Speakers Profile - Jack Growden

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Regional Queensland

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Jack Growden is a 24-year-old Australian who is passionate about making access to digital technology equitable around the world. Jack began the LiteHaus journey by donating his personal laptop to the Kuta Primary School, and promised to return with 12 more. After thirty-seven computer labs and more than 36,000 students given access to digital learning tools, it is fair to say Jack has delivered on his promise. Energetic, astute and passionate, Jack has been the barometer and central architect of the extraordinary growth of LiteHaus since that first day in 2017, extending its impact to students from rural, regional and remote Australia and those from Indigenous and migrant backgrounds. Dubbed 'Kopi Jack' in PNG and Queensland's Emerging Philanthropist of the Year by Queensland Community Foundation in 2020, Jack is equally comfortable in the board room, the factory or in the field.

Jack has squeezed a lot into his 24 years, travelling to 17 countries, interning with the United Nations in Delhi, addressing 1,500 ambitious young minds at the 10th University Scholars Leadership Symposium in Kuala Lumpur, and being selected as one of 20 top social innovators under 35 in the region by the Australia-ASEAN Business Council. He was named as a Finalist in the Queensland Young Australian of the Year for 2022 and shortly after became the youngest person to have been recognised by James Cook University as one of their Outstanding Alumni. In 2020, he was also named by the Courier-Mail as one of their Most Inspiring Queenslanders of the Year and an AMP Tomorrow Maker. He also serves as a Program Advisor to Humanitarian Affairs Asia, speaking and mentoring budding social changemakers. Jack's calculus for a successful life is based on impact, generosity and legacy.