Voices from Australia
Sebastian Robertson is a social entrepreneur with an economics and finance background and the founder and CEO of Batyr, an organization targeting preventative mental health education in young people. Batyr seeks to give a voice to the ‘elephant in the room’ of Australia’s schools and universities. In his own words Sebastian is “encouraging young people to speak out and openly discuss issues that so many face but so few seek help about.” The decision to pursue Batyr was based on a passion to engage, education and empower young people to confront difficult social issues such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders and bullying. Batyr’s aim is to foster an environment where seeking help and talking about mental health is not only acceptable but is encouraged and supported.
Yassmin Abdel-Magied is the founder of Youth Without Borders and a graduate mechanical engineer from the University ofQueensland. She is a member of the Board of the Queensland Museum, the Australian Multicultural Council, Queensland Design Council and the Youth Affairs Network Queensland. She was Youth Premier at the 2008 Qld Youth Parliament and the Vice President (Policy) for the UN Youth Association of Australia. In 2007, she was awarded Young Muslim Australian of the Year and in 2010, she was named Young Queenslander of the Year. She enjoys reading, formula one, boxing, and is attempting to save for her first v8.