Corporate Breakfast Event at the 2017 State Conference


Volunteering Victoria is running a breakfast network event for practitioners and those interested in Corporate Volunteering.


Locanda Restaurant
Rydges Melbourne
186 Exhibition St, Melbourne

Time & Date

7.30am to 9.00am
Friday 23 June, 2017


The ‘purpose economy’ concept has been evolving the way we think about ‘giving’ and cross-sector collaboration. In this Event, we explore perspectives on how corporates and volunteer involving organisations are preparing for this new economic era. What types of employee volunteering are most appropriate for the future? What environmental tends require us to change? Are volunteer expectations changing? How do employee volunteers want to collaborate in their communities and workplaces? What’s the evidence base for this new future?

This breakfast network event will be held in conjunction with the Volunteering Victoria 2017 State Conference.


Omar de Silva, Co-Founder and CEO The Plato project

Omar de Silva has a proven record of accomplishment in venture development and investment through a variety of sectors, including education, property and professional services.

Most recently, Omar’s focus has been on education and the entrepreneurial eco-system of Australia. In 2014/15 Omar developed and launched Australia’s first and only bachelor degrees in Applied Entrepreneurship and Applied Social Entrepreneurship with an education startup Ducere.

In February 2016, Omar co-founded The Plato Project – a new business school driven to foster entrepreneurship and business leadership that unlocks both commercial and social value.

Omar continues to work with the board of The Snowdome Foundation (a preeminent blood cancer charity), is on the senior committee of his childhood cricket club and a founding member of its future-focused panel, and serves as an advisor to burgeoning startup organisations and entrepreneurs.

Dr. Kaushik Sridhar, Corporate Citizenship Manager for KPMG Australia

Dr. Kaushik Sridhar is the Corporate Citizenship Manager for KPMG Australia, Board Member at Bioregional Australia, and Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Melbourne and RMIT.

He has spent the last ten years working across various industries in business development, environmental management, sustainability research, sustainability reporting, sustainability assurance and sustainability advisory roles.

At KPMG, he drives a number of key environmental and social partnerships and initiatives nationally whilst maintaining a continued focus on the broader Corporate Citizenship response. Prior to joining KPMG, Kaushik has worked at EY, Net Balance, Macquarie University and Unisys Australia where he managed projects in areas including sustainability assurance, sustainability strategy and reporting, data management, sustainability research and stakeholder engagement.

Kaushik is a PhD and MBA graduate from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management. He has published over 30 academic and professional papers on sustainability and presented at international management conferences in Auckland, Bangkok and Paris.

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