Meet Small Giants

We exist to build a world we want to gift for future generations.

At Small Giants Academy, we believe our economic system can and should work better for everyone, that business can be a force for good, and that it's going to take the very best version of humanity to get there. It all starts with the way we lead.

Together, with an incredible network of partners, we support leaders from all industries and walks of life with the knowledge, tools and community to lead for a better tomorrow.

We offer world-class leadership programs, an annual calendar of events with renowned global thinkers, a nourishing community of change-makers, a centre for ideas, stories and conversations, and a deep commitment to fostering a brave space where we can show up as our whole selves, tread a new path, and lead together.

Our Story

Wandering through Hong Kong airport in 2007, Berry and Danny discovered Bo Burlingham’s book, Small Giants. The narrative of “companies that choose to be great instead of big” resonated deeply with their instincts. Berry’s background in investing and meaningful storytelling, and Danny’s engagement with entrepreneurialism and social change have informed their vision for a more empathetic and regenerative society. With Burlingham’s blessing, the company they launched to redefine the role of business in Australia was named Small Giants. Further inspired by the B Corp movement, Small Giants became Australia’s first B Corp in 2012.

Small Giants has invested in and supported organisations working with sustainable property, regenerative agriculture, renewable energy, circular economy and a wide range of social and environmental activism, and is ever receptive to initiatives that challenge the status quo and reimagine our economy.

Small Giants today: passionate practitioners

Powered by the insight that change is not only about business and investing but also moving hearts and minds (through education and storytelling), Small Giants has led Dumbo Feather, brought The School of Life to Australia, created networks such as the Impact Club and B Labs Australia/NZ and programs including Impact Safari and the Journey to Impact. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the diverse programming and storytelling platforms were brought together under one banner and transitioned to a non-profit entity called the Small Giants Academy.

Small Giants Academy melds education, storytelling and action labs to integrate the ideas of wisdom and action, reflecting the realisation that one without the other cannot adequately serve the world.

Small Giants Academy engages deeply with leaders from business, investing, community, education, arts, science, civil service, politics and systems design in recognition of our collective responsibility to shape a hopeful future as the ancestors that our great great grandchildren need in this moment. Everyone has their unique entry point but all are guided by the same purpose: that we can create a society that supports all humans to flourish whilst living in harmony with nature.

Small Giants Academy Team

Small Giants Academy is a non-for-profit education and media initiative dedicated to the transition to a more just and sustainable society. We are a diverse group of individuals who are united by shared values and commitment to our vision.

Lynn Crawford

Finance and Operations Lead

Lynn is the Finance & Operations Lead at Small Giants Academy. Originally from the UK, she has called Australia home for the past 16 years. Beginning her career in the Corporate sector, she discovered both passion and purpose whilst working on projects in the Not-for-Profit space. She has since worked across a variety of sectors including health, education and disability.

Lynn loves spending time with her family, walking her dog Luna and dancing whenever she can!

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Khalid Malik

MBE Producer

Khalid Malik is a journalist and broadcaster and is working with us producing the Mastery of Business and Empathy program. In this personal essay, Khalid shares his experience of looking for work in Australia.

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Jen Djula

Head of Strategic Partnerships

Jen is the Head of Strategic Partnerships at Small Giants Academy. She is committed to purpose driven work, with experience in developing meaningful and productive commercial partnerships that have a strong business development mindset. Jen loves working with organisations that are bridging the gap between profit, people and a sustainable future.

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Samuel Beard

Executive Assistant

Samuel is the Executive Assistant to our founders Berry and Danny, working across Small Giants, Dumbo Feather, and Mossy Willow Farm.  Samuel spent seven years in Paris and New York working with purpose-driven leaders and change-makers. He has recently returned to Australia to continue that work on home soil and we’re honoured that he is doing so with us! As a trained writer and performer, Samuel is deeply inspired by the impact Small Giants encourages and achieves through storytelling.

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Naomi Kumar

Front of House Coordinator

Naomi is our Front of House Coordinator, welcoming visitors to The White House and supporting the Small Giants Family Office. Born and raised in Melbourne, Naomi lives in Thornbury with her small family. When Naomi isn’t at The White House, you can find her enjoying time in nature, walking, cycling, and swimming.

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Anna Yelland

Impact Safari Producer

Anna is our Impact Safari Producer at Small Giants Academy. She thrives on creating transformational impact experiences for our community by collaborating deeply with local knowledge. She is passionate about creating nurturing spaces for humans to be human and explore unique places across the globe.

Away from her work with Small Giants Academy, Anna spends time plotting her own off-grid small home, boogying with good people and road tripping, collecting inspiration to share with her work.

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David Ponce de Leon

Deep Dives Producer

David is our Deep Dives Producer at Small Giants. He comes from an Operations and Human Resources background in the Education across Spain and Australia, specialising in entrepreneurship, sustainability, emotional intelligence, and languages.

Originally from Venezuela, David has traversed the globe living in the US, Spain, and now calls Australia his beloved abode. With a passion for nature, football (soccer), graphic design, and personal growth, he dives deep into the exploration of our inner worlds, always eager to engage in thought-provoking conversations.

As a self-proclaimed over thinker, David is currently working on improving his listening skills and becoming more selective with the words he chooses to use. When he’s not crushing it in the office, David hits the trails as an avid hiker and camper, knocks it out of the park as a decent baseball player, and goes the distance with a good run.

