Shankar Kasynathan

Amnesty International Australia

Shankar Kasynathan’s earliest memories are of his family being resettled by a generous neighbourhood after finding refuge in Australia. Over the last 15 years he has been dedicated to building more inclusive and welcoming neighbourhoods, schools and workplaces. Today, he is the driving force behind the “My New Neighbour” campaign, calling for a generous refugee community sponsorship program in Australia. He has worked as a sessional academic at Deakin, Monash and Charles Darwin universities, and has degrees in Economics, Public Policy and is currently completing post-graduate studies in Education. He has worked on community engagement & advocacy initiatives for Oxfam, Transparency International, the National Heart Foundation and Amnesty International.

Shankar will be speaking on the session ' Building communities for change' on Friday 15 February