Benson Saulo

20 Jan 2015

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Benson Saulo is well on the way to helping achieve his vision for Australia: a nation proud of its Indigenous history and contribution to the broader Australian identity. Benson is passionate about the role young Indigenous Australians can play in their communities to lead positive change through education, entrepreneurship and strong connections to country. In fact, he’s taken his vision a step further.
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Co-founder, Mind Garden Projects

Senior Consultant, PriceWaterhouseCoopers Indigenous Consulting

@bensonsaulo  @Mindgarden_

Benson Saulo is well on the way to helping achieve his vision for Australia: a nation proud of its Indigenous history and contribution to the broader Australian identity. Benson is passionate about the role young Indigenous Australians can play in their communities to lead positive change through education, entrepreneurship and strong connections to country. While still at school Benson was selected for a traineeship with the ANZ Bank. He completed the traineeship, finished year 12, and progressed his career at ANZ as a Business Analysis before becoming the first indigenous person appointed Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations, negotiating for the rights of the child in both New York and Zurich. Director of the National Indigenous Youth Leadership Academy (NIYLA) until October 2014, Benson is keen to pursue a career in politics, no doubt using his self-deprecating sense of humour and love of stories to help build a generation of indigenous change-makers. Born to a Papua New Guinean Pentecostal minister father and an indigenous Australian mother, Benson’s parents raised him in an environment dedicated to helping community, values he has taken into his adult life and continues to promote and embody today. In 2014 he founded Mind Garden Projects, an organisation providing literacy support for schools in Papua New Guinea.

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.