Oct 2017



Dear Neil Hugh

Golden Key International Honour Society will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary in Asia Pacific next year. As a valued member, you are warmly invited to join us 8-10 February 2018 in Melbourne at our annual Asia Pacific conference to celebrate this significant milestone. We are delighted to announce that RMIT University, one of Golden Key’s four initial university partners in 1993, will be the host university for the conference.

The Asia Pacific team is working behind the scenes to develop and deliver an exciting three day program to support your quest for lifelong learning and personal development. During the conference, we will also reflect on the amazing journey we have shared over the past two and a half decades with so many wonderful individuals, and celebrate the achievements of members and chapters. Importantly, we will recognise the contributions of key university leaders who have made this journey possible.

At the conference we also will be looking forward into the future.  We are excited to have selected the  United Nations Global Sustainable Development Goals  for this conference and the conference theme of :

Transforming our world through "Innovation, Sustainability and Technology"
To register now for an early bird discount just click though to  REGISTER FOR  THE CONFERENCE  .

We already have a fantastic line up of speakers and workshop presenters that we want to share with you


UN Young Leader Presenting at 2018 Conference

We are delighted to present to you one of our keynote speakers: Edda Hamar.

Who is Edda Hamar?

In September 2016, Edda was named a UN Young Leader for the Sustainable Development Goals.


Edda was selected as a Young Social Pioneer by the Foundation for Young Australians in 2013, was awarded FYA Young Changemaker of the Year in 2015 and was named Queensland Young Achiever of the Year 2017.

Edda is the founder of Australia’s largest sustainable fashion runway show, Undress Runways which began in 2011. Exhibiting in Australian cities, the event engages 50,000+ people every year to celebrate forward-thinking fashion designers from around the world. Showcasing swimwear to couture, Undress broadens people’s awareness to a world that respects garment makers and the environment.

In 2014, Edda launched an annually published magazine on the future of fashion, The Naked Mag. Featuring contributors from over 10 countries, she brings a global perspective to local Australian markets. Advocating for diversity, respect, equality, sustainability and smart textiles in the fashion industry, The Naked Mag empowers its readership to make informed and socially conscious decisions when making purchases.
With two TEDx talks under her belt, Edda is passionate about speaking to people about creating a business
that makes a positive social and environmental impact. In 2013, she crafted and successfully executed a public social media campaign that secured her a meeting with Sir Richard Branson to discuss sustainability in the fashion industry.

Today, Edda is developing an online platform where you can rent out your own clothes. It is a peer-to-peer marketing to list, discover and borrow quality clothing. The share economy for fashion. It is called Lána and is currently being tested in Brisbane, Australia. Lána means 'lend' in Icelandic.

Edda works with her team to make sustainable and ethical fashion default. In the future, she hopes to improve transparency in the industry and help people have a healthier, more sustainable relationship with fashion.


Stephanie Woollard

Stephanie Woollard is another one of our special Keynote speakers.  Stephanie is a Melbourne-born social entrepreneur, Rotary Foundation Peace Scholar and Rotarian who has created the international aid organisation Seven Women, tour-company Hands On Development and the International Training and Hospitality initiative.

Stephanie started her Seven Women project when she was only 22 years old, after visiting Nepal and meeting seven disabled women making soaps and candles in a small tin shed. In Nepal, disabilities carry a strong social stigma, believed to bring bad fortune. The women were consequently able to sell only a fraction of what they produced at market and lived in dire poverty.

In 2016, Stephanie was recognized on the global stage with a prestigious Rotary Responsible Business Award, one of only six honorees worldwide. The award presentation took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York with Rotary International President John Germ, more than 1500 Rotary members, UN officials and NGO leaders present. Other accolades received include, Moral FairGround’s, National Most Ethical Enterprise Award in 2014, the Nepali Association of Victoria’s award for “Commendable service to the Nepalese Community, “ and the distinguished La Trobe Young Achiever Alumni of the Year Award in 2016. She has this year also been nominated as Australian of the Year.


Want to participate at the Conference ?

As we are celebrating 25 years in Asia Pacific we are interested in hearing about your stories with  Golden Key throughout the years.  So please send any photos or copies of other memorabilia by Nov 30th date to memory@goldenkey.org.au to showcase the 25 years of Golden Key in Asia Pacific. Alternatively you can always contribute by completing our alumni history questionnaire.

Throughout the year we have been researching our past and writing chapter histories. This has been rolled out under the  "Where are they now"  initative and has been actively supported with the chapter alumni search tools.  Now it is your chapter's chance to enter into our special poster session  competition for the best alumni initiative with a story.  Further details can be found here or just email memory@goldenkey.org.au