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Zoe Condliffe, 2011 Anthill 30under30 Winner


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30under30 is an Anthill initiative launched in early 2008 to encourage and promote entrepreneurship among young Australians. Each year, we invite our readers to nominate young Australian entrepreneurs deserving of recognition for their outstanding entrepreneurial endeavours. More.

Zoe Condliffe, VIC (b. 1990)

Name: Zoe Condliffe
Age: 21 (Born: May 1990)
Gender: Female
State: VIC

Mayibuye is a Zulu word that means “bringing back what was lost.” For young Australian Zoe Condliffe, it also means “giving back to her childhood.”

The Victoria resident spent her early years in Cambodia, where her father worked for the United Nations. Today, Condliffe, all of 21 years of age, is going back to the Asian nation with a goal to raise the hopes of impoverished Cambodian youth.

Condliffe, a student at Monash University and the School for Social Entrepreneurs, developed a Cambodia program for Mayibuye, a non-profit organisation aimed at using the performing arts to keep poverty-stricken youth off the streets and away from drugs and crime.

Social entrepreneurship is in Condliffe’s blood. And with Mayibuye Cambodia, she will be able to continue her family’s work. “I will be teaching my passions — dance and art — and creating a space that nurtures creativity and self-expression.”

Condliffe says she has secured a partner organisation in Cambodia with which she will develop the program. The organisation has about 300 students, and it is “confident that our program is what the community needs and wants.”

Condliffe certainly knows how to express herself. Check out this article, “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Social Entrepreneurship” And she knows how to firmly express her passion for social justice too:

“When you see a change you can make in the world, you have the responsibility to make it. When you notice a gap you can fill, how can you not? I love being creative and innovative, and I can’t imagine going along with someone else’s plan I didn’t believe in, so I make my own plans!”

Anthill asks: Zoe Condliffe, what’s your superpower?

“Open-mindedness and adaptability. I am open to learning and to new ideas … I am always taking on board new views on how I should and could be doing things.”

Mayibuye performance troupe: Waka Waka dance


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