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Olivia Cheung

MBE Producer

Olivia is the MBE Host and Producer at Small Giants Academy and comes from a visual storytelling and production background in film, TV and advertising industries. She has worked in producer and production roles for over 15 years in documentaries, narrative, music videos and feature films in Australia and internationally. A community facilitator and bridge builder, she is passionate about creating inclusive spaces and immersive experiences for leaders and those who are curious and interested in working together to create a hopeful future.

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Van Do

Community and Events Manager

Van (pronounced Varn) is our Community and Events Manager at Small Giants Academy. A passionate connector of people, she deeply understands the value of a well-curated, nourishing retreat and event. Her experience as a creative thinker, master weaver and community builder allows Small Giants to cross-pollinate its various communities.

Away from the White House she loves to spend time immersed in nature and is deeply committed to various volunteer roles.

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Tamsin Jones

Head of Programs

Tamsin is the Head of Programs and the Mastery of Business and Empathy at Small Giants Academy. She brings several decades of leadership experience and systems change in Europe, Australia and Africa. Tamsin believes the best way to predict the future is to create it, change moves at the speed of trust and the superpower of leadership today is our ability to listen. After working as a policy advisor to the Premier of South Australia over two successful campaigns, Tamsin went on to ignite and co-create a string of initiatives including co-founding: Workshop17 inclusive innovation hub in Cape Town; TheBoardroom Africa to bring board gender balance; and The Rallying Cry to shift investment at the intersection of gender and nature for climate outcomes. She is a strategic advisor to CEOs on feminine leadership, gender lens investing and embodiment and holds an MBA from the University of Oxford as a scholar of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship.

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Kristy de Garis

Head of Publishing

Kirsty is the Head of Publishing at Small Giants Academy. Kirsty is constantly on the lookout for conversations with extraordinary people and thought leaders who will help to guide us into the next economy. Kirsty spends half her life in the suburbs of Sydney and the other half on a remote farm in the Snowy Mountains. She's a loving wife and mum, and loves hiking in the high country and ocean swims. She never travels without a good book.

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Kaj Lofgren

CEO Regen Melbourne

Kaj is the Director of the Small Giants Academy Action Labs, where he leads the incubation and development of new initiatives. This has included the creation of Regen Melbourne, launching B Corporation in our region, bringing the School of Life to Australia and co-creating the Mastery of Business and Empathy and Impact Safari. He is a guide on a number of the SGA programs including Impact Safari Scandinavia: the Future of Cities.

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Guardians of Purpose

Our Guardians of Purpose are custodians of our vision, mission and values. Beyond upholding accountability in compliance, strategy and performance, they provide wisdom and counsel, keeping us heading toward our true north.

Berry Liberman

Co-Founder, Small Giants Academy

Berry Liberman is a podcaster and writer who focuses on themes of leadership, storytelling, consciousness, money, and human cultural evolutio and connection.

Berry, whose family office Small Giants has a 100% impact portfolio, is a pioneer in the impact investing landscape globally, across media, the built environment, venture capital, regenerative agriculture, financial services, nature-based climate solutions, biodiversity, and energy systems.

Berry is the Creative Director of Small Giants Academy, a not-for-profit accelerator, education and media initiative with a focus on leadership fora hopeful future. Berry was the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Dumbo Feather Magazine — now The Wisdom & Action Podcast — with an abundant audience of conscious leaders from all sectors.

As a mother to three beautiful children, her work is in service to them and generations to come.

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Karl Treacher

Karl Treacher (GAICD) is an Associate Professor of Social Science at Griffith Business School and the Chairman of The Brand Institute and The Culture Institute of Australia. He has over 20 years of experience working with tier-one brands, boards and business leaders and is recognised as an expert in organisational reputation, brand, culture and experience alignment.

Karl’s thought leadership in the fields of brand and culture have led to more than 60 published articles and speaking engagements at the Committee for Economic Development in Australia and TEDx. Karl’s organisations choose their clients based on an environmental and social impact criteria.

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Lydia Fairhall

Conscious Leadership Facilitator and experienced board director, currently sitting on the Small Giants Academy GOP (Board)

Lydia is a Conscious Leadership Facilitator. Her professional background is in executive arts leadership, festival curation and producing for theatre and film, in both urban and remote communities. She was previously the dual recipient of the Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship and the Australia Council for the Arts Community Arts and Cultural Development Fellowship, where she formed much of the work she does today in facilitating conscious leadership, spiritual direction and next economy transitions for both companies and individuals.

Lydia has a BA in Social Sciences and is currently undertaking post-graduate studies in theology. She enjoys a continued arts practice as a singer/songwriter and freelance writer, creating two back to back albums True North and The Narrows in 2019–21. Lydia loves to enjoy her free time either in the ocean, church or the bush, and outside of her work she enjoys a simple, quiet life with her partner and two children.

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Francie Doolan

CFO & CIO, Small Giants

Francie is the CFO and Chief Investment Officer at Small Giants and sits on the Board of Small Giants Academy. Francie is passionate about using finance and business as a force for good through leadership and governance. She is responsible for leading finance, investments, governance and operations for the Small Giants family office and the portfolio of Small Giants businesses. Francie is also on the Board of Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA).

Francie has a big family and loves long walks as well as arts and crafts (you can never have enough sequins and glitter!).

