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    UN Sustainable Development Goals: Getting It Right with Atlassian, UNHCR, Wayside Chapel + More

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    Many large corporations, not-for-profits and startups have been making a positive social impact. Whilst many are getting it right, others need some help - which is why we are bringing in the experts to tell us how they do it. The objective of this panel discussion is to inform anyone interested in social impact about what works, and what doesn’t, when achieving the Sustainable Development Goals laid out by the United Nations.

    On Thursday the 24th October at 5.30pm, join Fishburners, Peepsride and ourΒ talented panel:

    • Steve King -Β Product Manager at Atlassian and Co-Founder ofΒ abil.ioΒ Β 
    • Naomi Steer - the Founding National Director ofΒ Australia for UNHCR
    • Rosemary Kayess -Β Accomplished Human Rights Lawyer, Researcher, Academic and Australia's Representative at the United Nations for Disability RightsΒ 
    • Lee Cooper -Β Head of Innovation, Strategy & Social Impact at Wayside ChapelΒ 
    • Raja Yassine - Humanities Teacher, Peacemaker & Crescent Foundation Ambassador


    • 5:30 pm - Networking drinks and snacks
    • 6:00 pm - 7.30pm - Panel Discussion and Q&A
    • 7:30 pm – 8pm -Β Networking drinks

      About the Panellists

      Steve King - Product Manager at Atlassian and Co-Founder ofΒ abil.ioΒ Β 

      Steve King is responsible for Accessibility at Atlassian and isΒ a co-founder of accessible technology startup abilio which has a social purpose to make life accessible. Steve is passionate about understanding, describing and improving the patient experience in healthcare using technology to enable people with ideas to connect and build with people who have the skill to deliver those ideas, particularly when they solveΒ problems for people seeking out a more inclusive and impactful life.

      Naomi Steer - Founding National Director ofΒ Australia for UNHCR

      A passionate advocate for refugees, with a deep understanding of the issues affecting displacedΒ people, she has worked in human rights and refugee issues since she began her career as a diplomatΒ with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, with postings at the United Nations inΒ New York and in India.Β Under Naomi’s leadership, Australia for UNHCR has become a top 10Β private-sector contributor toΒ UNHCR’s budget, ahead of many governments and international foundations. It is the onlyΒ international agency in Australia solely focused on refugees and raises tens of millions of dollarsΒ annually to support UNHCR’s global humanitarian work.Β 

      Naomi is also a Trustee of First State Super in Australia and a Director of the Sydney Financial Forum.Β She has served on a number of previous boards specializing in governance, finance and riskΒ management. In 2017 she was nominated by her peers as the Co-Chair of UNHCR’s PartnershipΒ Council.Β Naomi presents regularly and is widely published on global humanitarian issues, and in particular theΒ impact of conflict and displacement on women and girls.Β She has an MSc (Distinction - Security, Conflict and International Development) from LeicesterΒ University, and a LLB/BA (Hons - Political Science) from the UNSW. Naomi is also a graduate of theΒ Harvard University Executive program.

      Rosemary Kayess -Β Accomplished Human Rights Lawyer, Researcher, Academic and UN RepresentativeΒ 

      RosemaryΒ is the first Australian woman to be elected to the United Nations (UN) Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Committee monitors the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.Β She was formerly the Chair of the Australian Centre for Disability Law and Director of the Disability Innovation Institute at the University of New South Wales.

      Lee Cooper -Β Head of Innovation, Strategy & Social Impact at Wayside Chapel

      Lee has been working in the not-for-profit sector since 1997, starting out in small grassroots community organisations in direct service delivery in regional Victoria through to executive roles in marketing, communications fundraising and strategy. Lee began his careerΒ working as a drug and alcohol youth outreach worker in country Victoria for 7 years. From there, he moved into the charity sector, starting at CanTeen, before moving to Cancer Council NSW where he rose to the position of Head of the Event Marketing Unit.Β 

      He moved to Wayside Chapel in 2017 to cover a maternity role as Head of Marketing and Fundraising and now focuses on applying his knowledge to help Wayside identify future opportunities to scale its mission and measure and value the impact Wayside makes. Having worked within service delivery, communications and fundraising, Lee understands that the impact of the mission is what matters the most. Lee completed a Masters in Management at UTS specialising in the not-for-profit and social sector.

      Raja Yassine -Β Humanities Teacher, Peacemaker & Crescent Foundation Ambassador

      Raja is a community engagement specialist with aΒ demonstrated ability to connect communities through sport,Β community forums, cross-cultural meet & greets and youthΒ programs.Β Being the first girl in her family to study at University, RajaΒ learnt very quickly the value of Education and theΒ transformational impact it has on people’s lives. As aΒ targeted graduate from Sydney University, she embarked onΒ a career of giving and empowering through education.

      For over 20 years, Raja has had the privilege of working inΒ diverse communities, including Boorangan AboriginalΒ College, Granville TAFE and schools in the private and publicΒ sector. In 2018, she won the NSW Education Secretary’sΒ Award for Outstanding new School Initiative, for her work inΒ developing the Positive Parent Engagement Program.Β She has also served as the Secretary of Newcastle MosqueΒ and has been a guest on panels for Rugby Australia, GonskiΒ Institute for Education, Cumberland Council and theΒ International Metropolis Conference.

      More recently, her greatest passion has been serving as anΒ ambassador for Crescent Foundation, which is geared toΒ helping refugees and migrants with scholarships and futureΒ tertiary directions. This was developed in partnership withΒ the University of Western Sydney.Β The daughter of Lebanese migrants and a mum of 4, Raja isΒ determined to make a difference to the public narrative byΒ engaging disengaged CALD communities in the discussionsΒ that count when it comes to living, serving and giving backΒ to this great nation.


      About Fishburners

      Fishburners is much more than a coworking space. We are a not for profit, passionate community of 300+ scalable tech startups that only exists thanks to our amazing sponsors - Google for Startups, UTS, Chartered Accountants, and Jobs for NSW.Β We are dedicated to inspiring and helping startups get started, grow and succeed. Our goal is to make the hardest thing you’ve ever done easier!

      We do this through our differentΒ memberships which provide the facilities, resources, learning and development, mentoring, and connections that you need for your idea to come to life and flourish. We also open our doors and host some of the largest, regular events in the Australian startup ecosystem, including our bi-weekly lunch & learn workshops, and Shark Tank-style, Friday night pitches. Member or not, you're welcome to attend and/or get involved! Any questions about memberships or events, please feel free to email

      About Peespride

      PeepsRide is a digital platformΒ for care and transport providers to manage and track day trips and transport services for people with a disability and the elderly.Β Their vision is to provide an on-demand transport service to the most vulnerable people in our community. Currently, due to the high cost of ride share and taxis, the elderly and those with a disability resort to staying indoors. Where low-cost community transport is available, they have to wait for hours before securing a ride to critical medical appointments or for essential day-to-day activities like shopping. Using PeepsRide, care and transport providers will be able to offer more transport services and their customers will be able to access a ride when they need it.Β Visit their website for more informationΒ

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