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Festival Team

Meet our Social Impact Festival 2017 Team


Paul Flatau

Director of Centre for Social Impact UWA & Founder of Social Impact Festival

Professor Paul Flatau is Director of the UWA Business School Centre for Social Impact (CSI UWA). The CSI UWA seeks to achieve significant social change through its research and education programs and its public engagement with social purpose organisations and community members. Paul has well over 100 publications covering a broad range of fields including labour economics, the history of economic thought, social policy and housing homelessness research. In his most recent work, Paul has examined the costs of youth homelessness, the integration of social and health services, couch surfing and school students, refugees and housing and Indigenous outcomes and expenditures. Paul founded the Perth Social Impact Festival in 2015 to provide opportunities for the wider community to learn, engage in discussion and create lasting initiatives. Since then the Festival has become the premier Social Impact Festival in the world. Join in and create social impact. Connect with Professor Flatau on LinkedIn


Claire Stokes

Co-Director of Social Impact Festival

Claire Stokes is a passionate social impact leader, innovator, educator, and researcher. She works on a number of projects seeking to create systems-level change to enable all members of the community to reach their potential. Claire has many years of professional experience in Western Australia’s not-for-profit sector and is a graduate of a Master in Business Administration from The University of Western Australia (UWA). She is an Academic Lecturer and Tutor for the Centre for Social Impact UWA’s undergraduate and graduate programs, works on projects in the area of impact measurement, and manages public engagement activities. Claire also volunteers as Chair of the Board for community arts organisation Globe Town Project, as Board Director for national arts capacity building organisation Arts Initiative Australia, and sits on various other advisory committees. Connect with Claire on LinkedIn

Katie Stubley

Co-Director of Social Impact Festival

Katie is our Co-Director of the Social Impact Festival. For over ten years, Katie has been a social process designer, facilitator, event creator and educator. She is passionate about designing events and processes that are unique, fit-for-purpose and that amplify and accelerate positive impact. She currently lectures and teaches in our Graduate Certificate for Social Impact and Undergraduate programs. Katie also works as a Human-Centred Designer on several innovation projects. Katie has worked with and for many organisations that are driving positive change including the School for Social Entrepreneurs, UNSW MBAx Design for Social Innovation course, All We Need is Right Here (Asset-Based Community Development Project), City of Fremantle and the global MIT edX u.Lab group. She has also been the convener of Perth u.Lab Hub and the 2015 Design for Social Innovation Conference. Connect with Katie on LinkedIn

John Stubley

John Stubley is a professional creativity, narrative and health consultant. He helps individuals and groups unlock their highest creative possibilities and narratives through tailor-made transformative processes. He has been supporting the Social Impact Festival for the last three years in various ways. He has a PhD in English Literature (Creative Writing), various qualifications in the health sciences, and is currently completing a Masters in Narrative Therapy and Community Work. His writing has appeared in numerous global publications and been translated into several languages. He is passionate about the positive transformation of the story of Western Australia through human creativity.


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