Meet the shapers

Bindi Raja

Bindi Raja is a Sonographer, who has also dabbled in entrepreneurship. Over the past 2 years, she has been the scholarship recipient of the Naomi Milgrom scholarship for female entrepreneurs, the winner of the inaugural 2016 $10K Wade Institute best start-up prize for her medical start-up, recently been appointed as a board member of ‘Friends of Refugees’, a member of the Global Shapers Community Melbourne Hub, part of the executive team for STEMBEA (bringing together cross-disciplinary collaboration between business and STEM) and travels around the country supporting rural and regional hospitals that require ultrasonography.

Candice Bowditch

Candice is an Indigenous Computer Scientist. She is a tireless advocate for diversity in the tech sector and believes strongly in the potential of technology to empower historically disadvantaged individuals and communities.

Carlo Guaia

Carlo Guaia is a motivated and self-starter communication specialist in strategic communications, stakeholder engagement, government liaison and campaign strategy. Fluent in two languages (English and Italian) as well as working knowledge of Spanish, French, German and Arabic, which uniquely allows him to support an organisation in achieving its goals locally or overseas.

Passionate connector, solution provider and team player, always willing to learn. Experienced in working within fast-paced organisations and on a range of complex and sensitive projects with clients both in Australia and Europe within the Finance, Health, Tourism and Education industry. Navigated complex communications, managed issues, conducted objective research and met tight deadlines.

Carlo currently works as a Community and Stakeholder Engagement Advisor at VicRoads.

Chavy Arora

Chavy is a medical doctor working at the Royal Women’s Hospital, with a particular interest in sustainable development, gender equity and ethics. Committed to achieving social equity and health for all, she holds the role of Clinical Champion for the Prevention of Violence Against Women. She has previously convened the Global Ideas Labs program on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and led the Medicine and Health Working Group at the Henley Club.

Chavy completed her MBBS at Monash University and an Honours degree in bioethics at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics. She also completed an internship at the World Health Organisation Global Health Ethics Unit in 2015, which developed her interest in philosophical questions related to sustainable development. She is due to complete her Bachelor in Development and Economics from the University of London in May 2019.

Chavy hopes to apply her practical and academic experience to creating and applying innovative solutions to social challenges of the 21st century.

Daniel Tram

Daniel is an educator that is passionate about helping young people thrive in the world that they will inherit and works on improving education on a systematic level.

Daniel has held roles at multiple venture-backed Education Technology startups, developed systems and frameworks at the internationally acclaimed school Lumineer Academy, and was an associate of the Teach for Australia program where he taught Maths and Computing at an underprivileged school in Melbourne’s west.

Prior to entering the education industry he worked for several years advising leading businesses on their Strategy and Operations at the global management consultancy A.T. Kearney.

Diletta (Deeds) Legowo

Deeds is energised by the way design and creative forms of communication can inspire change. Her interests reside in the intersection of communication design and social impact. She founded abcdeeds, a creative studio which partners with ethical businesses, social enterprises, and not-for-profits in developing propelling brand communication and campaign strategies. Deeds’ background stems from a fine arts painting discipline and Masters in International Development.

Her main role at the moment is managing the marketing portfolio of Deakin University’s startup ecosystem body, SPARK Deakin. She also advises on communication design independently. Outside of her main roles, she is involved with Community Engagement at Oaktree (NGO), Indonesian-Australian creative bi-lateral collaborations, and represents Chase Gallery in bringing the contemporary printmaking works of modern masters such as Picasso, Dali, Matisse, Chagall, and Miro to charity auctions and galas in Melbourne.

Gerald Fisher

Gerald is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of social impact startup We Are Affect. Affect creates both virtual reality and 2D content that aims to transform perceptions and influence positive social change through digital tools, storytelling and content creation.

Gerald studied Psychology and International Relations at the University of Melbourne and completed his honours in Psychology at Deakin University. In between consulting and working with startups Gerald loves to bring people together to solve challenging problems and tell stories that matter.

