Stephanie Lorenzo talks about empowering and engaging young Australians on human trafficking issues

Stephanie is Founder and CEO of Project Futures Ltd, a non profit organisation which aims to raise awareness and funding for programs dedicated to combating human trafficking and sexual exploitation globally.

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Stephanie is a marketing specialist with 7 years experience in stakeholder engagement and brand management. She is the Founder and CEO of Project Futures Ltd, a non profit organisation which aims to empower and engage young Australians in raising awareness and funding to combat human trafficking globally.

Stephanie Lorenzo began Project Futures in 2009 after reading the heart-wrenching biography by Somaly Mam, a Cambodian woman sold into prostitution as a child. She believed Project Futures could become an outlet for young professionals to give back in time, skills and talents by leveraging their social calendar and profession in order to raise awareness for this cause and have fun doing it, ensuring that charity is an active, fun and collaborative part of everyday social interaction.

In four and a half short years of which two were run 100% voluntarily, PROJECT FUTURES has raised in excess of 1.8 million for victims and survivors of trafficking in Australia and Cambodia. In April 2013 Stephanie became the first full time paid employee and is growing the organisation at a rapid pace.

Stephanie has a Bachelor of International Communication from Macquarie University and in 2013 was named on of Westpac’s 100 Women of Influence and nominated as Australian of the Year. She has recently co-founded a consultancy firm specializing in corporate social engagement and is a sought after speaker to various audiences across Australia. As an eternal optimist, Stephanie believes that the good in people and a simple attitude shift might one day allow a society as lucky as Australia to live simply so that others can simply live.

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