More than 200 philanthropists, social entrepreneurs, change makers, and social investors aged under 40 will gather at Melbourne’s Grand Hyatt on October 26 – 28 for the Nexus Summit, and applications to attend are still open here.
Founded in 2011, Nexus describes itself as a “global movement of more than 1000 young people from over 60 countries working to increase and improve philanthropy and impact investing by bridging communities of wealth and social entrepreneurship.”
The Nexus Australian Youth Summit is hosted by the Foundation for Young Australians and joins international chapters including New York, Beijing, London and Singapore.
“I often wonder,” said Dorjee Sun, a 36-year-old ‘serial entrepreneur’ at the 2013 event. “What would Bill Gates have extracted in change if at the age when he was first starting Microsoft he had actually applied all that knowledge and skill to a social cause?”
“How much you are worth is not about your balance sheet. It’s about the size of your ambitions and goals. Your worth is the change you want to make.”
Applicants will be advised of their submission outcome in early September 2014. Registration costs for invited applicants at the 2014 Summit is AUD $300 (GST inclusive), plus a booking fee of $4.80.
Speakers on the 2014 program include Audette Exel, Elizabeth Dearborn Hughes, and Zac Russell.
Audette Exel is founder of the ISIS Group and CEO of ISIS (Asia Pacific), a corporate finance for-purpose business that funds the core support costs of The ISIS Foundation, which works with communities in Nepal and Uganda to deliver essential services.
Audette is a lawyer, specialising in international finance and formerly Managing Director of Bermuda Commercial Bank and Chair of the Bermuda Stock Exchange. Currently Vice Chair of the Board of Steamship Mutual and a Non-Executive Director of Suncorp Group. Audette was NSW Telstra Businesswoman of the Year 2012 and was one of The Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence in 2012. In 2013, Audette was awarded an honorary Order of Australia for service to humanity and in 2014 was recognised by Forbes as a “Hero of Philanthropy“.
Elizabeth Dearborn Hughes
Elizabeth Dearborn Hughes is the CEO & Co-founder of the Akilah Institute for Women, the only women’s college in Rwanda and Burundi. Students study Entrepreneurship, IT, and Hospitality Management, and Akilah alumni have a 95 per cent job placement rate. The Akilah vision is to open a network of campuses across Africa. Elizabeth has lived in Kigali, Rwanda since 2006.
Zac Russell founded Russallo in 2013, a firm focused in using stories to develop business and organizational strategy. He works with and is an advocate for next generation philanthropy, impact investing, and global entrepreneurship for non-profits and foundations.