He likes to mentor young patients in hospital in his spare time and is interested in the intersection psychology, media and how we can leverage digital tools for positive social change.

Gulandam Khan

Gulandam spent half her life growing up in Pakistan before immigrating to Australia in her early teens, and has since then pursued a 6+ year career as a management consultant at IBM and PwC, where she specialises in innovation, strategy and emerging technology. In particular, ensuring we are harnessing these to create an inclusive and productive future for all.

Gul has a particular passion for transforming the public sector, with her clients including federal and state government, the United Nations, the World Bank and the OECD.

Ian Buck

A multidisciplinary leader, Ian Buck derives strategic, innovative solutions from his technical engineering education, business acumen and entrepreneurial attributes to solve commercial, social and environmental challenges.

Ian is a “clear thinker”, respected for his “exceptional drive, enthusiasm and vision” all the while exhibiting “outstanding competence and professionalism in the development of new ideas.” With over two years in the provision of assurance and risk consulting services with PwC, Ian has developed technical financial reporting expertise and risk based consulting over a broad range of clients and industries. His primary interest is working towards solving what he believes to be the world’s greatest challenge, becoming a sustainable world. This encompasses adopting innovative practices and technology to tackle challenges posed in energy generation, food production, water use and transport. In his spare time he enjoys travelling abroad, hiking and water sports.

Imogen Smith-Waters

Imogen is a Service Designer with a background in law, communications and global issues. Fascinated by the intersection of law, tech and design, Imogen is excited by new opportunities for applied tech and inclusive design to better serve communities.

Imogen Smith-Waters

Imogen is a Service Designer with a background in law, communications and global issues. Fascinated by the intersection of law, tech and design, Imogen is excited by new opportunities for applied tech and inclusive design to better serve communities.

James Wong

James Wong is passionate about seeing the business, government and public sectors working together to drive change, having co-founded impact consulting organisations in Tanzania and Australia. He works as a solicitor focusing on technology law – a role in which he hopes to learn more about how technology can enable new solutions to twenty-first century challenges.

James has previously advised World Vision Australia on community engagement, presented on urban economics at a conference in Morocco, participated in various public debates, served as President of Amnesty International’s Monash University chapter and co-founded the Monash Future Thinkers initiative, which brings together the latest thinking across a range of disciplines to get people talking about the future we want to create.

Jane Chen

As a Sociology Honours student at the University of Melbourne, Jane is passionate about challenging the effects of policy and business upon social inequality and division, and champions the role of lived experience perspectives in social research. Her thesis focuses upon representations of unemployment in Australian social enterprises, as a critical evaluation of the extent to which they empower individuals. She hopes to use research to spark unexpected opportunities for social impact in transdisciplinary spaces.

Alongside her studies, Jane also holds youth advocacy roles in a number of organisations around Melbourne. In particular, she is a youth advisor to the Centre for Multicultural Youth, where she aims to use her own experiences as a second-generation Chinese immigrant to create more inclusive communities for diverse young Australians. Previously, she has volunteered with charities promoting girls’ education, worked as a pro-bono management consultant for not-for-profits, and played leading roles in place-making initiatives.

Kareem El-Ansary

With a passion for social equity, social impact and innovation, Kareem currently leads the Asia-Pacific Youth Organisation (APYO), a youth-run public policy non-profit working to build the capacity and voice of young people across the region by providing meaningful platforms for policy co-design, research and implementation. Prior to joining the APYO, Kareem worked with the Oaktree Foundation, Australia’s largest youth-run development organisation where he was the National Director of the ‘Live Below the Line’ campaign, a digital, peer to peer fundraiser working to confront extreme poverty in the Asia-Pacific region.

Kareem holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from the University of Melbourne with majors in Political Science, International Affairs and Communications. He is also currently serving as one of four young board members of the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVic) – the peak body and leading policy advocate for young people’s issues in Victoria.

