded for his intrapreneurial efforts within banking in the past by the Australian Davos Connection, his main focus currently is emerging "forth sector" vehicles that have the potential to accelerate financial-systems change. Currently, Stephen' Project Turquoise initiative is focused on transforming his institutional funds management firm into a dual-mandate for-benefit organisation delivering superior long-term financial outcomes that also support the New Economy, Sustainable Capitalism and Transition movements.
Executive Director, Social Ventures Australia
Kevin Robbie is the Executive Director of Social Ventures Australia (SVA); he is responsible for leading their work around employment creation for people excluded from the labour market. This includes identifying innovative approaches to employment creation, social enterprise development, supporting school to work transitions, developing new approaches to social finance, partnership working with the corporate sector to develop employment pathways and developing approaches to building the evidence base around the impact of the sector. Kevin is also the director of the SVA Melbourne office where he works closely with philanthropic foundations and high net worth individuals around investment strategies for the not-for-profit sector.
Kevin has over 15 years’ experience in the community sector in the UK, including 7 years as Chief Executive of Forth Sector, one of Scotland’s leading social enterprises. He has also run projects, written a number of publications and acted as an advisor for the Scottish Government, Social Firms Scotland/UK and the Big Lottery around measuring social added value, new approaches to social investment, new approaches to commissioning public services, social enterprise development, developing supportive working environments and reform of the welfare benefits system. Kevin was also involved in the EQUAL Social Economy Scotland Development Partnership which was a cross-sector collaboration project aimed at developing the social enterprise sector. Prior to joining SVA, Kevin was on secondment to the UK Government’s Cabinet Office as an advisor on both Social Return on Investment (SROI) and the role of social enterprise in creating employment for those seriously disadvantaged in the labour market.
Manager, RMIT Social Enterprise Group
Dr Julie Roberts is the Senior Manager of RMIT's Social Enterprise Group in the College of Business and co-convener of the Global Shifts 2012 Social Enterprise Conference. Since joining the College of Business, Julie has worked with the School of Management to create a suite of courses in Sustainable Enterprise, and has overseen the SEEDS group activities, including Fellowships, workshops and public forums.
Executive Director, Ushahidi
Juliana Rotich is originally from Kenya where she spent her early life and schooling. She later moved to the US where she majored in IT and has worked in the industry for over ten years.
She collaborated with the online community and co-founded Ushahidi which is the Swahili word for testimony. Ushahidi is a web based reporting system that utilizes crowdsourced data to formulate visual map information of a crisis on a real-time basis. As a Program Director for Ushahidi she manages projects and aids in the development and testing of the Ushahidi platform.
She also blogs at 'Afromusing' blog, typically with a focus on African tech and renewable energy. She is a budding African Futurist and a TED Senior Fellow. She often speaks at international conferences about tech and Africa.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Barefoot College
Sanjit “Bunker” Roy founded the Barefoot College, in the village of Tilonia in Rajasthan, India, in 1972. His mission was to provide basic services and solutions in rural communities with the objective of making them self-sufficient. These “barefoot solutions” can be broadly categorized into solar energy, water, education, health care, rural handicrafts, people’s action, communication, women’s empowerment and wasteland development. The Barefoot College education program, for instance, teaches literacy and also skills, encouraging learning-by-doing. (Literacy is only part of it.) Bunker’s organization has also successfully trained grandmothers from Africa and the Himalayan region to be solar engineers so they can bring electricity to their remote villages.
Bunker Roy decided to dedicate his life to helping the rural poor during the Bihar famine of the 1960s, when he left his comfortable life to see the situation firsthand and was deeply moved by the suffering he witnessed. For more than three decades he has been a leading figure for sustainable development in the Indian NGO community, and continues to be a source of inspiration for young Indian social entrepreneurs. In 2002 Bunker Roy was selected to receive the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship award; he received the Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy, and in 2005 he received the Skoll Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship Award.
Founder, Hub Singapore
"Grace is the Co-Founder of The Hub in Singapore and Founder of Books for Hope in Jakarta. She has been in the field of social entrepreneurship and corporate responsibility since 2007. She pursued her MBA at the Said Business School, under the Skoll Scholarship for social entrepreneurs (Funded by Jeff Skoll, the first President of eBay).
In Oxford, working closely with Pamela Hartigan at the Skoll Centre, she chaired the Social Entrepreneurship Oxford Business Network that serves to mainstream the field of social entrepreneurship across the business school.
