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Elise Stephenson - biography

Elise Stephenson is a 27-year old award-winning social entrepreneur, PhD Candidate from Griffith University, Brisbane, and New Colombo Plan Alumni of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Recognised by the United Nations Australia Association for her pioneering work in co-creating Australia’s first national intimate partner violence workshops for minority communities, Elise is passionate about gender equality and women's leadership. Twice university award winning medalist, Elise's PhD is currently focuses on women's leadership in international relations, particularly within the Indo Pacific region. Elise is the 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 highly successful national creative design agency, the Social Good Outpost, which creates graphic and web designs for changemakers – social enterprises, non-profits and civil society campaigns for change. The Social Good Outpost was selected as one of Brisbane’s top emerging social enterprises of 2018, and through the agency empowers changemakers in design through work, workshops and more. After completing a six month long national tour of Australia last year, she is co-convenor for an International Human Rights Conference in Hong Kong in November 2018, marking the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Workshop/Speaker Facilitation expertise:

  • Gender equality
  • Women’s leadership
  • Design thinking & digital disruption
  • Studying & research in Australia
  • Social entrepreneurship