Linh Do

Linh Do is a social change advocate who has been working on environmental issues for the past decade. Her background is in community organising, new media and strategy development. She is currently the Australia and Pacific lead for The Climate Reality Project, Al Gore’s climate change leadership program.
Linh’s environmental advocacy has seen her work with a range of stakeholders, from high school students to the United Nations and the Reuters Foundation. She led the Australian Conservation Foundation’s community organising program and has worked with Climate Action Network International.

Linh has served on both non-profit and for-profit boards, and in 2010 she co-founded the online community engagement platform, OurSay. Most recently, Linh served as publisher and editor-in-chief of newswire service, The Verb, where she worked with a global team to localise and humanise stories from the UN climate change negotiations.  

Linh is an accomplished public speaker and writer, whose work has been featured in Al Jazeera, Vogue, the Huffington Post and the Washington Post, amongst others. Linh has been named Australian Geographic Young Conservationist of the Year and one of Junior Chamber International’s Outstanding Young Persons of the World.

Madeleine Parry

Madeleine Parry is an award-winning filmmaker. Her recent work includes Hannah Gadsby’s ‘Nanette’ for Netflix, ‘Corey White’s Roadmap to Paradise’ and the ‘Maddie Parry’ series for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. She’s been awarded Best Direction in a Documentary (Standalone) from the Australian Director’s Guild (ADG), Best Film at festivals internationally and nominated for Best Documentary Series from the ADG.

She’s a writer of documentary and comedy, director of virtual reality, comedy and drama and an experienced producer of engaging, high-rating and award-winning content.

Marie Schega

Marie is currently on a journey to merge her experience in partnerships, project management and entrepreneurship with her passion for sustainability. She is the Co-Founder and Director of cosurround, a small consultancy that collaborates with purpose-led groups to make the good stuff happen, from engineering mind-blowing events to innovating fresh business ideas.

A lover of all things green, Marie teaches Kokedama-making workshops with her partner at deuxlush. In 2016, she coupled up with some friends to run the first The Good Stall, a market that showcases social entrepreneurs and local creatives. She is excited to pass on her knowledge as a mentor for 15 to 18 year olds at the YMCA Youth for Causes 2017 program.

She is a recent Graduate from the Executive Master of Arts at the University of Melbourne, a program that combines the best of the humanities and business.

Matthew Nguyen

Passionate about localising impact to create more sustainable change, Matt co-founded Action for Health, an organisation that mobilises young people to call for healthier cities through a variety of grassroots civic engagement and advocacy initiatives.

He is also a Board Member of Oaktree, Australia’s largest youth-run development agency and researches vaccination policy at the Burnet Institute.

Matthew Taylor

Matthew is a collaborative and compassionate leader and advocate who works across sectors and disciplines to drive social innovation and entrepreneurship. He is committed to individual and collective action to create a more just, inclusive and sustainable world. Currently, Matthew is a policy adviser at the Department of Treasury and Finance (Vic), where he is responsible for developing and implementing Victoria’s Social Procurement Framework that puts social and sustainable outcomes at the centre of government procurement activity.

Matthew is also the co-founder and managing director of MET Designs, a design collective that creates beautiful, quality products inspired by reading and ideas. As a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity, MET’s profits support literacy programs that empower all kids to reach their full potential and write their own story.

Matthew Jackman

Matthew is passionate about human rights, social justice and the intersection with ‘living’ experience involvement at systemic local, state, national and international spaces informing mental health service provision. Matthew converges living experience skills and knowledge and professional experience through clinical social work in forensic mental health and consumer and carer consultant roles. Matthew presently teaches across a number of universities in mental health and social determinants to health and wellbeing, and is an mental health and international student researcher at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

Matthew advises global mental health bodies from a living experience perspective, and represents Melbourne as a Global Shaper with the World Economic Forum. He is undertaking his Masters of Counselling and Psychotherapy, International Diploma in Mental Health, Human Rights and Law, and Doctorate (PhD) in Social Work examining peer work as a discipline in global mental health. He holds a Bachelor of Social Work and Honours from Monash University.