Across the years, Grace has consulted for companies, foundations, charities and start-ups in London, San Francisco, Ghana, Jakarta and Singapore. Notably, she has worked closely with the Skoll Foundation in Palo Alto on a business plan project for the Skoll World Forum, at Eastside Consulting, looked at the sustainability of one of UK’s national homelessness organization’s projects and at Volans London, preparing a due diligence report for its C-suite social innovation consulting arm.
Her focus is on mainstreaming and supporting social entrepreneurship in Asia through ecosystem-building, mentorship and venture support, leading to a current initiative of co-founding The Hub in Singapore. In that capacity, Grace is a judge in various international and national social enterprise business plan competitions (NTU’s Ideas Inc, NUS’ Startup@Singapore, and LOHAS Asia) and facilitator at the EU-China Youth Leadership Summit in Beijing. She also speaks widely about social entrepreneurship and is a TEDxSingapore speaker.
Grace has a business degree from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and an MBA from Oxford University where she graduated with a Distinction.
Senior Director of Strategy, Communications and Capacity Division, BRAC
Asif is currently a Senior Director and part of the executive decision making body of BRAC. At his current capacity, he oversees its Strategy, Social Innovation Lab, Communication and Advocacy, ICT and the Learning division.
He served as an Executive Director at Goldman, Sachs until 2008 until he decided to return to Bangladesh and work in the development sector. Over a career span of 12 years with Goldman, Sachs in New York and London, he served in various management roles in Equities and Asset Managetment Division of Goldman, Sachs. His previous work experiences were in Glaxo Wellcome, NorTel and IBM. Asif is also the founder of Drishtipat, a global organization focusing on human and economic rights of Bangldeshis. In 2001, he started the then Internet based Drishtipat (Take Notice ) which became an umbrella of concerned diaspora expatriates working on social development. Currently it has 9 chapters in the USA, Australia, UK, Canada and Bangladesh.
Asif is the co-founder of Drishtipat Writers' Collective. He writes regularly for leading dailies in Bangladesh and in international magazines on society, politics, development, entrepreneurship and diaspora centric issues. His write ups have been published in Guardian, Himal, Daily Star, New Age etc. He has also been featured in CNN and Al Jazeera English. He also occasionally hosts the Road to Democracy show in RTV.
On his most recent role, he served as a policy specialist for the UNDP funded project Access to Information Programme (A2i) based at the Prime Minister's Office and facilitated various ICT initiatives for development sector. Some of the notable policy initiatives included facilitation of partnership between government and the banks on branchless banking, nationwide broadband connectivity etc.
In 2008, Asif was recognized for his work by Asia Society though their Asia 21 program, a program to recognize young leaders from Asian countries and also by Bangladeshi-American Foundation.
Aziz Abu Sarah
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Mejdi
Aziz Abu Sarah is one of the co-founders of Mejdi and the Co-Executive Director of the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution (CRDC) at George Mason University. He has over ten years experience in tourism management and fourteen years of peace building expertise, and during his time at CRDC has forged new approaches in combining conflict resolution and business. His visionary work in tourism, intercultural dialogue, and peacebuilding led him to be appointed a National Geographic Emerging Explorer in 2011, and in both 2010 and 2011 Abu Sarah was named as one of the “500 Most Influential Muslims in the World” by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center.
In addition to his work in business and peace building, Abu Sarah is a columnist for Alquds newspaper and a regular contributor for 972mag.com, an online Israeli magazine. He has published articles in the New York Times, Haaretz, the Jerusalem Post, Alarabiya, the Daily Star and other newspapers, and has appeared on CNN, Fox News, and Russia Today as an expert on Middle Eastern affairs. He has been honored to receive the Goldberg Prize for Peace in the Middle East from the Institute of International Education, the Silver Rose Award from the European Parliament, the Eisenhower Medallion, and the Eliav-Sartawi Award for Middle Eastern Journalism.
Procurement, Places Victoria (formerly Vic Urban)
Jacqueline works for Places Victoria who included a ‘community benefit’ specification in their tender for a redevelopment project in Dandenong.
Founder, Etiko Fair Trade
Nick Savaidis is the founder of Etiko Pty Ltd, the company behind not one but three fair trade brands ....Etiko Fair Trade, Etiko Merch and Jinta Sport. Through these brands his company markets ethically produced, eco friendly clothing, footwear and sports gear.
Nick’s company was not only the first non-food company to achieve fairtrade accreditation in the Australia it was also the first non-paper or timber related company to be certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. Etiko Pty Ltd and Nick himself have featured in numerous publications as diverse as The Financial Review, Grazia, TV
Week & The Green Left Weekly.
