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July 25, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

You can tell a lot about a person from their story, and our speakers for HACK T2 have quite the story to tell. From Deng, a Sudanese child soldier turned Sydney lawyer and refugee advocate. To Dinesh, a Griffith medicine student whose life was turned upside down after becoming a quadriplegic from a catastrophic car accident in 2010. Or Shiike an executive coach with more than two decades of experience. Everyone has a story, this is theirs…

Featuring guest presenters:
– Deng Thiak Adut
– Dinesh Palipana
– Shiike Vanderwerff

Tuesday 25 July
6.30pm – 9.00pm
Uni Bar Function Centre (G07)

Deng Thiak Adut
Deng Thiak Adut is a Sudanese child soldier turned western Sydney lawyer and refugee advocate whose harrowing tale of his personal journey as a refugee has evoked strong emotions among Australians.

In Deng’s memorable address, ‘Freedom from Fear’, he emphasised “how very lucky we are to enjoy freedom from fear, and how very unlucky are many, many others who neither chose, nor deserve their fate”. He also reminded us to carefully safeguard the freedom from fear that Australians take for granted. “Visit a building site, walk around an educational campus, look at the names in our sporting teams and hear, see, smell and taste the richness of the cultures in any of our shopping centres. White is a colour to which so much can be added.”

Deng described how it was being too scared, as a child, to pull the trigger of an AK47 and blow his own brains out that saved him, when children around him were choosing death as the quickest escape from the horror of life.

Now Deng Thiak Adut’s incredible and inspiring life story is available to a wider audience as a keynote presentation. Few will be able to listen to Deng without being changed in some way.

Dinesh Palipana
Dinesh Palipana is Queensland’s first medical intern and the second medical graduate in Australia with quadriplegia. He was also the first visiting medical exchange clerk with quadriplegia to Harvard Medical School. In addition to a Doctor of Medicine, he holds a degree in law. He has a passion for life, medicine, diversity in education and furthering spinal cord injury research.

Shiike Vanderwerff
Shiiké Vanderwerff is a passionate executive coach with more than two decades experience. He works with individuals and organisations to reach their goals through purpose and progress. As a keynote speaker, executive coach and online author he has delivered professional development programs to several thousand people.

He is a values based leader and leadership communication specialist who uses mental conditioning for performance excellence. Shiiké has delivered the highly reviewed Student Success Series at GUGC, working with a diverse cross section of students sharing tips and techniques that influence success both on and off campus.

Shiiké believes that every moment is an opportunity for excellence and that Socrates got it right when he said, “there is no greater purpose than service to others”.

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July 25, 2017
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm


GUGC Student Guild
(07) 5552 8724


Function Centre
The Link (G07), Parklands Drive, Griffith University, Southport, QLD 4215 Australia
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