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Melanie Greblo

Executive Director

Mel Greblo's driving purpose and passion is to bring people together to co-create change - for ourselves, business and the planet. It began as a child, with a hunger for learning, a devotion to social justice and a deep curiosity in people. 

Prior to joining Impact Asia Pacific, she Founded Talking Sticks, now a brand under the Impact Asia Pacific umbrella. Talking Sticks offers life changing experiences and conversations for better leadership. 

A serial social entrepreneur, Mel has led two national social ventures as Chief Executive and in her senior executive roles, helped build the brands of many of Australia’s great educational, social, cultural and art institutions. She has held senior leadership roles in executive strategy, marketing, communications, and development.

She has three children, has a thirst for learning, a love of nature, books, poetry, literature, art, the ocean, music and writing.  She has a firm commitment to giving back, and a passion for social change at end of life and is currently Chair of the Board at The Groundswell Project.   


Alex Feher

Co-Founder & Director

Fronting his knowledge, expertise and experience in the field of business operations, Alex is passionate about helping organisations find their purpose, develop their leadership and create a thriving culture from within. He advises organisations in healthcare, funds management, IT and online education.

Alex is a graduate Industrial Engineer who started his entrepreneurial life while completing his Masters at university. Alex was co-founder with Rob Irving of a conference and events company eventually acquired by SoftBank, then becoming CEO of Australian operations for Ziff-Davis, a listed global IT media company across events, internet and publishing. Brands under his management included COMDEX, Interop, ZDNet, PC Week and PC Magazine. 

He is former director at the Institute of Human Excellence, CEO of online education company CPDLIve and currently  principal of Culture Works, a consultancy that assists organisations to build values driven cultures. He is the co-author of  "Master CEOS”  and has served as a director for public, private and NFP organisations. He is also the co-founder and director of Impact Asia Pacific Pty Ltd, the producer of the Summit.


Rob Irving

Co-Founder & Brand Director

With an intense curiosity, commitment and passion around what makes people, businesses and brands tick, Rob’s career spans top management, business coaching, not-for profit enterprises, event marketing and business development.

Rob has enjoyed extensive involvement in the corporate event business in partnership with Alex Feher. In 2014, he contributed to the successful launches of Google inspired Search Inside Yourself program and the inaugural Mindful Leadership Global Forum in Sydney.  Shares deep experience as executive and speaker coach, workshop facilitator, off-site leader. Co-founding partner of Forté (in 1992) focused on igniting performance and talent – for clients including Colonial First State, Datacom, Google, Lend Lease, Origin energy, RBA, STW, The Eventful Group, Westpac, among others.

Rob held CEO positions spanning 20 years at global ad agency, J Walter Thompson - in Johannesburg, Cape Town, London and Sydney.  He is Head Pitch Coach of The Funding Network, a not-for-profit organisation, Ambassador and former Chair of the SchoolAid Trust – changing the lives of kids by empowering them to change the lives of others via Australia’s first kids crowd funding platform.


Ranya Alkadamani

Strategic Communications Director

Ranya is founder of Impact Group International, an experienced team of experts focused on strategic communications advice for philanthropists, corporate shared value initiatives and innovative social impact programs. She is a communications strategist, with experience in working across media markets and for high profile people, including one of Australia’s leading philanthropists, Andrew Forrest and Australia’s then Foreign Minister and former Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd.

Ranya has personally been behind the global launches of the Walk Free Global Slavery Index, which reached more than a billion people through media coverage. Under Ranya’s leadership, the Impact Group creates communications strategies that maximise whole-of-corporation benefit. The team aligns communications for varying corporate strategic goals, leveraging corporate strengths and delivering and optimising public relations outcomes.


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Dhakshy Sooriyakumaran

Facilitation & Convening Lead

Dhakshy is an activist, entrepreneur, consultant, yoga teacher and recovering civil engineer. She has worked in design, strategy and sustainability for a wide range of organisations including the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) in Fiji, Net Balance (now part of EY), Small Giants, Sinclair Knight Merz (now Jacobs), and the Foundation for Young Australians. Dhakshy was the Founder, and until recently, the Director of YLab (www.ylab.global), a social enterprise of the Foundation for Young Australians. YLab seeks to bring together a network of young people to be effective systems thinkers and take on the most pressing challenges of our time. 

 

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Laura Harris

Summit Experience Manager

Laura is passionate about creating opportunities for connection and collaboration between individuals, organisations, and communities by bringing multidimensional projects and events to life. Laura’s intense curiosity and commitment to social change has led her to diverse work across arts, community, government, and social innovation spaces.

Laura currently works for the Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity, a social impact initiative harnessing Indigenous knowledge and ingenuity to tackle the challenge of persistent inequality and social exclusion in Australia and the Pacific.

She is also a strategy and social impact advisor to RISE, a social enterprise building technology to remove barriers to education for refugee children.