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Danny Almagor OAM

Co-Founder and Executive Chair of Small Giants

Danny Almagor is co-founder (with his wife Berry) and the Executive Chair of Small Giants. Danny was the inaugural Social Entrepreneur in Residence at RMIT, the founder and former CEO of Engineers Without Borders Australia and is the co-founder and Chair of the Impact Investment Group, and more recently created Sentient Impact Group. He has founded over a dozen for profit and non profit organisations including The Sociable Weaver, The Impact Club, Beyond Family Office and Beyond Creative. He has served on numerous boards, including many of the Small Giants family of businesses such as Tom Organic, The School of Life, The Cape ecovillage and Pacific Biotechnologies, as well as non-profit boards and advisories boards including the Jewish Museum of Australia, Stand Up, Smiling Mind, The Gross National Happiness Centre in Bhutan and Toniic. Danny has been recognised through many awards including a Churchill Fellowship, RMIT Alumnus of the Year, EY Social Entrepreneur of the Year, UN PRI Social Investment Pioneer and the Medal of the Order of Australia.

He has studied Aerospace Engineering, Business Administration and outdoor education. He loves to cook, read, rock climb, talk about philosophy, garden, travel and jump on the trampoline with his three kids. He doesn’t like to run marathons, watch horror films, drink beer, spend time on social media, or invest in anything that isn’t impact.

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Faculty

Berry Liberman

Co-Founder, Small Giants Academy

Berry Liberman is a podcaster and writer who focuses on themes of leadership, storytelling, consciousness, money, and human cultural evolutio and connection.

Berry, whose family office Small Giants has a 100% impact portfolio, is a pioneer in the impact investing landscape globally, across media, the built environment, venture capital, regenerative agriculture, financial services, nature-based climate solutions, biodiversity, and energy systems.

Berry is the Creative Director of Small Giants Academy, a not-for-profit accelerator, education and media initiative with a focus on leadership fora hopeful future. Berry was the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Dumbo Feather Magazine — now The Wisdom & Action Podcast — with an abundant audience of conscious leaders from all sectors.

As a mother to three beautiful children, her work is in service to them and generations to come.

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Matthew Nation

Director at Nation Partners

“I grew up in Tasmania and the environment has always been important to me. I studied environmental science and have travelled the world to better understand how we interact with our natural environment.

My curiosity for better understanding our environment and how we can protect the planet, led to founding Nation Partners in 2013; a certified B-Corp, purpose-driven business that has implemented progressive Teal principles to fully unlock human potential.  I have created a business that directs its energy towards saving the planet and provides a blueprint for a new business model that recognises the importance of the environment and society, and ensures they are considered in every business decision we make.

More recently, I have been exploring my own inner-wisdom and wellbeing and considering how I can be emotionally healthy and best positioned to lead others.  At Nation Partners, we talk about wholeness and leaving your ego at the door, and I have found a place of greater contentedness through the work I have done with the Small Giants Academy in the Masters of Business Empathy and from the time I have spent in Bhutan.”

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Libby Davidson

Non-Executive Director, Sustainability Leader

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Simon Fieldhouse

Leadership and Culture Specialist

Simon is a Leadership and Culture Specialist. He’s a coach and advisor, change agent, master facilitator and culture practitioner with 20 years of experience with small, medium, and large organisations in insurance, finance, energy, retail and philanthropic sectors.

He has an MBA, is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an accredited practitioner in change methodologies.

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Lydia Fairhall

Conscious Leadership Facilitator and experienced board director, currently sitting on the Small Giants Academy GOP (Board)

Lydia is a Conscious Leadership Facilitator. Her professional background is in executive arts leadership, festival curation and producing for theatre and film, in both urban and remote communities. She was previously the dual recipient of the Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship and the Australia Council for the Arts Community Arts and Cultural Development Fellowship, where she formed much of the work she does today in facilitating conscious leadership, spiritual direction and next economy transitions for both companies and individuals.

Lydia has a BA in Social Sciences and is currently undertaking post-graduate studies in theology. She enjoys a continued arts practice as a singer/songwriter and freelance writer, creating two back to back albums True North and The Narrows in 2019–21. Lydia loves to enjoy her free time either in the ocean, church or the bush, and outside of her work she enjoys a simple, quiet life with her partner and two children.

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Francie Doolan

CFO & CIO, Small Giants

Francie is the CFO and Chief Investment Officer at Small Giants and sits on the Board of Small Giants Academy. Francie is passionate about using finance and business as a force for good through leadership and governance. She is responsible for leading finance, investments, governance and operations for the Small Giants family office and the portfolio of Small Giants businesses. Francie is also on the Board of Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA).

Francie has a big family and loves long walks as well as arts and crafts (you can never have enough sequins and glitter!).

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Jo Brick

Jo Brick is an officer in the Royal Australian Air Force. With a background in international law and strategy, she has worked in defence and national security for 25 years. She has been a legal advisor to senior military commanders, and was an instructor and Chief of Staff at the Australian Defence College. Jo is a fellow of the Small Giants Academy, having completed the Mastery of Business & Empathy in 2022.

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Michael Bartura

Leadership Coach

Michael has a rich and versatile background in Therapy, Education, Business as well as Training & Development including 12 years as a therapist, 17 years as a senior manager in business and not-for-profits and over ten years leading, training and coaching individuals and groups internationally.

He is an associate of the Asian Leadership Institute which drives senior executive programs backed up by neuroscience. With more than 20 years of Transformational Leadership experience his work has helped a diversity of Managers in four continents to learn and grow themselves as well as inspire growth in their teams and organisations.  

Michael’s coaching incorporates an evidenced-based process of unpacking and then retooling/resourcing the way you see the world and how your thought processes will better serve you.

