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Young entrepreneurs & leaders speaker series
ASEAN 2019

The young entrepreneurs and leaders speaker series brings together our nations to share, celebrate and strengthen our successes

Australia now ASEAN 2019 builds on the deep and long-standing ties between Australia and ASEAN member countries. The 2019 program focuses on engaging and celebrating the vitality, diversity and capability of youth across Southeast Asia.

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ASEAN Event Partners

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June 20th 2019
September 12th – 13th 2019
November 25th 2019



July 29th – August 2nd 2019



October 20th – 25 2019



28th November – 2nd December 2019

Our Impact

events run
people directly engaged
organisations worked with in ASEAN

With funding and support from the Australian Government.



20th July 2019


Working with the Australian Embassy and local Australian Alumni to deliver a panel and workshop as part of the Lao HR Forum.

Partner organisation includes:
Laos HR Forum

Cameron Cliff

Director of Social Impact, GO1
Dr Cameron Cliff is an expert in cross-platform development and audience engagement. With over 10 years of experience across different storytelling and learning industries, he has a career spanning immersive theatre, education, marketing, film, television, XR. He is currently the Social Impact Manager for GO1, leading an initiative in HR and online learning that ties workplace learning to real, positive and tangible outcomes for workers. He’s previously completed a PhD in audience engagement methodology and business strategy and created learning solutions for the United Nations, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, international feature films and children’s reading applications.

October 2019


Working with the Australian Embassy and local youth and schools to deliver a workshops on bullying and youth mental health.

Partner organisations include:
Panyathip International School, STELLA, Lao Youth Union, Lao Youth Radio, Vientiane Women’s Centre

Nicole Gibson

Founder, Love Out Loud & Rogue and Rouge Foundation
Nicole is known as a multi-award winning social entrepreneur, but she prefers to be seen as an unstoppable messenger of love and human potential; impacting over 250 000 people world-wide with her unconventional models of community development and transformation. Currently Nicole is the CEO of a global movement, Love Out Loud, which aspires to engage 4% of the Western populous by the end of 2020, to successfully facilitate the world’s largest love-based movement. Nicole has made a vast impact in the health and education landscape in Australia, and served as the youngest Commonwealth Commissioner for Health in history, advising directly to the Australian Federal Health Minister and Prime Minister.

October 2019


Working with the Australian Embassy and local LGBTI and human rights groups to deliver workshops and panels on LGBTI+ rights, progress and empowerment.

Partner organisations include:
ILO, The Equality Project, Lao Youth Radio, Lao Youth Union, and more

Mikhara Ramsing

Founder, Ground Chai & Ethnic LGBT+
Mikhara Ramsing is a social entrepreneur from Brisbane, Australia. She runs two social enterprises in the human rights space: Ground Chai, which sells ethically sourced, environmentally sustainable delicious chai to fund suicide prevention in rural Australia; and Ethnic LGBT+, a national website providing a safe place for members of the culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) LGBTIQA+ community. She has been nominated as the Young Australian of the Year QLD 2019 and 1 of 10 Australians awarded a Westpac Social Change Fellowship 2018. She is formally recognised by the Australian Goverment as an Emerging Leader for the Australia-ASEAN Region.


29th June – 2nd August 2019

Working with the Australian High Commission in Phnom Penh to deliver a series of workshops, panels and Q&As on social enterprise, design, startups, gender equality and LGBTI+ rights.

Partner organisations include:
Politikoffee, Cambodian Centre for Human Rights, Impact Hub, SHE Investments and Future Forum

Elise Stephenson

Director of Social Impact, Social Good Outpost
Elise Stephenson is an award-winning social entrepreneur, PhD Candidate from the School of Government and International Relations at Griffith University, Brisbane, and a New Colombo Plan Alumni of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Recognised as one of 25 Young Women to Watch in International Affairs, and awarded by the United Nations Australia Association, Elise is passionate about gender equality and women’s leadership. Elise’s PhD is currently focuses on women’s leadership in international relations – focusing on diplomacy and security. Elise is an Australian representative on the Commonwealth Youth Gender Equality Network, having represented Australia overseas for work and research through countries such as Taiwan, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Morocco, Spain, and Turkey, representing Australia for the Hult Prize in Shanghai, the Asia Pacific Cities Summit in Taiwan, and the Asia Future Fellows Program in Beijing. Elise is also the co-founder of the Social Good Outpost, a social enterprise creative design agency for changemakers. A relentless ‘do-er’, Elise is the curator of this Youth entrepreneurs & leaders speaker series.