Michael Swiatkiwsky

Michael is a Software Engineer in love with all things tech. Fascinated by computers from a young age, his curiosity grew into an affinity with technology and he now looks forward to harnessing that passion for the betterment of humanity.

Leading The RMIT CSIT Society as President in 2018, Michael made it his mission to support his peers and propel them forward towards success. Renowned by some as the “Yes Man”, he preaches his firm belief that the key to living a great life is by opening up to new opportunities and saying YES when they appear.

Natalie Rathner

Natalie is passionate about bringing out the best in others to grow social impact and philanthropy, and is currently the Director of Philanthropic Programs for the Australian Jewish Funders. She manages multiple programs around leadership, social entrepreneurship, next gen engagement and philanthropic innovation.

Natalie is currently completing her MBA specialising in Social Impact and is on the committee for NEXUS Australia.

Nina Liew

Nina is a motivated, curious and compassionate leader with a keen interest in creating impact through strategy and organisations with a core social mission. She is currently a Management Consultant at Nous Group where she works on business strategy and public policy at state and federal levels.

Nina has previously worked across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors including at Impact Investing Australia, World Vision Australia and The Timekeeper – a social business dedicated to youth mental health. She also has a passion for Asia-Australia relations and is a Westpac Bicentennial Foundation Asian Exchange Scholar.

Nina is the current Curator (elected lead) of the Global Shapers Community Melbourne Hub.

Portia Odell

Portia is a PhD candidate at Curtin University conducting research that explores how schools can reduce emissions and the social impact that can have in the community. She is co-founder of the Low Carbon Schools Pilot Program – a social enterprise that empowered schools to take action on their carbon emissions, and she has worked on several startups working closely with investors to implement design thinking and market validation.

She has presented at various global academic conferences and social enterprise forums on her research and the work of her social enterprise. With her experience in startups, she is interested in how social enterprises can challenge traditional business paradigms and work on innovative solutions to global climate change.

Outside of her work and research, she has been involved in a number of community organisations ranging from student leadership to local food, such as Millennium Kids and Perth City Farm.

Sam Rogers

Sam currently works with a private family foundation, contributing to its strategy for systems change and helping manage its social investments.

Sam is also a founding convenor of Young Australians in Philanthropy, a community of practice for young people working in the sector; a member of Philanthropy Australia’s New Generation of Giving initiative; and was previously a Fellow at Small Giants, a family office investing in purpose-led businesses.

Sam is the current Vice Curator of the Global Shapers Community Melbourne Hub.

Sophie Lamond

Sophie Lamond is a PhD student at the University of Melbourne where she researches food politics.

As a young academic activist Sophie runs the Fair Food Challenge. The Challenge facilitates student-led co-design of fair food policies for Australian universities, and campaigns for healthy, sustainable and equitable food environments.

Sophie has run community kitchens, mentored food projects and hosts the occasional apocalyptic dinner party. She has a keen interest in civil society advocacy and founded the Melbourne chapter of the Youth Food Movement, has been a committee member of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance and is a member of the Right to Food Coalition.

She speaks, writes and facilitates events to open up conversations about good food and to explore possible food futures. She publishes an occasional newsletter.

Tori Berquist

Tori is passionate about social equity, working with community organisations focused on supporting LGBTIQ individuals, celebrating and empowering neurodiversity, and advocating to reduce stigma surrounding mental health. She also serves as Chair of the Australian Medical Students’ Association, a volunteer-led NFP.

Tori is completing her medical studies before working a junior doctor at the Alfred Hospital, and has an Honours degree in HIV research. She is looking forward to combining her curiosity for analytics, relationships, and systems-level thinking as an Associate for the Boston Consulting Group in the future having received the BCG Scholarship.

She sees her future intersecting systems, social change and health.