The Team

Natalie Kyriacou

 

Natalie KyriacouNatalie Kyriacou is the Founder and CEO of My Green World and the Creator of World of the Wild mobile game app. Natalie holds a Bachelor degree in Communications from Griffith University and a Master of International Relations degree from the University of Melbourne. In an effort to engage more people with wildlife and environmental issues, Natalie created My Green World in 2013. The foundation of the company is to develop innovative and educational platforms that will enhance the efforts of youth engagement in global wildlife and environmental conservation. Natalie has worked with a range of nonprofits around the world with a particular focus on wildlife conservation, environmental protection, animal welfare and community development.  In 2015, Natalie launched World of the Wild, the first youth-focussed mobile game application with a positive impact on real-life conservation. Natalie has made a significant impact on her profession, utilising both her degree in Communications and in International Relations to report on and campaign for global wildlife and environmental issues. Her work has been featured in various publications, including Australian Geographic, Huffington Post, Wildlife Photographic Magazine, The Guardian, and MongaBay. She is a Foundation for Young Australian’s ‘Social Pioneer’, was a 2016 Finalist for the Griffith University Outstanding Alumni of the Year Award, a Finalist for the Victorian Young Achiever Award, the 2016 winner of Pro Bono Australia’s Impact 25 Award, a YouthActionNet Global Laureate Fellow, an UNLEASH talent for the United Nations SDG’s and a World Economic Forum Global Shaper. Natalie is a sitting member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, the Australian Director of Sri Lankan NGO, Dogstar Foundation and was previously a member of the University of Melbourne’s Animal Ethics Committee for the Department of Veterinary Sciences. In 2015, Natalie was responsible for the global ban on elephant rides by Australia’s largest travel wholesaler, Tempo Holidays. To contact Natalie directly with media, partnership or investment enquiries, please email nkyriacou@mygreenworld.org.

 
 

Akshay Shah

 

Akshay Shah

Akshay is the Chief Financial Officer at My Green World. Akshay has 9 years of experience in government finance, financial management and strategy and budget management. Inspired by documentaries such as ‘Blackfish’, ‘The Cove’, ‘Cowspiracy’ and ‘Tyke Elephant Outlaw’, Akshay is combining his passion for nature conservation and education with his vast experience in finance and management to shape My Green World’s strategic direction and to ensure that the company is achieving both social impact and economic value. Akshay is a CPA and holds a Master degree in Accounting and Finance from Latrobe University and is currently working as a Senior Budget Analyst with the Department of Justice and Regulation alongside his role at My Green World. Akshay envisions a world where environments and species are preserved and protected, rather than destroyed, and he is a rapidly growing presence within both Australia’s government and social enterprise sectors.
 
 
 

Kat Knight

 

Kat Knight

Kat is an Advisor to My Green World. With eleven years of experience and a lifelong interest in sustainability issues, Kat has spent her entire career supporting pioneering companies and people. Holding a Masters Degree in Design Management from the University of the Arts London, Kat’s core strengths lie in marketing communications and the delivery of creative projects/events. Her profession began in London with the ethically driven clothing label THTC (currently ranked UK’s most ethical menswear brand by Ethical Consumer Magazine). Kat then went on to work closely with Dr. Charlotte di Vita, MBE – a highly regarded social entrepreneur and CEO of 21st Century Leaders. With a roster of royalty, celebrities and eminent business leaders 21st Century Leaders has raised over $100 million for high profile causes around the world. Born and raised in the UAE, Kat’s involvement with 21st Century Leaders coincidentally took her back to the Middle East when the Foundation moved its headquarters to Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, the world’s first planned sustainable city. Standout achievements in the region include assisting with the coordination of a celebrity auction prize at the Royal Family of Qatar’s annual charity event, which raised $1million. Kat has also accrued indispensable experience from the corporate world. A four-year stint working for a tech and data-driven digital marketing agency has given her valuable commercial perspective. As Director of Creative Services, highlights at this Dubai-based agency included winning a Silver Effie award for Effective Marketing in 2015 in the category of Travel, Tourism & Transportation. Since arriving in Australia in March 2017, Kat has continued to seek out initiatives she believes in and volunteers her time to Tamil Feasts, a social enterprise that aims to help alleviate pressures on asylum seekers in Melbourne, and the wildlife charity Balu Blue Foundation. Happiest outdoors, Kat is naturally passionate about conservation and is most inspired when design makes a difference socially and environmentally.

 

Interested in learning more about our team? Email us at info@mygreenworld.org

 

 

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