Aaron is the co-founder and Director of Innovation of Education Changemakers, and is our lead entrepreneurship and design thinking specialist. As a global leader in innovation for impact, he is at the forefront of a movement of ‘entrepreneurs changing lives’. Aaron is the lead author of the 2016 book ‘Edupreneur’, the leader of the EC Labs education accelerator, and works to integrate entrepreneurial approaches into our work with educators. His out of the box thinking is supported by a diverse career that has seen him complete seven years of active service as a decorated military officer, lead a secondary school for street children in Tanzania and an orphanage in Kenya, complete three Masters degrees and graduate from Cambridge University. Aaron is a co-founder of YGAP and the creator of the organisation’s impact model which has supported hundreds of impact entrepreneurs across three continents and changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people living in poverty. Aaron advises companies and governments across the globe on impact entrepreneurship, is a Village Capital fellow and was named as the Australian social entrepreneur of the year by FYA in 2015.
Dave is the CEO and co-founder of Education Changemakers, a grassroots educator with a proven track record, and in recent years has emerged as a global leader in education innovation. An in demand chair and keynote speaker for some of the world’s largest education events, Dave has shared the stage with education innovators including Ken Robinson, Angela Lee Duckworth, Anthony Salcito and Sugata Mitra and has a powerful grasp and influence on the changes taking place in schools across the globe. Dave’s education leadership journey began as a principal of an Australian school when he was only 24, for which he was awarded Young Australian of the Year (WA) and Young Leader of the Year (WA). Following this he undertook a succession of strong periods of school and regional improvement as a Principal and Regional Director, matching grassroots understanding with system level insights and a relentless focus on helping to ensure that all students could access a great education. Dave is a global leader in accelerating education startups, works with thousands of educators each year and advises senior government, education leaders and company executives across the globe.
Louka is the Director of Programs at Education Changemakers and is one of Australia’s most exciting emerging education thinkers and doers, with a track record of leading dramatic improvements in challenging school settings. He brings expert knowledge in school leadership, new teacher support and organisational culture to the EC crew. Louka represents the new generation of education leaders as an individual who has traveled to every continent on the globe, learned five languages fluently (including the Indigenous Australian languages Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara), graduated with two Masters degrees in applied linguistics and education, (studying one of them under John Hattie at Melbourne University) and studied at Harvard University all before he was thirty. Louka has matched these achievements with six years of experience as a teacher and leader, being promoted to Principal at only 27 years old in 2012 for which he was named South Australian Inspirational Public Secondary Teacher of the Year. Louka has spoken and worked with diverse audiences across Australia and the globe including AITSL, Federal Treasury, SVA, BETT, NARIS, Leading Educators Across the Planet, Education We Want and Microsoft.
Summer is the Director of Learning at Education Changemakers, is one of Australia’s most connected education influencers, and has boldly emerged as a powerful voice in the sector. Summer holds a Masters degree in Geographical Education and brings expert knowledge in design thinking and middle schooling, grounded in extensive experience teaching and leading curriculum innovation in some of Australia’s most forward-thinking schools. Known to many on twitter as @edusum, she has a deep passion for unleashing and spreading teacher led innovations and is highly engaged in Australia’s education startup scene. Following eight years of senior teaching experience at across Australia and the USA, Summer consulted to the NSW Government and taught Master of Teaching units at Sydney University before being appointed as a Senior Project Officer for AITSL, leading on the Learning Frontiers initiative. Summer works with schools and organisations such as Victoria Police and AITSL on designing and delivering high impact professional learning. She is also the driving force behind the EC conference series (www.educhange.com.au) and was one of the founders of TeachMeetSydney. Summer has been named on Australia’s annual Hot List of education leaders and was the recipient of the Paul Harris Fellowship for Service to Girls Education.
Maddie is the Director of Communities at Education Changemakers and brings an exemplary teaching career to her work with the global EC tribe. An alumna of the Changemaker Program, her change initiatives focused on helping children to embrace failure and increasing entrepreneurial resilience, which has seen her become a judge at the National Science Talent Search, speak at conferences across Australia and support her students to win the National Maths Talent Quest. As a teacher at a large Catholic school in Victoria, Maddie taught secondary Science and Mathematics and was the coordinator for Gifted and Talented Students and Student Leadership. She holds three masters degrees with distinction in Science and Education from the University of Melbourne and the Australian Catholic University. Since working with Education Changemakers, Maddie has built the EC Community, a global network of thousands of passionate and innovative teachers. She led the design and delivery of The Passion Index, a toolkit for schools to engage students in passion-led learning, co-created with teachers from across Australia. The co-design and facilitation of EC’s offerings for early career educators has played to Maddie’s strengths and passion for best teaching practice, mentoring and support of new teachers.
Mike is a leading member of the EC facilitation team and draws upon an extensive career in education, government and the corporate sector. As an Australian teacher, deputy principal and principal he has been a powerful education leader in an incredibly diverse range of settings including remote indigenous schools, large rural primary and secondary schools, and newly launched schools in major cities. He complements this domestic experience with his time as the foundation principal of the Nibras International School in Dubai, bringing additional cross-cultural awareness to the global EC team. Further to his work in education, Mike has also spent a decade leading on learning and management strategies for major energy companies in both Australia and Timor Leste, and working with state and federal government. He holds a Master of Business Leadership and is a passionate educator, strategist and believer in the power of teachers and school leaders to lead changes in even the most challenging environments.
Kaitlin brings a powerful combination of education and entrepreneurship experience to the EC facilitation team. The holder of a Masters degree of international education, she has taught in schools across England, Australia and East Africa in both high and low SES contexts. As the co-founder of Spark* International and YGAP she has accelerated hundreds of impact entrepreneurs across Africa, Asia and Australia and overseen programmes that have changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people living in poverty. Additionally, as the founder of SHE Africa and the One Roof Plus Accelerator (exclusively for female entrepreneurs) she brings a particular strength to the EC team around female leadership. Kaitlin was named as the 2014 Australian social entrepreneur of the year by the Foundation for Young Australians.