Having trained in various modalities across the mind-body spectrum and more recently in the science-based Positive Neuroplasticity, Michael now runs his own Life & Leadership coaching and training outfit.

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Mele-Ane Havea

A passionate and experienced governance professional, Mele-Ane’s work explores the intersection of cultural wisdom, purpose-led business, and the “next economy,” and believes in the immense power of storytelling for change. Mele-Ane holds an MBA from Oxford, where she was a fellow of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship. She also has an LLB/BA from Monash University.

Mele has over 20 years of experience reporting to Boards and Board sub-committees with over 13 years of experience as a non-executive Director of Boards. Her experience spans ASX-listed companies, not-for-profits and for-purpose organisations across a wide range of sectors.

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Kaj Lofgren

CEO Regen Melbourne

Kaj is the Director of the Small Giants Academy Action Labs, where he leads the incubation and development of new initiatives. This has included the creation of Regen Melbourne, launching B Corporation in our region, bringing the School of Life to Australia and co-creating the Mastery of Business and Empathy and Impact Safari. He is a guide on a number of the SGA programs including Impact Safari Scandinavia: the Future of Cities.

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Our Campuses

Small Giants The White House 11 Princes Street

The White House, St Kilda

Originally known as Berkeley Hall, The White House is a remarkable building, designed in 1854 by architect Albert Purchas as the residence for Victoria's then-Crown Solicitor, Henry Field Gurner.

Today it is the home of Small Giants Family Office and the city campus of Small Giants Academy, where our team eat, debate, laugh, learn, listen and gathers together for community events.

We also offer tenancies to values-aligned businesses, including Regen Melbourne, The Sociable Weaver Group, First Australians Capital, Blaze Your Trail and WomenCAN.

Small Giants Mossy Willow Farm

Mossy Willow Farm, Main Ridge

Our regional campus, Mossy Willow Farm  is located in beautiful Boon Wurrung Country on the Mornington Peninsula. The 25-acre property is both a working farm and gathering space for large community events.

As a space to host events, we welcome the changing seasons with rejuvenating retreats and opportunities for deep connection, collaboration and the exchange of wisdom in service to action.

Mossy Willow’s farming practices draw on permaculture and ‘minimal till’ methodologies that are based on a strong belief in the cultivation of living soils and a deep connection with the natural rhythms of the landscape.

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Our Residencies

Artist and Elder in Residence Programs

The Small Giants Artist and Elder in Residence Programs are an invitation for creatives, changemakers and wisdom keepers in our community to join us at The White House for an extended period. While sharing a workspace with our team, they connect more deeply with us, share thoughts and ideas, and showcase their practice in a nurturing and supportive environment.

Through championing the power of creatives and changemakers as they explore and develop their ideas, we hope to co-create a more hopeful future. This future is deeply connected with the human experience — an essential component of human flourishing — fostering empathy, promoting self-expression, and enriching our lives with meaning and beauty.

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Elder in Residence

N'arweet Carolyn Briggs is a Boon Wurrung senior elder and is the chairperson and founder of the Boon Wurrung Foundation.

A descendant of the First Peoples of Melbourne, the Yaluk-ut Weelam clan of the Boon Wurrung, N’arweet is the great-granddaughter of Louisa Briggs, a Boon Wurrung woman born near Melbourne in the 1830’s.

N’arwee thas been involved in developing and supporting opportunities for Indigenous youth and Boon Wurrung culture for over 40 years. In 2005, she established the Boon Wurrung Foundation, which has been responsible for significant work in cultural research, including the restoration of the Boon Wurrung language. The Foundation also helps connect Aboriginal youth to their heritage.

N'arweet plays a key role in our Commitment to Indigenous Australia and we are grateful that she shares her wisdom and knowledge with us as we work towards the Next Economy.

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Artist in Residence Alumni

Robert K Champion

Storyteller and Guitarist

Robert K Champion moves audiences with his haunting guitar music and compelling stories of life, love and loss.

A Gubrun, Kokatha and Mirning man now living and making music in Melbourne, Robert performs original compositions, a combination of country ballads and melodic songs.

Robert has toured nationally as a solo artist as well as with his band The MERRg and as part of other collectives and performing acts such as the Desert Fringe Super Band, the Stray Blacks and more.

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Andrea Kirwin

Artist and Producer

Andrea Kirwin is an Australian-Fijian Artist/Producer with a retro soulful sound and a knack for storytelling. She writes and arranges her songs by weaving melodies and lyrics together with purpose and passion much like the way her Fijian grandmother used to weave pandanus mats in the village on the island of Matuku, Lau. Andrea's sound can be described as an earthy blend of folk, roots, reggae, blues, funk and soul and she waxes and wanes between her more gentler folk/soul tunes as a solo artist, and her upbeat groove based songs that she performs with her talented band.

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Lucy Peach

Period preacher, author, and folksinger

Lucy Peach is a long-time champion of the power of the menstrual cycle who published Period Queen (she’s also a folk singer and a talented performer).

Lucy was featured in Dumbo Feather issue #65, sharing a conversation with Berry Liberman on rest and the cycles that we are both part of and are part of us. We loved the way Lucy talked about the period as the invitation that is present in each stage of that cycle, so we also published their conversation on the Dumbo Feather podcast.

