Next Generation Leaders


Adam Zaborszczyk

A civil servant on a mission to roll out renewable energy

I am working for the City of Melbourne, where I’m a Senior Sustainability Officer focusing on Energy. After undertaking a number of sustainability projects for the city, I initiated the Melbourne Renewable Energy Project, which enables large organisations to buy renewable energy through collective purchasing. After five years, this project has become a great success and a new 39-turbine 80 mega watt wind farm is now under construction. Through NELIS, I want to share my experiences in how to navigate complex projects to successful outcomes. 

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James O’Donnell

A health expert improving lives in vulnerable communities

I am a post graduate medical student at the University of Melbourne and also involved in Educaring Africa - a charity that works with communities in Africa to improve public health. I have a strong interest in international development and equitable health outcomes, especially in vulnerable communities. Previously I have worked as a research assistant, specialising in malaria research. Through this role I was given the opportunity to be involved in multiple development and public health projects in resource limited settings in Bangladesh and Vietnam.

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Arpad Maksay

An experienced project implementer eager to share lessons with tomorrow’s leaders

I am a Head of Engagement at VicRoad in Australia, where I’m working on the Safe System Road Infrastructure Program. I have previously worked with community and stakeholder engagement for renewable energy projects, including for the City of Melbourne. Before becoming involved in renewable energy I worked for a dairy company in Japan. I’m an experienced project manager who loves to see a good idea being transformed into reality and I want to share some of the lessons I have learned from my career with young people who will hopefully become the sustainability leaders of the next generation. 

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Sean Car

A newspaper publisher improving livelihoods and communities in Africa

I am a newspaper publisher from Melbourne and I am also the founder and director of Educaring Africa - a not-for-profit operating in Malawi and Uganda. To me, sustainability goes beyond protecting the environment and I tend to focus on the human and social aspects - how we can improve people’s lives and create a society of equality, diversity and compassion. I believe that the reason we are on this planet is to help as many others as we can. 

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