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Jon Dee

Social entrepreneur,

co-founder of Planet Ark

& Rock Aid

Jon Dee is an award-winning social entrepreneur, broadcaster and campaigner.

As a broadcaster, Jon wrote and hosted 115 episodes of the Sky News 'Smart Money’ business sustainability programme. As an author, his business guidebooks on sustainability and energy have shifted over 140,000 copies.

As a philanthropist, Jon was the main founder of the DoSomething, Rock Aid Armenia and Planet Ark charities. He’s the Managing Director of the DoSomething charity and he’s the Australian Coordinator for the RE100 renewable energy initiative. As part of the RE100 project to get companies to switch to 100% renewable energy, Jon has recruited Australian companies with a market cap of $580 billion.

Jon also started Australia’s National Recycling Week and National Op Shop Week. Together with Olivia Newton-John, Jon also co-founded Australia's National Tree Day and the international 'One Tree Per Child' initiative. 

Jon has received two major awards. For his sustainability work, he was made the 2010 Australian of the Year in NSW.

And for his long term work in the Armenian earthquake zone, which included Jon building a large music school, the President of Armenia awarded Jon Armenia’s highest medal - ‘the Order of Honour’.

Within Australia and overseas, Jon gives keynote speeches, MC’s events and consults to major companies on efficiency, sustainability and change management.

Jon will speak and then open the floor to a Q&A on Friday night October 8 at the Festival Opening at The Boathouse Launceston, and then again to a wider audience on Saturday October 9 at the Festival.

Because of COVID19 border closures, Jon will be presenting remotely.

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