Meet our 2017 Social Impact Festival Team
Director of UWA Business School Centre for Social Impact & Founder of Social Impact Festival
Professor Paul Flatau is Director of the UWA Business School Centre for Social Impact (CSI UWA). The CSI UWA seeks to achieve significant social change through its research and education programs and its public engagement with social purpose organisations and community members. Paul has well over 100 publications covering a broad range of fields including labour economics, the history of economic thought, social policy and housing homelessness research. In his most recent work, Paul has examined the costs of youth homelessness, the integration of social and health services, couchsurfing and school students, refugees and housing and Indigenous outcomes and expenditures. Paul founded the Perth Social Impact Festival in 2015 to provide opportunities for the wider community to learn, engage in discussion and create lasting initiatives. Since then the Festival has become the premier Social Impact Festival in the world. Join in and create social impact.
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Co-Director of Social Impact Festival
Claire Stokes is a passionate social impact leader, innovator, educator, and researcher. She works on a number of projects seeking to create systems-level change to enable all members of the community to reach their potential. Claire has many years of professional experience in Western Australia's not-for-profit sector and is a graduate of a Master in Business Administration from The University of Western Australia (UWA). She currently holds several positions at the Centre for Social Impact UWA, including Academic Lecturer and Tutor for undergraduate and graduate programs. She works on research projects, particularly in the area of impact measurement, and manages the Centre’s engagement activities. This includes being Co-Director of the major annual event the Social Impact Festival held in Perth, Western Australia. Claire also volunteers as Chair of the Board for community arts organisation Globe Town Project, as Youth Board Representative for community service organisation Rise Network, and as Board Director for national arts capacity building organisation Arts Initiative Australia. With a background in Classical music and arts management, Claire also freelances as a pianist, flautist, and pre-concert talk speaker.
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Co-Director of Social Impact Festival
Katie is our Co-Director of the Social Impact Festival. For over ten years, Katie has been a social process designer, facilitator, event creator and educator. She is passionate about designing events and processes that are unique, fit-for-purpose and that amplify and accelerate positive impact. She currently lectures and teaches in our Graduate Certificate for Social Impact and Undergraduate programs. Katie also works as a Human-Centred Designer on several innovation projects. Katie has worked with and for many organisations that are driving positive change including the School for Social Entrepreneurs, UNSW MBAx Design for Social Innovation course, All We Need is Right Here (Asset-Based Community Development Project), City of Fremantle and the global MIT edX u.Lab group. She has also been the convener of Perth u.Lab Hub and the 2015 Design for Social Innovation Conference.
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Lauren is our Social Impact Festival Sponsorship Manager and Chair for the Alumni for Social Impact. She is currently in the process of completing the Graduate Certificate for Social Impact at the University of Western Australia. Boston born and bred, and with a background in International Business and International Economics, it is no surprise that Lauren began her consulting career within the US, that soon saw her consulting overseas across Spain and Australia in organisations with a particular focus in not-for-profit, government, business and higher education. Lauren specialises in business development and social impact consulting, revenue raising, relationship management and philanthropy. Lauren is a strategic communicator that develops meaningful relationships, networks and partnerships. She is motivated by helping businesses, individuals, funders and the social sector to connect, collaborate, innovate and grow together. Lauren loves all things Spanish and the company of others, as well as skiing, skating, stand up paddling, meditating, yoga and making nourishing food.
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Programming & Production Manager Social Impact Festival
Vinisha is our Programming and Production Manager and has recently completed her Masters of Management in London. Vinisha brings a wealth of knowledge from working internationally across Australia, USA, India and Indonesia, in both the creative and NFP sectors, which will play an instrumental part in the successful Social Festival Impact campaign. Vinisha has particular interests for design in social innovation and the engagement of communities in contemporary art and design. Vinisha emodies the vision of social inclusion and the respect for diversity.
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Programme Manager for Impact School
Emma is passionate about all things education, philosophy, and social impact. Brought up on the beaches of Perth, she loves to travel, cook, learn, and be an advocate for social justice and sustainability. Emma is the Founder and Director of the Ethical Living Challenge, a free 21-day initiative where participants learn about global issues and the ethics of everyday consumption. She has campaigned for the rights of children, refugees and Aboriginal Australians as a UNICEF Young Ambassador, lobbied MPs in Canberra, fundraised for charities, set up a social justice committee, and has helped make her school, college, and suburb Fair Trade Communities. With a love of words and stories, Emma hopes that she can help inspire and encourage a generation of young people to continue fighting for justice. When she's not in the CSI office or writing her Honours thesis, she can usually be found in her favourite cafe or in her garden with a good book.
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Marketing & Communications Officer (Intern)
Kaiya is our Marketing & Communications Officer (Intern) for the Social Impact Festival and is currently completing her undergraduate degree in Marketing and Management at the University of Western Australia. She has several years' experience working in a number of Non-Government Organisations, both in Australia and the UK. Kaiya is driven to making a difference by spreading the message of positive social impact and connecting social changemakers, through a variety of media channels. During her internship, she will be communicating about upcoming events within the Social Impact Festival, promoting the festival through multiple networks and engagement with the wider Western Australian community. When Kaiya is not working or managing university deadlines, she loves to spend time with her two dogs exploring Perth or playing hockey. Know of any marketing or advertisement opportunities? Contact Kaiya via LinkedIn.
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