Giving Back Through Social Good – Philanthropy in Education

Giving Back Through Social Good – Philanthropy in Education

philanthropy in education - mark sowerby

philanthropy in education - mark sowerbyThe successful entrepreneur and philanthropist Mark Sowerby will give the next Philanthropy in Education Lecture organised by Emmanuel College on Thursday 16 March 2017 at The University of Queensland.

In the business world, Mark Sowerby is famous for taking the start-up he founded in Brisbane, Blue Sky, to an ASX-listed enterprise with $2.4 billion in assets. After the company posted a record net profit of $10.5 million in 2015, Mark left Blue Sky to focus on projects with a positive social impact.

He serves on the board of Racing Queensland and the Starlight Children’s Foundation, for whom he successfully swam across the English Channel to raise more than $1 million. Since 2016, he’s been appointed as Queensland’s first Chief Entrepreneur, a pro bono position to help grow the Queensland start-ups, and Honorary Adjunct Professor in the Bond University Business School.


Anyone with an interest or involvement in educational philanthropy should attend this lecture, and read the papers from the previous years.


Since 2011, AskRIGHT has been a proud sponsor of the Philanthropy in Education Lectures.

The Philanthropy in Education Lectures are an important opportunity for philanthropists to reflect on their giving to education and what it achieves. Emmanuel College has attracted an impressive range of speakers over the years to give this lecture – from across Australia and from overseas. This year the speaker is local – but greatly in demand as Queensland’s Chief Entrepreneur. I look forward to hearing his approach to philanthropy for education.”

– Dr Daniel McDiarmid, Principal Consultant and Director at AskRIGHT


Date: Thursday 16 March 2017, 5.45pm for 6.00pm

RSVP to Sharon Burridge by Monday 13 March 2017:, 07 3871 9362

Venue: Emmanuel College, Sir William MacGregor Drive, St Lucia Qld 4067

Dress: Business attire




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