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Mitch Brown

Co-Founder

Values: A full heart, be kind, family and make a difference.

Mitch grew up in Bo Peep, west of Ballarat, Victoria on Wadawurrung Country.

 

After finishing school Mitch spent ten years in an elite sporting environment, which taught him vital lessons about culture, resilience and leadership. Post career, Mitch was inspired to take these lessons he has learnt to the students he has had the privilege of working with over the last 5 years travelling the world.

 

Creating opportunities for people to explore their authentic selves during their own life journey, learning life skills, connecting with one another and the world around them is Mitch's passion.

Kyle Vander Kuyp

Co-Founder / Director

Values: Humility, trust and courage.

Kyle is a descendant of the Yuin People of south coast NSW and the Worimi People of north coast NSW. He is a 12-time national hurdles champion (including eight times consecutively), an Australian record holder in the 110m and 60m hurdles events, and has competed at two Olympic Games, four World Championships and four Commonwealth Games.

 

Since retiring from athletics, Kyle has been a strong advocate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people and culture serving as an Indigenous Ambassador for a variety of private, public and sporting organisations. He travels extensively to promote the ambition and self-esteem of Aboriginal Australians and is passionate about providing mentorship, experience and new opportunities for young Indigenous people.

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Shae Bolton-Brown

Head of Impact and Strategy

Values: Growth, purpose and connection.

Shae believes in the power of business to make a difference.

Imagine a Venn diagram with 4 circles. In each circle sits an experience: investment manager, social enterprise executive, professional athlete, and entrepreneur. It is a combination of these experiences (both successes and failures) that help Shae bring a unique perspective.

The theme that links these different experiences is 'team'. Shae is obsessed with understanding what makes great teams great - whether that be in sport or business. Shae loves big visions and helping people and teams strive towards that vision. Shae loves empowering athletes and executives to do what matters when it matters in a values-based way to achieve high performance.

 

Kane Bowden

Co-Founder / Director

Values: Respect, courage and kindness.

Kane grew up in Central Australia, with two of those years spent in Pukatja (Ernabella), situated in the heart of the Musgrave Ranges, just south of the NT border. Kane senses that things are coming full circle with the Tjungu Project, as he plays his part in pursuing its aims -- especially the goal of creating sustainable economic participation for Traditional Owners across the country. He can think of nothing better than his friend Joseph Tapaya, and Traditional Owners just like him, successfully running businesses that allow them to share culture, while also building financial independence. 

 

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