During the past four years Etiko has won numerous sustainability and social justice awards. However, Nick’s proudest achievements are helping set up and fund micro credit and health care programs in rural Pakistan, India & Sri Lanka. One of the pioneers of the Fairtrade movement in this part of the world, Nick is a founding member of the Fairtrade Association of Australia and New Zealand and has sat on its Executive Committee since its 2008.
Chair ,Our Community
Carol Schwartz’s dynamic leadership career is an inspired mix of corporate success, social and governmental change, passionate business belief and positive innovation. She has held a formidable series of leadership roles in fields as varied as property, the arts, finance, government and health. Her many current roles include Chairman of Our Community and Founding Chair of the Women’s Leadership Institute Australia. Some of Carol’s other directorships include Director, Yarra Capital Partners, Director, Stockland, Director, Bank of Melbourne, Director Qualitas Property Partners, board member St James Ethics Foundation, board member National Australia Day Council, Executive in Residence at Melbourne Business School, council member of the Australian Innovation Research Centre, University of Tasmania, board member Centre for Advanced Journalism, The University of Melbourne, member of the Enterprise Melbourne Advisory Board and a member of the Milken Global Advisory Council.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, STREAT
Rebecca Scott is the Founder and CEO of STREAT, a social enterprise that provides homeless and disadvantaged youth with a pathway from the street to long-term employment in the hospitality industry. Before starting STREAT Rebecca studied science at Newcastle University and later joined the CSIRO, Australia’s premier science research organisation, as a Science Communicator where she worked for a decade in roles including National Coordinator of CSIRO’s Double Helix Club, Manager of Internal Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethics Manager.
It was working in Vietnam that Rebecca discovered KOTO, a street youth café in Hanoi, and the social enterprise community. She left the CSIRO to study a Masters in international development and work for KOTO as their Vice-President for a couple of years. After working at KOTO she decided to build a scalable social enterprise model that could be based anywhere on the planet. STREAT is the result.
Rebecca is passionate about the role that governments, NGOs, businesses and community groups can play together in poverty reduction and sustainable development and has worked hard to ensure STREAT takes a collaborative approach to addressing youth homelessness.
Business Development Manager & Consultant, Bhutan Luminous Consultancy
With a passion for a whole-systems approach to sustainability, Isabel Sebastian has been blending the fields of environment, business, and well-being for the past 20 years. In her current role as a Partner in one of Bhutan’s first social enterprises, Sebastian is translating Bhutan’s development philosophy of Gross National Happiness (GNH) into expert advice and support to help transform the role businesses can play in spearheading the development of a sustainable, healthy, and happy world. Advancing this innovative work through a PhD research study at the Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology, Sydney, Sebastian aims to evolve current approaches to CSR into new business models that have sustainable well-being and happiness at their core.
Managing Director, Future Energy
With a Masters Degree in Applied Finance and almost 20 years experience in financial and investment management, David’s shift into renewable energy development in 2003 was a radical career change. For David however, the formation of Future Energy Pty Ltd represented the ideal way to harness his financial skills in an emerging market sector which is proving to be of critical importance in the fight against climate change.
Executive Director, Pacific Community Ventures
Beth Sirull has been Executive Director of Pacific Community Ventures since 2009. In this role, she oversees all nonprofit programs. Beth joined PCV in 2005 to launch InSight, PCV’s social impact assessment and public policy program. Under her leadership, InSight developed nationally recognized social return metrics and grew to measure the social and economic impacts of more than $1 billion in investments in small businesses in underserved markets. Since becoming Executive Director in 2009, Beth has grown PCV’s net assets by nearly one-third, from $3.2 million to $4.3 million, garnered new funding sources, and secured one of just 20 Small Business Administration Intermediary Lending Pilot awards to launch PCV’s new small business loan fund which will be the first loan fund in the country to fully integrate loan capital with highly customized business assistance. As a result of her work with PCV, Forbes Magazine recently named Beth one of its “30 Top Social Entrepreneurs.”
