Enactus (formerly known as Students in Free Enterprise, or SIFE) is an international non-profit organisation with a global network of over 70,500 university students in 36 countries. Students collaborate with leaders in business and academia by taking entrepreneurial action to develop social enterprise projects which empower their communities. Each year, teams from various universities across Australia compete against each other at the National Conference & Championships by presenting their projects to a panel of judges, culminating with the winning team representing Australia at the prestigious Enactus World Cup.
Like in business, we believe that competition encourages creativity and rewards results. For Enactus, it means more lives impacted. An annual series of regional and national competitions provides a forum for teams to showcase the impact of their outreach efforts and to be evaluated by executives serving as judges.
Enactus UNSW is now one of the largest student organisations at UNSW, with members ranging over 6 faculties and 20 disciplines. Originally established in 2000, the organisation quickly grew to over 100 active members within the first few years.
2016 Arc Club Multimedia Promotion Award: Winner
2016 Enactus Australia National Competition: Finalist
2016 Brambles Food Waste Challenge Grant
2016 Unilever Sustainable Living Program: Runner-up
2016 Enactus Australia National Competition: Most Outstanding Faculty Advisor – Selena Griffith
2016 Enactus Australia National Competition: Most Outstanding Student – Denny Dien
2015 Brambles Food Waste Challenge Grant
2015 Enactus Australia National Competition: Most Outstanding Student – David Ky
2014 Enactus Australia National Competition: Semi-Finalist
2014 Spirit of Enactus Award
2013 Enactus Australia National Competition: Semi-Finalist
2011 SIFE Australia National Competition: Finalist
2010 UNSW ARC Club of the Year
2010 HSBC Best Financial Literacy Project
2009 Cadbury Most Inspiring Initiative
2009 SIFE Australia National Competition: Semi-Finalist
2008 SIFE Australia National Competition: Finalist
2006 SIFE Australia National Competition: Semi-Finalist
Meet the Executive Team
Nathan is a 3rd year Psychology student who chose his degree because he wanted to understand people and find new ways to help them. He believes the best in people and wants to see everyone realise their true potential. As the current President, Nathan’s role is to ensure that the organisation is unified in moving towards its goals: driving project progress, and becoming experts in social entrepreneurship. Over the past few years in Enactus, Nathan has enjoyed learning about social entrepreneurship and meeting people who share his passion. He hopes that by the end of his tenure, he will have a strong idea of how he will next pursue his passion for helping people. In his spare time, Nathan enjoys playing basketball with his friends, and losing track of time in captivating books.
Vice President (Projects)
Freder is your friendly Vice President of Projects (VPP) who loves to try new things and learning from new experiences. In his free time, he enjoys browsing memes, playing with his dogs, and drinking Chatime. As the VPP, Freder is responsible for overseeing the strategic direction of all the Enactus UNSW projects and supporting them to drive for social impact. He first joined Enactus because he wanted to build on his ideas on making social impact and for personal development, but he has stayed because of the family-like culture. His favourite memory of Enactus was at the National Conference where he experienced the power of social enterprises and the ability for students to make a difference.
Vice President (External)
Jimmy is a resilient, sleep deprived, coffee-loving Commerce/Law student who aspires to be a reliable closer like Harvey Specter. During his limited spare time, Jimmy enjoys tagging others in memes and following the tennis. As the Vice President (External), he oversees the Partnerships, Marketing & Communications and Events portfolios at Enactus UNSW. In 2015, Jimmy joined Enactus UNSW because he wanted to witness how the power of social innovation could transform the lives of others in a positive way. Through his role as a Project Leader in 2016, he gained a genuine appreciation of the role of social enterprises in our community. Now, as an Enactus veteran, Jimmy hopes to encourage other students to explore the limitless possibilities of social entrepreneurship. His favourite memory would be collaborating with other students during the Social Innovation Program to drive project progress.
Vice President (Operations)
When Aaron isn’t thinking about food and travelling, he is learning how to create Apps and investigating different ways to evolve Enactus UNSW’s digital presence. Aaron was drawn to Enactus because he wanted to play a part in an organisation that has such a positive and sustainable impact on the community. His favourite moment with Enactus was at the National Conference where he was blown away by the diverse range of projects that had been brought to life by all the universities present and the amazing team spirit that accompanied it.
