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. For more information, please visit Enactus International and Enactus Australia.
Freder is a 4th year Commerce/Law student 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. He believes in the best in people and wants to see everyone realise their true potential. As the current President, Freder's role is to ensure that the organisation is unified in moving towards its goals: driving project progress, expanding our cross-disciplinary reach and promoting social entrepreneurship in UNSW.
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.
Paula is a 4th-year commerce and law student who is completely dependent on chocolate and coffee. When she isn't working on the projects, you can find her struggling in the library to finish all her readings. She joined Enactus UNSW at the beginning of last year as a project member of The Bean Community. She joined Enactus to try to make a difference in this work. During this time she has had the most amazing time learning about ideation, design thinking and social entrepreneurship. She has been lucky enough to meet and work with the most passionate and hardworking students that inspire her every day. At the Nationals competition, she was blown away by the Enactus spirit, passion and hard work of all Enactus members around Australia.
Paula is constantly amazed at the experiences she has and the people she has met after joining Enactus. She has met the most inspiring people along the way, ranging from corporate executives to community workers, all willing to take time out of their busy days to contribute towards projects. She has learnt valuable lessons in design thinking, social entrepreneurship as well as the importance of embracing and learning from failure. She is extremely excited about all the things that the projects will accomplish this year.
Steven is a cheerful, pup-loving person who is always looking to help and empower those around him. With over a hundred cousins, Steven loves meeting new people and welcoming them to the Enactus family. As Vice President of Externals, Steven’s vision is to make Enactus UNSW to be the hub of social impact and entrepreneurship in UNSW and Australia.
Steven hopes Enactus UNSW will always have more vision than resource: to dream big, but also have the character and grit to put ideas into action. Steven believes that the social impact starts with those around you, and hence envisions an Enactus built on a culture of sowing and investing into those around us. He always believes the best is yet to come!
Isabelle is your yoga-loving, acai bowl-eating Vice President (Internal) who would spend every day at the beach watching the sunset if she could. As an extremely indecisive person, you’ll probably find her trying to decide where to eat or what to watch on Netflix.
Enactus was the first society Isabelle ever joined because she was inspired by the opportunity to be part of a community that creates social impact through entrepreneurship, and as VPI she hopes to ensure each member has an amazing experience like hers. Her favourite memories of Enactus include the Nationals conference where she was inspired by the level of social impact created by every team, and witnessed the supportive culture of the Enactus family.
Tram is a 2nd year Actuarial Studies/Commerce student who understands nothing about data. When she’s not busy queuing for her fifth cup of coffee or bubble tea, Tram is usually complaining about her sleep deprivation. Don’t be surprised to find her at 4-5am only getting ready for bed. As the secretary, Tram oversees Enactus to ensure our projects and operations are unified toward their concurrent goal of social growth and change, meanwhile performing administrative duties to ensure its smooth-running.
Tram’s fondest memory was presenting on behalf of Enactus UNSW at the 2018 National Conference! You might find her re-watching her performance on Youtube, or boasting about the experience in its entirety. She complains it’s one of the most challenging things she’s done, yet she can’t stop crying because she misses her Enactus family, and the unparalleled support they provided at Nationals.
Sky is one of your friendly Marketing Directors who loves naps and iced coffee - preferably not at the same time. When she isn't sipping on an UP&GO or making memes on Illustrator, she's devising new strategies and creative ideas to showcase Enactus UNSW to the world.
Sky first joined Enactus because she wanted something to do, but she got a lot more than she expected to say the least. From developing her design skills to finding friends who she'll keep forever, Enactus has become a second family that constantly inspires her to chase the entrepreneurial spirit. Her favourite memory with Enactus so far was attending the 2018 National Conference where she witnessed the incredible social impact Enactus students were making across the country.
Jeffrey is a 1st Year Actuarial Studies student who loves accumulating as many skills as possible, useful or otherwise. From basic photoshop skills to his current attempts to juggle, Jeffrey will try anything, yet still spend inordinate amounts of time watching TV.
He joined Enactus because he was intrigued by the concept of a social enterprise, and wanted to do something different. As Treasurer, he ended up doing more Maths, but he’s also looking to develop Enactus’ fundraising and investment capacity on top of the usual admin. Even now, he is inspired by the passion of the Enactus community and the ability for any team to translate ideas and commitment into tangible impact.
Hillary, a salted peanut and Jackie Chan fanatic is excited to be one of your Marketing Directors! Alongside her team, Hillary aims to further establish Enactus on both a national and global scale while supporting her team members achieve their own passions and to fulfil their potential.
She joined Enactus because the idea of creating a real and positive impact on the community whilst still at university was an exciting one, and still is. A fun fact about Hillary is that she drinks a glass of milk every day to ensure optimum growth and power to engage with the entrepreneurial mind. Her favourite memory at Enactus so far was successfully riding a four-person bike during a mid-semester social. She is forever grateful for the warm welcome and support that Enactus gave her in her first semester and is keen to embrace her new members in the same way!