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Monique diMattina

Pianist, singer-songwriter, composer and educator

Monique diMattina understands how music casts spells, how it engulfs us on a whole-body level. A pianist, singer-songwriter, composer and educator, she spent 10 years living in New York on a Fullbright scholarship in her twenties, observing and learning from the greats while fine-tuning her own style, which today swings from jazz to classical to roots, depending on her appetite at the time.

Monique is sass and joy and love and sophistication, wrapped up in a clever quip and a yearning to connect. For her, global fame isn’t the pull, it’s playing at the local jazz bar for the baker up the road, and knowing that her music lands somewhere, like sunlight reaches a flower.

Nathan Scolaro spoke to Monique in Dumbo Feather issue #67, read their conversation in “Monique diMattina composes beauty”.

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Jess Hitchcock

Singer-songwriter

Jess Hitchcock is an Indigenous singer-songwriter, award-winning opera singer and composer. Her powerful voice and passion for storytelling are revealed in captivating performances, be that with her own band, or when she joins forces with Australian music legends or performing arts companies such as Bangarra Dance Theatre, Victorian Opera, Opera Queensland and Short Black Opera.

Jess shared her musical journey with us in “Singing the sun up”, originally published in Dumbo Feather issue #67 exploring Music.

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Joel Havea

Songwriter, natural singer and performer

Joel Havea is a man of many talents. A skilled songwriter, natural singer, unique guitarist and an overall engaging performer whose eclectic style reflects his roots as a true world citizen — he was born to a Tongan father and a Dutch mother in the island capital of Nuku’alofa and was raised in the rich cultural landscape of Melbourne.

Joel’s music asks the question, “What does it mean to be at home?”, the experience is different for everyone, but that feeling is one we all recognise — listening to old Tongan music has always transported him to that place.

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Lydia Fairhall

Lydia’s Fairhall’s professional background is in executive arts leadership, festival curation and producing for theatre and film, in both urban and remote communities.

Lydia is a Worimi woman, born on Bundjalung country, now living in Gubbi Gubbi Country. She has lived many lives in this one life, from experiencing trauma in early life to art-filled, soulful adult life as a mother, producer, executive, singer/songwriter and custodian of ancient wisdom, Lydia is the embodiment of compassionate resilience.

Today she facilitates conscious leadership, spiritual direction and next economy transitions for both companies and individuals.

Lydia is part of much of our work, she’s a Guardian of Purpose, a guide in the Mastery of Business & Empathy, was featured on the cover of Dumbo Feather issue #60, Belonging, and has contributed to a number of issues of the magazine. Her reflection on “Holding Space for a New Creative Process” (co-written with Leanne de Souza) is a must read.

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Bobby Alu

Multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter

Bobby Alu is a multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter. His mantra is:

Move. And be moved. Find your flow and go about each day to the rhythm of your own making.

It’s been a long-time personal and musical mission.

Bobby’s tunes have a way of sneaking into the subconscious and taking up residence with smooth harmonies, rhythms inspired by a strong family lineage of Polynesian performance.

During our time together, we invited Bobby to reflect on his experience during the Covid-19 Pandemic, read his story in Being an Artist in 2020.

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Work With Us

The Small Giants team are connected by shared values and conscious work that tackles the vast social and environmental challenges we face. Building a strong community is central to creating the world we want to live in, a world where we all have the opportunity to connect to ourselves, to each other and to the planet.We are always looking to connect with like-minded people who inspire and challenge us.

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Have questions, ideas, or just want to connect? We'd love to hear from you! Drop us a message, and our team will get back to you shortly

Lynn is the Finance & Operations Lead at Small Giants Academy. Originally from the UK, she has called Australia home for the past 16 years. Beginning her career in the Corporate sector, she discovered both passion and purpose whilst working on projects in the Not-for-Profit space. She has since worked across a variety of sectors including health, education and disability.

Lynn loves spending time with her family, walking her dog Luna and dancing whenever she can!

Khalid Malik is a journalist and broadcaster and is working with us producing the Mastery of Business and Empathy program. In this personal essay, Khalid shares his experience of looking for work in Australia.

Jen is the Head of Strategic Partnerships at Small Giants Academy. She is committed to purpose driven work, with experience in developing meaningful and productive commercial partnerships that have a strong business development mindset. Jen loves working with organisations that are bridging the gap between profit, people and a sustainable future.

Samuel is the Executive Assistant to our founders Berry and Danny, working across Small Giants, Dumbo Feather, and Mossy Willow Farm.  Samuel spent seven years in Paris and New York working with purpose-driven leaders and change-makers. He has recently returned to Australia to continue that work on home soil and we’re honoured that he is doing so with us! As a trained writer and performer, Samuel is deeply inspired by the impact Small Giants encourages and achieves through storytelling.

Naomi is our Front of House Coordinator, welcoming visitors to The White House and supporting the Small Giants Family Office. Born and raised in Melbourne, Naomi lives in Thornbury with her small family. When Naomi isn’t at The White House, you can find her enjoying time in nature, walking, cycling, and swimming.

Anna is our Impact Safari Producer at Small Giants Academy. She thrives on creating transformational impact experiences for our community by collaborating deeply with local knowledge. She is passionate about creating nurturing spaces for humans to be human and explore unique places across the globe.

Away from her work with Small Giants Academy, Anna spends time plotting her own off-grid small home, boogying with good people and road tripping, collecting inspiration to share with her work.

David is our Deep Dives Producer at Small Giants. He comes from an Operations and Human Resources background in the Education across Spain and Australia, specialising in entrepreneurship, sustainability, emotional intelligence, and languages.