Judy, who has been bitten by the travel bug, is usually planning what she will get up to in the next break or utilising her amazing ability to fall asleep anywhere from buses, trains and library bean bags. When Judy isn’t thinking about travelling or food, she is usually busy strategising the next steps to ensure the project transforms the lives of others in a positive way. Judy joined Enactus as it provided her the opportunity to make a lasting impact on the community and to combine her passion for philanthropy and business together through social innovation. Though, she joined for this reason she also stayed because of the amazing people in Enactus and also friendships she has developed along the way. The highlight of Judy’s time in Enactus has been having the privilege to see her project grow from the very beginning, and witnessing the progress and traction the project has gained through the team’s efforts.
Director of Marketing
Steven is a cheerful, encouraging person who is always looking to make a difference in the lives of others. With over a hundred cousins, Steven loves meeting people and welcoming them to the Enactus family. As Marketing Director, Steven believes promoting social entrepreneurship to all faculties will bring the diversity of thought needed to help each project maximise its impact. Steven is constantly amazed by the power of social media, and is determined to use its reach to show everyone the good in Enactus UNSW, its projects and its members. If he could summarise Marketing’s approach for the next year in three words, Steven would say ‘strategy’, ‘execution’ and ‘passion’. Steven cherishes every moment of his Enactus experience and truly believes the best is yet to come!
As a crazy sports fanatic, you wouldn’t be surprised to find Andrew on the weekend dunking over his opponents in basketball or serving aces in tennis. With a rewarding degree in actuarial studies, most of his life consists of modelling but not the type of modelling he was hoping for. As the treasurer of Enactus UNSW, he completes admin work with efficiency and tries to implement new initiatives for his team. Andrew joined Enactus at the start of 2017 in hopes of developing his soft skills but stayed because of the amazing impact of social entrepreneurship. His favourite memory would be at nationals where he was exposed to the extensive impact of Enactus teams all over Australia.
Director of Partnerships
James is a bright, cheery and ambitious fellow who’s mischievous laugh can be heard miles away. When he’s not being cheeky, he dedicates his time to self-development, so don’t be surprised if you see him actually reading and studying!! As the Partnerships Director James ensures that not only Enactus UNSW but the project and business development teams have access to the best resources and mentor guidance they can have. Originally joining a project team to develop his entrepreneurial skills, James now wishes to serve as the cornerstone for many others to propel their growth forward. He believes that with passion, the right direction and some nurturing, anyone can accomplish anything.
Director of Events
Rachel is an adventure seeking, fried chicken enthusiast who always looks on the bright side of life. As the Events Director in Enactus, she organises the major internal and external events ranging from soju socials to competitions. Helping others in need has always been her goal in life, and so Enactus was the perfect place for her. Being able to see and visualise the social impact Enactus UNSW was making at the National Conference in 2016 has been her favourite memory so far, but she is excited to see what 2017 will bring.
Director of Information Technology
Angy is a cheerful and energetic individual that is continually amazed by the ubiquitous access to education and communication through technology. When she is not out trying to drop some fresh hot puns, she is up all night trying to cram all her studies and learning something new on the world wide web. Proud of a nationality that invented the Mie-goreng, she is a big enthusiast for embracing failure and determination whilst reminding others that the Mie-goreng secret recipe was not made in one night. She joined Enactus by following her belief in the power of every individual to create sustainable and scalable change and to not be afraid to be yourself and follow your passions. She has a strong belief that one’s vulnerabilities are synonymous to strength rather than weaknesses and hence, nobody is perfect (Hannah Montana, 2006) – and that’s okay.
Director of Human Resources
Vincent is the 3rd year Psychology student who can’t read minds. You’ll always find him walking around campus clutched to his coffee and thinking about how he can make Enactus the best society on campus. Vincent joined Enactus in 2016 to develop and grow as an individual, while giving him the unique opportunity to solve real social issues with real solutions. As the Human Resources Director, he ensures that all of our members grow and achieve their potential during their time at Enactus UNSW. One of his fondest memories was representing Enactus UNSW and presenting at the 2017 National Conference! He believes that the stress and nervousness he experienced as he was preparing brought him much closer to his Enactus family.
Our Project and R&D Leaders
Project Leader – The Bean Community
Our resident slapstick comedian with a love for dumplings, handmade noodles and Pearl milk tea, Shawn is always up for a good chat and cheeky laugh. He’s also passionate about social and community development, serving as your Project Leader for the Bean Community in 2017. Shawn joined Enactus in 2016 to meet new people, work toward something bigger than himself, and nurture his love and curiosity for entrepreneurship, and he has felt at home ever since. His favourite memory from Enactus was the National Conference held in Sydney in 2016, where he spent the week with Enactus UNSW hustling hard and supporting our presenting team. The energy in the building motivated and inspired him every day, and the hilarious night shenanigans with the UNSW fam gave him memories to last a lifetime.
