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Philip was born in a tiny village of Kerchomba about 140 kilometres north of Juba, the capital of South Sudan. In 1990 at the age of 10, he was taken, under pretext of education, by Sudan People Liberation Movement rebels fighting the government of Sudan. The forceful removal resulted into prolonged suffering and torment from the rebel leaders. The man made adversaries which included torture, force labour, sleep and food deprivation resulted into great destitute. Slept in, cold and wet squalid conditions with no blankets but hessian bags. The ordeal continued until 2000 when Philip escaped to Kenya to seek refuge.

Although there was, shelter, rationed food and basic security in camp, the eight year-old Kakuma camp, north-western Kenya population of 65,000 (UNHCR, 2000) refugees presented unique challenges. Since then Kakuma refugee camp population has grown to 185,154 asylum and refugees UNHCR 2018).  Being a refugee was the defining movement of Philip's life as a glimpse of hope was felt. At first Philip thought, he had arrived in a place where dreaming could be possible, hopefully for the last time, only to realise the hopelessness and despair invading his life again.  The mischief lasted for 4 years when Philip was afforded to resettlement and arrived in Australia in 2004.

While in Australia, Philip undertook an English language program through Adult Migration English Program delivered through TAFE. He sought employment in the agriculture, fast food restaurants, ageing, disability and mining sectors. Philip volunteered for St Vincent de Paul helping the disadvantaged in our community as well as for MercyCare assisting CALD migrants’ integration through learning Conversational English and understanding basic aspects of safety obligations in Australia.   Currently Philip  work as a VET Trainer and Assessor in Home and Community Health Sector.



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Philip Lako
Feb 23, 2018 12:15 PM

Conscious Capitalism is a fast-growing global movement dedicated to elevating humanity through a business philosophy incorporating higher purpose, care for all stakeholders, and a service-based approach to leadership and organisational culture.

Fiona and Steve will introduce the philosophy underpinning Conscious Capitalism, sharing examples highlighting the wide-ranging advantages resulting from taking a more humane approach to business.

Stephen Samson

Stephen has recently taken on the Community Leader position for the WA chapter of Conscious Capitalism Australia and New Zealand.

His original career was in the realm of Civil Engineering where he practiced for the WA State Govt and for an Australian company in London. On his return to Perth he worked with his own family business in the areas of Compliance, Property Development and Insurance. As a director of this company  he helped govern and steer the business over a 30 year period.

Steve's passion for family business led him to the NFP Family Business Australia where he assisted the organisation over a 10 year period culminating in his role as National Chairman.

Since leaving FBA, Conscious Capitalism has captured had Steve's attention and he now works within the local chapter to enable the philosophy of Conscious Capitalism to be spread throughout the business world within West Australia.

Fiona Brooks is a board member of Conscious Capitalism Australia & New Zealand.

Her original training was in Civil Engineering followed by a Master of Engineering Science. Over the subsequent 15 years she worked for Shell around Australia, Asia and the Middle East in a range of roles across engineering, logistics and domestic gas marketing.

On resigning from Shell in 2007 Fiona moved into management consulting, primarily in strategy development and team development and alignment.

In 2013 Fiona began additional training to hone her skills in helping groups collaborate to co-create new and better futures. A common theme has been the encouragement of systems-thinking and inclusion of diverse perspectives. Fiona is now using these techniques and others in her work with businesses, communities, and movements for social change. 

Fiona Brooks and Steve Samson
Mar 09, 2018 12:15 PM
Mar 10, 2018
7:30 PM – 11:59 PM
Mar 15, 2018
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Despite their immeasurable contribution to the community, not-for- profit organisations across Western Australian are struggling to keep their doors open. Since 2015, HHG Giving Back, the charitable arm of HHG Legal Group, has been fighting against this trend by pledging more that $300,000 of financial and pro-bono assistance to three key local and international charities. Through the support we give to Hagar, Path of Hope and Fresh Start, we hope to ensure vulnerable members of the community receive the help they need. 

Managing Director of HHG Legal Group, Simon Creek, leads the firm’s commitment to the community by heading the Family & De Facto law team as Special Counsel. This combines his passion for community and business development with high level legal expertise. Since being admitted to practice in 1998, he has been consistently recognised HHG’s inspirational impact on both local and international communities. In 2017, he was co-awarded Lawyer of the Year by WA’s Law Society. In the same week HHG received the Attorney General’s Community Service Law Award, largely due to the creation of HHG Giving Back. He is now a Director on Hagar Australia’s board and has recently joined a human trafficking panel with Path of Hope and the Rotary Club of Crawley.

Simon Creek, MD & Special Counsel, HHG Legal Group
Mar 16, 2018 12:30 PM
Mar 22, 2018
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Apr 06, 2018 – Apr 08, 2018
Michael Utsler
Apr 18, 2018 12:15 PM