Prior to joining PCV, Beth had an extensive private sector career in financial services and real estate. As a Principal of The Gold Marketing Group, she provided market research and strategy consulting to major corporations such as AT&T, Wachovia, New York Life, Discover Card, and Northern Trust. At First Winthrop Corporation and Boston Equity Investments, Beth led successful efforts to acquire and syndicate over $250 million in historic renovation and low-income housing tax credit real estate. As Product and Brand Manager at BayBank (now part of Bank of America), Beth managed the bank’s residential mortgage business, and, in that role, designed and oversaw delivery of First-Time Home Buyer programs and other mortgage-related efforts to comply with the Community Reinvestment Act. Beth began her career at the Real Estate Analysis Group of the US Trust Company, where she researched and wrote market assessments on commercial office, retail, multi-family residential, and hotel properties nationwide.
Beth recently joined the Board of the Tzedek Economic Development Fund, a nationwide community development investment fund. Beth also sits on the Strategic Advisory Committee for the Global Impact Investment Ratings System, a division of B Corporation, a leading proponent of sustainable business, and is serving on the Social Venture Network Hall of Fame Selection Committee. Beth is co-author of Creating Your Life Collage: Strategies for Solving the Work/Life Dilemma, published by Random House in 2000 and recommended by The Wall Street Journal that year.
Beth completed her undergraduate education at Brandeis University with a major in Political Science. She holds a Masters of Business Administration from Boston University and a Masters in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley.
James is a partner at New York-based social change agency Purpose.com, where he has been responsible for initiatives on the sustainable economy, including electric vehicles and renewable energy, as well as overall strategy and investment fundraising.
Previously, he led projects on sustainability, technology and economic development at McKinsey & Company, including developing green stimulus proposals for Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and US Vice President Al Gore, strategy for the ONE Campaign against global poverty in Washington, and leading the Russian national carbon efficiency project in Moscow.
James is an affiliate at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and co-author of Climate Change and Australia (Federation Press, 2012). He serves on the boards of a small number of mission-driven organizations in Australia and the US.
CEO, Donkey Wheel
Paul Steele is CEO of donkey wheel Charitable Trust, where he strives to develop a community of social innovation at donkey wheel house, in Melbourne. He was deputy-CEO of World Vision Australia; founder of numerous technology companies, and loves to consult on strategy and leadership development.
Paul is a thought leader and practioner in the emerging market of Impact Investment in Australia. This unique mix of thought leadership and practioner-based experience enables him to leverage philanthropic capital for greatest impact.
Paul is a “parallel entrepreneur” with executive level experience across a broad range of industries. He has worked extensively in the philanthropic and social enterprise sectors in Australia and overseas.
He is passionate about being “invested in” the organisations he partners with,and has a remarkable talent for combining human, intellectual and financialcapital to bring about true blended value.
Communications and Engagement Leader, TACSI
Christian is charged with the task of getting the message of what we do, why we do and how we do out there, across the world. Prior to this, he led the Bold Ideas Better Lives Challenge and developed our approach to Venture Support.
Christian brings an extensive background in community development, stakeholder engagement and not-for-profit management to the TACSI team. He's worked across a diverse range of domains including early childhood development, youth, Indigenous, education & employment, mental health, homelessness and volunteer management.
Prior to TACSI, Christian worked with Anglicare SA as Manager of the Magdalene Centre, managing and developing antipoverty, refugee, financial literacy, case management, community development and retail services. He was previously Service Coordination Manager of Communities for Families Playford North. Prior to Anglicare SA, Christian held a range of paid and voluntary positions with the St Vincent de Paul Society, including 3 years as a State Councillor.
CEO, Bamboo Finance
Keely Stevenson is the CEO of Bamboo Finance USA. Bamboo Finance is a commercial private equity firm managing 250M USD of investments in businesses designed to improve the lives of low income people. Keely has worked in the field of social entrepreneurship and finance for nearly fifteen years with experience on five continents. She was a founding member of the Bamboo Finance team after living in East Africa and working with the Acumen Fund, a social venture capital firm. She supported the establishment of Acumen’s Kenya office and also worked with AtoZ, a producer of anti-malaria mosquito nets, focusing on distribution and pricing strategies in Tanzania. Earlier in her career, she was the first employee hired by the CEO of the Skoll Foundation where she designed grant programs for social entrepreneurs and led the team who created the world’s first online community for social entrepreneurs, Social Edge. She has also served as the Interim Executive Director of a social enterprise in Peru (ProPeru Fund) and a startup professional development program for social entrepreneurs in India (Social-Impact International, now DASRA). She was a consultant on the viability of a UK based risk capital fund for Triodos Bank and economic development strategies for the Royal Bafokeng Nation, one of Africa’s wealthiest kingdoms. She studied politics at UC Berkeley and her passion for business led her to pursue an MBA degree at Oxford University where she was a Skoll Scholar. She is on the board of several companies in Africa, Europe and the Americas.
