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About the curators,

Social Good Outpost

Social Good Outpost (SGO) is an Australian strategic and creative communications studio involved in research, strategy and curation of international diplomacy programs and influential communications and creative campaigns.

Founded in 2016 by two sisters, Lara Stephenson and Dr Elise Stephenson, Social Good Outpost is a women-led team, and proudly brings a young approach to this diplomacy program.

We’re social entrepreneurs, designers, researchers and strategists who have fallen progressively more in love with the ASEAN region and its people. We bring a lived commitment to developing Australia-ASEAN enterprise and leadership, with a particular focus on empowering women, LGBTIQ+ and connecting with and supporting Indigenous and ethnic minority communities. SGO ‘Curates’ leads our public projects, creative diplomacy, strategy and events implementation.

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History of A2ELP

The Australia-ASEAN Emerging Leaders Program (A2ELP) was launched in 2016 by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Australia-ASEAN Council with three clear outcomes at its core:

  • enhance the leadership potential of participants;
  • strengthen and expand people-to-people, professional, and institutional networks between Australia and Southeast Asia; and
  • showcase contemporary Australian and Southeast Asian creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Since its launch, A2ELP has been an in-person three month program with ten participants from across the Southeast Asian region (one participant per ASEAN country) joining five Australian social entrepreneurs from across the country.

A2ELP was delivered through Asialink and the University of Melbourne in 2016 – 2019, as an intensive program over three months each year. From 2021, Social Good Outpost proudly took over running the program, working with new and existing partners, alumni, networks and leaders to deliver leading engagement in our region.

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