Aaron Tait

20 Jan 2015

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Aaron Tait’s greatest asset is his resilience. Aaron served in Iraq just after 9/11. His wartime experiences and growing social conscience inspired him to co-found Spark* International to help finance social entrepreneurs in Kenya, South Africa and Papua New Guinea. Spark* is on a mission – and it’s huge.
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CEO and co-founder Spark* International

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Aaron Tait’s greatest asset is his resilience and ability to bounce back when the going gets tough. A self-described mongrel and global citizen, Aaron grew up in New Zealand before joining the Australian Defence Force following his family’s move to Perth. He served in Iraq following 9/11, backpacked the world after becoming disillusioned with war, then returned to the Navy during which he completed two masters degrees from the University of New South Wales and Deakin University, later completing a third from Cambridge. His social conscience growing, Aaron built an orphanage in Kenya and ran a school for street kids in Tanzania. These experiences inspired him to co-found Spark* International with his wife Kaitlin. Spark* nurtures and helps finance social entrepreneurs in Kenya, South Africa and Papua New Guinea with the aim of empowering and improving the lives of 1 million people by 2022. Spark* now has 40 volunteers and staff across these countries, as well as Australia and the US. Aaron continues to be a catalyst for others to realise dreams and transform their futures.

Australian experiences, global impact. This story is one of a series profiling young Australians, or young people with an Australian education, identified as future leaders and decision-makers of courage, imagination and will. Meet our 19 Future Chasers and read their inspiring stories.