Originally from Venezuela, David has traversed the globe living in the US, Spain, and now calls Australia his beloved abode. With a passion for nature, football (soccer), graphic design, and personal growth, he dives deep into the exploration of our inner worlds, always eager to engage in thought-provoking conversations.

As a self-proclaimed over thinker, David is currently working on improving his listening skills and becoming more selective with the words he chooses to use. When he’s not crushing it in the office, David hits the trails as an avid hiker and camper, knocks it out of the park as a decent baseball player, and goes the distance with a good run.

Olivia is the MBE Host and Producer at Small Giants Academy and comes from a visual storytelling and production background in film, TV and advertising industries. She has worked in producer and production roles for over 15 years in documentaries, narrative, music videos and feature films in Australia and internationally. A community facilitator and bridge builder, she is passionate about creating inclusive spaces and immersive experiences for leaders and those who are curious and interested in working together to create a hopeful future.

Van (pronounced Varn) is our Community and Events Manager at Small Giants Academy. A passionate connector of people, she deeply understands the value of a well-curated, nourishing retreat and event. Her experience as a creative thinker, master weaver and community builder allows Small Giants to cross-pollinate its various communities.

Away from the White House she loves to spend time immersed in nature and is deeply committed to various volunteer roles.

Tamsin is the Head of Programs and the Mastery of Business and Empathy at Small Giants Academy. She brings several decades of leadership experience and systems change in Europe, Australia and Africa. Tamsin believes the best way to predict the future is to create it, change moves at the speed of trust and the superpower of leadership today is our ability to listen. After working as a policy advisor to the Premier of South Australia over two successful campaigns, Tamsin went on to ignite and co-create a string of initiatives including co-founding: Workshop17 inclusive innovation hub in Cape Town; TheBoardroom Africa to bring board gender balance; and The Rallying Cry to shift investment at the intersection of gender and nature for climate outcomes. She is a strategic advisor to CEOs on feminine leadership, gender lens investing and embodiment and holds an MBA from the University of Oxford as a scholar of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship.

Kirsty is the Head of Publishing at Small Giants Academy. Kirsty is constantly on the lookout for conversations with extraordinary people and thought leaders who will help to guide us into the next economy. Kirsty spends half her life in the suburbs of Sydney and the other half on a remote farm in the Snowy Mountains. She's a loving wife and mum, and loves hiking in the high country and ocean swims. She never travels without a good book.

Kaj is the Director of the Small Giants Academy Action Labs, where he leads the incubation and development of new initiatives. This has included the creation of Regen Melbourne, launching B Corporation in our region, bringing the School of Life to Australia and co-creating the Mastery of Business and Empathy and Impact Safari. He is a guide on a number of the SGA programs including Impact Safari Scandinavia: the Future of Cities.

Berry Liberman
Co-Founder, Small Giants Academy

Berry Liberman is a podcaster and writer who focuses on themes of leadership, storytelling, consciousness, money, and human cultural evolutio and connection.

Berry, whose family office Small Giants has a 100% impact portfolio, is a pioneer in the impact investing landscape globally, across media, the built environment, venture capital, regenerative agriculture, financial services, nature-based climate solutions, biodiversity, and energy systems.

Berry is the Creative Director of Small Giants Academy, a not-for-profit accelerator, education and media initiative with a focus on leadership fora hopeful future. Berry was the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Dumbo Feather Magazine — now The Wisdom & Action Podcast — with an abundant audience of conscious leaders from all sectors.

As a mother to three beautiful children, her work is in service to them and generations to come.

Karl Treacher (GAICD) is an Associate Professor of Social Science at Griffith Business School and the Chairman of The Brand Institute and The Culture Institute of Australia. He has over 20 years of experience working with tier-one brands, boards and business leaders and is recognised as an expert in organisational reputation, brand, culture and experience alignment.

Karl’s thought leadership in the fields of brand and culture have led to more than 60 published articles and speaking engagements at the Committee for Economic Development in Australia and TEDx. Karl’s organisations choose their clients based on an environmental and social impact criteria.

Lydia Fairhall
Conscious Leadership Facilitator and experienced board director, currently sitting on the Small Giants Academy GOP (Board)

Lydia is a Conscious Leadership Facilitator. Her professional background is in executive arts leadership, festival curation and producing for theatre and film, in both urban and remote communities. She was previously the dual recipient of the Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship and the Australia Council for the Arts Community Arts and Cultural Development Fellowship, where she formed much of the work she does today in facilitating conscious leadership, spiritual direction and next economy transitions for both companies and individuals.

Lydia has a BA in Social Sciences and is currently undertaking post-graduate studies in theology. She enjoys a continued arts practice as a singer/songwriter and freelance writer, creating two back to back albums True North and The Narrows in 2019–21. Lydia loves to enjoy her free time either in the ocean, church or the bush, and outside of her work she enjoys a simple, quiet life with her partner and two children.

Francie is the CFO and Chief Investment Officer at Small Giants and sits on the Board of Small Giants Academy. Francie is passionate about using finance and business as a force for good through leadership and governance. She is responsible for leading finance, investments, governance and operations for the Small Giants family office and the portfolio of Small Giants businesses. Francie is also on the Board of Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA).

Francie has a big family and loves long walks as well as arts and crafts (you can never have enough sequins and glitter!).

