Our team

The Open Exchange helps people and organisations unleash their greatest potential to create positive social impact. We work across communities to create the right conditions, resources, tools and programs to help people tackle social and environmental challenges, changing the world for the better.

The Open Exchange is a social enterprise focused on the support and development of inclusive, diverse and sustainable communities. We work from across Australia and the globe with a growing team in three different program areas: The Open Exchange, The Culture Exchange, and Open Futures.

A range of factors commonly stand in the way of an individual or organisation successfully turning their ideas into positive impact, but we’re here to help.



Janahan Cumarasamy has an honours degree in environmental science and is currently completing masters to specialise in ecosystem management and restoration. He has a particular interest in the management of rural and regional landscapes for sustainable outcomes.

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Veronica is a global citizen with lived experience as a refugee from Latin America. She has worked on global projects in sustainable tourism and currently advises government on community safety. 

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Shankar is an education consultant and community engagement expert, he is the driving force behind the My New Neighbour campaign. He has worked as a sessional academic at Deakin, Monash and Charles Darwin universities. He has developed community engagement & advocacy programs for Oxfam, Transparency International, the National Heart Foundation and Amnesty International.

He has been an adviser to local, state and territory governments as well as Members of Cabinet, about diversity & social inclusion strategies including most recently as Commissioner for Multicultural Affairs in Victoria. Shankar has been invited to present at conferences in the UK, Ireland and Switzerland, and has worked extensively across Australia with aboriginal and refugee communities. He has just gone back to school to complete a Masters in Education. Based in Castlemaine, he lives and works on Dja Dja Wurrung country.

About us

We share tools and approaches to building inclusive and welcoming communities, spaces and lives, through the lens of living examples, case studies and interviews with leading practitioners. 

What we do

Podcasts. Blogs. Event information.

An open resource. A think tank with a goal: let’s build inclusive and welcoming communities, spaces and lives.