Speakers Profile - Simon Griffiths

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Simon is an engineer and economist turned social entrepreneur.

Driven by a passion to use business to give back, in 2010, Simon started a toilet paper company that builds toilets in the developing world. In 2012, he launched Who Gives A Crap with a crowd funding campaign, agreeing to sit on a toilet on a live webfeed until he had pre-sold the first $50,000 of toilet rolls. The multi-award winning launch attracted global media attention and generated over $1 million of PR value.

Since launching, Who Gives A Crap has tripled in size year-on-year without any marketing or advertising spend. As of January 2015, Who Gives A Crap had provided more than 50,000 people with access to a toilet for one year.

Simon is also well known as the co-founder and Director of Shebeen, a non-profit bar in Melbourne’s CBD. Shebeen sells exotic beer and wine from the developing world, with 100% of the profit from each sale going to a development project in that drink’s country of origin.

Drinking an Ethiopian beer at Shebeen helps to provide an Ethiopian farmer with access to life-changing agricultural equipment, and a buying a glass of South African wine sees South African school children gain access to local language books.

Simon is one of Australia’s most prominent social entrepreneurs, and his work has been covered by countless media outlets around the world, including The Huffington Post, MTV, The Standford Social Innovation Review and The New York Times.