Aleesha Kumar graduated from Penrhos College in 2013. She studied a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Western Australia, majoring in Political Science & International Relations and French. During this time she completed a six month exchange at Comillas Pontifical University in Madrid. She is Founder and CEO of non-profit LOVE Foundation Australia, which works to fight poverty through the arts. She is currently completing the CASE Asia Pacific Fundraising Graduate Program and is an Advancement Officer at the Development and Alumni Relations Office at the University of Western Australia.
Dave is the co-founder of London based VC funded company BibliU - the Spotify for Textbooks. As the 2013 Western Australian Rhodes Scholar, Dave studied PPE (Philosophy, Politics & Economics) at Oxford University after his BSc (Chemistry & Physics) at the University of Western Australia. Dave’s rural schooling experience at Bunbury Senior High School inspired him to co-found TLG to enable rural and Indigenous students to reach their full potential.
Claire Stokes (BMus ‘10, MBA ‘16) - Engagement & Development Manager, Lecturer & Researcher, Centre for Social Impact
Claire Stokes is a passionate social impact leader, innovator, educator and researcher working to create systems-level change to enable all people to reach their potential. Claire currently holds several positions at the Centre for Social Impact UWA. 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. She also lectures in the unit Changing the World: Social Innovation, Finance and Enterprise. Claire also volunteers as Chair of the Board for community arts organisation Globe Town Project and as Board Director for Arts Initiative Australia.
Fadzi Whande (GradCertSocImp ‘14, EMBA ‘15) - National Human Rights Program Convenor, United Nations Association of Australia
Fadzi Whande is an award winning social justice advocate and a Global Diversity and Inclusion Strategist. She currently works as the Manger, Inclusion and Diversity, at the University of Western Australia.
Fadzi currently serves as the National Human Rights Program Convenor for the United Nations Association of Australia and sits on the Board of the Museum of Freedom and Tolerance, Australian Computer Society Diversity Committee and is an Ambassador for 100 Women, Water for Africa and the Humanitarian Group.
In 2016, Fadzi was awarded the International Racial Equity Leadership Award in USA and named a finalist for the Australian Human Rights, ‘Racism it Stops With Me’ Award.
Michael Sheldrick CitWA (LLB, BA ‘13, BA(Hons) ‘13) - Vice President, Global Policy and Government Affairs
"As citizens, humanity's fate ultimately rests in our hands and our goal of a world without extreme poverty is only going to be realised through the constant drumbeat of citizen-led movements clambering for change."
Krista Dunstan (nee McMeeken) (LLB ‘12) - Principal Policy Officer at Commissioner for Children and Young People
James Kelley joins Noongar woman Krista McMeeken, who shares how growing up in Esperance, relocating to Perth in 2008, and her role as Principal Policy Officer at Commissioner for Children and Young People drives her towards fostering an inclusive society.
"Inclusion is important to me because an inclusive environment is the key to individual happiness and solving our most complex issues as organisations and as people."
Our decisions about where and how to live are among the most important of our lives. More and more of us progress our careers in large urban centres. That means living in one or facing lengthy commutes or the isolation of telecommuting in trade. As city housing prices soar and traffic slows, the question of what makes a great city seems straightforward – but is it?
Join a panel of thought-leaders, all UWA alumni, as we explore the key contributors to quality of life in the city – and how Singapore is measuring up.