Global Health Unzipped Panel Announcement: Leigh Matthews

2009 Victorian Young Australian of the Year, Australian Leadership Award recipient, and the JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World Award-winner, Leigh Mathews is a highly experienced non-profit practitioner and independent consultant with over a decade’s experience across Australia and Asia.


An expert on child rights and child protection, Leigh has spent her career fighting for children to be protected from all forms of harm, noting that, a lot of the time, the way we ‘help’ children overseas was not only ineffective, but harmful.

As founder of Alto Global Consulting, and co-founder and Coordinator of ReThink Orphanages: better solutions for children – a cross sector initiative that works to prevent the unnecessary institutionalisation of children overseas by shifting the way Australia engages with overseas aid and development, Leigh has been instrumental in engaging diverse stakeholders in ending orphanage tourism and keeping children in families, as well as defending those living outside family care.

We look forward to discussing sustainable foreign aid and interventions with such an accomplished, passionate woman!

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