Danny Almagor OAM
Co-Founder and Executive Chair of Small Giants

Danny Almagor is co-founder (with his wife Berry) and the Executive Chair of Small Giants. Danny was the inaugural Social Entrepreneur in Residence at RMIT, the founder and former CEO of Engineers Without Borders Australia and is the co-founder and Chair of the Impact Investment Group, and more recently created Sentient Impact Group. He has founded over a dozen for profit and non profit organisations including The Sociable Weaver, The Impact Club, Beyond Family Office and Beyond Creative. He has served on numerous boards, including many of the Small Giants family of businesses such as Tom Organic, The School of Life, The Cape ecovillage and Pacific Biotechnologies, as well as non-profit boards and advisories boards including the Jewish Museum of Australia, Stand Up, Smiling Mind, The Gross National Happiness Centre in Bhutan and Toniic. Danny has been recognised through many awards including a Churchill Fellowship, RMIT Alumnus of the Year, EY Social Entrepreneur of the Year, UN PRI Social Investment Pioneer and the Medal of the Order of Australia.

He has studied Aerospace Engineering, Business Administration and outdoor education. He loves to cook, read, rock climb, talk about philosophy, garden, travel and jump on the trampoline with his three kids. He doesn’t like to run marathons, watch horror films, drink beer, spend time on social media, or invest in anything that isn’t impact.

Berry Liberman
Co-Founder, Small Giants Academy

Berry Liberman is a podcaster and writer who focuses on themes of leadership, storytelling, consciousness, money, and human cultural evolutio and connection.

Berry, whose family office Small Giants has a 100% impact portfolio, is a pioneer in the impact investing landscape globally, across media, the built environment, venture capital, regenerative agriculture, financial services, nature-based climate solutions, biodiversity, and energy systems.

Berry is the Creative Director of Small Giants Academy, a not-for-profit accelerator, education and media initiative with a focus on leadership fora hopeful future. Berry was the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Dumbo Feather Magazine — now The Wisdom & Action Podcast — with an abundant audience of conscious leaders from all sectors.

As a mother to three beautiful children, her work is in service to them and generations to come.

“I grew up in Tasmania and the environment has always been important to me. I studied environmental science and have travelled the world to better understand how we interact with our natural environment.

My curiosity for better understanding our environment and how we can protect the planet, led to founding Nation Partners in 2013; a certified B-Corp, purpose-driven business that has implemented progressive Teal principles to fully unlock human potential.  I have created a business that directs its energy towards saving the planet and provides a blueprint for a new business model that recognises the importance of the environment and society, and ensures they are considered in every business decision we make.

More recently, I have been exploring my own inner-wisdom and wellbeing and considering how I can be emotionally healthy and best positioned to lead others.  At Nation Partners, we talk about wholeness and leaving your ego at the door, and I have found a place of greater contentedness through the work I have done with the Small Giants Academy in the Masters of Business Empathy and from the time I have spent in Bhutan.”

Libby Davidson
Non-Executive Director, Sustainability Leader
Simon Fieldhouse
Leadership and Culture Specialist

Simon is a Leadership and Culture Specialist. He’s a coach and advisor, change agent, master facilitator and culture practitioner with 20 years of experience with small, medium, and large organisations in insurance, finance, energy, retail and philanthropic sectors.

He has an MBA, is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an accredited practitioner in change methodologies.

Lydia Fairhall
Conscious Leadership Facilitator and experienced board director, currently sitting on the Small Giants Academy GOP (Board)

Lydia is a Conscious Leadership Facilitator. Her professional background is in executive arts leadership, festival curation and producing for theatre and film, in both urban and remote communities. She was previously the dual recipient of the Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship and the Australia Council for the Arts Community Arts and Cultural Development Fellowship, where she formed much of the work she does today in facilitating conscious leadership, spiritual direction and next economy transitions for both companies and individuals.

Lydia has a BA in Social Sciences and is currently undertaking post-graduate studies in theology. She enjoys a continued arts practice as a singer/songwriter and freelance writer, creating two back to back albums True North and The Narrows in 2019–21. Lydia loves to enjoy her free time either in the ocean, church or the bush, and outside of her work she enjoys a simple, quiet life with her partner and two children.

Francie is the CFO and Chief Investment Officer at Small Giants and sits on the Board of Small Giants Academy. Francie is passionate about using finance and business as a force for good through leadership and governance. She is responsible for leading finance, investments, governance and operations for the Small Giants family office and the portfolio of Small Giants businesses. Francie is also on the Board of Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA).

Francie has a big family and loves long walks as well as arts and crafts (you can never have enough sequins and glitter!).

Jo Brick is an officer in the Royal Australian Air Force. With a background in international law and strategy, she has worked in defence and national security for 25 years. She has been a legal advisor to senior military commanders, and was an instructor and Chief of Staff at the Australian Defence College. Jo is a fellow of the Small Giants Academy, having completed the Mastery of Business & Empathy in 2022.

Michael has a rich and versatile background in Therapy, Education, Business as well as Training & Development including 12 years as a therapist, 17 years as a senior manager in business and not-for-profits and over ten years leading, training and coaching individuals and groups internationally.

He is an associate of the Asian Leadership Institute which drives senior executive programs backed up by neuroscience. With more than 20 years of Transformational Leadership experience his work has helped a diversity of Managers in four continents to learn and grow themselves as well as inspire growth in their teams and organisations.  

Michael’s coaching incorporates an evidenced-based process of unpacking and then retooling/resourcing the way you see the world and how your thought processes will better serve you.

