Shankar Kasynathan

Shankar Kasynathan’s earliest memories are of his family being resettled by a generous neighbourhood after finding refuge in Australia. Over the last 15 years he has been dedicated to building more inclusive and welcoming neighbourhoods, schools and workplaces.

Today, as an education and community engagement consultant, 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.

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