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Our CEO, Sally Hetherington OAM, engages with a wide range of audiences through sharing her sustainable development experience and encouraging people to be responsible global citizens. If you have an audience where Sally can share her message, please contact her at sally [@] humanandhopeassociation.org.

Sally Hetherington OAM was 25 when she packed up her belongings and bought a one-way ticket to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Originally running a foreign-volunteer program, Sally witnessed the unintended consequences of voluntourism, and teamed up with Human and Hope Association (HHA), a nightly English school at the time, to help develop it into a thriving community centre.

Working as Operations Manager, Sally was responsible for implementing new programs addressing social issues, fundraising, logistics, mentoring and training the staff and ensuring the organisation’s long-term future. Sally overcame countless obstacles, but her biggest lesson was that sustainable change can only happen when locals lead it.

Through Sally’s empowering approach to development, she successfully made herself redundant and left HHA to be entirely run by local staff. Sally is now the CEO of Human and Hope Association Inc, a registered charity in Australia that raises funds for Human and Hope Association to continue their poverty-alleviating programs.

Awards & Publications – Sally Hetherington

2018 – Third Sector Volunteer of the Year Award.

2018 – JCI Australia Top Outstanding Young Person Honouree.

2019 – ‘It’s Not About Me’ – Manifesto by Sally Hetherington published by Elephant House Press in 2019.

2019 – Order of Australia Medal – aged only 33.

2019 – The International Alliance for Women (TIAW) World of Difference Award.

Sally is available to speak across Australia and internationally on sustainable development, her journey as a young female building up a not-for-profit organisation, innovation and taking risk, and the unintended consequences of voluntourism.

“Sally was an engaging, passionate, and authentic speaker. Not only did Sally effectively highlight the issues with the current state of 'voluntourism', but she also provided practical examples of ways that individuals can support communities and become an ethical traveller. Sally's talk was interactive and real, and it left everybody with a sense of empowerment; that we are capable of making an impact on a global issue by changing our individual actions and spreading the message that we must travel ethically. We would absolutely love to have Sally come and speak again!”

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