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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Abraham has a strong background in community and international development.  He has worked with a wide range of community grassroots organisations and has extensive experience in facilitation, training and  community consultations.

He has worked across Europe, Africa, the Middle East, the Caribbean and the Pacific.

Abraham holds degrees in Social Sciences and has also completed post graduate studies in Education.

Abraham has done facilitation with a wide a range of organisations, including local government, indigenous organisations, community centres,  and not-for-profit organisations on diverse issues such as decision making, conflict resolution and strategic planning.


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.