Project Leader – The Bean Community
Paula is the chocolate loving, coffee-addicted project leader of The Bean Community, who spends most of her time not doing her readings. She joined Enactus at the beginning of 2017 in order to work for a purpose and create sustainable impact. From the beginning, she was amazed by the supportive family-like culture of all Enactus members, both past and present. One of her favourite moments was attending the Nationals Conference where she was blown away by the strength of the Enactus spirit and the passion of all Enactus students around the country.
Project Leader – Fortunate Food Co.
Eugene might just be the goofiest sport fanatic you’ll ever meet. When he’s not playing every single sport imaginable, you can be sure he’s watching and catching up on the latest results/highlights, lost in the void that is Youtube. As one of the project leaders of Fortunate Food Co, Eugene hopes to continue creating positive social impact, while also raising awareness of the current reality of food waste. Eugene first joined Enactus because he saw it as an opportunity to do more with his time at uni and not only create meaningful change within the community, but also meet new and inspiring people everyday. As the project continues to grow with leaps and bounds, Eugene is keen for another exciting year ahead, ready to experience first hand the powerful impact social entrepreneurship can have in creating a brighter and more sustainable future.
Project Leader – Open Door Learning
Gayathri is the sport loving enthusiast who has once dislocated her knee while playing soccer. She is known as the loud, bubbly girl who is always up for a chat and ready to meet new people. She is usually thinking of any excuse to avoid doing her readings and is instead always deciding what new dish to cook. Gayathri joined Enactus at the beginning of 2017 because she wanted to make a positive social impact on the world. She joined Open Door Learning as the idea of helping young children who have experienced the hardships of cancer appealed to her.
Kimberly Xavier Gago
Project Leader – Timor Leste Team
If you were to ever attend an Enactus-related meeting, you are guaranteed to hear Kimberley’s voice somewhere in the background. When she’s not lining up outside Will & Co., battling the Basser Steps, or munching a good schnitty and chips from the Quad Foodcourt, she’s mostly daydreaming about presenting the Timor-Leste project at the Enactus Australia National Competition 2018. A lover of the outdoors, spending time with friends and family, and spending excessive amounts of money on obscure Instagram-worthy cafés, she works towards making social entrepreneurship the norm. Her life-long goal has always been to work towards empowering disadvantaged communities, and is grateful for being able to realise this dream with a team of exceptional young men and women who have encouraged her to grow in aspects outside her academic endeavours.
Project Leader – Team Recode
Michael is the eccentric, almost graduated member of the Enactus Leadership Team. Armed with a concerning sleep schedule, he spends an unhealthy amount of time on Reddit, Youtube and Wikipedia quenching his thirst for learning a plethora of useless, interesting facts (and memes). As the Project Leader of Recode Michael aims to heighten societal empathy for offenders and drive Enactus’ youngest project to a sustainable future. Entering into his fourth year, Michael joined Enactus to make an impact outside of his university bubble and learn from people passionate about changing the world. But it is what he didn’t expect that he really remembers, the 4am sleep-deprived eureka moments when an amazing idea hits you to meeting diverse Enactus members from Melbourne to Western Australia at Nationals.
Project Leader – UpLift
If Eric isn’t busy with Enactus related work, you’d be sure to catch him around running a Street Team event, hermitting in Mathews catching up on lectures (or more accurately watching Top 10 videos on Youtube) or taking part in a society-related activity. A lover of good roasts and memes, Eric is perhaps one of the most helpful and friendly guys you’ll meet at uni, putting forward his 5 years worth of uni experience to help out with any questions you may have about anything, whether it be related to uni, societies, work or just life in general. Eric’s fondest memory of Enactus thus far has been the 2017 Nationals conference, where he was able to experience first hand the social impact that Enactus Australia has made on the wider community and meet people from universities from all around Australia.
Project Leader – UpLift
Monica is a psychology student who can definitely read your mind, as evident in her winning the national paper scissors rock competition at Enactus National Conference 2017. When she is not busy attending 20 meetings for team Uplift, she is usually drowning in psychology books and ‘retiring’ from parties. Monica joined Enactus in 2016 as a project member for Victory Team which aimed to empower university students with mental health issues, however she stayed on even though the project has now been pivoted to a different area (homelessness) because of her passion to create a social impact and her interest in social entrepreneurship.