speaking engagements

Sally engages with a wide range of audiences through sharing her sustainable development experience and encouraging people to be responsible global citizens. If you have an audience where Sally can share her message, please contact her.

Sally Hetherington OAM was 25 when she packed up her belongings and bought a one-way ticket to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Originally running a foreign-volunteer program, Sally witnessed the unintended consequences of voluntourism, and teamed up with Human and Hope Association (HHA), a nightly English school at the time, to help develop it into a thriving community centre.

Working as Operations Manager, Sally was responsible for implementing new programs addressing social issues, fundraising, logistics, mentoring and training the staff and ensuring the organisation’s long-term future. Sally overcame countless obstacles, but her biggest lesson was that sustainable change can only happen when locals lead it.

Through Sally’s empowering approach to development, she successfully made herself redundant and left HHA to be entirely run by local staff. Sally is now the CEO of Human and Hope Association Inc, a registered charity in Australia that raises funds for Human and Hope Association to continue their poverty-alleviating programs.

Awards & Publications – Sally Hetherington

  • 2020 – 40 Under 40 Most Influential Asian-Australians
  • 2019 – Order of Australia Medal – aged only 33.
  • 2019 – The International Alliance for Women (TIAW) World of Difference Award.
  • 2019 – ‘It’s Not About Me’ – Manifesto by Sally Hetherington published by Elephant House Press in 2019.
  • 2018 – Third Sector Volunteer of the Year Award.
  • 2018 – JCI Australia Top Outstanding Young Person Honouree.

Sally is available to speak across Australia and internationally on sustainable development, her journey as a young female building up a not-for-profit organisation, innovation and taking risk, and the unintended consequences of voluntourism.

All proceeds from Sally’s speaking engagements are donated to Human and Hope Association Inc.