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Social entrepreneur and founder of YGAP and the Polished Man campaign

Life is short. And it is about doing meaningful things, with the people you love.

Elliot Costello is an Australian leader in social entrepreneurship, innovative fundraising, and strategic problem-solving.

In 2008, Elliot co-founded YGAP - a nonprofit organisation that supports local entrepreneurs in some of the world’s toughest communities. Elliot spent ten years building and running YGAP as the Founding CEO. The organization has backed over 450 early-stage impact ventures across Africa, South Asia, and Asia-Pacific, that significantly and measurably improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of people living in poverty. YGAP launched and operated four viable social enterprise businesses in different industries, and ran two international fundraising campaigns, including the Polished Man Campaign. Under Elliot’s leadership, YGAP raised over $20m.

After stepping down as CEO in 2018, Elliot completed a Masters in Comparative World Religions at Oxford University, focusing his dissertation on the intersection of faith and politics in the United States. Presently, Elliot is working with the Democratic National Committee in Washington, D.C.

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