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
Denny is a consistently calm and reliable personality who dreams of traveling the world, capturing memories through photos, and then spending the rest of his life catching up on travel blogs. As our President, Denny oversees the strategic direction of Enactus UNSW and hopes to strengthen our culture of learning and sharing, and inspire a sense of purpose throughout the team. With his belief in the power of business in creating sustainable and scalable change, Enactus was the perfect place for him to learn and make a difference. He thinks there are so many opportunities around us to grow and develop, and still cannot believe that his first semester with Enactus UNSW led to him presenting at the National Conference.
Vice President (Operations)
Suzie is a cheerful, caring and ambitious individual who is extremely passionate about dogs, sun protection and helping others. She is our Vice President of Operations (VPO) at Enactus UNSW, looking after all the behind-the-scenes actions of our hand-working internal teams. Suzie’s main goals as VPO are to maximise the satisfaction and enjoyment of the Enactus experience for all members, to ensure sustained growth of the organisation and to make sure members exit knowing that they have made a genuine impact on someone else’s life!
Vice President (External)
A lover of bad memes, pink shorts and his friends’ discounts in retail, Clarence is a fourth-year who wishes he studies more for his Engineering classes. He still isn’t sure how he became a Vice President, but he is always excited about new ways to engage the external community in social entrepreneurship. Clarence joined in 2015 for the selfish purpose of building his resume, but realised that the Enactus UNSW family was one that he really wanted to be a part of. As part of the Enactus lifestyle, Clarence loves spontaneous Matsci study groups, admiring the CBD from corporate buildings 30 storeys high and working with some of UNSW’s most amazing and inspiring students.
Vice President (Projects)
Victor is the baby-faced veteran of Enactus who dreams of taking his braces off one day. As the VPP, he is responsible for overseeing all the Enactus projects and driving them to create impact. Victor joined Enactus because of the amazing opportunity it presents to make a tangible difference to society. He firmly believes that social enterprises will be the vehicles driving positive and sustainable change in the future. His favourite memory from Enactus was the World Cup held in Toronto last year, where he was inspired by the amazing buzz of energy being surrounded by like-minded people. Ultimately, Enactus has provided him with an opportunity to make lifelong friendships and has opened up a multitude of doors for developing his personal and professional acumen.
Nancy enjoys everything sweet – from Chatime to her downtime with friends. As the reliable Secretary of Enactus, she ensures that the organisation runs efficiently; with administration processes that are streamlined and members who are held accountable for their tasks. With her involvement in volunteering and student development programs across campus, Nancy joined Enactus as it inspired her to make a real impact on the sustainability of our community. Despite the challenges of developing Fortunate Food Co. as a former Project Leader, she believes that her personal development, the opportunities to build on ideas with business leaders and the friendships she’s made along the way make it all extremely worthwhile.
Director of Marketing & Communications
Mel absolutely loves gaining new experiences and meeting others, especially if they have a cute lil tail and love chasing tennis balls and sniffing butts. As the Marketing & Communications Director, she makes sure that the Enactus UNSW brand is always fresh and engaging, encompassing areas such as brand strategy, digital/ print promotions and social media. Mel joined Enactus in 2015, hoping to further her skills in marketing and design, all while looking to work towards the bigger goal of making our community a better place. A massive highlight of her time in Enactus was attending the National Conference in 2016, where everybody got together for some fun times and the team spirit was more alive than ever (the free champagne didn’t hurt either).
Director of Partnerships
Known for her hard-work and dedication, Amanda does not apply this towards the gym and her studies. Instead, she spends most of her time planning for the next big sponsor and how they can help impact Enactus. As a 3rd year Commerce/Media student, she is passionate about creating social change that is innovative and creative. Being in the partnerships team has helped shape her into someone who excels in communication and networking, and increased her confidence to present and pitch Enactus in a professional environment. You will easily spot her high pony tail as she is always on the go to attend meetings. Enactus has not only expanded her network, but the passion and dedication behind each project has inspired her to work harder to become a part of a big impact.
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
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.
Jasmine is your friendly Treasurer who spends more time with her head napping on textbooks rather than reading them. As she tries to (unsuccessfully) break off her expensive relationship with coffee, she is pursuing her secret crush on Excel and it’s modelling abilities. While her Enactus journey has not been as long the other execs it certainly has been jam-packed, working as part of The Bean Community team and presenting at the National Conference. Experiencing the Enactus spirit and the power of student-led social impact first-hand makes the National Conference a highlight of her time with Enactus and Enactus a highlight of her time at university.
Director of Human Resources
Nathan is a 3rd year Psychology student. While he can’t read your mind, he works hard as Human Resources Director to keep our members happy. Nathan first joined Enactus in 2015 in search of a way to foster social impact and hopes to eventually lead his own project. In the meantime, Nathan enjoys encouraging fellow members to reach their potential and following the success of current projects. Nathan’s favourite memories of Enactus come from the National Conference 2016. He fondly remembers the stress and panic as he worked to prepare the Annual Report for the team, and believes that sharing those struggles with others brought him much closer with the team.
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 – Fortunate Food Co.
Branko is a diversified person who wants to try everything! He is the Project Leader for Fortunate Food Co, a project that involves the collection of unwanted fruit and vegetables, converting it into juices/chutney before selling it into markets. Branko joined Enactus because he believed it is a unique organisation that offers the opportunity to solve real problems by creating solutions and implementing it as a business idea. A favourite memory for him would definitely be experimenting with different combinations of fruit & vegetables and enjoying the result of weird, funky and tasty juices.
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
Freder is your friendliest and cheekiest Project Leader for Open Door Learning who spends his free time browsing memes, sleeping in bed and watching doggo videos. He hopes to engage others to make the most out of their university experience whilst developing their awareness of cancer survivorship. Freder first joined Enactus because he wanted to make some social impact and do good things but he has stayed because of the family-like culture of Enactus UNSW. His favourite memory would be getting to meet all the new members at Induction Day and getting lit at Kobow afterwards.
Project Leader – Victory Team
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 attending meetings for the Victory Team Project or 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.
Project Leader – Timor Leste Team
Alex spends most of his time between keeping up to date with readings, spending too much time watching Ben Simmons highlights on YouTube and falling asleep on trains to university. Alex would like to one day travel the globe and discover the hidden wonders of the world. Alex first joined Enactus because of the people, but has since stayed on being inspired by the cause. Alex believes that one day the world will realise the power of enterprise and social innovation to not only create profitable businesses, but also help develop creative business ideas that will provide sustainability and improve the livelihoods of all individuals amongst the world.
Project Leader – Team Recode
Michael is an extremely down to earth and hard-working individual, who is passionate about self-improvement and reducing inequality. In his spare time, you’ll find Michael either playing some pick-up ball or chilling at the beach. As the leader of Team Recode, Michael spends endless hours submerging himself into the mindset of a prisoner, in hope of understanding the biggest problems they face. Ultimately, Michael is confident that his team will create a sustainable and scalable social enterprise that empowers prisoners and formerly-incarcerated individuals with a fair go. Michael joined Enactus due to his desire to improve the lives of those less fortunate. His favourite memory from Enactus is attending the World Cup in Toronto last year – by far the highlight of his first year at university!