Jack is a cheerful and ambitious person whose appearance surprisingly does not match half his cultural heritage. If you ever find him outside of his study, he’s most likely keeping up to date with the tennis, exploring new albums on Spotify or reading some dusty postmodernist literature off his father’s bookshelf. Jack is constantly inspired by the entrepreneurial and innovative capacity within us all to enable developments within society for the better.
As one of the current Events Directors, he endeavours to revamp the Enactus experience for all its members and to provide a platform to apply their knowledge and skills to make a real, scalable impact. Jack strongly believes that with the determination and the ethos of the new Enactus team, only the best is yet to come!
Charmaine is a chill, friendly, Commerce/Computer Science student who loves solving problems and trying new things. When she’s not up all night trying to fix her code, she goes to brunch cafes with aesthetic food, procrastinates by online shopping and searches for her next travel destination.
As one of the Events Directors, her vision is for Enactus to have the best events on campus and she strives to create a welcoming, friendly experience and help others develop themselves personally and professionally. Charmaine joined Enactus because it was an amazing way to create impactful change on a larger scale, and was attracted to the society because of it’s tight community of individuals with diverse degrees, collaborating and bonding with each other over a shared passion for social change.
Crystal is studying a B. Actuarial Studies and now wonders whether maths was really her thing because she’s quite (1+2+...+n)/n at it.. When Crystal is not trying to pass Actuarial, she’s browsing the net for new recipes to try and new food places to visit. Besides eating : P , Crystal enjoys umpiring netball and hiking.
Previously part of Fortunate Food Co., she’s joined HR this year to support the people of Enactus behind the scenes. Her goal as HR director is to ensure all members can develop in their roles and personally, whilst having fun. She’s EGGcited to see where HR and Enactus can go this coming year!
Katherine is a bit of a social butterfly and can be easily found through a constant stream of Snapchat updates eating and chilling with friends. When she isn’t embarrassing herself or the people around her for a laugh, Katherine channels her energy towards self-development. With an ambition to work in diplomacy, Katherine is determined to be a part of something bigger than herself and was drawn to Enactus because of its limitless opportunities to make a real community difference.
Katherine joined Enactus midway through 2018 and is nervous yet extremely excited to be a part of the journey. As a Partnerships Director, she is keen to bring Enactus’ amazing work towards the greater community’s attention and to bring on more supporters. Katherine believes that everyone has the potential to change the world for the better and through the power of social entrepreneurship, this better world is within reach.
Alex is a cheerful and ambitious Actuarial student who lives by the motto "work hard, play hard." You will either see him cracking jokes, being the goofy fellow on the team, or deep in the dark confines of some library studying for the exam next semester. There is no in-between.
Alex joined Enactus because he saw an opportunity to contribute to the larger community and meet like-minded individuals who all wish to make the world a better place. As the Partnerships Director, Alex is committed to building a solid foundation for Enactus UNSW. The project and business development teams must have access to amazing mentors, the best resources and a family they can rely upon. He believes that the key to success is to dream big, and with grit and perseverance that dream will become a reality.
James is a 3rd year Commerce/Law student with a crippling caffeine and Guzman y Gomez addiction. He chose his degree because he wanted to be able to make a large-scale and sustainable impact on the world around him. When he's not searching for ways to make the project even better you'll usually find him planning his next trip to the Japanese ski fields.
Currently one of the Project Leaders of the Elderly project. He first became involved with Enactus UNSW at the end of 2017 during the Social Innovation Program and just kept coming back for more. The highlight of his Enactus journey so far was the 2018 national conference where he was blown away by the passion and camaraderie of Enactus teams from all over Australia and the network of inspiring people he met.
Hillary is a fun-loving risk-taker who doesn't let her lactose intolerance get in the way of her love for ice-cream and cheese. She will also never hesitate to pat a random' s dogs and is always happy to give out free yoga lessons. Intrigued by the idea of creating a sustainable business with a social impact, Enactus was naturally the society to join.
Hillary's involvement in the projects over the past few years has challenged her to think beyond the status quo and understand the root causes of complex problems. Even with all the ups and downs, the experience and knowledge that she has gained, as well as the family of like-minded individuals she has made, has been invaluable. As project leader of the Elderly People Project, Hillary is excited to work with her team to create a meaningful and lasting solution to help improve the everyday lives of the elderly.
Sisi is currently studying a Bachelor of Commerce/Information Systems, when she's not having quarter life crisis about dropping Law you can find her reading blogs like Wait But Why and binging Black Mirror.
Sisi was inspired to join Enactus after hearing her friends talk about all the cool projects and impact students just like herself were able to achieve. Sisi’s role in a team is usually the crazy ideator, her favourite being creating an illegal underground supply chain of contraceptives in conservative rural East Timor. Thankfully she has an amazing team around her to keep things sane (sort of).
