Melanie is a University Innovation Fellow and a PhD student at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).
Discovering kangaroo nests on her hobbyfarm in South Australia helped lead Melanie to a life connected to nature. After finishing school, she spent a whirlwind year in the waste management yard of the fourth largest copper mine in the world. It was here that her interest in innovation took hold – developing novel ways to repurpose the copper anodes and tyres discarded from the mine. She later received a B.Sc in Environmental Biology and M.Sc in Fish Ecology Research where she spent many months studying an endangered species on a remote island in the Tasman Sea.
Melanie has a great passion for adventure that has led her to 29 countries, before founding a social enterprise with a mission to rethink skincare. She built, tested, manufactured and distributed an innovative allfood facescrub that helped train tailors in Dharamsala and reforest the Kalimantan.
She is a dedicated Rotarian with a special interest in Youth Service, regularly facilitating on residential leadership camps and mentoring for hackathons. Her PhD is assessing the impact of the coevolution of innovation, strategy and social networks for accelerating climate action.
Follow her journey on her blog: https://medium.com/@sensibiliser
UIF @ UTS
|Spring 2019 HDR
|Spring 2019 FEIT
|Autumn (Fall) 2018
|Anna Józefina Rutkowska