Festival Team

Meet our Social Impact Festival 2018 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 currently holds several positions at the Centre for Social Impact UWA, including Academic Lecturer and Tutor for undergraduate and graduate programs. She works on research projects, particularly in the area of impact measurement, and manages the Centre’s engagement activities. This includes being Co-Director of the major annual event the Social Impact Festival held in Perth, Western Australia. Claire also volunteers as Chair of the Board for community arts organisation Globe Town Project, as Youth Board Representative for community service organisation Rise Network, and as Board Director for national arts capacity building organisation Arts Initiative Australia. With a background in Classical music and arts management, Claire also freelances as a pianist, flautist, and pre-concert talk speaker. 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



Zoe Street

Social Impact Producer, Social Impact Festival

Zoe is a social impact producer, change agent and artist. She is an integrator with a fascination for the space in-between. The space where cultures, ideas, disciplines and minds can meet to think differently and instigate long lasting, systemic change. She is passionate about driving change through the power of stories and empowering others to find their own voice so we can all help shape the society that we wish to live in. With a degree in Anthropology & Sociology and Performance Studies (Curtin University), Zoe has worked as artist and producer with a heart for art that connects with community and makes a difference. She has recently travelled to India and interned with Riverside School, designing creative processes and teaching people of all ages. She believes wholeheartedly in playfulness, authentic connection and that we can create change in this world. She is currently working as the Social Impact Producer for the Centre for Social Impact at the University of Western Australia.


Antonia Taylor

Project Officer, Social Impact Festival 

Antonia has been working in the fair and ethical trading space for over a decade. While working and living in Cambodia, she founded a jewellery production house which has been providing secure employment to at-risk young women for 10 years. She went on to work at the other end of the supply chain with Oxfam Trading, Australia’s largest ethical retailer and now co-convenes the WA Fair Trade Collective. She is especially passionate about ethical fashion and co-founded a project called Fairly Fashionable, bringing designers, students and consumers together to raise awareness about issues in the fashion supply chain. As project officer for The Good Market, Antonia brings her passion for conscious consumerism to curate an event that the whole community can engage with.


Shenali Perera

Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Social Impact Festival

Shenali has a keen interest in intercultural dialogue and telling stories of impact through diverse media. She is a graduate of Asian Studies from the University of Western Australia, with experience in youth work, digital and print media. Shenali is passionate about empowering young women to claim their space, and voice, without apology. While at university, she started boxing as a hobby and is now a program facilitator and advisory board member of The Young Boxing Woman Project. Through her writing and involvement in various community and creative projects, Shenali also advocates for the rights of refugees and other minority groups, and works to amplify positive and diverse narratives about these groups in Australia. 


Mags Ritchie

Administration Officer, Centre for Social Impact UWA


Margaret (Mags) Ritchie is currently working as Administration Officer, for the Centre for Social Impact at the UWA Business School. Mags’s key roles include 1)undertaking administrative support for the centres research, teaching and public engagements; 2) Centre Director Diary management including arranging face to face meetings & teleconferences; 3) Arranging travel for the Centre Director; 4) Administration of the Undergraduate Course and providing advice on the Graduate Certificate in Social Impact and administering the scholarships in relation to the courses; 5 Providing administrative support for the Centre Manager and other centre staff. Prior to her current position, Mags worked at UWA in the Accounting and Finance Discipline as Administrative Officer in the area of Unit Support and also undertook the administration of the Indigenous Business, Enterprise and Corporations Conference. Her roles included unit support for the academics in the discipline, support to the team manager and supervision of staff. Prior to commencing at UWA, Mags worked in a temporary administrative post in Sydney and before that worked for 11 years for the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland in the School of Education as an Administrative officer. Mags has a Degree in Business Administration majoring in Human Resource Management from the University of Paisley, Scotland.


Cheryl Croce

Centre Manager, Centre for Social Impact 


Cheryl was appointed to the position of Centre Manager for UWA CSI in July 2014. She is responsible for working with the Director to develop and implement the Centre’s strategy and operational management plans. Her role entails maintaining existing research industry and public engagement relationships and to work pro-actively to identify and develop new funding research and thought leadership partnerships locally, nationally and internationally. She will oversee the administrative and finance functions of the Centre, and will focus on actively promoting and enhancing the Centre’s brand and profile through marketing and event initiatives. Prior to commencing at the UWA Centre for Social Impact, Cheryl was the General Manager for eleven years at Entrust Private Wealth Management. Cheryl holds a Master of Business Administration from The University of Western Australia.


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