Anton likes listening to comedy podcasts and reading self-help books. When he's not busy with Enactus, or at the gym, you’ll find him studying software engineering at the library, usually quite late into the night. Whenever he writes a task on his arm he'll always follow through with it, which is why he's considering getting a tattoo of his bed time, so he can finally go to bed on time!
Anton joined Enactus because he wanted to participate in more circles than he did during high school. His ongoing experience as a member, has gone far beyond his initial expectations. Anton likes having a say in things, and he likes following things through. Anton also likes to launch ideas off the ground and support their trajectory as they develop further. He's an opportunist by nature. To him, no stone should be left unturned.
Michael is an extremely down to earth and friendly Computer Science student, who is passionate about self-improvement and reducing inequality. In his spare time, you'll find him playing basketball, reading or learning something new.
As the leader of Fortunate Food Co, Michael is looking to implement growth hacking strategies to rapidly increase sales, and ultimately save more imperfect fruits and veges. Michael joined Enactus due to his desire to improve the lives of those less fortunate. His favourite memory from Enactus is attending the 2016 World Cup in Toronto where he met like-minded students from over 36 different countries around the world.
Kim is a determined, caffeine-dependent 2nd year Commerce/Law student aspiring to become a legal change-maker in the field of environmental law or family law. Side hobbies of hers include reading, building her wardrobe of (too many) sweaters and hoodies and searching for the best café in Sydney. While many mistake her as year 9 student who got lost on campus, you can easily spot her in a crowd because she’s most likely wearing a hoodie that’s been stained by fabric paint from Uplift’s workshops. When Kim’s not buried under readings, she’s always keen for a chat over a cup of coffee… or three.
Kim joined Enactus in Semester 2 of 2017 and now, as Project Leader of Uplift with her wonderful co-PL, Ryan, she oversees the operations of the team as well as builds plans to move the project forward. Kim joined Enactus because she believes in every individual’s inner capacity to make sustainable change in society. In turn, Enactus offered a perfect combination of her entrepreneurial spirit and her dream of helping others. She’s excited for the coming year – especially for the many failures to learn from, obstacles to overcome and opportunities to grow.
Ryan snuck into Enactus in late 2017 and hoped that no one noticed. Almost a year later, he is surprised to have found himself as Project Leader of Uplift. Alongside his incredible co-PL, Kim, Ryan tries his hardest to oversee the operations of a team far more mature than he is. A strong believer in the idea that everyone can make a difference if they are willing to step outside of their comfort zone, he is looking forward to learning from Enactus’ community of change-makers.
A far better football fan than player (he’s actually rubbish), Ryan is a passionate follower of Liverpool FC. In his spare time, he likes to try his hand at Fifa however his passion for the beautiful game has not translated into any form of measurable skill as he remains useless with the console and with the ball at his feet. Hoping to make some Salah-esque signings to the Uplift team, Ryan is excited for the season ahead with both Uplift and Liverpool.
Melissa joined Enactus because she loves working on projects and is passionate about how social enterprises can help people to reach their full potential. Her favourite thing about Enactus is the national conference where she was inspired by the amazing projects and social impact created by Enactus teams all over Australia. In her spare time Melissa enjoys looking at dog memes, going on Chatime runs and is always down to catch up with friends over brunch.
Gayathri is a fun bubbly girl who is always up for a laugh. She is another one of those typical Commerce/Law student who always struggles to wake up for her 9am classes.
Social entrepreneurs are individuals who develop practical, innovative and sustainable solutions to combat real social issues! While they can emerge from any practice or background, all social entrepreneurs grow the courage to innovate and overcome traditional practices
Join Enactus UNSW! Together with the help of our mentors, you will be able to learn and go through all the stages of developing a social enterprise, from the ground up.
Each team in Enactus requires a minimum of 6 hours of commitment, and regular weekly meeting attendance.
Not at all! We will provide you with the tools and opportunities to learn as you go.
Our recruitment drive officially opens at the start of every semester. However, opportunities to join teams within Enactus may pop up during the semester so stay on the look out! (Tip: follow us on social media to ensure you are the first to be notified!)
First, we operate in the social entrepreneurship space. This is a unique niche market that makes adds tremendous value and purpose to what we do. Second, we are all about cross-collaboration. Being in a Core Team doesn’t mean you can’t contribute to social impact! All of our teams work closely together as a cohesive unit, meaning that no matter what team you are a part of, your insights are valued and can contribute to project progress. This means your experience with us will be above and beyond what you can expect from any other student society. Third, Enactus is an international organization in 36 different countries. This means we have the support of a global network, and access to a range of industry mentors who can help you on your journey. So what are you waiting for? Be sure to sign up for one of our operations teams at the next recruitment drive!
We welcome all students from all faculties - and really encourage those from more diverse degrees to join. We believe having a wide range of skills and knowledge enables us to approach social issues from different angles, and achieve more sustainable results. Engineering or social science, medicine or design - if you are passionate about making a difference, we would love for you to join our mission!
Definitely. Social entrepreneurship has no age limit or restriction - all are welcome!