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Natalie
Kyriacou

Social Entrepreneur, CEO & Corporate Advisor on the intersection of Environmental & Social Issues.

Inspire curiosity, spread kindness, and live with purpose.
Profile

Natalie Kyriacou OAM is an award-winning social entrepreneur, CEO, Board Advisor, and Environmental and Social Growth Driver at PwC.

Highly regarded for her authentic leadership in the environmental and social spaces, her passion and expertise lie in exploring the intersection of environmental, social, commercial and economic issues.

Natalie advises world leaders on environmental and social policy and driven the expansion, growth and impact of a range of social enterprises and non-profits around the world.

A recognised global emerging leader, Natalie was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for her services to wildlife and environmental conservation in 2018.

Current Work:

As CEO of My Green World, Natalie created award-winning inclusive youth education programs and technologies to increase access to wildlife and environmental conservation and sciences.

In her role as Social Impact Advisor and Business Development Lead for Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) at PwC, Natalie has developed commercial strategies to support businesses transition to more environmentally and socially responsible commercial outcomes.
She has supported Victorian disaster response at PwC, including establishing Bushfire Recovery Victoria (BRV), as well as the development of the Bringing Melbourne Back Better’ Covid recovery strategy for the Lord Mayor Sally Capp and the City of Melbourne.
Natalie is a Forbes 30 Under 30 (2018) honouree in recognition of her Social Entrepreneurship and a UNEP Young Champion of the Earth Finalist.

A sought after Public Speaker and Thought Leader, Natalie has represented Australia on a global stage, including as a Speaker at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum at the invitation of President Vladimir Putin, attended by President Xi Jinping.

Previous Experience:

Natalie has advised, Chaired, and sat on a range of Boards and is recognised for her unique ability to transcend partisanship, mobilise complex stakeholders around common values, and integrate commercial strategies that achieve tangible social and environmental benefits.

As the former Director of Sri Lanka-based NGO, Dogstar Foundation, Natalie has supported expansive work abroad to support communities and vets to provide sterilisations, vaccinations and veterinary treatments to street animals.

Expertise
Talking Points

Commercial Strategies to Drive Environmental Progress

There is a widespread view that economic development and environmental sustainability are incompatible. Fortunately, the economic benefits of addressing climate change are also clear. Companies are increasingly taking steps to integrate environmental - and biodiversity - considerations in their business agendas.

Key Takeaways:
1.) How to drive authentic commercial strategies that achieve tangible social and environmental benefits.
2.) How companies that act to support biodiversity can develop powerful new offerings and business models, improve the attractiveness of existing offerings, and lower operating costs
3.) Key environmental trends in the global market - Who is doing it best and what we can learn from them?

Who this is for: Industry and business leaders, governments, NGO’s, policy-makers, environmental stakeholders.

How Social Enterprise can Help Solve the World’s Problems

Social enterprises use business strategies to tackle social and environmental issues. This growing area is predominantly driven by young, diverse and purpose-driven leaders who are shaping the economy of the future. What can we learn from social enterprise thinking?

Takeaways:
1.) What we can learn from social entrepreneurs and the empowerment model
2.) How social enterprises are best positioned to understand and solve local problems are, and the best ways to solve them and what we can learn from their approach
3.) How to embed impact measurement into commercial strategy

Who this is for: Industry and business leaders, social enterprise leaders, governments, NGO’s and nonprofits, policy-makers, environmental stakeholders.

The moral and economic imperative of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

It has been estimated that closing the gender gap would add $28 trillion to the value of the global economy by 2025. In Australia, racism cost $4.9 billion between 2001 and 2011. We know the economics, so where is the morality?

Key Takeaways:
1.) How the burden of change falls on the shoulders of marginalised people and how to change that
2.) Actions to narrow the entitlement and opportunity gap
3.) How do we create a culture that lifts and celebrates those around us?
4.) Why your D&I Committee isn’t working

Who this is for: Industry and business leaders, government and policymakers, social enterprise leaders, NGO’s and nonprofits
Media
Feedback
Natalie was passionate, articulate and humble, a wonderful combination of attributes that drew in our audience and kept their attention for the full session. The panel overall was authentic and there was a rawness in the way that Natalie and her fellow panellists delivered their stories. We would absolutely welcome Natalie back as she provided a fresh perspective that carefully weaved in much needed tangible and practical actions that we could each implement upon leaving the forum. UN Global Compact

Natalie is a passionate and engaging speaker who challenges, inspires and mobilises her audience. One of the most popular speakers of the day; we have already booked her for another one!

Shared Value

Natalie is a captivating and thought-provoking speaker, inspiring her audience with vision, purpose and clarity.

Taronga Zoo

The Hellenic Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Vic) had the pleasure of having Natalie Kyriacou OAM present to its Young Professionals Network about her formidable work as CEO of My Green World. Natalie is a talented speaker who has the ability to genuinely connect with her audience. She is a free thinker and an inspiration to those who have had the pleasure of hearing her speak. I have no hesitation in recommending Natalie as a credible and engaging public speaker.

Hellenic Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Natalie gave an inspiring presentation to our Middle School students about her journey creating My Green World. She speaks naturally and with consideration, and she hit the mark with respect to our desire to engage the students’ climate conscience and entrepreneurship skills. Natalie defies the stereotype that smart girls are certainly cool and is a role model to our young people.

Haileybury
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