Adrian Appo

Shepparton, Victoria

Social entrepreneur

After running one of Australia’s best Indigenous job-readiness organisations – which operates without government funding – Adrian is ready for his next challenge: setting up First Australians Capital, an organisation that helps Indigenous entrepreneurs run successful businesses. Adrian hopes to continue playing a role in closing the economic gap faced by Indigenous people: “While Australia rates second out of 187 countries in quality of life on the UN Human Development Index, for Indigenous Australians their quality of life rates at only 122. This is unacceptable and something needs to change. We need to move away from welfare dependency and focus on real wealth creation.”