US political and economic strategist
Jonathan Tasini is a US political and economic strategist, with over 30 years experience, as a union leader and organizer, a social activist, and a commentator and writer on work, labor and the economy. He been writing, lecturing and blogging on economic, political and labor affairs for almost three decades for a wide variety of publications and media organizations, including The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, The Washington Post, The New York Times, CNBC and Playboy. He is the author of four books: It’s Not Raining, We’re Being Peed On: The Scam of the Deficit Crisis (2010); The Audacity of Greed: Free Markets, Corporate Thieves and The Looting of America (2009); They Get Cake, We Eat Crumbs: The Real Story Behind Today’s Unfair Economy, an average reader’s guide to the economy (1997); and The Edifice Complex: Rebuilding the American Labor Movement to Face the Global Economy, a critique and prescriptive analysis of the labor movement (1995).
He served as president of the US National Writers Union from 1990-2003 and has also been a board member of the International Federation of Journalists. He was the lead plaintiff in the landmark electronic rights case, Tasini v. The New York Times, which the U.S. Supreme Court decided on behalf of authors in June 2001. He tweets @jonathantasini
CEO, Yamatiji Mining & Civil
A Yamatji senior and leader in the Yamatji community, is a custodian of the country and is recognised as a spokesperson for the Yamatji region. He has extensive experience as a public officer in Aboriginal and Government agencies. He has worked as the regional manager and Aboriginal liaison officer for the Yamatji Land and Sea Council and has also worked for the Midwest, Gascoyne & Murchison Areas Native Title Working Group.
Program Manager-Scholarships, Digital Data Divide
Socheat Thin is Program Manager-Scholarships at Digital Divide Data (DDD).
He started working as operator (work-study program) at Digital Divide Data (DDD) in 2001 and had been promoted to team leader, human resource officer and training coordinator before becoming a program manager-scholarship.
Socheat was born in Siem Reap Province, Kingdom of Cambodia in 1981.
He graduated bachelor of Business Administration from Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia in 2008 and is currently earning a master degree of Management from Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia.
Managing Director, Ashoka Israel
After serving as a Director of Ashoka's Global Fellowship program, connecting more than 3000 social entrepreneurs in 72 countries, Nir is now launching Ashoka in Israel, his homeland. Nir holds a PhD from Cambridge University in social and political sciences – where he wrote his dissertation on social networks, social capital and intentional communities (such as the Israeli Kibbutz and the English Garden City). He continues to explore those areas as he builds Ashoka’s global community today. Previously, Nir led policy research initiatives at the Community Development Foundation in London and at the Committee for Social Affairs in the Israeli Parliament in Jerusalem. He has been, among other things, a curriculum developer at the Rabin Centre and the Israeli national authority for Holocaust remembrance, the editor of Israel’s bestselling computer magazine, a restaurant manager, and a street cleaner. Nir advises and lectures citizen organizations, academia, government bodies, and companies. He is also a compulsive tea drinker and a fan of animated movies.
Director, KPMG R&D
Gary is a Director of Corporate Citizenship and R&D Incentives at KPMG. He sits on a number of industry councils, has co-authored various reports and led development of KPMG’s global sustainable supply chain methodology. He is a regular speaker at conferences and industry forums. Gary is undertaking a part-time PhD (Melbourne University) linked to the application of creative thinking to biodiversity challenges. Prior to joining KPMG in 2006, he held a number of senior positions in industry, with other leading advisory firms and entrepreneurial ventures in Australia, Canada and the UK.
Managing Director, Sustainable Ventures Partners
A prominent figure in the Australian Cleantech market, Fiona Waterhouse assists entrepreneurs to demonstrate and commercialise clean technologies through practical business development, management and capital raising solutions.
With over 15 years as an entrepreneur and business development advisor, Fiona's strategic solutions are informed by real world experience.
KEY ACHIEVEMENTS INCLUDE:
Raised early stage funding and developed Utilitas Pty Ltd, a specialist bioenergy asset development company based at the Brisbane Technology Park
Developed Australia's first specialist commercial bioenergy testing facility
Non-Executive Director of EcoFund Queensland Pty Ltd, one of the largest providers of carbon and environmental offsets in the Australian market.