Lara Stephenson

Creative Director, Social Good Outpost
Lara is a feminist designer and entrepreneur, who works with digital technologies to give businesses and organisations strong and authentic identities. She uses art and design to help tell stories and make connections. She was one of three finalists for Role Model of the Year 2017 by Out for Australia. Awarded sponsorship by the Australian Federal Government Office for Women to undertake mentorship by Rare Birds, her designs have been nominated to Victorian Premiers Design Awards and her enterprise Social Good Outpost, which works across Australia-ASEAN, was chosen as one of Brisbane’s top 15 emerging Social Enterprises in 2018. Bridging the creative sector and government, she recently completed a Fellowship with Code for Australia. Lara believes in working with those creating change in our communities that supports social wellbeing and including people who have not had societal power. She believes that deliberate design can make change happen.


20th – 25th October 2019

Working with the Australian High Embassy in Hanoi and Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City, as well as in-country human rights, NGO and community partners to deliver a series of workshops, panels and Q&As on gender and women’s leadership.

Partner organisation includes:
Vietnam National University – University of Technology, University of Science, RMIT, Vietnam Women’s Museum, Consulate-General’s Gender Conference 2019, UNFPA, CARE, PLAN, iSEE, GBVnet, Australian Volunteers, and more.

Felicity Furey

Engineer, Founder, Director, Speaker, Specialist in Diversity
Felicity Furey is an award winning inspirational speaker, entrepreneur and engineer passionate about diversity. As a founder of two social enterprises, Felicity has shifted the perception of engineering with thousands of young people and companies. Felicity has been named as a Superstar of STEM, one of the Financial Review BOSS Magazine’s Young Executives of the Year in 2016 and named as one of Australia’s ‘100 Women of Influence’ at just 26 years old. Felicity has been featured on ABC News, Sky News, the Australian Financial Review and the Australian. She is also a Civil Engineer who has delivered Australia’s mega infrastructure projects for over 10 years. This work includes extending the life of the Sydney Harbour Tunnel, and shaping the city of Melbourne as a design manager on the West Gate Tunnel Project. Felicity applies the design principles learnt in her professional career to engineer a better society. By co-founding and leading companies Power of Engineering and Machinam, Felicity has increased diversity in the people who design our world – engineers and inspired thousands of students across Australia into engineering and mathematics.


28th November – 3rd December 2019


Working with the Australian Embassy in Brunei to deliver a series of workshops on the future of fashion, sustainable fashion, women’s empowerment, and social enterprise.

Brittanie Dreghorn

Founder, The Content Division & Britt's List
Brittanie Dreghorn is the co-founder of content marketing agency The Content Division and the founder and editor of Britt’s List – an online fashion publication dedicated to telling the stories behind Australian fashion brands that lead their industry in environmental sustainability and ethical treatment of people and animals. Her interest and knowledge in fashion, sustainability and marketing forms her expertise around ethical business and communications. Since launching Britt’s List in 2017, Britt has made it her mission to raise awareness of the issues in the fashion industry and help promote and profile fashion brands that are making genuine efforts in sustainability. Off the back of Britt’s List, Britt runs monthly sustainable fashion walking tours in Brisbane and speaks regularly at events for businesses, fashion industry people and individuals who want to learn more about sustainability. She’s a thought leader in the industry and a passionate ambassador for truly ethical brands everywhere.

News and media coverage


Australia now ASEAN

Official website, showcasing and connecting future innovators, leaders, thinkers, creators and social change makers across Southeast Asia.

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Australia-ASEAN Council

The council’s mission is to increase knowledge and promote Australia’s interests in Southeast Asia by initiating and supporting activities to enhance understanding and links between people and institutions in Australia and 10 countries: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

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Impact Boom

Media partner for the Young entrepreneurs & leaders speaker series.

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What does it truly take to make social impact?

In her tour of Laos, Nicole found that for many it was the first time they had ever engaged in the topic of mental health.

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Learnings from Laos: connection and collaboration for social impact

When we think about social impact, there’s few better places in the region that Australia has had such a strong and supportive role in boosting the people and economy. The needs of being a least developed nation, and the opportunities that Australia has helped to pioneer through its aid program and commerce, are an interesting departure point of this article series: ‘Australia now: Youth Making an Impact in ASEAN’.

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How to tell stories about social impact: Learnings from Gender Month in Vietnam

Two weeks ago, I woke up in Vietnam … It was the final day of a week that was packed with 13 events I’d been running with fellow social entrepreneur, Felicity Furey, as part of the Australian Government’s Australia now program.

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Why some social enterprises succeed (and others don’t): learnings from Cambodia

We headed to the hot and steaming tropical country of Cambodia at the end of July to spend a week working with the Australian Embassy and local social enterprises, think tanks and NGOs all around a few key themes: including gender equality and social enterprise.

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Our values

We are committed to running ethical and environmentally sustainable events that are inclusive and welcoming of youth and supporters from all backgrounds.

Our events are safe and celebratory spaces for all genders and sexualities, cultures, (dis)abilities, and other intersectionalities.

Thank you to the Australian Government for providing the support and funding to make this possible.