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Compass Visionary Series: Defining the New Social Impact Leader

Father and son Tim Costello, CEO of humanitarian aid organisation World Vision and Elliot Costello CEO of social impact incubator YGAP will feature at the second Compass Visionary Series with Jan Owen, CEO of Foundation for Young Australians as moderator.

The next generation of social impact leaders will not be lone wolves, rather talented teams and networks who have a transformational impact on our society. 

Tim and Elliot Costello’s conversation with Jan Owen, will uncover the challenges and opportunities youth face as they prepare to leave a positive impact on their brave new world. 

Their respective fields have shaped unique opinions and perspectives of: the future’s most pressing issues; the systems that are ready for disruption; the new ventures that will catalyse change and most importantly, what we can all do today to empower the social impact leaders of tomorrow.

The Speakers

Tim Costello is one of Australia’s most sought after voices on issues of social justice, leadership and ethics. Since 2004 Tim has been CEO of World Vision, Australia’s largest international development agency.  Trained in economics, law, education and theology, Tim has practised law, served as a Baptist minister, and has been active in church and community leadership, local government and national affairs.

Elliot Costello is a social entrepreneur who, in 2008, co-founded YGAP. To date, YGAP has significantly and measurably impacted the lives of 140,000 people living in poverty and aim to back 1,000 entrepreneurs and improve one million lives by 2018. Elliot spent his early career working in the private sector in some of Australia’s leading accounting and finance firms.

Jan Owen AM (moderator) will moderate the discussion and is the newest Advisory Board Member of Compass

A pioneer of the youth sector in Australia, Jan has dedicated most of her working life to social change and encouraging young people to give back and invest their talents in their communities and things they are passionate about.

In March 2014 Jan received the degree of Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) from the University of Sydney, in recognition of her significant contribution to young people and policy in Australia.  In 2012, Jan was named the inaugural Australian Financial Review & Westpac Group ‘Woman of Influence 2012’.  In 2000 she was awarded membership of the Order of Australia for services to children and young people and in 1999 received a fellowship for leadership and innovation to the Peter Drucker Foundation in the US.  Jan is the author of Every Childhood Lasts a Lifetime (1996) and The Future Chasers(2014).

Before joining FYA, Jan was Executive Director of Social Ventures Australia, which aims to increase the impact of the Australian social sector.  Prior to this, Jan founded the CREATE Foundation, the national consumer body for children and young people in out of home care. 

Jan has contributed to the establishment of many social change organisations in Australia and served on a wide range of Boards. She is currently Member, RMIT College of Business Industry Advisory Board; Chair, Melbourne Social Equity Institute (University of Melbourne) Advisory Board; Member, Malthouse Theatre Board; a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of the Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce (RSA) and Patron of Vanish and Children’s Ground.

Their Organisations

About World Vision

World Vision is a worldwide community development organisation that provides short-term and long-term assistance to 100 million people worldwide (including 2.4 million children).

About YGAP

YGAP finds and backs impact entrepreneurs who change lives in some of the world's toughest communities because they believe local leaders have the solutions to local problems. To fund their work, they run profitable social ventures, fundraising campaigns and partner with incredible donors.

About Foundation for Young Australians (FYA)

FYA believe young people are not a problem to be helped or solved. Young people are ambitious, creative and capable of rethinking the world and solving tomorrow's problems today.