As a volunteer member of the Management Committee of Noosa District Landcare, has contributed to the businesses development
Recently facilitated an Indian Joint Venture to demonstrate a packaged biogas plant for intensive livestock producers due for commercial release in the second half of 2009
Developed the carbon and environmental arm of emerging capital markets group Financial and Energy Exchange Ltd. The first carbon product, traded in November 2008, was developed through specialist carbon product developer EnVex, a joint venture between FEX, Macquarie Capital and Climate Exchange Plc. (parent of the Chicago and European Climate Exchanges).
Acquired and transformed a run-down display manufacturing firm into a state-of-the-art facility with a reputation for quality, eco-efficiency and innovation
Co-designed and commercialised an information management system for small business
Director Sustainability Strategies & Director Strategic Policy for QLD Environmental Protection Agency
Facilitated development of the Business Sustainability Roadmap
Assisted the University of Queensland (UQ) to establish their Sustainable Enterprise Management Degree Specialisation that commenced in 2007
Member of management committee for Noosa and District Landcare Group Inc.
Represented Environment Business Australia in QLD (2003 â€“ 2007)
Co-author Queensland Environment Industry Profile and Trends Report (2006)
Contributing author The Natural Advantage of Nations (2005)
Co-author Public-Private Sector Partnerships for Sustainable Industries (2003)
Chief Edge Officer – Centre for the Edge, Deloitte
Peter Williams is recognised as a global thought leader on innovation and the use of online technologies and is one of Australia's most sought after guest speakers on social media and digital strategy. He has established a reputation as one of Australia's leading thinkers and practitioners in the area of innovation, technology commercialisation and all things web as well as being one of the most well known Australian CEOs on twitter. A Chartered Accountant by background, Peter moved into the online space in 1993.
Peter is CEO of Deloitte Digital and Chairman of the Deloitte Innovation council. Prior to his role in Deloitte Digital, he was CEO of the Eclipse Group, previously known as one of Australia's largest web development companies.
Recently, Peter was made an adjunct professor of RMIT University and has been described by media outlets as 'a full-time champion of the Web and all things socially networked' and 'Deloitte Digital internet god (or maybe Mick Jagger's illegitimate lovechild, we can't quite decide yet)'.
Peter has been featured in books such as Empowered by Josh Bernoff, As One by Mehrdad Baghai and James Quigley and recently authored Sitepoint's latest release - Web Design Business Kit.
Peter's articles have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times (UK), The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, The Australian Financial Review, BRW and many others. Peter has also appeared on Sky Business News, Channel Nine and the ABC in addition to the 2010 Knowledge Cities World Summit, Battle of the Big Thinkers and TEDxCanberra as a keynote speaker.
Pete has worked with a number of high profile clients such as the Carlton Football Club, BHP, Telstra, AFL, NAB, ANZ, Google, Microsoft, Yammer and the Federal and Victorian Governments and is also a Board Member of Circus Oz and Emue Technologies Pty Ltd.
Social media was central to how Peter was able to have a huge impact during the black Saturday bushfires and then also how he supported the town of Flowerdale during the recovery. This included using twitter for real-time updates and attracting support and donations of goods and services and blogging the progress of Flowerdale. In recognition of his extensive work in this area he recently won a Forrester Groundswell award from Forrester Media (the first of its kind to be awarded outside of the United States) for best use of social media for social change.
48 hours after the devastating floods hit Brisbane, Pete launched floodaid.com.au to connect those in need with those who could help and promoted the site using only his social media network. 24 after the horrific earth quakes in New Zealand Pete again used his social network to launch quakeaid.co.nz.
Co-founder and Chielf Operating Officer, Kopernik
Ewa Wojkowska is the co-founder and chief operating officer of Kopernik (www.kopernik.info) - an award winning technology marketplace for the developing world. Since its launch in 2010, Kopernik has delivered life-changing technologies–such as solar lanterns, fuel efficient cookstoves, and water purifiers to more than 85,000 people living in the ‘last mile’.
Prior to Kopernik, Ewa spent a decade working for the United Nations and the World Bank in Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Sierra Leone, Thailand and New York and also founded The Women’s Centre of Oecusse Enclave in Timor-Leste.
Ewa has been recognized as an Ashoka ChangemakHER, as one of Advance’s 50 emerging women leaders 2011 and was named Rutgers University Social Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012. Ewa grew up in Poland and Australia and currently lives in Indonesia.
About the conference
The conference builds on the groundswell of activity and commitment in the social enterprise space in our region and beyond, and aims to coalesce this energy into a powerful movement for change.
The RMIT Social Enterprise Group gratefully acknowledges the support of our partners and sponsors.