Having trained in various modalities across the mind-body spectrum and more recently in the science-based Positive Neuroplasticity, Michael now runs his own Life & Leadership coaching and training outfit.

A passionate and experienced governance professional, Mele-Ane’s work explores the intersection of cultural wisdom, purpose-led business, and the “next economy,” and believes in the immense power of storytelling for change. Mele-Ane holds an MBA from Oxford, where she was a fellow of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship. She also has an LLB/BA from Monash University.

Mele has over 20 years of experience reporting to Boards and Board sub-committees with over 13 years of experience as a non-executive Director of Boards. Her experience spans ASX-listed companies, not-for-profits and for-purpose organisations across a wide range of sectors.

Kaj is the Director of the Small Giants Academy Action Labs, where he leads the incubation and development of new initiatives. This has included the creation of Regen Melbourne, launching B Corporation in our region, bringing the School of Life to Australia and co-creating the Mastery of Business and Empathy and Impact Safari. He is a guide on a number of the SGA programs including Impact Safari Scandinavia: the Future of Cities.

Robert K Champion
Storyteller and Guitarist

Robert K Champion moves audiences with his haunting guitar music and compelling stories of life, love and loss.

A Gubrun, Kokatha and Mirning man now living and making music in Melbourne, Robert performs original compositions, a combination of country ballads and melodic songs.

Robert has toured nationally as a solo artist as well as with his band The MERRg and as part of other collectives and performing acts such as the Desert Fringe Super Band, the Stray Blacks and more.

Andrea Kirwin is an Australian-Fijian Artist/Producer with a retro soulful sound and a knack for storytelling. She writes and arranges her songs by weaving melodies and lyrics together with purpose and passion much like the way her Fijian grandmother used to weave pandanus mats in the village on the island of Matuku, Lau. Andrea's sound can be described as an earthy blend of folk, roots, reggae, blues, funk and soul and she waxes and wanes between her more gentler folk/soul tunes as a solo artist, and her upbeat groove based songs that she performs with her talented band.

Lucy Peach
Period preacher, author, and folksinger

Lucy Peach is a long-time champion of the power of the menstrual cycle who published Period Queen (she’s also a folk singer and a talented performer).

Lucy was featured in Dumbo Feather issue #65, sharing a conversation with Berry Liberman on rest and the cycles that we are both part of and are part of us. We loved the way Lucy talked about the period as the invitation that is present in each stage of that cycle, so we also published their conversation on the Dumbo Feather podcast.

Monique diMattina
Pianist, singer-songwriter, composer and educator

Monique diMattina understands how music casts spells, how it engulfs us on a whole-body level. A pianist, singer-songwriter, composer and educator, she spent 10 years living in New York on a Fullbright scholarship in her twenties, observing and learning from the greats while fine-tuning her own style, which today swings from jazz to classical to roots, depending on her appetite at the time.

Monique is sass and joy and love and sophistication, wrapped up in a clever quip and a yearning to connect. For her, global fame isn’t the pull, it’s playing at the local jazz bar for the baker up the road, and knowing that her music lands somewhere, like sunlight reaches a flower.

Nathan Scolaro spoke to Monique in Dumbo Feather issue #67, read their conversation in “Monique diMattina composes beauty”.

Jess Hitchcock is an Indigenous singer-songwriter, award-winning opera singer and composer. Her powerful voice and passion for storytelling are revealed in captivating performances, be that with her own band, or when she joins forces with Australian music legends or performing arts companies such as Bangarra Dance Theatre, Victorian Opera, Opera Queensland and Short Black Opera.

Jess shared her musical journey with us in “Singing the sun up”, originally published in Dumbo Feather issue #67 exploring Music.

Joel Havea
Songwriter, natural singer and performer

Joel Havea is a man of many talents. A skilled songwriter, natural singer, unique guitarist and an overall engaging performer whose eclectic style reflects his roots as a true world citizen — he was born to a Tongan father and a Dutch mother in the island capital of Nuku’alofa and was raised in the rich cultural landscape of Melbourne.

Joel’s music asks the question, “What does it mean to be at home?”, the experience is different for everyone, but that feeling is one we all recognise — listening to old Tongan music has always transported him to that place.

Lydia’s Fairhall’s professional background is in executive arts leadership, festival curation and producing for theatre and film, in both urban and remote communities.

Lydia is a Worimi woman, born on Bundjalung country, now living in Gubbi Gubbi Country. She has lived many lives in this one life, from experiencing trauma in early life to art-filled, soulful adult life as a mother, producer, executive, singer/songwriter and custodian of ancient wisdom, Lydia is the embodiment of compassionate resilience.

Today she facilitates conscious leadership, spiritual direction and next economy transitions for both companies and individuals.

Lydia is part of much of our work, she’s a Guardian of Purpose, a guide in the Mastery of Business & Empathy, was featured on the cover of Dumbo Feather issue #60, Belonging, and has contributed to a number of issues of the magazine. Her reflection on “Holding Space for a New Creative Process” (co-written with Leanne de Souza) is a must read.

Bobby Alu
Multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter

Bobby Alu is a multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter. His mantra is:

Move. And be moved. Find your flow and go about each day to the rhythm of your own making.

It’s been a long-time personal and musical mission.

Bobby’s tunes have a way of sneaking into the subconscious and taking up residence with smooth harmonies, rhythms inspired by a strong family lineage of Polynesian performance.

During our time together, we invited Bobby to reflect on his experience during the Covid-19 Pandemic, read his story in Being an Artist in 2020.